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Frequent Flyer Ticket Booking Saga

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Every so often a poster asks "How can I book FF ticket to wherever" So I thought I would give you my "saga" just to give you some ideas of how this all works sometimes.

Let me start by saying I am an elite level flyer with Delta... that really helps when making changes.

This starts mid March

So... plan 1 Go to Paris for a week starting 5/16 Found a couple of tickets in Economy Comfort via Pittsburgh for low milage. Wasn't in love with this but I booked it.

Started playing around and found a low milage business fare ticket to London through Boston Booked that, cancelled Ticket 1 (We are now on ticket two) Booked a round trip LHR to CDG on Expedia....

Work raised it's ugly head in late March and I had to move the entire trip a week. Found an economy comfort ticket from Atlanta to London direct with a return via Boston. Booked an overnight on both ends in London and a train ticket from London to Paris. (Trip was now a day longer since I got the "Memorial Day" holiday in there and didn't have use another vacation day :)) Ticket 3

Called Expedia, got the taxes back on my ticket from LHR to CDG. Amazingly taxes were 90% of ticket price :)

Kept checking every day. Early April a low level non stop Business from ATL to LHR opens up and I call and get changed to that. Still on Economy Comfort coming home. (Ticket 4)

A week later the non stop LHR ATL in Business opens up for low mileage. Another call, another change (ticket 5)

Today... Low level ticket from CDG to ATL (via Manchester) shows up. Call and change again. (Ticket 6)

And I am done. I am still flying into LHR instead of CDG, but.. the lie flat seats on ATL - LHR make it worth it. And I am wasting half a train ticket but that's hardly earth shattering!

Now the BIG advantage I have is that the airline does NOT charge me to change my flights since I have status. If they do charge you this can get costly, but... if you book a long way in advance and they make substantial changes to the flight times they ususally waive that fee. So if you are playing this game my suggestion is don't call the MINUTE you see the "schedule' change... wait and use that to your advantage when you find what you want. Then you call and say "you changed my flight by two hours and that won't work and can you change me to XYZ" Sometimes that works :)

Also, the "award calendar" on Delta often showed me only "high" or moderate priced seats left... it did that today, but I clicked on the "moderate" day I wanted anyway and "Low milage pricing" appeared. So don't always stop with the "calendar" feature :)

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