Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
When Do Award Seats Open Up?  
User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3247 posts, RR: 22
Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2840 times:

Hi everyone,

I have lots of miles on Aeroplan (AC) and I would like to book a BOS-FRA trip on LH (business or, prferably, first class) sometime in the Fall.

I looked at the Aeroplan online WWW site for booking reward travel, and I also contacted Aeroplan directly, and LH shows 0 (zero, none, nada) seats available on their direct flights around the time when I want to fly (and I did look at a wide range of possible dates); not even economy.

Last year I booked such a trip around this time (for August) and I was given some different possibilities.

I was wondering whether LH opens up reward seats closer to the departure date or whether all rewards seats are really taken already. Can anyone shed light on this?

Thanks,

Tony


Nikon: we don't want more pixels, we want better pixels.
2 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25520 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2816 times:

While not familiar with AC and LH specifically, availability of seats technically opens up 360 days prior for sale or award usage. As time goes on and dependent on how various flights and destinations sell additional seats are often made available. In addition very often in the last few weeks/days leading up to the departure date additional seats can become further available. Also the cancellation and changes to already issued awards can see dates that previously not available become wide open.

Its basically a matter of keep trying, and also being willing to fly various routing options as your preferred choice might not be available. Consider BOS-xxx-FRA and route via another East Coast or European city.



From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1312 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2787 times:

First off, reward seats are VERY hard to find. More so because people can change them anytime and have to pay only $50 to change them. Doesn't hurt to book the flights way in advance. But in any case, travel demand to Europe is a lot more in summer months and if you are booking now for August chances are you won't get anything.

Several things you should try:

- Keep calling. I was looking for reward seats on Air France and I got different options every time, sometimes even on the same day. People change reward seats all the time.

- Try alternate routings. Most airlines will allow you a total of 6 segments in your itinerary, and also different arrival and departure airports as long as they are in the same zone (eg. Europe, North America etc). MOst airlines also permit ONE stopover in your routing. Just to clarify, the 6 segments can be used as 3 outbound and 3 inbound or 4 outbound and 2 inbound, any combination, as long as you keep within the 6.

- Try other airlines in the same alliance. Usually you can get a routing to say perhaps Toronto on AC and then LH or AC outbound. Try permutations and combinations, chances are something somewhere is open.

- Lastly, have a contingency plan. try and get as close to your final destination as possible and take the cheapest flight/train from there. Sometimes, distance may not matter. For example, I wanted to book a friend from Paris to San Francisco, but didn't get the routing, so easiest was to book to Washington Dulles and then put her on UA to OAK, rather than fly to LAX and then take AA/UA (IAD-OAK was about $100 cheaper than LAX-SFO)

Hope this helps.

cheers



I'm all in favour of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with keyboards.
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
What To Do When Your Airline Goes Belly Up (Varig) posted Mon Aug 28 2006 20:30:05 by 777fan
When Will LHR Open Up To DL/NW/US Etc posted Fri May 19 2006 11:17:55 by BHXDTW
When Will WN Open Up Reservations 4 After Jun 6th? posted Wed Feb 9 2005 06:10:00 by IslipWN
When Do We Get To See The New BA Club World Seat? posted Fri Sep 29 2006 14:02:52 by 8herveg
Do UK Domestics Get Up To Full Altitude? posted Wed Aug 23 2006 13:54:04 by Ba757gla
When Do JetBlue Planes Rest? posted Wed Jul 19 2006 04:16:33 by Spinkid
Award Seats On AF Using Skymiles.... posted Thu Jun 15 2006 16:15:15 by Avi8tir
When An Airline Goes Belly Up... posted Sat Apr 8 2006 22:49:37 by Adriaticus
When Do Airlines Decide To Increase Frequencies? posted Mon Jan 9 2006 08:17:00 by ETStar
When Do OzJet Start Flying BNE/SYD & BNE/MEL? posted Tue Nov 29 2005 07:46:43 by Simpilicity