How does award routing work?

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  1. michael21

    michael21 Silver Member

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    A ticket from ORD-TLV is 60,000 in business one way on united, but there's no availability when I want to book the ticket. However there are tickets ORD-ZRH and ZRH-TLV. For 50,000 and 27,500 so if I call united to make that route will it cost 60,000 or 77,500?


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  2. edekba

    edekba Gold Member

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    I believe it will be 77.5k but I may be wrong. I would like to know the answer to this as well.
     
  3. misterbwong

    misterbwong Silver Member

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    My first thought was that it'd be 60k but the United site is pricing it out at 77.5k for me right now. Calling in to find out might be in order.
     
  4. michael21

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    Just called in :)...they said it'd be 60,000!! :)
     
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  5. daemon14

    daemon14 Gold Member

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    As long as you don't have a stopover on a one-way, it should be 60K.
     
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  6. Wandering Aramean
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    Wandering Aramean Gold Member

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    The UA website isn't as good as it used to be in piecing together connections for awards. Agents will (nearly always) do it right if you call.

    And the right way is the lower price, so long as you do not stop more than 24 hours along the way and you don't deviate too far from the natural routing between the start and end points. You can do some fun things like overnight stops of 20-22 hours for "free" along the way (I recently spent 4 days getting from ARN to IST with the 3 nights each in a different city as a regular one-way award) but the lower price should prevail.
     
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    This is why I have an upcoming "One Night in Bangkok" (from NRT to SIN).
     
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