Trying to book my first award with BA - Help Appriciated

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  1. ClarkyBoy
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    All,

    I have no status in BA but sitting on 120K + 50K coming next couple of weeks if needed points and trying to use them to bring my mother-in-law (bring on the jokes) from TLV to SFO sometime between May and June, very flexible dates going back in 45-60 days.

    I know it's not a lot of heads up, but the website just fraustrates me to no end, and I assume i'm just being dumb.

    I tried direct, through london, through partners, can't find anything - which probably means there are no seats (i want economy plus, business or even first, but i tried economy too).

    it it just not enough heads up? doing something wrong?

    Forgot to mention I'm United 1K and if all fails can use United, but i would really love to get rid of these 120K / 170K points on BA.

    Thanks!

    ClarkyBoy
     
  2. KVS Tool

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    The early morning BA flight from TLV does not appear to have much Award Availability, and the only other BA flight arrives in LHR in the late evening, so the BA website will not automatically build a trip with an overnight connection. Otherwise, Award Availability is not a problem, given your date flexibility:

    [KVS Availability Tool 6.9.9.R2/Diamond - Amadeus: Awards/OneWorld/AU-QFA-SP1]
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    TLV  Tel Aviv Metro / Ben Gurion Intl IL = TLV SDV [LLBG]
    LON  London Metro UK = LHR LGW STN LTN LCY QQS QQW ZLS ZEP
    TUE  01 May 2012 | 1 Seat
    
    Carrier    Flight  From  Depart    To    Arrive         St  Availability
    ---------  ------  ----  --------  ----  --------  ---  --  ------------------
    BA         164     TLV   17:10     LHR   20:20          0   FS+  CS-  WS+  YS+
    LY         315     TLV   10:15     LHR   13:35          0   FS/  CS/  WS/  YS+
    LY         317     TLV   17:25     LHR   20:50          0   FS/  CS/  WS/  YS+
    LY         357     TLV   06:10     FRA   09:55          0   FS/  CS+  WS/  YS/
     -> BA     903     FRA   10:55     LHR   11:35          0   FS/  CS+  WS/  YS/
    LY         357     TLV   06:10     FRA   09:55          0   FS/  CS+  WS/  YS/
     -> BA/CJ  8733    FRA   11:40     LCY   12:10          0   FS/  CS+  WS/  YS/
    LY         357     TLV   06:10     FRA   09:55          0   FS/  CS+  WS/  YS/
     -> BA     907     FRA   11:50     LHR   12:30          0   FS/  CS+  WS/  YS/
    LY         345     TLV   06:20     GVA   09:55          0   FS/  CS-  WS/  YS+
     -> BA     727     GVA   12:00     LHR   12:40          0   FS/  CS+  WS/  YS+
    LY         385     TLV   06:00     FCO   08:45          0   FS/  CS+  WS/  YS/
     -> BA     2543    FCO   11:20     LGW   13:00          0   FS/  CS+  WS/  YS/
    LY         385     TLV   06:00     FCO   08:45          0   FS/  CS+  WS/  YS/
     -> BA     553     FCO   11:45     LHR   13:30          0   FS/  CS+  WS/  YS/
    LY         345     TLV   06:20     GVA   09:55          0   FS/  CS-  WS/  YS+
     -> BA     729     GVA   13:50     LHR   14:25          0   FS/  CS+  WS/  YS+
    HG         8057    TLV   04:50     VIE   07:35          0   FS/  CS-  WS/  YS+
     -> BA     697     VIE   11:40     LHR   13:05          0   FS/  CS+  WS/  YS+
    LY         541     TLV   07:10     ATH   09:25          0   FS/  CS+  WS/  YS+
     -> BA     639     ATH   13:40     LHR   15:35          0   FS/  CS+  WS/  YS+
    
    [KVS Availability Tool 6.9.9.R2/Diamond - Amadeus: Awards/OneWorld/AU-QFA-SP1]
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    LON  London Metro UK = LHR LGW STN LTN LCY QQS QQW ZLS ZEP
    SFO  San Francisco Intl CA US [KSFO]
    WED  02 May 2012 | 1 Seat
    
