stopover/open-jaw award travel rules

Old Apr 25, 08, 3:00 pm
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Question stopover/open-jaw award travel rules

In booking an award travel with their partner, where do I go to find out if the stopover/open-jaw rules? Would it be the partner airline, who seems to only want to answer if I book first. The RT makes a stop where I would like to spend a few days. Otherwise I would be interested in an open-jaw.

BTW, what's the expiration of Alaska's miles? Did they join the 18-month?

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Old Apr 25, 08, 5:27 pm
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From personal experience: I booked BA award with BA miles and they allowed an open jaw and a layover. Booked BA award with AS miles and they only allowed one or the other. There is certain ways to get "forced" layovers even a bit greater than 24 hours but trying to squeeze a week in might be difficult.
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Old Apr 25, 08, 8:40 pm
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Originally Posted by westcoastman View Post
From personal experience: I booked BA award with BA miles and they allowed an open jaw and a layover. Booked BA award with AS miles and they only allowed one or the other. There is certain ways to get "forced" layovers even a bit greater than 24 hours but trying to squeeze a week in might be difficult.
I squeezed two weeks in SIN on the way to SYD--it was a forced layover by a sympathetic AS Partner Desk agent (there really were no seats for two weeks, and besides, I wanted to).

Actually, from what the Partner Desk told me, AS doesn't allow stopovers on BA awards anymore. They used to. Open-jaws may be allowed, but I'm not sure about that, since BA only flies to SYD now (all the other Australian airports are only served by QF).
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Old Apr 28, 08, 10:39 am
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Originally Posted by jackal View Post
I squeezed two weeks in SIN on the way to SYD--it was a forced layover by a sympathetic AS Partner Desk agent (there really were no seats for two weeks, and besides, I wanted to).

Actually, from what the Partner Desk told me, AS doesn't allow stopovers on BA awards anymore. They used to. Open-jaws may be allowed, but I'm not sure about that, since BA only flies to SYD now (all the other Australian airports are only served by QF).
Did you have an open jaw in SYD? I can't imagine them not letting you have a layover if you don't have an open jaw...BA allows both!
A small "forced" layover is all you really need in LON. The city is so bloody expensive right now for Americans and Piccadilly has become lot more violent.
Booking an open jaw is so much more valuable in Europe since there are many options to get between cities. Personally, I love the Munich - Rome open jaw (with overnight train to Florence, Milan or Venice 12 am - 7 am then Eurostar train to Rome which is inexpensive and fast)
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Old Apr 28, 08, 2:57 pm
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Originally Posted by westcoastman View Post
Did you have an open jaw in SYD? I can't imagine them not letting you have a layover if you don't have an open jaw...BA allows both!
A small "forced" layover is all you really need in LON. The city is so bloody expensive right now for Americans and Piccadilly has become lot more violent.
Booking an open jaw is so much more valuable in Europe since there are many options to get between cities. Personally, I love the Munich - Rome open jaw (with overnight train to Florence, Milan or Venice 12 am - 7 am then Eurostar train to Rome which is inexpensive and fast)
No, no open jaw.

I asked about the stopover several different times and received the same answer from multiple agents: no stopovers allowed. One even read the terms to me.

We do have a 28-hour forced layover in LHR in addition to the two-week forced layover in SIN, but had seats been available earlier than the two weeks in SIN, we would not have been able to get that layover.
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