Strategy to LHR and in General

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  1. splat

    splat Silver Member

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    Hi all newbie/lurker here -

    Neither my husband nor I travel a lot for work, so I'm thinking I need to focus on credit cards that offer a companion fare. I don't really need the Alaska card since I live on the west coast and can catch a pretty good fare to Hawaii most of the time ($368 RT to Kaui for Thanksgiving coming up). I kind of feel the same about Southwest (but I digress).

    So I'm thinking of waiting for the BA card to hopefully come back with the 100k bonus and companion ticket (we can meet the spend requirements x2). Because I've read some negative things about no award availability I did some random searches for next year and was able to find several decent options (SFO-LHR). I know about the fees, but I'm not offended by those. I need seats for a family of 4 by the way. So I'm thinking that may be a good strategy for us.

    I was wondering if anyone had any other ideas. It crossed my mind to do the US Airways 100% bonus but I didn't see a direct from SFO - with kids I was kind of wanting to do a direct.

    Also in trying to absorb everything I tend to get a little lost when in comes to using award availability on one airline for booking another. Any good "for dummies" threads on this?

    BTW - current points info - Chase UR 175k, HH 450k, SPG 75k, CC 225k (no strategy to that one just seemed like a good idea). A few random small points on HA, AA, SW.

    Looking forward to comments. Many thanks in advance. Splat
     
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  2. edekba

    edekba Gold Member

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    Not that I am aware of; but I can try to give you a cliff's note.

    1) Not all online portal are created equally & show all partner flights so you have to use different ones to search for availability.
    2) Once you have a good idea of what flight you need/want and connectors etc call into your FF program to book. They should find the same space as you found.

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    OW
    Use Qantas / BA / AA to search ... Qantas usually has the best (all partners) while with AA you can actually book (only BA/Qantas/Hawaii/Alaska/AA flights though)

    Links to Read
    http://thepointsguy.com/2011/05/how...ntas-com-to-find-oneworld-award-availability/

    http://milevalue.com/free-first-class-next-month-using-ba-com-for-oneworld-awards/

    SA
    Use ANA/United to search ... ANA has usually the best (all partners but sometimes blocks certain flights) or use United which is pretty good except sometimes has some issues with SQ/LF.

    Links to Read
    http://thepointsguy.com/2012/09/tips-for-searching-star-alliance-award-availability

    http://milevalue.com/free-first-class-next-month-star-alliance-award-searches-on-united-com/

    ST
    I hear AF is the one to use ... but I'm not really sure as I dont do anything w/ST.

    Links to Read
    http://milevalue.com/free-first-class-next-month-using-airfrance-us-for-award-searches/
     
  3. splat

    splat Silver Member

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    Thanks for the cliff notes, good reading ahead. I look forward to moving up from newbie someday :)
     
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