vtdl
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What To Do With My Tickets?

Sat Jul 14, 2007 3:56 pm

I used my Mileage Plus miles to book 4 UA flights for next month. But now, unfortunately, we can't go next month. What can I do with these tickets? Here are my options:

1. Cancel and recredit the miles. But will cost me $100x4. With all the mileage restriction nowadays, is it worthwhile to pay $400 to keep that 100,000 miles?
2. Postpone the travel date to/from same airports. Free but I have only to December (that was when I booked the flight last Dec).
3. Forget it and say goodbye to the miles and tickets.

Any other options that you can think of? Can the tickets be changed to relatives names so they can use it?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!
 
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RE: What To Do With My Tickets?

Sat Jul 14, 2007 4:25 pm

Quoting Vtdl (Thread starter):
1. Cancel and recredit the miles. But will cost me $100x4. With all the mileage restriction nowadays, is it worthwhile to pay $400 to keep that 100,000 miles?

Yes. For 100,000 miles, you can get a long range business class seat, and on some routes, an F seat, depending on airline. And depending on the route, that ticket can be worth $10,000 or more. In theory.

For example, I used 135,000 CO miles to fly LAX-SYD-LAX in F on QF which also included SYD-PER-MEL-SYD in J. That's a pretty valuable 135,000 miles when you price it out. $22,500.

I used 125,000 AA miles to fly LAX-DFW-NRT-DFW-LAX in F, which has a current value of $7800, but at the time the flight would have cost $14,000.
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RE: What To Do With My Tickets?

Sat Jul 14, 2007 9:22 pm

I recently had to cancel an AAdvantage ticket to Guadalajara because of a family illness. When I spoke to the reservationist, I was told that as long as I rebooked within a year from the time I booked the tickets I could use them and not have to pay a fee to reinstate the tickets. You might want to check if UA has this option.
 
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RE: What To Do With My Tickets?

Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:25 pm

Quoting DesertAir (Reply 2):
You might want to check if UA has this option.



Quoting Vtdl (Thread starter):
2. Postpone the travel date to/from same airports. Free but I have only to December (that was when I booked the flight last Dec).

sounds to me like he already did it
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RE: What To Do With My Tickets?

Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:50 pm

Postpone the travel as long as you can along the same routing. Inevitably, there will be a schedule change. Once that happens, call United and tell them the new schedule doesn't work. They should recredit your miles without fee.
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RE: What To Do With My Tickets?

Sun Jul 15, 2007 1:51 am

For $9.95 at Target, you can get a lovely picture frame that you can place your confirmation letter in and display it with pride on your wall.  Wink
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RE: What To Do With My Tickets?

Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:08 am

Quoting DesertAir (Reply 2):
reservationist

Good word there..
 
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RE: What To Do With My Tickets?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:07 pm

D) Get B777A340Fan's UAL Mileage Plus Number and transfer the miles.
 
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RE: What To Do With My Tickets?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:32 am

Quoting Vtdl (Thread starter):
1. Cancel and recredit the miles. But will cost me $100x4. With all the mileage restriction nowadays, is it worthwhile to pay $400 to keep that 100,000 miles?

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Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 1):
Yes. For 100,000 miles, you can get a long range business class seat, and on some routes, an F seat, depending on airline. And depending on the route, that ticket can be worth $10,000 or more. In theory.

I agree with Ikramerica's reply here.
First postpone (if indeed free of charge) as long as you can (= until December as you said) and the chip in that $400 to keep those 100,000 miles ! This is unless you are a millionaire on miles but are stripped of cash (or Credit Cards) ...

Quoting B777A340Fan (Reply 7):
D) Get B777A340Fan's UAL Mileage Plus Number and transfer the miles.

LOL !
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