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Consolidated Emirates (EK) awards availability/booking/routing thread

Old Apr 5, 14, 4:23 pm
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Emirates award guide using Alaska Airlines miles

Routing Rules:

All trips must start or end in North America.
One open jaw and one stopover allowed on each one-way award.
No fees for changes/cancellations prior to 60 days from departure.

North American Gateway Cities:

West Coast
Seattle
San Francisco
Los Angeles

Central
Chicago
Dallas
Houston

East Coast
Boston
New York (JFK)
Orlando (Effective September 1, 2015)
Washington DC (IAD)

Canada
Toronto

Award Chart Links*:

Middle East & Africa

Asia

Europe

*If region is not listed on chart its not available.

Perks

Chauffeur Drive NOT Available
Car service is not available for all Business Class and First Class passengers on Alaska Airlines ticketed award tickets on Emirates flights (as of Jan 2015). The chauffeur will not confirm if you use the EK website for this, though the website makes it look you can make a reservation.

Lounges
Access is available for all passengers traveling in Business and First Class. Not all cities have lounges and many may be operated by a Partner. There have been some reports of people having an issue accessing the Dubai lounges as the tickets may appear in their system as non-revenue employee travel. This is not as much of a problem as it used to be but in case it comes up please advise the lounge attendant that you are on an Alaska Airlines award.

Dubai Connect

AS Awards on EK do not qualify for Dubai Connect, which is the service that offers the free hotel.

Tricks to find Transoceanic availability

Instead of performing a blanket, i.e. SEA-DXB search, perform: SEA-MED.
Madinah is a destination that is only served by EK. Consequently, if there is availability, only EK will show up in the calendar results.
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Consolidated Emirates (EK) awards availability/booking/routing thread

Old Jun 10, 13, 7:57 pm
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Originally Posted by Tall Travel Dude View Post
Originally Posted by AKCuisine View Post
Unfortunately that may not be accurate.

I'm holding a ticket that has a return HKG-DXB-SEA including a 3 day stop-over in DXB. When I tried to make a change to the HKG-DXB segment I was told by 2 different agents that it would also void my DXB-SEA segment. Both would have to be rebooked if either one was changed.
In our case, that would be fine - I'd just have to find another 'dummy' return (since my current one is not the return we'll eventually take).
Do be careful so that you don't inadvertently lose existing seats in the inventory. I almost did.

I also looked into extending my stopover in DXB by 1 to 2 days. But I was told that changing the DXB-SEA segment would also mean that the HKG-DXB segment would have to be cancelled and rebooked -- even though I didn't want to make any change to that flight.

Of course, there was no longer any Z availablility on that flight because I'd already taken the inventory. Argghhh.

Perhaps EK stands for "Everything's Kooky?"
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Old Jun 11, 13, 6:48 pm
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Originally Posted by AKCuisine View Post
Do be careful so that you don't inadvertently lose existing seats in the inventory. I almost did.

I also looked into extending my stopover in DXB by 1 to 2 days. But I was told that changing the DXB-SEA segment would also mean that the HKG-DXB segment would have to be cancelled and rebooked -- even though I didn't want to make any change to that flight.

Of course, there was no longer any Z availablility on that flight because I'd already taken the inventory. Argghhh.

Perhaps EK stands for "Everything's Kooky?"
That's the beauty. The inventory I have is just some random routing back to SEA in September so I would have something on the books and avoid EK treating my itinerary as a one-way trip (and closing it out after SEA>DXB>SIN). When I book my return, it will be a fresh booking.
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Old Jun 11, 13, 8:27 pm
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I'm so disappointed with this new relationship, it's fine for collecting miles on revenue tickets, but it doesn't seem worthwhile redemption wise.

It's extremely costly for F awards
They're never available
Almost impossible to get 2

I commend you Tall Travel Dude for your commitment...

