A few MP questions for a newbie

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  1. jmail1

    jmail1 Silver Member

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    Hi,

    I've read the FAQ and searched google but I can't find the exact definition that applies to my situation. This will be my first *A booking on an award ticket and I want to make sure I have my ducks in a row before spending 1-2 hours on hold with United. I have no status on *A.

    The start and end points are DFW and DPS. It will be my wife and I on the trip. We need to spend 1/2 day in BKK on the outbound getting measured for some clothes then another two days in BKK on the return picking up those clothes. We have a tailor we've used for years, so no flexibility here.

    I originally had an F award booked on Cathay DFW-LAX-BKK and was going to purchase the BKK-DPS portion, but our dates just changed and there currently isn't any award space on Cathay. We've flown them once anyway and were looking to try out the *A experience in FRA and BKK.

    Long buildup to the questions

    There is currently F award space available on DFW-FRA arriving in FRA at 9:00am then departing FRA at 9:00pm on Thai with their leased 777 suites plane. From my understanding FRA is not bad for a 12 hour layover. We'd go into the city for a few hours then head back to experience the F Lounge at FRA.

    My first question is around stopovers. I know I'm allowed one stopover on a RT ticket, but I need to use that stopover on the DPS-BKK return. The FRA-BKK lands at 12:50pm and my preferred flight would be the direct Thai flight at 9:10am the following morning. However, there does exist a 1:50pm flight from BKK-SIN connecting to DPS arriving at 9:30pm.

    On an award ticket like this does the "next available flight" for a stopover mean the next available direct flight or ANY flight combination that would get you to your destination? That Thai flight is only once a day, and it's the only direct *A flight.

    When I try to price it out on United.com it prices as a stopover, but so does the BKK-SIN-DPS flight that I know isn't a stopover.

    It would also allow us to experience a bit of the BKK F Lounge the next morning.

    My next question

    1. My understanding is that you can make changes to the ticket after departure for a $75 fee. I can't find anything on the return I'm in love with right now, but Lufthansa should open some things up closer to departure. If I'm in Thailand are there options for call centers that don't have 1-2 hour hold times for non-status members?

    and my final question

    Am I crazy trying something like this for *A when I could probably eventually rebook that Cathay ticket in F? I know what I'm getting with Cathay, their service and hard product have been very good to me. I have no idea what I'm getting with *A other than a guaranteed older style F seat on DFW-FRA.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Wandering Aramean
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    Wandering Aramean Gold Member

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    I'd get on the same train but head AWAY from Frankfurt. There are a couple small towns out the other direction about the same amount of time (20-30 minutes) which are much more pleasant for a quick stop IME.

    There is no "next available flight" rule. So long as you're under 24 hours it is just a connection.

    You can always try calling a "local" number or getting the auto call-back function working.


    I'm a fan of the theory that anything which can be confirmed is better than a theoretical future award opening up.
     
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  3. jmail1

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    That's great news! Thanks WA. I'd heard that about the other villages, any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Is there any chance the A330 out of DFW will be anything but the old seats by August? I'd imagine it's pretty far down on the list of routes to upgrade. I'm seeing only MUC based 330s that have been upgraded so far.
     
  4. MSPeconomist
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    Mainz is the obvious place but I like Wiesbaden also as it's very relaxing with a beautiful old casino and park in the center of town.
     

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