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Discussion in 'United Airlines | MileagePlus' started by Sean, Aug 4, 2011.
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I know United doesn't unless you can somehow keep it under MPM+15%. Does CO offer more flexibility?
Or AKL-SYD-BKK-ICN-JFK or all sorts of other creative routings. There are even some interesting Asia-USA routes that can include Oz. :-:
The legacy CO rules on award routes are significantly better than the legacy UA version. I'm quite apprehensive waiting to hear which will survive.
I need to book one of these soon =) Did you find that on co.com or ?
The second of the two I described can be booked online if the SYD-SFO/LAX inventory is available AFAIK. The first depends on which carrier you use to get from SE Asia to the USA and whether they are an online partner or not.
I have to go to AKL for a job interview in 3 weeks, and all I get is Transpacific.
TG availability via BKK is pretty good. And Thailand is an awesome place if you have a couple days to stop.
At what point was it suggested that TATL was still a valid routing option to Oz/NZ? I've booked it once, but that was a manually priced itinerary and they caught on eventually and tried to revoke it. Sadly, I had to cancel the trip, but I did have it booked.
I'm kind of regretting canceling that JNB-HKG-BKK-LAX-DEN-ANC already since I can't find anything better than that, I wasn't saying it was a valid routing but it would be a sweet way to go to AKL for sure.
Or a few years for that matter.
I wasn't aware of this. I burned alot of miles booking NAsia-SAsia before the levels increased but it looks like several of those won't be used.... might be time to get a crazy F routing before the rules change.
Can AKL be reached from the US through Europe?
Officially, no, though I did get it booked once.
I would generally recommend avoiding the LAX-BKK flight if other options exist. It was fine as a novelty to get the cool line and all, but I was thoroughly disappointed with the seat, food and service a couple weeks ago.
If looking for F redemptions, however, BKK-SYD is up to 3x daily on the A346 and often has F awards available.
I've done BNE-NRT-IAH before and while I hated the JAL portion, the routing was cool and efficient. This trip I'm just doing a boring IAH-LAX-SYD-MEL-SYD-PER-SYD-SFO-IAH. Getting to PER is nasty on *A, so I jump to QF for the internal segments... now if that other AAirline would be able to give full credit for the miles...
Awesome, thanks for the info!
I recently helped friends book DEN-SEA-ICN-SYD and return on OZ. That was with United. It just barely fits under MPM15, and of course, you have to explain to agents why it's legal.
While not to AKL, managed to book MEL-BKK-FCO-EWR-FRA-SIN-MEL with CO.
Ended up needing to get back to MEL early so changed to JFK-LAX-SYD-MEL.
Took a bit of persuasion to get it booked. But not without a stern "this time only" from the supervisor...
Booked SYD-LAX using miles with United - out via ICN and back via BKK. No issues at all. On reflection, seems quite a long detour to avoid the UA 747's in economy!
What did you pay for the routing via BKK? They'll book it but they often charge you more for it.
40K each way for economy class. Was originally booked both ways via ICN, but changed it later.
No surcharge was mentioned or applied.
Interesting. I wonder if the initial booking via ICN got it issued and then the change was never re-validated to ensure compliance with the MPM rules.
I guess so. Have confirmed with TG that reservation is ticketed and ready for travel, so just hope that UA do not audit the booking.
IME, never been able to book via BKK with UA for regular mileage.