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FAQ: List of valid and booked mini-RTW itineraries version 2.0 (post-"enhancement")

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Old Mar 5, 19, 11:48 am
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Join Date: Aug 2013
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Originally Posted by hogdogz View Post
After a lot of scrambling due to a late vacation approval, booked this itinerary this morning for departure next week

YYJ -- YVR AC X Q400
YVR -- SEA AC X Q400
SEA -- SFO UA J 738
SFO -- ZRH LX J 77W
ZRH -- MAD LZ J E90 - STOP

MAD -- IST TK J 333 DEST

IST -- MXP TK J 332
MXP -- ZRH LX J CS3 - STOP

ZRH -- YUL LX J 333
YUL -- YYC AC J A320
YYC-- YVR AC J A319
YVR -- YYJ AC J Q400

Total is 230,000 aeroplan + $270 fees +$30 booking (2 people)

Got lucky on the SFO -ZRH leg as the seats opened up last night just after midnight. Saved an ugly transit going thru EWR to JFK
Now to book everything else!

Very nice - well done!
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Old Mar 8, 19, 10:20 pm
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Originally Posted by hogdogz View Post
After a lot of scrambling due to a late vacation approval, booked this itinerary this morning for departure next week

YYJ -- YVR AC X Q400
YVR -- SEA AC X Q400
SEA -- SFO UA J 738
SFO -- ZRH LX J 77W
ZRH -- MAD LX J E90 - STOP

MAD -- IST TK J 333 DEST

IST -- MXP TK J 332
MXP -- ZRH LX J CS3 - STOP

ZRH -- YUL LX J 333
YUL -- YYC AC J A320
YYC-- YVR AC J A319
YVR -- YYJ AC X Q400

Total is 230,000 aeroplan + $270 fees +$30 booking (2 people)

Got lucky on the SFO -ZRH leg as the seats opened up last night just after midnight. Saved an ugly transit going thru EWR to JFK
Now to book everything else!
Impressive for last minute! I cant find ANY LX J availability for July/August on any route!
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Old Mar 12, 19, 1:45 pm
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Originally Posted by aleks77 View Post
Impressive for last minute! I cant find ANY LX J availability for July/August on any route!
I know it's super last minute to book but I found 2x seats opened up 6-8 days before departure on almost all LX routes out of NA. The only route that had availability at the 2 week mark was JFK-ZRH probably due to the lack of incoming *A flights from NA.
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Old Mar 12, 19, 8:03 pm
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Originally Posted by hogdogz View Post
I know it's super last minute to book but I found 2x seats opened up 6-8 days before departure on almost all LX routes out of NA. The only route that had availability at the 2 week mark was JFK-ZRH probably due to the lack of incoming *A flights from NA.
Just to clarify - you booked the whole thing, and this particular segment was in Y initially?

Did you then just call in every day to inquire re: J availability, or Expert Flyer notification or something?
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Old Mar 13, 19, 9:57 am
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Originally Posted by CanadianMike View Post
Just to clarify - you booked the whole thing, and this particular segment was in Y initially?

Did you then just call in every day to inquire re: J availability, or Expert Flyer notification or something?
I did the research on aeroplan and expertflyer and booked the whole thing 1 week yesterday. No last minute jump to J.
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Old Mar 13, 19, 6:22 pm
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YYZ-BOS AC J
BOS-LIS TP J (new A330 cabin !)
LIS-AGP TP Y stop
AGP-ZRH LX J
ZRH-FRA LX J
FRA-BKK TG F (A380) stop
BKK-SYD TG F (747) p.o.t
SYD-BKK TG F (747) 8 hrs in FC Lounge
BKK-PEK TG J
PEK-IAH CA F (12h in Forbidden Pavilion)
IAH-DFW UA Y
DFW-YYZ AC J

220k points
365$ tax + 113$ Change Fee

Was a challenge trying to maximize F redemption
During my search an odd seat would pop up on NH or OZ but it was quickly gone before i could build an itinerary around it
I was going to hold out for last-minute LH but bit the bullet on CA instead
I know its all TG in F with the above exception
But I believe they still serve Dom...
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Old Mar 13, 19, 6:30 pm
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CA F is so NOT worth it.

We flew the same route opposite direction. We were the only 2 passengers in the F cabin. They did not load the F meals. FA told me she would not be bothered to give us the menu as there was no meals loaded. They sourced some meals from I believe Coach, not even from business, based on the looks and taste of them. 3 varieties, 4 dishes, Awful experience no wonder availability was wide open even with the rush to beat UA devaluation.

TG is fine in most ways as long as you dont get one of the doz "Princess" on your flight.

Flew BKK-CDG, and SYD-BKK before. I think you have much less chance to encounter the Thai "princess" gets on the BKK-FRA than the BKK-CDG (they go shopping), and then affects the whole cabin because one of the two lava at the front (A380) would then be blocked for her exclusive use, with her entourage congregate at the void space where other airlines used for a lounge.
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Old Mar 13, 19, 6:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Happy View Post
CA F is so NOT worth it.

