Is this a valid routing using UA miles?

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  1. lichenlt
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    SEA-FRA-NRT (stop)-HKG or BKK-JNB-MRU (dest.)-JNB-FRA or IAD-SEA

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    SEA-FRA-JNB-MRU (stop)-JNB-BKK-NRT(dest.)-LAX-SEA
     
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    Crossing both oceans on the same ticket is harder to make work on a single award. A stopover in MRU on the way to NRT from North America will almost certainly not work.
     
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    so crossing the Pacific only, like SEA-NRT (STOP)-HKG-JNB-MRU (DEST.)-JNB-BKK-ICN-SEA, would work?
     
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    Actually MileagePlus does not allow for crossing the pacific from North America to Africa at all. (I've tried several times to get them to manually ticket one but to no avail.) You will have to route via the Atlantic so my suggestion would be to look for a stopover in Europe (LHR/FRA/MUC/ZRH) or South America (GRU/EZE). Alternatively you could try for SAA from JFK if the availability is there.
     
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    Oh nooo, this blows.... thanks for the heads up.
     
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    ...on a single award.
     
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    Correct if the OP is willing to combine awards at their respective rates then it's doable.

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    No. Part two of my reply, that visiting Asia and South Africa on a single award from North America, also applies.
     
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    You weren't concise on the reason why also using the term almost is somewhat vague... It's a program limitation on the routings allowed.
     
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    There are plenty of routings which the program prohibits but which, with the right agent, can be issued. Hence my use of "almost" to qualify the situation.
     
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    I agree with you that almost is a good term but I haven't seen any reports on FT or MP of a Trans-Pacific routing being booked since that'd almost certainly require the involvement of the rates desk.
     
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    Didn't take much to convince you. You weren't so convinced just a post before. :rolleyes:
     
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    :rolleyes: all you want but you implied that it was quite possible to book a TPAC Routing, I'm saying it's not going to fly past the rates desk no matter the agent...
     
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    Ok, guys, thanks for all your help. Would this fly with US Airways? Maybe try the hang up and call back trick to get one of their agents to book it? Any previous success stories?
     
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    Actually I didn't. I said that "A stopover in MRU on the way to NRT from North America will almost certainly not work." I've yet to experience a language or culture where "almost certainly not work" somehow is synonymous with "quite possible" but I'm willing to hear examples.

    Doesn't matter if it is TPAC or TATL. Unless an agent forces it through it isn't going to happen. That was the point I was making. And it is quite true.
     
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    US applies MPM rules to their awards and only allows stopovers at hubs. Both of those factors will preclude a MRU stop on the trip you're looking at.
     
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    Sorry I didn't clarify my question. I was asking if US Airways would allow me through TPAC, stop in NRT, then go to MRU as the destination, like SEA-NRT (STOP)-HKG-JNB-MRU (DEST.)-JNB-BKK-ICN-SEA
     
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    I doubt that will work with the MPM; I didn't consider NRT as the stop so that part could work. But I'm guessing that TPAC would bust the MPM on SEA-MRU.

    ETA: The routing exceeded MPM+10% but not 15%. That's assuming US will let you route via TPAC to Africa which I doubt. And I don't remember if they permit MPM+10 or +15.
     
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    Well considering that US has let me route twice from HKG to SEA via Europe, and MRU is about as physically far from SEA as you can fly to anyplace on this planet (other than maybe some parts of Madagascar, South Africa and Antarctica)... I'd guess it could work.
     
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    I understand the distances at play. But, IME, the deal with the regions and which ocean you get to cross can be bizarre. Especially when airlines get to decide the rules.;)
     
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    I'm damned if I can figure out US's rules (I've seen reports of PER-JNB routings to Australia/Africa from North America :eek: ). I think they use a roulette wheel. :p
     
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