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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #240 on: January 11, 2011, 05:28:43 PM »
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #241 on: January 11, 2011, 05:30:22 PM »
Ok. I just wanted you to be on board with me, that should an expedia type deal come up while you're away, that the comments should be able to be posted right away, and not only when you wake up in the middle of the night... ;D
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #242 on: January 12, 2011, 12:30:05 AM »
I am not taking sides just wanted to point out for the good of the forums that in the beginning of the week some perv posted an inappropriate video and it was up longer then when someone posted a third party deal while dan was in the states. I am sure there is a great explanation I am just saying

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #243 on: January 12, 2011, 08:02:58 AM »
Anyway I was able to nab an earlier CX flight from HKG on Wednesday that will eliminate the overnight connection in Toronto so I'll actually be home Wednesday night.  But man convincing AA to change a stopover to a connection on a OnwWorld ticket is an absolute bear!

back on topic, forget stopover to connection, how were you able to get them to change the routing?

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #244 on: January 12, 2011, 08:55:40 AM »
back on topic, forget stopover to connection, how were you able to get them to change the routing?
We still go via YYZ and LGA, we just changed the overnight stop in YYZ to a 3 hour connection.
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #245 on: January 12, 2011, 09:11:48 AM »
How long you gonna be in lga for maybe we can make a ddf party there

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #246 on: January 12, 2011, 09:24:16 AM »
How long you gonna be in lga for maybe we can make a ddf party there
65 minutes ;D
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #247 on: January 12, 2011, 03:50:13 PM »
back on topic, forget stopover to connection, how were you able to get them to change the routing?
ok so now how did you convince them to change from stopover to connection. i tried to do the opposite to no avail. is it just old fashioned harrassing?

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #248 on: January 12, 2011, 05:02:39 PM »
ok so now how did you convince them to change from stopover to connection. i tried to do the opposite to no avail. is it just old fashioned harrassing?
First you can just keep calling.  That's how I got an over 24-hour connection I had in LHR changed to under 24 hours.  Then again when it went into queue for approval it got put on hold but they have been because they realized that I had 2 stopovers in Hong Kong.  After that got taken care of my old flight out of LHR was no longer available so they reissued the ticket.

Basically every time you make a change even if the phone rep doesnt know the rule and allows the change it still needs approval in the queue to get reissued, so it's a bit of a dangerous game.  But I played it myself a number of times.

When weather cancelled my BA flight and they completely rerouted me it got held up in queue as they didn't make the change as involuntary for the queue team.

This past time the agent was familiar with the rule, but basically there were no options to go from YYZ-LGA-CLE late at night.  In which case instead of 6 hours to connect you have 24 hours.  The agent argues that because I didn't take the first available flight out of YYZ the next morning that I wa making a stopover.  I argued that once the 6 hour rule was not in play a 24 hour rule was in play and I could take any flight within 24 hours and have it count as a connection.  Therefore I should be allowed to change it to a 3 hour connection as well.
Her supervisor agreed to make the change and put in notes to the approval desk to allow it.
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #249 on: January 14, 2011, 01:26:02 AM »
@Dan: its was "mashma" "somewhere", that you can keep flights with AA, incredibly long on hold.

Do you cancel and rebook, hoping for its availability every few days, or is there something else?

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #250 on: January 14, 2011, 01:56:41 AM »
@Dan: its was "mashma" "somewhere", that you can keep flights with AA, incredibly long on hold.

Do you cancel and rebook, hoping for its availability every few days, or is there something else?

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It's booking an itinerary with so many segments that it takes them so long to price out, so they extend the hold.

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #251 on: January 14, 2011, 02:21:40 AM »
interesting. on my oneworld award 150k in in biz, it took them all of 5 minutes

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #252 on: January 14, 2011, 02:46:42 AM »
interesting. on my oneworld award 150k in in biz, it took them all of 5 minutes
How many segments/carriers?

I've found its always the BA legs that takes the most amount of time.

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #253 on: January 14, 2011, 03:30:54 AM »
It's booking an itinerary with so many segments that it takes them so long to price out, so they extend the hold.
+1.
They had no choice but to extend as it was so complicated that it wouldn't price after making a change on the last day.
16 segs on 5 carriers (including 1 that's apparently not even allowed) will do that.
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #254 on: January 14, 2011, 04:54:17 AM »
How many segments/carriers?

I've found its always the BA legs that takes the most amount of time.
11 segments 6 carriers

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #255 on: January 15, 2011, 07:05:19 AM »
11 segments 6 carriers
With or without BA?
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #256 on: January 15, 2011, 12:33:30 PM »
without

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #257 on: January 15, 2011, 08:05:10 PM »
without
Add a BA seg and take it out later.
Should take a while each time to reprice.
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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #258 on: January 16, 2011, 01:34:42 PM »
when the heck do you all have time to take your rtw trips???

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Re: December 2010/January 2011 Trip Planning Thread.
« Reply #259 on: January 16, 2011, 04:25:12 PM »
when the heck do you all have time to take your rtw trips???
who are you referring to?