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Old Aug 14, 10, 5:07 pm
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Originally Posted by paugom View Post

My fiance and I are attempting to book our honeymoon for next May (the last 2 weeks of the month). We'd like to go to Athens and Istanbul. I've currently got 210k miles in CO, 120k points in AMEX and about 95k points in Starwood. I'm having a heck of a time trying to find any reasonable options on Continental's reward flight search . We'd obviously love to fly firstclass if possible, and I have enough for the saverpass tickets. So I bow to you all, the experts, and ask a few questions...

1. Can CO do more over the phone then the website? How reliable is the website's results for reward searches?

2. We're more concerned about the long haul being first class then the Intra-Europe travel. Is it possible to combine a reward NYC to Europe flight with a paid intra-europe flight to our final destination? (Since CO doesn't fly to Istanbul direct)

3. Should I be trying to pay for my tickets and upgrade them instead?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!

Some of the biggest carriers to Europe are not reflected on CO's site (e.g., LH). You mentioned IST, and TK doesn't even show up at, IIRC. You should find space using the ANA took as sbm12 mentioned, then call it in.

I don't think this should be much of a problem unless you constrain your search unreasonably (e.g., single specific date, or insist on nonstops). Your intra-Europe segment should be very easy, so I wouldn't sweat that at all.

If you want to go for First, familiarize yourself with the different first class offerings out there. LX is very nice in the new config plane, for example. As is TK via JFK.
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