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yestravel May 12th, 2011 03:39 PM

Any suggestions for booking FF with UA for SEAsia
 
I have been working with UA to get 2 biz class round trip tixs to SE Asia for this winter. We are leaving from the DC area. We are trying to get tixs either going to or returning from BKK. The other portion of the tixs would be going to and/ or returning from either HCMC or Hanoi. We are very flexible and can leave anytime in mid Dec into Jan and want to return 6-7 weeks later. So far UA has not been able to find a thing booking with them or their Star Alliance partners. Any ideas for booking? Thanks!

Weekender May 12th, 2011 03:42 PM

Did you try booking one way tickets to and from? I just booked first to Shanghai for Thanksgiving at 145,000 miles.

yestravel May 12th, 2011 03:49 PM

What they r telling me is that there are no seats currently available in biz class in any of the combination of directions. I did not specifically ask for one ways and that's worth a try. Thanks for the idea.

mrwunrfl May 12th, 2011 05:38 PM

Go to the Continental website and use their search tool to look for availability. If you find availability then open a OnePass account if you don't have one already. Then you can transfer the miles from United MP to Continental OP and buy the ticket.

mrwunrfl May 12th, 2011 06:09 PM

Well, I found a couple of dates for WAS-BKK roundtrip with all-first class. A lot of the options have mixed classes of service and many/most of them are a mix of first and economy. I didn't look at the mixed-class business awards. Problem is that the economy legs are long (5 to 10 hours).

yestravel May 12th, 2011 06:26 PM

mrwunrfl -- thank u so much! I actually was able to figure some routings that will work and don't have any economy seats in the routing. Do u know how long it takes to transfer the miles from UA to Continental? anyway to have the seats held while this is being done?

mrwunrfl May 12th, 2011 06:26 PM

Ok, a business class award, 250,000 miles for two people:
Dec 6: DCA-JFK-ICN-HAN
Jan 17: BKK-LAX-CLT-DCA

The domestic legs are all USAirways first class. The outbound international legs are on Asiana. BKK-LAX is the Thai Air nonstop. The international legs are all biz class.

mrwunrfl May 12th, 2011 06:27 PM

That is exactly 6 weeks.

mrwunrfl May 12th, 2011 06:28 PM

I just saw your reply. You can transfer the miles online and it is instantaneous. I will get the link.

mrwunrfl May 12th, 2011 06:33 PM

I just posted it a second time to a different thread. If you have the miles, I recommend getting an all-first trip in at least one direction.

Here is the info:

Transfer redeemable miles between your OnePass and Mileage Plus accounts. Give it a spin at united.com/transfermymiles or continental.com/transfermymiles (both take you to the same place).

Match Elite status and combine Elite earnings for your OnePass and Mileage Plus accounts. For those of you who have Elite Qualification miles and segments/points in both OnePass and Mileage Plus, you can now combine these earnings to earn Elite status, Regional Upgrades and Systemwide Upgrades. Go to united.com/combinemyactivity or continental.com/combinemyactivity for all the details.

yestravel May 12th, 2011 06:55 PM

Thank YOU SO MUCH! Because we are using 2 frequent flyer accounts does it make sense to book on the phone? or just to 2 separate bookings online?

mrwunrfl May 12th, 2011 07:15 PM

I don't know if it matters, but I don't think so. You could ask the agent. I suppose there would be a fee for doing it over the phone. But you could let the agent do a few searches for you and maybe they might even find something better.

A few of the itineraries to/from SGN and maybe HAN routed through BKK. So you should be able to close the open jaw on the award ticket by using it to also fly BKK-HAN/SGN or v.v.

mrwunrfl May 12th, 2011 07:19 PM

I think I would do it over the phone for two tix. The paranoid me comes up with a scenario where one ticket gets booked and the mysterious computers remove the other seats from availability.

yestravel May 12th, 2011 07:36 PM

Yes, that's my fear also -- its probably money well spent calling an agent. We actually found a variety of options leaving at the end of Dec and coming back late Feb. Again, I appreciate your help.

yestravel May 12th, 2011 08:23 PM

Well, we threw caution to the wind and and using 2 computers side by side actually booked our tixs online. One more question for u--could only get seats assigned on the UA flights. How do we get the seats for the other carriers?

mrwunrfl May 13th, 2011 06:33 AM

Call Continental and get reservation/confo numbers for the other carriers. Have them linked by CO. You could also ask CO to assign seats but expect the answer to be no. Then contact the other carriers (website or call) for seat assignments. Have the ticket numbers and flight info handy.

mrwunrfl May 13th, 2011 06:35 AM

Have the tickets linked,i mean.

mrwunrfl May 13th, 2011 06:47 AM

When you call CO you could ask them to add on the BKK-HAN/SGN leg onto the award to close the open jaw. My assumption being that the tix can be changed/cancelled with no fee within 24 hours, but that might not be a valid assumption. Am curious to know what you got.

mrwunrfl May 13th, 2011 06:48 AM

what route, carriers.

yestravel May 13th, 2011 08:43 AM

As u thought, CO referred me to the carriers and we're set.

Outbound 1st class both legs UA for IAD-Rome & Thai Air Rome - BKK.
Rtn in Biz class 2 legs Japan Air SGN - NRT & on ANA NRT-ORD Economy+ on UA ORD-DCA. A few long layovers, but happy to get the seats. We were trying to avoid ORD in winter, but if we get stuck on the way back, who cares??? CO said no changes, but I didn't really push them to make any.
Still puzzled as to why CO would have seats on the same airlines and UA not.

Thank you so much for your help! I was so tired of calling UA and getting nowhere. Now on to planning the trip itself...


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