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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #555 on: September 16, 2015, 11:58:12 PM »
52.5k Aeroplan x 0.014 = $735 + $490 = $1,225
61k United x $0.0125 = $762.50 + 9,000 ur x 0.015 = $135 + $69 = $966.50
Nice write-up

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #556 on: September 17, 2015, 12:06:56 AM »
Nice write-up

Well, thats nice of you to say..

I am a fan of explaining why my thoughts are what they are so the person asking can hopefully next time do the calculations on their own or maybe even help others.

However, the truth is that this isnt any special math.
Any 3rd grader can do this

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #557 on: September 17, 2015, 12:23:06 AM »
Well, thats nice of you to say..

I am a fan of explaining why my thoughts are what they are so the person asking can hopefully next time do the calculations on their own or maybe even help others.

However, the truth is that this isnt any special math.
Any 3rd grader can do this

True but not everyone goes out of their way to break it down and explain the reasoning & calculations.

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #558 on: September 18, 2015, 09:42:20 AM »
HNL - LIH
Should I book for 6k UA and pay for baggage or should I go through Dan's corporate account? Tickets (for the flight UA offers) retail now for $83.
One advantage of going through Dan's account is that I can take an earlier flight that UA doesn't offer, but that flight costs $154.

Edit: I just realized that I can book for 5k AA as well, but only the later flight. Does this change anything?
I don't think that award seats will open up for the earlier flight, as there are only 10 seats left.
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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #559 on: September 18, 2015, 09:55:11 AM »
HNL - LIH
Should I book for 6k UA and pay for baggage or should I go through Dan's corporate account? Tickets (for the flight UA offers) retail now for $83.
One advantage of going through Dan's account is that I can take an earlier flight that UA doesn't offer, but that flight costs $154.

Edit: I just realized that I can book for 5k AA as well, but only the later flight. Does this change anything?
I don't think that award seats will open up for the earlier flight, as there are only 10 seats left.

AA $75 close in fee if youre within 21

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #560 on: September 18, 2015, 09:56:35 AM »
AA $75 close in fee if youre within 21

I'm not, traveling 10/18

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #561 on: September 18, 2015, 09:59:07 AM »
HNL - LIH
Should I book for 6k UA and pay for baggage or should I go through Dan's corporate account? Tickets (for the flight UA offers) retail now for $83.
One advantage of going through Dan's account is that I can take an earlier flight that UA doesn't offer, but that flight costs $154.

Edit: I just realized that I can book for 5k AA as well, but only the later flight. Does this change anything?
I don't think that award seats will open up for the earlier flight, as there are only 10 seats left.
Even with 1 checked bag PP you'd get a better value with revenue tickets.

6,000 X .0125 (personally, I think it's worth more) = $75
+$5.60
+$25 - 1'st checked bag
=$105.60

Vs.

$83 - Ticket
+$6 - Booking fee
=$89

And you get the added benefit that you can standby for the earlier flight.

However, all of that is only valid if it's your own miles

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #562 on: September 18, 2015, 10:03:15 AM »

Even with 1 checked bag PP you'd get a better value with revenue tickets.

6,000 X .0125 (personally, I think it's worth more) = $75
+$5.60
+$25 - 1'st checked bag
=$105.60

Vs.

$83 - Ticket
+$6 - Booking fee
=$89

And you get the added benefit that you can standby for the earlier flight.

Yup, just thought it through. My only benefit of paying full fare is that I can take the earlier flight (1 hour difference), not worth $300 for me.

Now the question is if I should go with AA or UA. My flight to HNL is with UA, but they will anyways not be on one PNR because they are booked separately.
Is there any benefit of using UA over AA? I would rather use AA.

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #563 on: September 18, 2015, 10:06:43 AM »

However, all of that is only valid if it's your own miles

Opps thanks for reminding me that I still have someone else's miles to use! That answers the question.
As always, thanks Joe!  :)

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #564 on: September 18, 2015, 10:07:45 AM »
Yup, just thought it through. My only benefit of paying full fare is that I can take the earlier flight (1 hour difference), not worth $300 for me.

Now the question is if I should go with AA or UA. My flight to HNL is with UA, but they will anyways not be on one PNR because they are booked separately.
Is there any benefit of using UA over AA? I would rather use AA.
I'm confused. My conclusion was that you'd be better off paying cash. How did you suddenly decide to use miles?

Also, by buying rev tickets you'll be able to stand by for the earlier flight which I believe is free with Dan's corp account. Not sure where you got to $300.

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #565 on: September 18, 2015, 10:12:59 AM »
I'm confused. My conclusion was that you'd be better off paying cash. How did you suddenly decide to use miles?

Also, by buying rev tickets you'll be able to stand by for the earlier flight which I believe is free with Dan's corp account. Not sure where you got to $300.

This is irrelevant now since I'm using miles. But you are right, I misread it.
But in any case, if I use cash I would book the earlier flight and not wait on standby since this flight is really full. So it would be $150 + $6 booking fee.

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #566 on: September 18, 2015, 11:41:55 AM »


Is there any benefit of using UA over AA? I would rather use AA.

If you have AA card I believe it's 1 bag free for everyone on itin domestic
So aa>ua

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #567 on: September 18, 2015, 12:19:05 PM »

If you have AA card I believe it's 1 bag free for everyone on itin domestic
So aa>ua
Not when you book on a partner airline

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #568 on: September 19, 2015, 08:41:00 PM »
Phl-Lhr-tlv  one way on Ba or us in economy what's the best way with Ba avois 23k and 330$ (if on Ba metal)is it cheaper with Iberia avois or other miles ?or fly us with other miles?

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #569 on: September 19, 2015, 10:17:43 PM »
What are the best options for Kiev-Tel Aviv? (A friend is stuck in Uman, is hoping to get over to Israel.)
Thanks.