Markk From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 196 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2597 times:
Is anyone real familiar with the way Continental handles reward ticketing? I am looking to book a biz first reward from IAH-HNL sometime in Feb or March. There seems to be no standard biz first seats available yet there seem to be quite a few this August and September. Have they just not released any standard seats yet? Does Continental usually not release standard reward type seats until only a month or two out?
Neilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2573 times:
I've found it hard doing rewards travel with any airline even more so Continental. I was just checking out flights to the Pacific area in June of next year. It was hit of miss on the day. I would bet Feb and March are big times for travel to Honolulu and there aren't that many reward seats because they can sell the seat instead of giving it away. Aug and Sept are actually off-peak for Honoulu thus more seats. I would keep checking, but I'd be surprised to see if anything opened up except if someone canceled.
Ybacpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2528 times:
Two general rules with CO:
1. It is almost impossible to get tickets on the dates you want, regardless of your elite level.
2. The closer to the date of departure, the more likely you are to get them. It seems like about 45 days before departure CO will open seats up to reward usage.
Try looking at Northwest or Delta for availabilty, if you don't mind flying them. If you don't have the nerves to wait until 45 days before, try looking for upgrade awards. They'll cost you, but at least you'll have a guaranteed seat. Also, try calling and checking the web site, sometimes one or the other will be able to find you seats.
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CoRocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2477 times:
The only way to get Biz seats on Continental overseas or to HNL if it is outside of 30 days is via a special Platinum reward code. Some of the agents don't even realize it exists sometimes. You usually have to keep calling back until you get the right agent. Otherwise, they don't normally open the standard rewards outside of the 30 days.