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ORD-HKG on AA thru LAX or DFW? (which best for upgrade)

Old Oct 9, 16, 10:16 pm
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ORD-HKG on AA thru LAX or DFW? (which best for upgrade)

Thinking about doing a mileage run from ORD to HKG either thru LAX or DFW. Fares are pretty low, around $800 and I'm flexible on dates. I would book economy but use SWU for the trip, so I was wondering if it's best to fly thru DFW or LAX? Which one has higher chances to clear? Any reason why to pick one over the other?
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Old Oct 9, 16, 10:33 pm
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LAX has the Qantas First lounge, and will give you slightly more miles over DFW. Also I assume you have signed up for the bonus miles to Asia promotion (ASF16)

https://www.aa.com/i18n/aadvantage-p...miles-asia.jsp
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Old Oct 9, 16, 11:01 pm
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I just did, thank you! Now I wonder if I should choose Shanghai or Tokyo over HKG for this run.
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Old Oct 10, 16, 5:00 am
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In general the best chance for an SWU to clear is with the LAX route - but the timing is fairly brutal given the 0200 PST departure time.
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Old Oct 10, 16, 6:01 am
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LAX timing is brutal but it's the easiest SWU upgrade ever. Business always goes out nearly empty.
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Old Oct 10, 16, 7:37 am
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Originally Posted by dungeonlurker View Post
LAX timing is brutal but it's the easiest SWU upgrade ever. Business always goes out nearly empty.
Gotcha. I wonder if that applies to Tokyo as well. I'm torn between those two flying thru LAX.
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Old Oct 10, 16, 8:49 am
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Originally Posted by blue2007 View Post
Thinking about doing a mileage run from ORD to HKG either thru LAX or DFW. Fares are pretty low, around $800 and I'm flexible on dates. I would book economy but use SWU for the trip, so I was wondering if it's best to fly thru DFW or LAX? Which one has higher chances to clear? Any reason why to pick one over the other?
LAX is very easy nowadays. If you can do an open jaw, maybe return from Shanghai, Beijing, or Tokyo. Returning to ORD from HKG-LAX is brutal - you get back at 6pm to LAX, then the next departure to ORD is 1150pm, reaching ORD at 6am -- hence I suggest open jaw or return through DFW.
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Old Oct 10, 16, 9:19 am
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LAX is very easy nowadays. If you can do an open jaw, maybe return from Shanghai, Beijing, or Tokyo. Returning to ORD from HKG-LAX is brutal - you get back at 6pm to LAX, then the next departure to ORD is 1150pm, reaching ORD at 6am -- hence I suggest open jaw or return through DFW.
Thanks, good advice.

How about LAX - Tokyo?
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Old Oct 10, 16, 12:19 pm
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Originally Posted by blue2007 View Post
Thanks, good advice.

How about LAX - Tokyo?
Just an FYI, I think LAX-NRT is on the old 777, while HND is on the 787.
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Old Oct 10, 16, 3:49 pm
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Originally Posted by blue2007 View Post
Thanks, good advice.

How about LAX - Tokyo?
LAX-NRT is old style 777-200 with terrible biz seats. LAX-HND has similar timings to LAX-HKG, so you will run into the same problems connecting to ORD on the return.
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Old Oct 11, 16, 9:01 am
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Why schlep all the way to Hong Kong? Spend $800 on ORD-DFW or something and you'll get the same number of miles without the jet lag.
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Old Oct 11, 16, 9:18 am
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Originally Posted by ijgordon View Post
Why schlep all the way to Hong Kong? Spend $800 on ORD-DFW or something and you'll get the same number of miles without the jet lag.
Award miles, yes, but not elite qualifying miles. And ORD-DFW is a pretty weak use of an SWU compared to HKG.
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Old Oct 11, 16, 9:52 am
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I'd take HKG over DFW any. day. of. the. week.
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Old Oct 11, 16, 3:20 pm
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I'd take HKG over DFW any. day. of. the. week.
LOL, how about, say, MSY or SFO then?
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Old Oct 11, 16, 4:59 pm
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Originally Posted by BThumme View Post
Award miles, yes, but not elite qualifying miles. And ORD-DFW is a pretty weak use of an SWU compared to HKG.
I would hope the LAX-HKG flights may open up SWU availability at DFW. The difference in EQM LAX versus DFW out of ORD is 81 EQM. Given the brutal LAX timing and the minimal 81 EQM increase flying via LAX versus DFW will keep me flying through DFW. YMMV.
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