    Carrier    Flight  From  Depart    To    Arrive         St  Availability
    ---------  ------  ----  --------  ----  --------  ---  --  ------------------
    BA         287     LHR   14:05     SFO   16:50          0   FS+  CS-  WS-  YS-
    BA         279     LHR   09:40     LAX   13:00          0   FS+  CS+  WS+  YS+
     -> AA     1954    LAX   15:10     SFO   16:25          0   FS-  CS-  WS+  YS+
    BA         283     LHR   12:00     LAX   15:05          0   FS+  CS-  WS+  YS+
     -> AA     1563    LAX   17:40     SFO   18:55          0   FS-  CS-  WS+  YS+
    AA         137     LHR   11:05     LAX   14:20          0   FS-  CS-  WS/  YS+
     -> AA     1563    LAX   17:40     SFO   18:55          0   FS-  CS-  WS/  YS+
    AA         101     LHR   10:45     JFK   13:30          0   FS-  CS-  WS/  YS+
     -> AA     85      JFK   15:30     SFO   19:00          0   FS-  CS-  WS/  YS+
    BA         177     LHR   13:00     JFK   15:30          0   FS+  CS+  WS-  YS+
     -> AA     177     JFK   17:45     SFO   21:15          0   FS-  CS-  WS/  YS+
    BA         115     LHR   14:50     JFK   17:25          0   FS-  CS-  WS+  YS+
     -> AA     17      JFK   19:30     SFO   23:05          0   FS-  CS-  WS+  YS+
    AA         139     LHR   12:35     JFK   15:30          0   FS-  CS-  WS/  YS+
     -> AA     177     JFK   17:45     SFO   21:15          0   FS-  CS-  WS/  YS+
    BA         175     LHR   09:55     JFK   12:35          0   FS+  CS+  WS+  YS+
     -> AA     85      JFK   15:30     SFO   19:00          0   FS-  CS-  WS+  YS+
    AA         105     LHR   14:00     JFK   16:50          0   FS-  CS-  WS/  YS+
     -> AA     17      JFK   19:30     SFO   23:05          0   FS-  CS-  WS/  YS+
    BA         279     LHR   09:40     LAX   13:00          0   FS+  CS+  WS+  YS+
     -> AA     1563    LAX   17:40     SFO   18:55          0   FS-  CS-  WS+  YS+
    AA         99      LHR   07:45     ORD   10:15          0   FS-  CS-  WS/  YS+
     -> AA     1613    ORD   14:45     SFO   17:20          0   FS+  CS-  WS/  YS-
    BA         283     LHR   12:00     LAX   15:05          0   FS+  CS-  WS+  YS+
     -> AA     1798    LAX   20:20     SFO   21:35          0   FS+  CS-  WS+  YS+
    BA         209     LHR   13:35     MIA   17:40          0   FS+  CS-  WS+  YS+
     -> AA     1817    MIA   20:05     SFO   23:15          0   FS-  CS-  WS+  YS+
    BA         173     LHR   11:25     JFK   13:55          0   FS+  CS+  WS+  YS+
     -> AA     177     JFK   17:45     SFO   21:15          0   FS-  CS-  WS+  YS+
    AA         81      LHR   12:15     DFW   16:50          0   FS-  CS-  WS/  YS+
     -> AA     1419    DFW   20:25     SFO   22:05          0   FS+  CS-  WS/  YS+
    
     
  3. ClarkyBoy
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    Thank You!
     
  4. Globaliser
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    Code:
    Carrier    Flight  From  Depart    To    Arrive        St  Availability
    ---------  ------  ----  --------  ----  --------  ---  --  ------------------
    BA        164    TLV  17:10    LHR  20:20          0  FS+  CS-  WS+  YS+
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    Carrier    Flight  From  Depart    To    Arrive        St  Availability
    ---------  ------  ----  --------  ----  --------  ---  --  ------------------
    BA        287    LHR  14:05    SFO  16:50          0  FS+  CS-  WS-  YS-
    Thinking for a moment beyond the confines of flights alone, if you book her in First: you might then also book her a room at the Sofitel, which is attached to T5 and so only minutes away by foot.

    She'd have an easy day flight from TLV to LHR; no hassle to get to the hotel for a refreshing overnight stay; ample time in the morning for a leisurely start before wandering over to check-in; some hours for breakfast and pampering in the Concorde Room and spa; and then the day flight to SFO.

    And (unless she's really difficult to please) you might earn some brownie points in exchange for those miles.
     
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    Hi everyone. Trying to use avios for one way first ticket from Tampa to JFK on American. Why is it charging me triple the miles (22500) for a two cabin aircraft? Should be 15 k miles. Is there a way around it? Thanks!
     
  6. The Saint
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    No. F on AA (even as 2 class service) is treated as F. That means you win when collecting miles and points on paid fares, but you lose when redeeming. Swings and roundabouts.
     
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  7. Steven Schwartz
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    We did the NYC-TLV last year in First. Good luck trying to get your mother-in-law to go the back of the plane in the future!
     
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  8. TennisPro
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    I'm sure you already figured this out, but I usually search leg by leg on the BA website.

    I search the more difficult leg to get first, which is usually the transatlantic leg.
     
  9. ClarkyBoy
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    Thanks everyone. priceless education :)
     
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