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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2940 on: March 24, 2017, 07:03:31 PM »
Havent seen much LH J availability on any of the partner sites recently.
They have for my dates :) it's this Tuesday so probably cause it's close in.

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2941 on: March 25, 2017, 10:49:10 PM »
ORD-FRA-PRG
LH J/F

UA is 70K/110K
LH is 52K/?? But I'm trying to avoid YQ
SQ should be 65k/80k will still have YQ right?
LM 63k/INM can't mix classes (and they charge YQ?)
ANA 88 RT but YQ
ETA: AC 57.5 with YQ



PRG-CPH-ORD
SAS J

Same as above should apply?


What am I missing?
Can't do ANA within 4 days so that's out...

Seems like my options are Miles and more with YQ or United without? With about Aegen?

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2942 on: March 26, 2017, 09:12:47 AM »
Can't do ANA within 4 days so that's out...

Seems like my options are Miles and more with YQ or United without? With about Aegen?
IINM flying SAS on AC its without YQ, A3 is 45k but with YQ

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2943 on: March 26, 2017, 02:10:47 PM »
They have for my dates :) it's this Tuesday so probably cause it's close in.
Gee thanks. Anyone else notice the dearth of LH availability. Is that the new policy from LH with partners? J is the new F. 14 days out and thats it?
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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2944 on: March 27, 2017, 01:07:08 PM »
Looking to book 2 people BDL-CHI ASAP. Revenue tickets are high so hybrid cash option seems to be a no-go. As of now I'm thinking 15k avios. Is there a better option? TIA


ETA: Booked with avios.
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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2945 on: March 27, 2017, 01:32:42 PM »
Looking to book 2 people BDL-CHI ASAP. Revenue tickets are high so hybrid cash option seems to be a no-go. As of now I'm thinking 15k avios. Is there a better option? TIA
WN to MDW sometimes. Keep in mind HPN could be close too.

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2946 on: March 27, 2017, 01:33:10 PM »
WN to MDW sometimes. Keep in mind HPN could be close too.
Thanks.
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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2947 on: April 07, 2017, 11:25:41 AM »
Looking to book tickets from Washington, DC to London using Amex membership rewards.  Dates are October 23-29.  Found BA for $594 looking to to see if transfering points is a better option.  I THINK if I transfer to Avios then I can fly Aer Lingus IAD->DUB->LHR for 26k points round trip.  Can anyone let me know if I'm figuring that right?

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2948 on: April 07, 2017, 11:30:14 AM »
Looking to book tickets from Washington, DC to London using Amex membership rewards.  Dates are October 23-29.  Found BA for $594 looking to to see if transfering points is a better option.  I THINK if I transfer to Avios then I can fly Aer Lingus IAD->DUB->LHR for 26k points round trip.  Can anyone let me know if I'm figuring that right?
check the YQ before you transfer to BA
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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2949 on: April 07, 2017, 11:33:08 AM »
check the YQ before you transfer to BA
Shouldnt be much to DUB
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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2950 on: April 07, 2017, 11:34:14 AM »
check the YQ before you transfer to BA

Pretty sure Aer Lingus doesn't charge YQ.

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2951 on: April 07, 2017, 11:34:24 AM »
Looking to book tickets from Washington, DC to London using Amex membership rewards.  Dates are October 23-29.  Found BA for $594 looking to to see if transfering points is a better option.  I THINK if I transfer to Avios then I can fly Aer Lingus IAD->DUB->LHR for 26k points round trip.  Can anyone let me know if I'm figuring that right?
Keep in mind, MR transfers to avios at a rate of 250:200 so you are taking a 250 point loss per thousand...
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What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2952 on: April 07, 2017, 11:35:15 AM »
Pretty sure Aer Lingus doesn't charge YQ.
BA charges YQ on almost all award tickets.
ETA: you're right, they don't charge on Air Lingus.
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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2953 on: April 07, 2017, 11:45:21 AM »
Keep in mind, MR transfers to avios at a rate of 250:200 so you are taking a 250 point loss per thousand...

So I'm not great with this type of math.  How do I decide if the loss of points is still worth it?  Round trip would cost 26K Avios so I'd be losing 1300 membership rewards points per ticket with the transfer.  What are those 1300 points worth and am I better off using the membersip rewards points to buy the $600 tickets? (I don't currently have the platinum card but may get it anyway soon)

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What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2954 on: April 07, 2017, 11:48:45 AM »
So I'm not great with this type of math.  How do I decide if the loss of points is still worth it?  Round trip would cost 26K Avios so I'd be losing 1300 membership rewards points per ticket with the transfer.  What are those 1300 points worth and am I better off using the membersip rewards points to buy the $600 tickets? (I don't currently have the platinum card but may get it anyway soon)
Not sure where you're getting 1300, you'd be losing 6.5k MR per ticket making the cost per ticket an effective 32.5k MR which gives you a value of around 1.8 cents per MR.
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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2955 on: April 07, 2017, 11:51:35 AM »
So I'm not great with this type of math.  How do I decide if the loss of points is still worth it?  Round trip would cost 26K Avios so I'd be losing 1300 membership rewards points per ticket with the transfer.  What are those 1300 points worth and am I better off using the membersip rewards points to buy the $600 tickets? (I don't currently have the platinum card but may get it anyway soon)
See below.
Not sure where you're getting 1300, you'd be losing 6.5k MR per ticket making the code per ticket an effective 32.5k MR which gives you a value of around 1.8 cents per MR.
Exactly. My point was that you should keep it in mind as it's not always worth it to transfer. In this case it appears it would be. If you have UR, those transfer at a 1:1 ratio which would save you the extra 6.5k points. Just things to keep in mind when checking rates.
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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2956 on: April 07, 2017, 12:19:24 PM »
Not sure where you're getting 1300, you'd be losing 6.5k MR per ticket making the cost per ticket an effective 32.5k MR which gives you a value of around 1.8 cents per MR.

Like I said, my math isn't so good  :P.  Thanks.

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2957 on: April 07, 2017, 12:20:34 PM »
See below. Exactly. My point was that you should keep it in mind as it's not always worth it to transfer. In this case it appears it would be. If you have UR, those transfer at a 1:1 ratio which would save you the extra 6.5k points. Just things to keep in mind when checking rates.

Thanks.  I really appriciate the help.

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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2958 on: April 10, 2017, 01:51:40 AM »
Need help. Trying to book for FIL from lax to tlv  June 18th until the 29th.Don't mind a stopover. Have enough points on Amex platinum and ink. Would rather business, but economy will do. Cheapest I found with points is 118,000.any other options? Tia
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Re: What's the best way to book?
« Reply #2959 on: April 10, 2017, 07:54:00 AM »
Need help. Trying to book for FIL from lax to tlv  June 18th until the 29th.Don't mind a stopover. Have enough points on Amex platinum and ink. Would rather business, but economy will do. Cheapest I found with points is 118,000.any other options? Tia
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