MR from YVR

Old Oct 11, 07, 2:55 pm
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MR from YVR

Well it looks as though I'm going to come in at 92K miles by the end of the year and the time has come to strategize for a MR that provides for a night or two of entertainment rather than just spending part of a lifetime in the air again. EX YVR, my best options appear to be LHR, FRA and TKO all of which come in around $950. Any other suggestions that would give me about 8K Q-miles?
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Old Oct 12, 07, 5:33 am
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I'm new at this so hopefully this will help as I'm not entirely sure what Q miles are.

You could fly to HKG that will get you around 12K miles. You should be able to get it all in for around $980 for flights upto the end of November.
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Old Oct 12, 07, 6:49 am
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The closer-by Tokyo would also do the job at 4700mi each way.
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Old Oct 12, 07, 8:30 am
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How 'bout PVG? Great Circle Mapper puts YVR-PVG at 11230 and AC has a special for Fall travel that is approx $950 everything all in, can depart any day of the week and has no min. stay. This is lifted from Tour East but AC.com usually has the same offering for a slightly higher price. Here's the full fare rules:

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RULES & CONDITIONS Description:  PEK/PVG FROM CANADA - SEAT SALE - L CLASS - LM3CHNA - LC7136 #2 - 3 MONTHS 
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TICKETING PERIOD
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06 Oct, 2007 - 07 Dec, 2007

TRAVEL PERIOD
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06 Oct, 2007 - 07 Dec, 2007 / 28 Dec, 2007 - 31 Mar, 2008

TRAVEL COMPLETED DATE
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3 months from date of departure from origin.

ADVANCE PURCHASE
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Waived.

RESERVATION
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All flights must be confrimed prior to ticketing.

TICKETING
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Ticketing must be completed within 72 hours of reservation.

CARRIER/BOOKING CLASS
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AC - L Class.

ROUTING
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Canada AC YYZ / YVR AC PEK/PVG v.v.

DAY OF WEEK
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Fares apply to all days of week.

BLACKOUT PERIOD
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Inbound Travel not permitted betwee 01 Feb, 2008 - 12 Feb, 2008.

MINIMUM STAY
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0 Day

MAXIMUM STAY
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3 Months

FARE SURCHARGES
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Weekend Surcharge not applicable.

STOPOVER
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2 stopovers permitted; limited to 1 free and plus 1additional at CAD100.00.
 
DISCOUNTS
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Child (2 - 11 years old): Pay 75% of adult fare.  
Unaccompanied minors not applicable for child discount and subject to UM service charge.
Infant (under 2 years old, without seat): Pay 10% of adult fare.
Note: Infant occupying a seat charge applicable child fare.

ONE WAY JOURNEY
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Not Permitted.

OPEN RETURN
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Not Permitted.

OPEN JAW
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Single open jaw permitted.

CHANGES
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A service charge of CAD100.00 applies, plus the following:
Before Departure: Charge CAD10.000 (per transaction) plus difference in fares, taxes and/or 
surcharge once tickets issued.
After Departure: CAD100.00 per transaction.  Fares difference must be collected in time of changes.
Note: All changes must be made prior to the original date of departure.

CANCELLATION/REFUND
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A Service charge of CAD100.00 applies, plus the following:
Before / After Departure: Charge CAD200.00 for cancel / no-show / refund.
Note: Penalty may be waived for death of passenger or family member, provided a death certificate
as proof.

UPGRADE
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Not permitted.

TICKETING SURCHARGES
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All surcharge found in fare calculation must be collected in addition to fare amount and subject to 
change without prior notice.

NAVCAN SURCHARGE
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Navcan Surcharge of CAD30.00 per roundtrip must be collected in additon to fare amount.

FEES/TAXES
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All fees/taxes found in fare calculation must be collected in addition to fare amount and subject to 
change without prior notice.

PTA
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Not Permitted.

E-TICKET
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Permitted on E-ticket eligible routes by E-tickets enabled CRS systems only.

