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Old Dec 29, 18, 4:31 pm
  #2086  
Moderator: American AAdvantage, TAP, Mexico, Technical Support and Feedback, and The Suggestion Box
 
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Originally Posted by zyq View Post
Hey guys question about being 1550 miles short for an award flight.

I want to book a Qatar flight from Addis Ababa - Doha - JFK for 40k miles and $60 in fees.

However, I am at 38,450 at Platinum Pro status with AA. I was considering buying a couple grand worth of miles to make the 40k but they seem to be a terrible deal: 98.43 for 2k after taxes and fees. Another option would be going on a miles run but that would cost more than paying for the miles. There might be a chance that I will travel for work before my trip but I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to acquire these remaining miles to 40k.

Thanks.
Terrible deal compared to what, having to pay money for the flight?

If you have a lot of time, there are possibly other ways you can get miles, such as a credit card application, etc.
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Old Dec 29, 18, 4:46 pm
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Through the AA shopping portal, you can get 2000 miles if you sign up for a trial of the economist magazine. It's $12 for 12 weeks; you can cancel after that.

I did this same offer through the AS shopping portal a few months ago (and just canceled). It takes a minimum of 45 days to post (because you don't get the bonus if you cancel before then). So if you have about 2 months, that would be an easy way of getting the miles.
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Old Dec 29, 18, 5:47 pm
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Originally Posted by zyq View Post
Hey guys question about being 1550 miles short for an award flight.

I want to book a Qatar flight from Addis Ababa - Doha - JFK for 40k miles and $60 in fees.

However, I am at 38,450 at Platinum Pro status with AA. I was considering buying a couple grand worth of miles to make the 40k but they seem to be a terrible deal: 98.43 for 2k after taxes and fees. Another option would be going on a miles run but that would cost more than paying for the miles. There might be a chance that I will travel for work before my trip but I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to acquire these remaining miles to 40k.

Thanks.
Do you have Marriott points that you can transfer? You could also purchase Marriott points and transfer them to AA; Marriott doesn't charge the 7% tax or $35 processing fee. Under the old SPG program, the transfer would usually take about 3-5 days. Not sure how long it would take with Marriott, although I wouldn't be surprised if it was longer (apparently, it takes 48 hours for them to process a purchase of Marriott points, as I recently learned the hard way).
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Old Dec 29, 18, 5:57 pm
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Originally Posted by guv1976 View Post
But what if, on a PHL-(AA)-SEA-(AS)-PDX award, the traveler simply elected to drop the SEA-PDX segment on AS? Would that trigger the fee since you would now be left with a one-segment, all-AA award of PHL-SEA?
I wouldn't be surprised if that change incurred a fee, since the award changes. But for some reason, I'm recalling some discussion a couple years back where there was a similar situation and someone was saying that it doesn't incur a fee (although I could be misremembering things). My understanding is that if you have something like PDX-(AS)-SEA-(AS)-JFK-(AA)-CDG and simply drop the PDX-SEA AS segment, that doesn't incur a fee.

If it were me in your hypothetical, I would just get off at SEA and not fly the last segment.
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Old Dec 31, 18, 10:27 am
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post
I think as long as people don’t do this frequently, it shouldn’t be a problem. If one books a return far out, if the schedule changes it could be cancelled - though I’m not sure what effect it’d have if a one way costs more.

We often do two crossings so we use both outbound and return. On one ways, we have found weird less expensive one ways involving codeshares - on OTA sites, and of course we have used lots of awards. (We’ve probably earned about 10M award miles between the two of us, and we have done AAnytime awards - the DFW-KEF a few months ago were, but the alternative of $20k for both was always a nonstarter).

But you should be able to find a pair of award seats to LON - even if you spend a couple of days in London, there’s lots to see, do and eat.
Update: continuing to look for award space for DAY - LHR in September. Just in time for the New Year, it appears AA has increased all of the weekday AAnytime business class awards for September from 110,000 to 135,000 miles. I find that interesting since it appears they haven't sold a single business class seat on most of the TATL flights. How often do they increase the cost of AAnytime awards and is there any chance of it coming back down? Wondering if I should book AAnytime and cut my losses or keep holding out for sAAver award space.

I did follow your suggestion and looked at a couple throwaway ticketing options, but I still come out ahead using miles (purchasing additional as needed) for this one-way flight.
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Old Dec 31, 18, 10:32 am
  #2091  
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Originally Posted by Grsdo View Post
Update: continuing to look for award space for DAY - LHR in September. Just in time for the New Year, it appears AA has increased all of the weekday AAnytime business class awards for September from 110,000 to 135,000 miles. I find that interesting since it appears they haven't sold a single business class seat on most of the TATL flights. How often do they increase the cost of AAnytime awards and is there any chance of it coming back down? Wondering if I should book AAnytime and cut my losses or keep holding out for sAAver award space.

I did follow your suggestion and looked at a couple throwaway ticketing options, but I still come out ahead using miles (purchasing additional as needed) for this one-way flight.
What tool are you using to determine seat sales?

The pricing on awards is, as far as I know, dynamic, depending on actual sales and award purchases and predictive information. It may be award costs may go down again, if like $ prices AA sells high this far out and drops prices ~4 months out.
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Old Dec 31, 18, 10:35 am
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post
What tool are you using to determine seat sales?

The pricing on awards is, as far as I know, dynamic, depending on actual sales and award purchases and predictive information. It may be award costs may go down again, if like $ prices AA sells high this far out and drops prices ~4 months out.
Thanks! Using expertflyer and have alerts set for saaver space!
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Old Dec 31, 18, 10:43 am
  #2093  
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Originally Posted by Grsdo View Post
Thanks! Using expertflyer and have alerts set for saaver space!
That has worked for me.

Qantas releases award seats to their flyers ~360 days out, so there’s no hope of booking when they’re initially released with the AA 321 day limitation. Yet I’ve secured pairs of MileSAAver Business suites between the US and Australia several times when they have been released and I’ve reacted quickly. (On that transpacific route, I always look at different cities to anchor to - LAX, SFO and SYD, MEL, BNE - BNE being the one that comes open, and adding to or from SYD, ADL, CNS, TSV, etc.)

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