Releasing F inventory

Old Jun 25, 19, 6:18 pm
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Releasing F inventory

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i am sorry if this is answered elsewhere but I cannot see it. I am scheduled to fly in abouyt a week from LAX-CDG-MXP. LAX-CDG is showing P2F0 as my wife and I are in F. I would prefer to go to LYS instead but the agents say I need to cancel my entire reservation. If I do this, is Air France pretty good about returning those two seats to F inventory or is there a risk the availability would go away?
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Old Jun 26, 19, 1:10 am
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There is never any guarantee whatsoever that FB award seats given up will be made available again.
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Old Jun 26, 19, 2:11 am
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Originally Posted by irishguy28 View Post
There is never any guarantee whatsoever that FB award seats given up will be made available again.
All seats are available for redemption, so they will be available for awards, but surely at a skyrocketing price in miles.
@OP : do not cancel your booking or you have good chances to be screwed.
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Old Jun 26, 19, 11:04 am
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When a FT evangelist speaks, you listen. I will keep my reservation as is. Thanks for the reply
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Old Jun 26, 19, 11:13 am
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You don't state that your ticket is an award.
But even if this is a paid ticket in F fare bucket, the week-ahead F fare to LYS is likely to be much higher than what you paid. But you can ask the agent for a quote.
If you are on the 77W AF69, there is a good chance that it will become P4F2, but no certainty and the F availability might be picked up very very quickly as there is almost none on flights next week.
Stick with your ticket.
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Old Jun 26, 19, 10:17 pm
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Yes, sorry I was not clear. I am on a 200k award ticket and my fear was that if I canceled my tickets, F inventory would not become available again and I would have to fly up to SFO to catch a flight at 200k since I cannot pay 350k miles for an award - especially since as you mention Brunos next week there is no availability on AF69. Anyways, decided to keep the award and thank you again for the replies.
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Old Jun 27, 19, 8:15 am
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Originally Posted by uclabruin82 View Post
Hello,
i am sorry if this is answered elsewhere but I cannot see it. I am scheduled to fly in abouyt a week from LAX-CDG-MXP. LAX-CDG is showing P2F0 as my wife and I are in F. I would prefer to go to LYS instead but the agents say I need to cancel my entire reservation. If I do this, is Air France pretty good about returning those two seats to F inventory or is there a risk the availability would go away?
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If you have no luggage, what you can do is get off in CDG and take the TGV (or plane) to Lyon.

If you have luggage, being a ticket in First, they might bend the rules and allow you to short check luggage or retrieve in CDG at no cost. May be worth discussing with La Première people.... I am sure they are used to going the extra mile....
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Old Jun 27, 19, 3:38 pm
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If you have no luggage, what you can do is get off in CDG and take the TGV (or plane) to Lyon.
And miss the P lounge in CDG ?
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Originally Posted by Goldorak View Post
And miss the P lounge in CDG ?
Going to the lounge before taking the TGV then (if no luggage).

Regarding luggage, what do you think of them bending the rule because of First class ticket? Coud it go as far as checking the luggage to LYS if the OP bought a ticket CDG LYS.

Or retrieve the bag in CDG and retag it.

I know they can do that in CDG. I was due to fly CDG/LYS/NTE (nothing glamorous unlike the OP lol).

They retrieved and retagged my luggage CDG/NTE once my flight was changed to CDG/NTE. This was following an irrop though.

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Another smart way to bend the rules might be to change your CDG-MXP ticket to only leave the next day, but less than 24 hours after arriving in CDG. That way it's perfectly unsurprising to anyone that you may want to retrieve your luggage at CDG. When you rebook, they won't touch your LAX-CDG, only the CDG-MXP, and you won't lose your LAX-CDG. Buy a separate ticket or take the train from CDG to Lyon, and bin the CDG-MXP leg.

Not sure how you can fit the Premiere lounge in there, but at CKI in LAX you may even try to argue your way into them checking your luggage all the way to LYS. Given that your CDG-MXP is only a day later, you can tell them that now you're flying to LYS, will take a train/separate ticket back to CDG the next morning and then take your booked flight to MXP. In that case, if they check your luggage all the way to LYS you can even use the P lounge on your LAX-LYS connection.
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