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ancient_mariner Aug 18th, 2007 12:12 PM

I was able to get 4 Envoy class tickets on Us Airways to Rome and back in October of this year. I started 330 days out and kept calling back for weeks-- US Airways is getting increasingly stingy with premium cabin awards. Also, I had to leave and return in the middle of the week, which was not my first choice. However, the flights are booked and I was glad to get them!

hpeabody Aug 18th, 2007 01:02 PM

HONK HONK!!!!
I Got an AAdvantage ticket regular, 60,000 miles

American LAX-JFK-Zurich

Free stopover in Zurich

Zurich-Rome, Swiss Air, non-stop :)

Cruising the Med on Emerald Princess

Venice-Zurich-JFK-LAX, Swiss Air up to JFK, American last leg, JFK-LAX

I must have booked it 11 months ago and it took over a week calling at midnight to get it all together. And I am so glad I am not going through Heathrow :)

Jeangail Aug 18th, 2007 02:22 PM

I booked 2 tix on Delta business class for April 29 2008 from JFK to Venice and business class home from Rome on Alitalia (hope it's still in business), all non-stop for 90,000 per ticket (sky saver). I'm waitlisted to return home on Delta but I'm not too hopeful. Still, I think I did well but I had to work hard to make it happen!

PeggyE Aug 18th, 2007 02:38 PM

Last Sept, first class Luftansa LAX to Munich, Munich to Rome, then Venice to LAX! This October LAX to Zurich, then Paris to LAX first class again on Luftansa & United home from Paris via Chicago. Fantastic!

mah1980 Aug 19th, 2007 09:38 AM

We just returned from St. John, USVI via two Aadvantage award flights to STT.

I booked two Aadvantage award flights immediately when they became available for May 3-11, 2008: MSY-DFW-CDG (and CDG-MIA-MSY on the return).

We have the CitiAadvantage card and use it for all purchases and bills that can be paid with cc, and pay it off every month. We also buy goods from the Aadvantage Shopping mall (especially things like flower orders where we got 1 0 miles per dollar this Mother's Day).

Question for AAfrequentflyer about the One World partnership: I am confused. We've used Aadvantage miles only for AA flights and after France next year am interested in visiting European destinations in 2009 that would require flying on One World airlines. Do these flights need to be booked on the phone with an AA representative, can it be done online on aa.com, or does it need to be done on the One World partner's website/customer service number?


Cindywho Aug 19th, 2007 09:47 AM

We just booked "dividend mile" flights from Indianapolis to Venice and return to Indianapolis from Frankfurt for June 2008. I believe we got the first seats assignments on the flights! We had been saving for a long time, expecting to use 50,000 points for each round trip. Found those seats were very infrequently offered. Were able to get the return flight at that rate and the departing flight to Venice at higher rate. Spent 150,000 for two of us! Lucky we had 170,000.

Anyone else using US Air?

jenster Aug 20th, 2007 07:35 AM

Using 250,000 Continental miles for first class Boston-Brussels; Czech-Air Brussels to Prague, then Zurich back to Boston. Was able to get all flights first class on the dates I requested! I was amazed, too. (Doing a bit of driving between Prague and Zurich).

Booked in July for late Sept/early Oct travel. Out only $79 cash for fees.

i_am_kane Sep 6th, 2007 10:54 AM

Today I got FF tickets from Hartford, CT to Amsterdam direct on NWA.

This is an unexpected trip from October 29 - November 5, 2007. Our first time visitng the Netherlands.

AAFrequentFlyer Sep 6th, 2007 11:18 AM

<b>mah1980</b>,

thete are 2 different awards when using AA miles.


1. It's an all partner award. You can use any and all partners, but it's limited to zone to zone award. You are allowed a stopover on the outbound or inbound gateway. For example: JFK-LAX(stop)-NRT(stop)-DFW-JFK, or JFK-LAX-NRT(stop)-DFW(stop)-JFK.

2. Oneworld Award is based on mileage and it's more open for stopovers. You can only use the OW memebrs, not all AAdvantage partners. It's based on mileage between stopovers ONLY. For example, if you were to fly from LAX to SYD through HKG, the mileage would be counted only as LAX-SYD, straight line. As long as you didn't stop in HKG, 24 hours or less, depending on what flight is available, you will only be charged for LAX-SYD straight line mileage, as long as you use Japan, AA, Cathay, or Qantas. And actually you can use BA, IB or FINNAir if you don't mind flying the long way around.

karens Sep 6th, 2007 12:20 PM

Next summer we are going PHL-YYZ-Zurich and then Munich-YYZ-PHL. Four seats for only 200,000 miles.

I am SO HAPPY Air Canada is in the Star Alliance!!

mhdavidson Sep 6th, 2007 01:28 PM

Using USAIR &amp; United miles for 2 free tix on Austrian Air for Christmas. All garnered with credit cards and other misc freebies.

AMcanadian Sep 12th, 2007 06:51 AM

Hi All,
Used 90,000 skymiles for Delta business elite from Jax to Dub this October. Not a flat bed, I know, but certainly better than coach...
Does anyone know whether they are still using 762&quot;s on this route? Discrepency on website.

kawh Sep 17th, 2007 06:56 PM

We had an easier time this year with our reservation (for summer 2008.) will fly united to barcelona via frankfurt, then return from milan with same frankfurt stop. 50,000 miles each. we love to use our miles for open-jaw travel, as it's so expensive for paid flights-- and saves us time when we don't have to double-back to our arrival point. love the miles!!!
kawh

newfie49 Sep 26th, 2007 12:07 PM

We just got back from Edinbourgh, skysaver business elite for 90,000 each, going to Spain next April on skysaver business elite, lay down seats on last Delta flight. Also used our AMEX points for a weeks stay at Parrot Cay which was very nice.

producerkoof Sep 26th, 2007 02:07 PM

Last year used 150,000 miles for two coach tickets LAX- Nairobi for a ten day safari through Kenya and Tanzania! Amazing!!
This year, used 75,000 miles for SFO-Delhi, India. Leave Dec. 2-18! Can't wait. Also stopping in Nepal for three days.

nsalerno Sep 26th, 2007 04:15 PM

We recently inquired about just this and we were told that we needed to call and do over the telephone. We will be using AA air miles for a trip to France in 2008. We were going to travel in Sept. but the AA representative said if we travel after Oct 15th we will need 40,000 air miles for each flight intead of 60,000 peak season. this is one way we are trying to compensate for the low value of the US dollar. Good Luck


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