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Origin and destination cities (are they flexible?)
Number of Travelers (Your chances of success goes down as this number goes up)
One way or round-trip
Class of service desired
Desired date(s) of travel (are they flexible? Hard dates == Less Chances for success)
Your points balances: all airline, credit card and hotel points (If you are looking for J/F, think at least 6 digits)
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First successful booking for me. Booked two seats end of sept LAX to NRT in F on ANA via VS for 220k total. Transferred 60k MR and 390k Bonvoy. Took about 36 hours for Bonvoy points to transfer while MR points were instant. The VS reps were very kind and helpful. All in all, very smooth and easy process.
Edit: VS ( Virgin Atlantic)
I ran a award/upgrade search on AA flights. I see an AA marketed, JAL flight. That flight shows First- Upgrade 3. What does that mean? You can't upgrade on AA. Does that just mean there's upgrade availability on the JAL flight but you have to do it through JAL?
I am trying to book an award flight using BA Avios. I am not part of any household account, but am unable to book for anyone else. I get the following error message.
Due to restriction on ba.com, you must be a passenger to make this booking with Avios. To make this booking for someone else, please contact your local Executive Club service center.
I then tried to the person into my friends & family tab, and the BA system still won't let me populate the person's details when booking.
I decided to call in. I am eyeing a HKG-LHR in J and the taxes and fees show $44 (it shows $44 on AA as well). The call agent quoted me $302, and I made sure they confirmed that it was in USD and they confirmed the same. Any experience something similar and can share insight on a workaround?
A few months back, I posted about how I originally booked, with United miles, AC CMH - YYZ - DXB and had AC cancel the YYZ-DXB flight on me, leaving me with a 26 hour layover. What I ended up doing was calling United to get rebooked to CMH - EWR - OPO - IST - MCT.
CMH - EWR -- UA E145 Economy
EWR - OPO -- TP A321LR Business
OPO - IST -- TK 737-800 Business
IST - MCT -- TK 737-800 Business
As you can see, that's a marathon day of flying, but when I booked it, it was the best option.
Recently, I saw that UA has points availability (at the same price) for CMH - ORD - IST - MCT.
CMH - ORD -- UA 737 First
ORD - IST -- TK 777 Business