I have up attempting to get J tickets to JNB, CX F was much easier and cost wise way better.
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Old Jun 12, 13, 8:46 am
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I know its mentioned in other threads but EK is now allowed under one way awards for 1/2 of teh RT award so should help if availability only comes up one way. Supposed to be working for web bookings but is not
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Old Jun 12, 13, 8:48 am
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Originally Posted by CDKing View Post
I know its mentioned in other threads but EK is now allowed under one way awards for 1/2 of teh RT award so should help if availability only comes up one way. Supposed to be working for web bookings but is not
Did this just happen? One-way EK awards were not available a week ago.
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Old Jun 12, 13, 9:17 am
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Originally Posted by SFO777 View Post
Did this just happen? One-way EK awards were not available a week ago.
Early this morning. Award chart updated to show one way at 1/2 of RT for all carriers but Korean and DL

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/alask...e-booking.html

So in theory, I can fly JFK-DXB on EK F (Seems to be more available going to DXB and not back) and then CX J/F DXB-HKG-JFK

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Old Jun 12, 13, 9:20 am
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Originally Posted by CDKing View Post
Early this morning. Award chart updated to show one way at 1/2 of RT for all carriers but Korean and DL
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/alask...e-booking.html
Wow, that is great news. Big improvement for those of us trying to book EK. Thanks.
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Old Jun 12, 13, 10:22 am
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Originally Posted by SFO777 View Post
Wow, that is great news. Big improvement for those of us trying to book EK. Thanks.
Keep in mind, some partners [namely EK and AF] are not displaying properly online [not phatnom, but not showing inventory that is indeed available] when I last checked earlier this morning, so will still require calling the partner desk.

In AF's case:

DXB-CDG-LAX is available on AF 3831 and AF 66... Engine tells me there is no space.

However, the ability to book one way is definitely a huge help in many scenarios.

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Old Jun 12, 13, 11:50 am
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Has EK become stingy on their US - DXB flights or do they not release them to AS? Searched several pairs during Oct and found none. Found quite a bit of business class.

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Old Jun 12, 13, 12:34 pm
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IIRC ... EK does married segments. So their availability just to DXB is going to be less than US-DXB-onward.
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Old Jun 12, 13, 12:36 pm
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Checked some routes to India and found none as well.
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Old Jun 12, 13, 12:41 pm
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Has EK become stingy on their US - DXB flights or do they not release them to AS? Searched several pairs during Oct and found none. Found quite a bit of business class.
Yes stingy. When they first became available i was seeing JFK-DXB on A380 almost every day with at least 2 F seats. Now not many at all only about 2-3 weeks out.

Being discussed the last few pages of this thread:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/alask...1-16-13-a.html
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Old Jun 12, 13, 1:04 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO777 View Post
Wow, that is great news. Big improvement for those of us trying to book EK. Thanks.
and 1/2 RT's too. Amazing!
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Old Jun 13, 13, 12:58 am
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2 Part Question:
I would prefer ex LAX, but only DFW is showing any Z or D during my desired dates.

1. Will the partner desk book ex DFW/IAH?
2. Will AS position me to Texas on an AA Code Share.

LAX-PDX-IAH, seems absurd vs LAX-IAH on AA metal with an AS flight #.
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Old Jun 13, 13, 1:02 am
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Originally Posted by AMRivlin View Post
2 Part Question:
I would prefer ex LAX, but only DFW is showing any Z or D during my desired dates.

1. Will the partner desk book ex DFW/IAH?
2. Will AS position me to Texas on an AA Code Share.

LAX-PDX-IAH, seems absurd vs LAX-IAH on AA metal with an AS flight #.
1) Accurate, AS will book ex-DFW, IAH, IAD, JFK, etc
2) Negative, AS will not position you on an AA flight to connect to an EK (or other partner) award. AS will let you burn 12.5K AS miles to fly OW on AA though if you prefer. (probably better to pay for the positioning & earn EQM's, but I'd do a connection ) And the flight would be LAX-SEA-IAH as AS doesn't have a PDX-IAH flight yet.
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