hey guys, here is our story. We just got married May 2, 2004.
We had a very good experience with AA
My Mom and Aunt gave us 70,000 (or 80,000, i forget) miles EACH and so we booked Business class seats JFK
-Maui and Kauai to JFK
The problem is that their original booking gave us a 5 hour layover in LAX
. That sucked.
But then it got worse when they called me to say the layover was now 6.5 hours. At that point I called them (with 6 weeks to the wedding) and explained it was our Hmoon and yada yada yada....
our layover was changed (including a later flight) to 55 minutes! so that was awesome.
Then, point 2: Right after our wedding reception, we used some strategy:
The Maitre'd gave us 2 tins full of pasteries jsut as we were leaving the catering hall. The next afternoon, we boarded the flight with them and gave them to our FA
in business who was attending to us.
She said that although there was no space to upgrade us to F, we'd get F service. The rest of the flight was excellent with her service. Prior to landing, she presented us with a bottle of Champagne, wrapped in bubble wrap, and wished us a great trip.
For the return leg, we really wanted to EXTEND our 3 hour layover and make it much longer so that we could visit with MIDNIGHT MIKE in LGB
At first, AA
would not let us. Then my AAunt called AA
Customer service, explained that she and my mom got us these mileage tixx for our honeymoon and asked that our layover be extended.
it worked like a charm and we got to stay in LA
for 8 hours.
A) use mileage tickets, (if you can, its better to get them as a GIFT!
B) be extra nice to your crew. Im not saying bribe them with food but they work crazy lifestyles and appreciate yummy little gifts like that. One hand washes the other.
C) Have them note that you are on your honeymoon on your RLN, but expect nothing. IN
an extentuating circumstance (like we wanted to extend layovers, etc, it might work if you go through cust service.)
thats our experience.
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