CLT - AMS using AA miles - HELP booking flight!

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  1. Jsm1985

    Jsm1985 Silver Member

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    I'm started looking at booking a flight for my wife and me from CLT - AMS (Charlotte to Amsterdam) in May, 2016.

    I have plenty of points on AA - enough to go coach, business class or first class round trip. On my initial search, all of the award flights use at least one leg with British Airways. As many of you know, they have huge fuel surcharges, making it not worth using miles.

    Does anyone have recommendations to avoid this, or other options?

    Also, would you recommend I book now or wait? Thanks!
     
  2. edekba

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    You would need to fly maybe AA or AB & have a connection if you want to avoid the fuel surcharge.

    Look for AB flights into DUS or AA flights into LHR?
     
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    The only OW service from the US to AMS is from PHL. Search for that segment as the basis of your trip and then figure out the connection to/from CLT.

    Or deal with connections in Europe, but those aren't great getting to AMS. Maybe somewhere else nearby and a train would be more pleasant and affordable? A non-stop CLT-CDG and then a couple hours on the train would likely be shorter overall travel time than most connections to a flight into AMS, for example.

    Also, while seats CAN open up at 330 days out that does not necessarily mean they DO open that far out. Much like voting in Chicago it pays to check early and often.
     
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    It looks like Air Berlin has high fuel surcharges as well, although not as high as BA.

    It looks like I may have to fly to LHR. I checked and also have enough miles for United. Would that make it any easier?

    Thanks for the help!
     
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    Definitely cheaper on UA as no fuel surcharges. As for easier, I'd still but that CLT-CDG + train is easiest overall. But you'll need to stalk that inventory.
     
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    Air Berlin has no fuel surcharges. I suggest you travel to DUS, e.g. CLT-JFK-DUS. From there Amsterdam is only a 2hr train ride away. (via http://www.bahn.de/p_en/view/index.shtml)
     
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    Or if you want to fly United, I believe it still flies into Brussels, which is also a short train trip to A'dam.

    Edited to add: United flies CLT - IAD - AMS, see e.g.,

    Depart:
    10:05
    Tue., May. 10, 2016

    Charlotte, NC (CLT)
    Arrive:
    11:31
    Tue., May. 10, 2016

    Washington, DC (IAD - Dulles)
    Flight Time:
    1 hr 26 mn
    Flight: UA3736
    Operated by MESA AIRLINES DBA UNITED EXPRESS.
    Aircraft: Canadair Regional Jet 700
    Fare Class: United Economy (W)
    Meal: None
    Change Planes.
    Connect time in Washington, DC (IAD - Dulles) is 5 hours 44 minutes.

    Depart:
    17:15
    Tue., May. 10, 2016

    Washington, DC (IAD - Dulles)
    Arrive:
    07:15 +1 Day
    Wed., May. 11, 2016
    Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS)
    Flight Time:
    8 hr 0 mn
    Flight: UA946
    Aircraft: Boeing 767-300
    Fare Class: United Economy (W)
    Meal: Dinner

    Also, I find connections on United to AMS through Houston (IAH) and Newark (EWR)
     
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    This is how I'm getting back from Europe this summer (AMS-PHL). I've seen inventory pop up on a regular basis. Once you find that, you can ask AA if they'll open up inventory on CLT-PHL (once the res system merger is complete) or buy that one segment. That's your best bet, IMO. You might have Aer Linus options by then, but sure.
     

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