Not sure if I shoud use FF miles for this

Old Mar 8th, 2005, 06:49 PM
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I am sorry to confuse everyone. I have 2 ff tickets to paris in Sept. We go through Boston..but those tickets are fine all the way back to San Diego.

We are going back East in May..visiting family..several cities, ending in Boston. Want to return home to San Diego June 28. .and that is it!! Possibly could use the second half of the ticket next Spring..but that might be too late.

I just checked..I have 180,000 miles in my FF account. My husband has a smaller amount..much smaller.

Whew. I really have messed this up haven't I?

Thanks for bearing with me and trying to help.

Waiting to hear from you.

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Old Mar 8th, 2005, 07:04 PM
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I went on the American site. They say they upgrade you one class...does that mean we would be only in business class????..they certainly don't make it easy.
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Old Mar 8th, 2005, 07:22 PM
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So, who are you getting from San Diego to Boston? Still confused.

On the domestic AA flight between San Diego and Boston, there's only two classes. Coach and First. No business class. And on American's 757, the First Class cabin is the "domestic" type, which is 39" pitch, 21" width.

It is more comfortable than coach, for sure, but it's nothing like International Business Class (60" pitch), let alone International First Class (sometimes 92" pitch suite).

To make this clear, in terms of comfort and room:

International 1st Class > International Business > Domestic 1st > Coach
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Old Mar 8th, 2005, 07:22 PM
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Sorry, I mean "how" are you getting from SAN to BOS?
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Old Mar 9th, 2005, 12:10 PM
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I neglected to give details..

We flying jetblue to DC. Then taking a train to NJ and a train to Boston. (I love trains) and we have relatives in a lot of places to see.

It sounds like it's not worth using ff miles if the upgrade to first is like business class. So I may just use the ff mileage as is...or forget and pay for the flights. I got an email from American about a sale so I have to look at that too.

Thanks and any more info is welcome. You know so much ...I am impressed.
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Old Mar 9th, 2005, 12:30 PM
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Just found out another cheap way to go BOS-SAN. You can book on ATA (it was recently "rescued" by Southwest), one-way BOS-SAN for $196 tax included. BOS-MDW (Chicago Midway) is on ATA and MDW-SAN is on Southwest.

This way, you don't need to fly out of Manchester or Providence. Only problem is the BOS-MDW flight leaves at 6am.

BTW, the roundtrip coach fares on the AA non-stop has dropped on certain days to just over $300. A hundred bucks less than when this thread started 2 days ago.
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Old Mar 9th, 2005, 12:37 PM
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Since you don't need the return, I would just buy a one way from BOS to SAN. If you don't mind one stop, fares are around or less than $200pp on several carriers. Or take the train back to DC or New York and fly JetBlue to SAN for $130ish. I don't know if you've flown JetBlue before but they aren't bad in economy. Save your miles for something else like premium class international travel which would cost much more if you had to pay.
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Old Mar 9th, 2005, 02:07 PM
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Thanks for all the help. We are in our 70s so the less dragging luggage and driving places, the better. We like non-stop as it's less exhausting.

When we were younger, we would think nothing of getting to another airport, or driving to a different place ..but now it's not easy to do.

I will check the aa site right away..! Thanks for all your help.
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Old Mar 9th, 2005, 03:14 PM
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Yes great rt prices $300 on aa BUT we are needing it end of June..and they only go till beginning of June.
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Old Mar 9th, 2005, 04:58 PM
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I checked one-ways on June 28 yesterday. It was over $500 on American's nonstop. On USAir (or United codeshare) it was $191.
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Old Mar 9th, 2005, 04:59 PM
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The USAir fare was for a 1-stop.
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Old Mar 10th, 2005, 02:43 PM
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OK. I went in itasofware and found many flights non stop boston to san diego ,,

What does this mean?
Alaska Airlines Flight AS1278 on a Boeing 737 (jet) in coach class
     (operated by American Airlines as Flight AA226)
This flight is $362...the same one almost on American with no mention of Alaska is $400.

I don't understand. Is Alaska ok?Thanks
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Old Mar 10th, 2005, 05:27 PM
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It's the same plane, an American Airlines plane. It's just that Alaskan Airlines is selling seats for it.
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Old Mar 10th, 2005, 05:36 PM
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AS1277 = AA225 BOS-SAN
AS1278 = AA226 SAN-BOS

Same plane, same flight, by American Airlines. You check in at the same counter, sit in the same seat, absolutely no difference.

If you can buy the AS ticket cheaper, than go ahead. You can even earn the same AAdvantage miles.

This flight is sometimes operated with a 737-800, sometimes with a 757-200. Still single-aisle narrow body with 3-3 seating. Same audio/video system with monitors in the ceiling, 12-channel audio, and $5 headphones (or bring your own).
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Old Mar 10th, 2005, 06:15 PM
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Gosh you are so smart about these things. Let me ask you then..if Alaska Airlines is selling it, whose mechanics are they using?..

I am a fearful flyer ... I remember Alaska airlines had an accident and it was due to faulty maintenance..

I will do what you say but need reassurance.

Thanks

PS Why do they this?
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Old Mar 10th, 2005, 07:52 PM
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Why codeshare? It's been a common practice for years. Airlines can buy seats on certain flights on their partner airlines and put their flight number on it. This way, each airline can boost the number of flights and cities they serve. It also helps with internet booking of flights on airline's own website.

And back to your question about this specific flight. Again, it's a AA flight. Alaska has absolutely nothing to do with the plane or the flight, except their flight number and that they sell tickets on it. Just like AA has nothing to with Cathay Pacific's flights to Hong Kong.

BTW, Alaska Airlines is a very well ran, safe airline. A crash doesn't mean much. In fact, I will bet that its safety record is better than AA's.

[Finally, nothing to do with this discussion, but AS and AA have had very long-term relationship. Before the word "codeshare" was invented. Back in the late 80's. Alaska flies a 727 to DFW, and AA will use that plane for a DFW-IAH roundtrip. I have been on both flights a few times. It has AS livery, AS interior, AS flight magazine, etc... But flight number, crew and service are all AA's on this flight. Those are the only time I've "flown" AS.]
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Old Mar 11th, 2005, 02:35 PM
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I am very grateful you are on here. Thank you.
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