Award booking Asia via Europe

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  1. MightyTravels

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    Folks,

    I'm still a newbie here - maybe you can help me out.

    I'm looking to book just one award with *Alliance which gets me from US West Coast to Asia and then to Europe.

    These are two separate trips one I'd like to take in October (China) and one to Europe (December).

    I know I could book an award through Europe to Asia but how can I travel with my preferences on just on ticket using two separate dates.

    Any ideas?
     
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    You want to go USA-Asia-USA-Europe-USA on one award? I think you'll have a problem with that one.
     
  3. MightyTravels

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    Hehe true = seems I confused myself :( You are right it won't work that way. SO I guess I have to bundle it SFO-LHR(stop)-PVG and PVG-LHR-SFO. United and Virgin fly this route for only 140k in first - great offer considering the miles flown.
     
  4. Wandering Aramean
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    Keep in mind that VS Upper Class is actually business class, not first. You can redeem as a single award using both carriers if you use OnePass miles. ANA maybe, too, but I think the YQ and rates are less than appealing at that point.
     
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    If only SQ's redemptions on JFK-FRA-SIN was better or possible.....
     
  6. aussieflyer
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    AFAIK, ANA doesn't allow mixing *A partners with non-alliance partners.
    And as you mention, now with fuel surcharges, especially VS, will be expensive.
     
  7. MSPeconomist
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    It's likely to cost more miles than a single award ticket, but would a RTW ticket work for you?
     
  8. aussieflyer
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    Aeroplan will let you cross the Pacific and Atlantic on one award.
     
  9. MSPeconomist
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    Yes, but my understanding is that it's for something like Europe to Asia transiting Canada/USA and return or vv, not to first travel to Asia, come home, and then travel to Europe.

    OTOH, before SQ took the 747 out of LAX, it was easily possible to construct a RTW award ticket as USA-LAX-NRT-SIN-FRA-JFK-USA for a reasonable number of miles.
     
  10. aussieflyer
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    Right, you can only cross each ocean once.
    But you could still do SFO-PVG-xxx-LHR-SFO on UA and LX/LH/TK etc.
    And don't forget Aeroplan allows two stopovers.
     
  11. MightyTravels

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    Thanks guys - great stuff! I do have the miles committed not in my MR account so Aeroplan is not an option. I did however decide to book two trips. I bought a F saver award SFO-IAD-JNB-CPT-JNB-FRA-SFO for my trip to Europe and I'm now looking at booking a second trip for teh Asia travel (I have to be back, no RTW option).

    Onepass shows an economy award SFO-PVG direct or an First Saver (on UA/LH) through Frankfurt/ Munich. What would you get direct Economy or longer flight First/Business?
     
  12. MSPeconomist
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    Unless you're making a brief business trip and time is tight, I would jump on the IFC saver award at dates that work. Even if it's the long way around, it should be a good experience if the scheduled departure and arrival times are reasonable. A stopover in Munich would be lovely.
     

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