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Award flight from US-Europe booked with 20,000 changed to August...

 
Old Mar 17, 10, 12:26 pm
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Award flight from US-Europe booked with 20,000 changed to August...

Is it possible to book an AA award flight for May where they require 20,000 miles o/w with the intention of flying in August? (by just calling and changing the date). This way I avoid using more miles for high-season.
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Old Mar 17, 10, 12:34 pm
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Old Mar 17, 10, 1:57 pm
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I hope not. Why should people who don't "scam" be disadvantaged.
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Old Mar 17, 10, 2:22 pm
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Nice try. No.
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Old Mar 17, 10, 2:23 pm
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Originally Posted by larrywilmot747 View Post
I hope not. Why should people who don't "scam" be disadvantaged.
+1. I hope not.

Though I will not call it "scamming" but rather "gaming" . I see it being no worse than the folks trying to avoid fuel surcharges by using all sorts of tricks.
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Originally Posted by tash2000 View Post
Is it possible to book an AA award flight for May where they require 20,000 miles o/w with the intention of flying in August? (by just calling and changing the date). This way I avoid using more miles for high-season.
No - you will be required to re-ticket if travel occurs outside the low-season.
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i think that when 1 tried to change the date to the high season, you wouldn't find any availability at 20k.....
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Old Mar 17, 10, 7:06 pm
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NO, they will require the additional miles.
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Can I buy a one way O class fare from ORD-LGA and change it to F round the world, free of charge, or will they try to charge me?
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Can I buy a one way O class fare from ORD-LGA and change it to F round the world, free of charge, or will they try to charge me?
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Old Mar 17, 10, 7:53 pm
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Originally Posted by tash2000
Is it possible to book an AA award flight for May where they require 20,000 miles o/w with the intention of flying in August? (by just calling and changing the date). This way I avoid using more miles for high-season.
From what city will you be starting? There may be a relatively inexpensive way of being able to fly the international segment in August, and still pay only 20,000 miles for the trip.
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Old Mar 21, 10, 7:17 pm
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From what city will you be starting? There may be a relatively inexpensive way of being able to fly the international segment in August, and still pay only 20,000 miles for the trip.
I would like to know the relatively inexpensive way - I don't have any future plans, but just because I'd like to know...
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Old Mar 21, 10, 8:38 pm
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You can go ahead right now and book this ticket for travel to Europe in August at the off-peak rate, if you book it as a one way ticket with a stopover at a US gateway city, and fly to the stopover city during the off-peak season.

For example - LGA-ORD on May 1, and ORD-LHR on August 3. Cost varies depending on where you live. I don't necessarily think this gaming of the system to allow international legs to be flown in peak season for off-peak miles should be allowed, but it currently is.
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Old Apr 17, 10, 9:54 pm
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Originally Posted by BobSafari View Post
You can go ahead right now and book this ticket for travel to Europe in August at the off-peak rate, if you book it as a one way ticket with a stopover at a US gateway city, and fly to the stopover city during the off-peak season.

For example - LGA-ORD on May 1, and ORD-LHR on August 3. Cost varies depending on where you live. I don't necessarily think this gaming of the system to allow international legs to be flown in peak season for off-peak miles should be allowed, but it currently is.
Confirming you can do this; I did for Asia for the off peak miles.

MIA --> DFW April <stop over>

DFW --> NRT in August

I have a question though on the changing the date of the 2nd leg once already ticketed; Let use this routing for example (you guys get the idea of 2 vacation I hope):

Feb 16, 2011 HNL --> SFO --> JFK
<stop over>

Mar. 5, 2011 JFK --> LHR

Since it is AA metal, it is booked online at aa.com for 20K miles 1 way.

However, I want to travel the JFK --> LHR leg in say August 2011, for which the seats don't open till Sept. 2010.

I don't think you can make changes to award travel dates on line once ticketed. Can I just call up the AA desk and ask them to move to the flight on the day the seats open (even thought it was ticketed online)?

Is there a charge for moving the segment via phone later?

Will someone at the AA desk, say wait a minute you can't do that, since the change requires human interaction?
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