Old Oct 24, 11, 4:28 am
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mtkeller
 
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Originally Posted by krpjr View Post
Whats the point of being partners with these darn airlines if they have so many blackout dates? ...goodness
MU has gotten better, as there are no blackout dates listed for 2012 yet (and hopefully there won't be any). With KE, the situation is more complicated. What's going on is that KE is charging SkyPass members a higher rate for certain types of flights during certain periods, and thus they're not available to partners. However, sometimes this blackout applies only to domestic Korean flights, but DL blacks out the long-haul ones, too. See this chart. If DL IT were more sophisticated, it would just recognize the flight number ranges that were inaccessible and make them that way during the right periods. For instance, I couldn't get SYD-ICN-LHR on 23 December on KE, even though it wouldn't be at the higher rate if I were using SkyPass miles. (Wanted to stay in Oz a bit longer any way, but might have come back earlier on KE if I could to save the $320 in MH YQ I had to pay.)
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