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Old Apr 8, 11, 11:41 pm   #1
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DL: LAX-ATL-JFK-NRT-BKK RT $1161 ai

I had been looking to make trip from WAS area to SIN or BKK. Then I tried from LAX via DCA, which was rather high. This yields about 24500 MQMs for 4.7 cents per mile.

I had $450 worth of e-certs that brought the cost down to $711, bringing the cpm down to 2.9 cents per mile.

The cost per mile does not include medallion bonuses. With DM status the cost for RDMs is down to less than 1.5 cpm. Books in T class with Fare basis - TXSL18

Travel to begin before April 30.

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any more info. do you fly over Europe ? Is it all on Delta ?

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Old Apr 9, 11, 10:38 am   #3
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any more info. do you fly over Europe ? Is it all on Delta ?

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I am sorry, I forgot to add that it's on Delta all the way. I do not fly over Europe.
I found the flights on ITA (LAX to BKK via JFK) and then booked on Delta.com using multi-city search. If you search by price, delta.com may or may not show that routing,. If it does, price would be higher as one of inbound or outbound might be an class higher than T. But if you search using schedule and pick the flights shown by ITA, the itinerary will price lower (in T class all the way). ITA returns LAX-JFK-NRT-BKK and back only, but you will have to play around with delta.com's search by price to route through ATL. The $1025 for LAX-NRT-BKK isn't great, but going through JFK makes it worthwhile.

The search parameters were LAX-JFK, JFK-BKK and reverse. I could have squeezed a few more miles by going through ATL on inbound JFK-LAX too, but it would have brought be into LAX at a time that might have required an overnight in LAX, as I have to come back home to DCA (using DCA-LAX award ticket, which I managed to get the lowest mileage level). PM me if you need any more info.
Since you are based in LAX you would be able to explore more options adding another segment or two. LAX-BKK without the JFK diversion prices at $1025 on ITA. AN extra $135 for 8000 more miles is not bad.

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Old Apr 9, 11, 2:00 pm   #4
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I do not fly over Europe.
Is it against your religion?

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I had been looking to make trip from WAS area to SIN or BKK. Then I tried from LAX via DCA, which was rather high. This yields about 24500 MQMs for 4.7 cents per mile.

I had $450 worth of e-certs that brought the cost down to $711, bringing the cpm down to 2.9 cents per mile.

The cost per mile does not include medallion bonuses. With DM status the cost for RDMs is down to less than 1.5 cpm. Books in T class with Fare basis - TXSL18

Travel to begin before April 30.
Sounds like a cool trip. Realize it's a MR, but how long are you staying in Bangkok?
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Off the topic but how do you download ITA software?
is there a bit torrent?
the only thing I find is a web-based ITA tool.
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Off the topic but how do you download ITA software?
is there a bit torrent?
the only thing I find is a web-based ITA tool.

thats all you need. There is no download (AFAIK).
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Off the topic but how do you download ITA software?
is there a bit torrent?
the only thing I find is a web-based ITA tool.
It is a flight search engine, and the link :
http://matrix.itasoftware.com/
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Old Apr 9, 11, 7:48 pm   #10
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Is it against your religion?

Nice find, btw.
It would be if I were an Amerkin.

Considering the O&D cities, the fare isn't great. THe routing makes it a bit more than just tolerable.
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I had been looking to make trip from WAS area to SIN or BKK. Then I tried from LAX via DCA, which was rather high. This yields about 24500 MQMs for 4.7 cents per mile.

I had $450 worth of e-certs that brought the cost down to $711, bringing the cpm down to 2.9 cents per mile.

The cost per mile does not include medallion bonuses. With DM status the cost for RDMs is down to less than 1.5 cpm. Books in T class with Fare basis - TXSL18

Travel to begin before April 30.
I am able to find on ita that AA is matching the same
Itinerary
Los Angeles (LAX) to Bangkok (BKK) - Wed, Apr 13
Los Angeles (LAX) to New York (JFK) - Wed, Apr 13
American 4 Dep: 12:15PM Arr: 8:55PM 5h 40m Boeing 767 Coach (N)
Layover in JFK 11h 20m

New York (JFK) to Tokyo (NRT) - Thu, Apr 14
American 167 Dep: 8:15AM Arr: 11:10AM 13h 55m Boeing 777 Coach (N)
Layover in NRT Fri, Apr 15 6h 55m

Tokyo (NRT) to Bangkok (BKK) - Fri, Apr 15
American 5834 Dep: 6:05PM Arr: 10:40PM 6h 35m Boeing 767 Coach (N)
OPERATED BY JAPAN AIRLINES


Bangkok (BKK) to Los Angeles (LAX) - Mon, Apr 25
Bangkok (BKK) to Tokyo (NRT) - Mon, Apr 25
American 5835 Dep: 8:10AM Arr: 4:25PM 6h 15m Boeing 767 Coach (N)
OPERATED BY JAPAN AIRLINES Layover in NRT 1h 25m

Tokyo (NRT) to New York (JFK) - Mon, Apr 25
American 168 Dep: 5:50PM Arr: 5:55PM 13h 5m Boeing 777 Coach (N)
Layover in JFK 3h 5m

New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) - Mon, Apr 25
American 185 Dep: 9:00PM Arr: 12:20AM 6h 20m Boeing 767 Coach (N)
Tue, Apr 26

Cost per passenger (including taxes & fees) $1,154.50
Total cost for 1 passenger $1,154.50
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Nice find; it's always good when Asia is on sale as the miles can add up!
Might be doing my own little configuration of this trip. Thanks for the info.
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Old Apr 13, 11, 11:09 am   #13
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Nice find; it's always good when Asia is on sale as the miles can add up!
Might be doing my own little configuration of this trip. Thanks for the info.
Let me know if you do it. It was quite a surprise to have my name called from behind at the gate for the TPE flight in NRT. For the life of me, I couldn't figure out who could be calling my name at the gate in NRT. My dates are April 20th to May 2nd for LAX-BKK part of the trip.
It's not a sale as much as the routing that makes it worthwhile. Alas, we'll never see the ~$500 fare to Asia.
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