COEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1061 posts, RR: 20 Posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1248 times:
My mom is giving me miles so I can visit my bf the week right after Christmas. The 26th-30th to be exact. I am looking to fly into BUR prefferably or LAX. She is Gold Elite with CO and has no problem with me using the 50K reward. I am not sure yet that I will be able to get off work though. Using the 50K reward and having her Gold Elite status on my side, how close do you guys think I can book it to the travel date? Are these reward seats available as long as there are seats on the plane?
Also, when I put in EWR-BUR CO gives me EWR-SEA-BUR with SEA-BUR on AS. I know DL flies SLC-BUR and with a connection in SLC I can leave the same time and arrive 2 hours earliar. Is there anyway to get on those flights? CO doesnt even show it as an option.
TOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3249 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1224 times:
Heavy travel period. CO is stingy with awards especially at standard levels, then add in that you are trying to travel during a holiday period and it gets tougher. Her gold status may help, as CO makes more seats available to elite customers. But you probably should plan on having to pay the Easypass rate (double miles), and book it as soon as you see a seat you want. Book too close and CO slaps extra fees on the booking.
ManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1204 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1208 times:
You seem to be talking about the easypass rate (i.e. double miles) so you can book any seat that is available for revenue sale. With a standard 25k reward you'd have problems. You can mix standard and easypass sectors if one direction has the cheaper level availability.
DFWMEX From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 112 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1121 times:
I don't recommend wasting 50K miles on a domestic flight, instead pay for it. Use those miles for a reward travel to Europe, which allows free stopovers and one open-jaw. You maximize the value of the miles by stopping over let's say, in Paris for a few days, then continue to Kiev, then you can do land to Moscow, and return from there or keep going to St. Petersburg on your own, then catch the open jaw back from there. Those tickets are too expensive and are worth buying using miles. I never use miles for trips that are too short.
An open-jaw ticket is a "round-trip" ticket that's booked from Destination A to Destination B, then from Destination C back to Destination A. Travel between destinations B and C is up to the ticket purchaser.
For example, I booked open-jaw US Airways Envoy Class award tickets from San Francisco to London-Gatwick, returning from Paris-de Gaulle back to San Francisco.
USAir A321 service now departing for SFO with fuel stops in CAK, COS and RNO. Enjoy your flight.
IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4778 posts, RR: 25 Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 1063 times:
Quoting DFWMEX (Reply 5): I don't recommend wasting 50K miles on a domestic flight, instead pay for it.
Exactly....that way you are assure of a seat, but don't buy a non refundable ticket if you are not sure of being about to be off work, and get yourself a OnePass number so YOU earn miles! Bottom line, longer you wait for either revinue ticket or reward you will lose. Have fun!
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Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6 Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 1060 times:
Quoting FCYTravis (Reply 7): They don't call CO's FF program NonePass for nothing.
I'm not going to get into the debate on OnePass availability here; there's no doubt it can be frustratingly difficult to get the reward seats you want. However, in this case, I don't think that any airline would have standard seats at this point. It's nearly the beginning of November, only about two months from the travel date, and the OP is looking to fly on some of the most heavily-traveled days of the year around the Christmas holiday. CO knows that it can get every seat filled on those flights with revenue pax, probably even with a revenue premium given the travel dates, and even if they had released any reward seats, anything that was available would be long, long gone by now.
EWR-LAX seats are rarely available. On most airlines, reward travel and upgrades are severely limited on the LAX-NYC routes because of the high demand of paying customers, and the high connection traffic from Europe and Asia heading to LA and NY.
If you want to do EWR-SLC-BUR, I'd call CO and find out. But at the holidays, again, it's going to be tough to get anything that isn't "full fare" either with mileage or with cash.
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
COEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1061 posts, RR: 20 Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1003 times:
My mom has over 500K miles and doesn't really care if I use them. When I looked into fares on DL to BUR it was over $1,000 and AS wasn't much better. My bf prefers that I fly into BUR as he lives about an hour north of LAX with no traffic and the chances of no traffic are slim to none. It's sort of the same with me and JFK. I hate that ride from NJ but I do it for him so he can take his non-stop B6 flight. If i have to I would fly to LAX however. I think the best thing for me to do is book the EasyPass reward now and if I need to cancel I'll just suck up the $35 re-deposit fee. If I call CO will the EasyPass Rewards be abvailable on DL flights. As I said earlier she's Gold Elite if that makes any difference.
JEdward From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 133 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 989 times:
Be sure to also check partner reward inventory. 'Busy Time' may be a bit of an understatement, but if you're slightly flexible they're may be some options out there. For example:
JFK/EWR/LGA - CVG/ATL/SLC - BUR
JFK/EWR/LGA - MEM/DTW/MSP - BUR
EWR - SEA - BUR
Some combination of all three:
...you get the idea.
If you can find standard award availability on these guys you can redeem you’ll only be spending 25k vis-à-vis 50k. Continental.com does not do partner reward inventory well so if you’re interested in doing this, you’ll have to call in (and if you do, be sure to suggest to the rep alternative routings as they can sometimes be lethargic in checking them).
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