Zrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2953 posts, RR: 9 Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1995 times:
I was originally to go through YYZ, TPE, and HKG. That's now all changed, and I 'd like to share my current flight path. This is a *Alliance C class ticket with lots of F upgrades using miles from various accounts.
Already did CPH-IAD-LAX. Comming up:
LAX-SFO (UA, 737, F)
SFO-ORD (UA, 777, F)
ORD-MSY (UA, 319, Y)
MSY-LAX (UA, 320, F)
LAX-NRT (SQ, 744, F)
NRT-ICN (UA, 777, F)
ICN-NRT (OZ, 74M, F)
NRT-FRA (NH, 744, F)
FRA-MAD (LH, 320, C)
MAD-FCO (TG, 747, C)
FCO-MUC-FRA-HAM-LHR (LH, various, C)
LHR-DUB (BD, 320, C)
DUB-FRA (LH, 737, C)
FRA-OSL-CPH (SK, M80's, C)
Zrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2953 posts, RR: 9 Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1888 times:
Please elaborate... Most of us here view commercial aviation as a hobby. How could this be a negative? Look, I live in LA, and have plans in Europe. I can either go the easy and short way, or I can have an adventure along the way and see other parts of the world.
Tix were about $4000 USD (bought out of Denmark, however).
Upgrades: 35k for SQ, 42K for NH, 10K for OZ, SWU's on UA.
I placed some queries with them last year when planning a holiday. The guy who handled my RTW query was clearly just interested in commission though, so I had trouble tying together strange route options with visa requirements.
As it happens, I ended up doing something very different on holiday, so maybe RTW next year.
Any suggestions for good RTW shops in Benelux and USA?
Their location shouldn't really matter - this is the 21st century, surely? - but this is an unconventional and low-volume business, so I wouldn't really trust them with odd forms of cross-border payment, or international postage of tickets... and many of them still seem incapable of doing business by email.
(Personal situation: based in NW Europe, want to visit friends in various corners of the globe, and have family in Australia whom I've never met...)
Zrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2953 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1817 times:
I upgrade on UA using UA miles and/ or SWU's. Short answer is that until just a few months ago, you could not do this. That restriction has been lifted.
I have miles with SQ, OZ, and NH as well. That's how I upgraded those flights. I have those miles, not because I have flown much with them, but because I was able to transfer points to them via American Express, Priority Club, and Starwood.
TonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1001 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1791 times:
Good point about now being able to upgrade on UA with the system wide. I heard that was now allowed. I understand you can now use them on stand by for LH. I hope the day comes soon that all Star Alliance are on the same track. Good insight to using the American Express for SQ. I did not know they were part of the program. Thanks for that insight. I will look into it.