When booking award travel on the phone...

 
Old Apr 27, 14, 7:48 pm
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When booking award travel on the phone...

How do you know if you're going to get a milesaaver or just a normal redemption? Is it just based on whatever the rep tells you?

So I've read that when looking to book award travel internationally, I should look for each leg instead on looking for t direct and was wondering how the miles needed were calculated.

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Old Apr 27, 14, 7:53 pm
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If you are booking for travel on AA, then would seem to be easiest to do online and will see the prices

If travel includes airlines other than AA, then only mile saver awards are possible, so will have to be a mile saver
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Old Apr 27, 14, 7:58 pm
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AAnytime awards are only offered for all-AA award itineraries, and you can book those on line.

If you are booking an award that includes even one segment on a partner carrier, then the only award you can book is a SAAver award. But if your award includes a mix of AA and partner flights, then in order to be able to book the (one-way) trip as a single SAAver award, then all of the award's flights -- including the AA flights -- must be available at the SAAver level.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 7:08 am
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If you are booking for travel on AA, then would seem to be easiest to do online and will see the prices

If travel includes airlines other than AA, then only mile saver awards are possible, so will have to be a mile saver
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AAnytime awards are only offered for all-AA award itineraries, and you can book those on line.

If you are booking an award that includes even one segment on a partner carrier, then the only award you can book is a SAAver award. But if your award includes a mix of AA and partner flights, then in order to be able to book the (one-way) trip as a single SAAver award, then all of the award's flights -- including the AA flights -- must be available at the SAAver level.
Ah, I wasn't aware of that. So it would be better to use a partner airline than using AA.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 7:29 am
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Since you are travelling internationally, you may not have much choice, as many destinations are served only by partner airlines.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 9:11 am
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Yeah, I was looking at a flight to Italy. Was looking at MIA-LHR-MXP with AA for the first leg and BA for the second.
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Yeah, I was looking at a flight to Italy. Was looking at MIA-LHR-MXP with AA for the first leg and BA for the second.
Using BA will result in some pretty high surcharges (hundreds of dollars per ticket). To avoid these, you might consider flying MIA-TXL-MXP on Air Berlin if you need to use AA miles. Of course, if you'd rather fly AA and BA then you can pay the fuel surcharges.

AA also flies MIA or JFK to MXP, though award availability might be tough to find in sAAver. Of course, you could fly using AAnytime miles whenever you wanted and get the direct MIA-MXP flight. If the MIA-MXP isn't available though you might want to consider the MIA-JFK-MXP route.

When are you trying to go, and how flexible are you with dates?
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Old Apr 28, 14, 4:59 pm
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An inter-European flight on BA does not incur "hundreds" of dollars in BA surcharges. Much much less than that.
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