We flew the same route opposite direction. We were the only 2 passengers in the F cabin. They did not load the F meals. FA told me she would not be bothered to give us the menu as there was no meals loaded. They sourced some meals from I believe Coach, not even from business, based on the looks and taste of them. 3 varieties, 4 dishes, Awful experience no wonder availability was wide open even with the rush to beat UA devaluation.

TG is fine in most ways as long as you dont get one of the doz "Princess" on your flight.

Flew BKK-CDG, and SYD-BKK before. I think you have much less chance to encounter the Thai "princess" gets on the BKK-FRA than the BKK-CDG (they go shopping), and then affects the whole cabin because one of the two lava at the front (A380) would then be blocked for her exclusive use, with her entourage congregate at the void space where other airlines used for a lounge.
Wow Happy - thx for all the encouraging words for a trip I am very much looking forward to
During my research - in addition to what you went thru, I did come across some trip reports with a positive experience in CA F
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Old Mar 13, 19, 8:29 pm
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Originally Posted by WhisperjetYYZ View Post
Wow Happy - thx for all the encouraging words for a trip I am very much looking forward to
During my research - in addition to what you went thru, I did come across some trip reports with a positive experience in CA F
Good for those few lucky souls who have positive experiences with CA F.

The hard products are fine. The soft products are nonexistent, from quality of the F&B to the services,
How can there no meal loaded for F? and they could only find 4 spare dishes for us to choose from? I did not have high expectation on CA, F or not. But we wanted to go to PEK at that time. After the experience I would completely rule out CA - and that is not just for the poor offerings, but also the potential danger of mysteriously canceled booking on their F long haul flights because there are inside collusion of selling award seats - when UA ticketed award bookings were vulnerable from such stealing.

https://www.travelcodex.com/more-pro...award-flights/

This remains an ongoing problem since 2016 or even earlier than that,. Never is really resolved because Guess What, it is inside job!

Just a few months ago I read on a Chinese site, someone booked his parents on CA F from China to US. Everything looked fine, until less than a week before departure he got an email "confirming" his cancellation of those bookings! Needless to say he had not canceled anything - the reservations were canceled from inside China, directly into the GDS system... He had to scramble to find alternatives. For that horror show he wrote a Heads Up titled as loosely translated to English "If you value your life, stay away from Air China" to document his very stressful experiences and the tremendous efforts he needed to find seats on NH so his parents could still leave on schedule. Oh, the miles from the canceled bookings were not recoverable due to some technical reasons for which he was told but I forgot what they were.

If you have a chance to modify your itinerary, you would probably be better off to swap out CA.

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Old Mar 15, 19, 11:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Happy View Post
TG is fine in most ways as long as you dont get one of the doz "Princess" on your flight.

Flew BKK-CDG, and SYD-BKK before. I think you have much less chance to encounter the Thai "princess" gets on the BKK-FRA than the BKK-CDG (they go shopping), and then affects the whole cabin because one of the two lava at the front (A380) would then be blocked for her exclusive use, with her entourage congregate at the void space where other airlines used for a lounge.
I can certainly attest to this. We had the misfortune of one of these princesses on BKK-CDG a few years ago and without any notice in advance. Our pre-selected seats were changed to accommodate her and her entourage which filled all but three seats in F. Many others were in Business. The front lav was off-limits and traffic back and forth was ridiculous. As well, we were certainly not treated as First Class passengers in the presence of someone so special and all of her minions. My recollection after complaining was a refund of some points but don't ask me how many as I don't remember. Not the experience we had previously had in F with TG.
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Old Mar 23, 19, 4:47 pm
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Is US-Canada-US-Asia allowed as a one way aeroplan booking, assuming the stopover time is overnight at Canada and the first leg US-Canada mileage is insignificant.
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Old Mar 24, 19, 4:09 am
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Is US-Canada-US-Asia allowed as a one way aeroplan booking, assuming the stopover time is overnight at Canada and the first leg US-Canada mileage is insignificant.
Yes, just don't do it at BOS, or bad things will happen.

Though the overnight should make things easier.
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Old Mar 24, 19, 10:35 am
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
Yes, just don't do it at BOS, or bad things will happen.

Though the overnight should make things easier.
What are the reasons not to do it at BOS, and what bad things will happen? Care to give more details?
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Old Mar 24, 19, 10:50 am
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Booked a relatively simple mini-RTW recently

YYZ-TPE - BR J
TPE-HKG - BR J (789)
HKG-BKK MS (A333, but I believe I read somewhere that MS's new 789 will ply this route during the summer months)
BKK-CAI - MS J (same plane as above)
CAI-ATH - A3 J
ATH-MUC - A3 J
MUC-YYZ - AC J

Taxes and fees were $266-ish. Glad to be able to fly 2 new-to-me airlines.
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Old Mar 24, 19, 6:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Happy View Post
What are the reasons not to do it at BOS, and what bad things will happen? Care to give more details?
Those agents have always hassled me about it, accusing my of cabotage (or mispronouncing it sabotage). Sometimes it only happens when you interact with them, other times it's proactive on their part.

The only other station I've seen care is YUL, but they were refusing to TICKET something like BOS-YUL-LAS, whereas BOS doesn't like already-ticketed reservations either.
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