Help with booking using USAIR miles LAX-DUB/DUB-DFW

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  1. THREEA4ME
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    Hi,

    I realize you are all more savvy than me and wondering if I booked this to the best use of my USAIR miles.

    For 135K -- below is my itenerary. I'm not thrilled with flying UA LAX-LHR but I couldn't seem to find a Lufthansa flight to Europe that I could connect to Dublin with.

    I'm all about the planes (not sure about the A330 in first) and comfort and would really appreciate any advice on how to improve this booking.

    (To get to Dallas by Tuesday for a 6p DFW-LAX flight (to complete the last leg of DEQM), I realize I have to overnight somewhere so figured Frankfurt would be fun).

    Thanks again (and hope to see some of you on the Megado).

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    Thu., Mar. 15, 2012 | Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Dublin, Ireland (DUB)

    Depart:
    7:55 p.m.
    Thu., Mar. 15, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

    Arrive:
    1:25 p.m. +1 Day
    Fri., Mar. 16, 2012
    London, England (LHR - Heathrow)
    Flight Time:
    10 hr 30 mn
    Flight: UA934
    Operated by United Airlines.
    Aircraft: Boeing 777-200ER
    Fare Class: First (O)
    Meal: Dinner
    No Special Meal Offered.

    Change Planes. Connect time in London, England (LHR - Heathrow) is 2 hours 35 minutes.

    Depart:
    4:00 p.m.
    Fri., Mar. 16, 2012
    London, England (LHR - Heathrow)

    Arrive:
    5:20 p.m.
    Fri., Mar. 16, 2012
    Dublin, Ireland (DUB)
    Flight Time:
    1 hr 20 mn

    Travel Time:
    14 hr 25 mn
    Flight: BD129
    Operated by bmi.
    Aircraft: Airbus A319
    Fare Class: Economy (X)
    Meal: Food and Beverages for Purchase
    No Special Meal Offered.

    Mon., Mar. 19, 2012 | Dublin, Ireland (DUB) to Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW)

    Depart:
    5:50 p.m.
    Mon., Mar. 19, 2012
    Dublin, Ireland (DUB)

    Arrive:
    8:55 p.m.
    Mon., Mar. 19, 2012
    Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)
    Flight Time:
    2 hr 5 mn
    Flight: LH981
    Operated by Lufthansa.
    Aircraft: Airbus A321
    Fare Class: Business (I)
    Meal: Snack or Brunch
    No Special Meal Offered.

    Change Planes. Connect time in Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) is 13 hours 45 minutes.

    Depart:
    10:40 a.m.
    Tue., Mar. 20, 2012
    Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)

    Arrive:
    3:45 p.m.
    Tue., Mar. 20, 2012
    Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW)
    Flight Time:
    11 hr 5 mn

    Travel Time:
    26 hr 55 mn
    Flight: LH438
    Operated by Lufthansa.
    Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
    Fare Class: First (O)
    Meal: Meal
    No Special Meal Offered.

    ! You are arriving in Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) on Mon., Mar. 19, 2012 and your connecting flight departs from Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) on Tue., Mar. 20, 2012.
    Note: You are departing Los Angeles, CA (LAX) and arriving Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW).
     
  2. misterbwong

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    Sorry THREEA4ME, I just checked on CO and it looks like the DUB > DFW has no availability. Maybe someone else will have better luck.
     
  3. THREEA4ME
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    Mister,

    It's still there and available. I was more interested in everyone's thoughts of whether this is a good award redemption or not -- giving the planes etc.

    For instance, I can fly UA in FIRST on the 747-400 or the 777-200 and not sure which is the better seat.
     
  4. deant
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    Just saw your updated post. To me, if I could get on a new configuration 744, it would probably be a better seat than the 777.
     
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    If you want to avoid UA for the outbound flight, there are several other connection options to check:
    • LX through ZRH
    • SK through CPH, ARN or OSL
    I think AC also flies YYZ-DUB with flat seats in biz, but don't quote me on that.
     
  6. Wandering Aramean
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    Avoid the UA 772s. Too high a risk of the old config.

    That overnight in FRA is just OK. You would almost certainly want to stay out by the airport rather than schlepping into town so the only good that comes of it is getting the FCT that morning. And mornings are not the most fun times there.
     
  7. THREEA4ME
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    How can I find available flights for March 15/16/17 on LX or SK? Continental.com doesn't show them and I can't get ANA website to work either.
     
  8. THREEA4ME
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    what's a better overnight? I'm Hyatt Diamond/RA/SPG gold.
     

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