REMARKS
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Please be aware that some airlines do not allow travellers to earn frequent flyer points when 
they are booked in specific booking classes, fares, or group rates.  Please contact the airline or 
frequent flyer program directly for complete rules regarding frequent flyer point accumulation.  
Tour East Holidays does not guarantee frequent flyer points will be applicable or applied for this 
fare type.  


***Other terms & conditions may apply***

***All taxes are subject to change upon US exchange rate***

***All fares are in Canadian Funds.  Fares & Rules are subject to change without prior notice***
http://www.toureast.com/wwte/air/spfind.asp
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Old Oct 12, 07, 11:53 am
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Many thanks, gents, and tcook I especially like the Shanghai option.
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Old Oct 12, 07, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by Cam View Post
Many thanks, gents, and tcook I especially like the Shanghai option.
You may need a Visa even if transiting. I would check.
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Old Oct 12, 07, 1:50 pm
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Originally Posted by Cam View Post
Well it looks as though I'm going to come in at 92K miles by the end of the year and the time has come to strategize for a MR that provides for a night or two of entertainment rather than just spending part of a lifetime in the air again. EX YVR, my best options appear to be LHR, FRA and TKO all of which come in around $950. Any other suggestions that would give me about 8K Q-miles?
if you think you'll fly to shanghai or hk or beijing 3 times in the next 12 months you could get the $2550 air canada asia pass which gives full status miles.
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Old Oct 12, 07, 7:38 pm
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Originally Posted by st7860 View Post
if you think you'll fly to shanghai or hk or beijing 3 times in the next 12 months you could get the $2550 air canada asia pass which gives full status miles.
I would agree if it weren't for the fact that these passes do not allow upgrades irrespective of the FF status or the type of coupon. That, alone, rules out this option but thanks for the suggestion.
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Old Oct 12, 07, 11:50 pm
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If you don't need to stick to AC, there are options that will give you more Q miles for around the same price.

Consider this itin on US:
16NOV
YVR-PHX-CLT-FRA
depart 7:44am, arrive 10:35am+

19NOV
FRA-CLT-PHX-YVR
depart: 11:45am, arrive 11:21pm

C$992 all in, 14764 Q miles

You could cut a night out of FRA for around $75 more on this particular weekend or go to LGW for about $100 more as well. Connections are comfortable with the exception of the last one in PHX (about 40 minutes).
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Old Oct 13, 07, 4:58 pm
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If you have the time and don't want to slug it out in AC Y, another option is to do SEA-ORD-MCO-ORD-SEA in First on United for about $1100 and 8176 status miles, or through LAX for 9514 miles.
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Old Oct 13, 07, 5:03 pm
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Would OP prefer longer-haul international flights without as many connections as transborder runs? That might tilt the scales in one direction.

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Old Oct 13, 07, 9:32 pm
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FARES LAST UPDATED 13OCT 3:08 PM
$DSEAFLL13NOV+UA
UA SEA-FLL DEPART 13NOV
PUBLIC FARES
TAXES/FEES NOT INCLUDED
USD FARE MIN/ XL TVL DATES
CX FARE BASIS AP MAX FE FIRST/LAST
1 UA 87.44 LOA14WAN 14+ --/-- ++ -/07MARC
2 UA 92.09 LA21ZAN 21+ --/-- ++ -/07MARC
3 UA 92.09 LOA7WAN 07+ --/-- ++ -/07MARC

or
SEA-NAS TUE-13NOV07 UA
TAXES/FEES NOT INCLUDED
ADULT FARES
CX FARE FARE C AP MIN/
USD BASIS MAX
1 UA 191.00R LX0RT L + 2/30

SPECIFIED ROUTE: 0200
YY MEANS ANY CARRIER.

SEA-SFO-LAX-DEN-CHI-FLL/MIA-NAS
SEA-SFO-LAX-DEN-CHI(UA/US)WAS(UA/US)NAS

If you were to do the NAS fare via LAX and ORD, you will end up with over 8000 miles for about $300 + hotels.

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