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MIA-LHR (2) AA business award for 230K + $569.62 / good as it gets?

MIA-LHR (2) AA business award for 230K + $569.62 / good as it gets?

Old Jul 20, 18, 2:09 pm
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MIA-LHR (2) AA business award for 230K + $569.62 / good as it gets?

2nd half Aug rt 2 wk stay, MIA-LHR non-stops;
can I do better with this cache?:

42,066 AAdvantage
355,232 AAdvantage -wife
142,110 BA Avios
32,501 BA Avios wife
10,045 Lufthansa
517 Frontier
55,507 Southwest
52,000 Southwest wife
238,235 Delta Skymiles
~145K Delta Skymiles wife
100,504 United expires 10/18


novice needs advice, thanks...

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Old Jul 20, 18, 2:15 pm
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For Aadvantage 230k is the best it gets for two round trip saver tickets, yes (57,500 each way in J). The theoretical minimum on Delta is 80k or 82k each way (compared to 57.5k) but wouldn't be nonstop from MIA, and I'm not sure what the YQ is with them.
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Old Jul 20, 18, 2:18 pm
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If you are talking this August, likely nothing available. If you see any availability, grab it. If you return LHR-MIA, there will always be high taxes no matter who you fly (APD). Then some carriers will have carrier imposed surcharge (YQ), particularly BA (even if booked using AA miles)

AA has a great plane Mia-lhr , Id do that if you can find anything.
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Old Jul 20, 18, 2:33 pm
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Thanks for responses.
If I grab now, how much time, if any, to change or cancel without penalty...?

UPDATE: cancel OK to 11:59P next day
change dates free if same 57.5K one-way...

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Old Jul 20, 18, 2:41 pm
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Originally Posted by TravelPhotographer View Post
Thanks for responses.
If I grab now, how much time, if any, to change or cancel without penalty...?
It depends what you mean by "grab." You can put AAdvantage awards on a free, five-day hold, without actually purchasing. Once you purchase, you have 24 hours to cancel for a full refund.

One caveat: you must finalize your "purchase" of AAdvantage award tickets at least 22 days prior to departure, or you will be dinged with a $75/ticket close-in award-booking fee.

Also, keep in mind that just because you are flying into the U.K. does not mean that you have to fly out of the U.K. on the way home -- unless that is the only SAAver option you can find.
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Old Jul 20, 18, 3:53 pm
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Originally Posted by beachfan View Post
AA has a great plane Mia-lhr
What makes it great?
MIA-LHR 7G 7J
LHR-MIA 7D 7A
are these all non-problematic positions?
well in front of wing?
(I like windows = photos, wife don't)
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Old Jul 20, 18, 4:13 pm
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Originally Posted by TravelPhotographer View Post
What makes it great?
MIA-LHR 7G 7J
LHR-MIA 7D 7A
are these all non-problematic positions?
well in front of wing?
(I like windows = photos, wife don't)
If it is a 77W then I think row 7 is missing a window - one window rather than the usual 2 (or 3 at row 12).

Also, the middle block of seats and the windows seats are not as tightly aligned as you might expect from the seat map my experience of the 77W is that you never really feel like you're sitting next to someone.
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...my experience of the 77W is that you never really feel like you're sitting next to someone.
The folks in the cockpit might disagree.
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Originally Posted by Gig103 View Post
For Aadvantage 230k is the best it gets for two round trip saver tickets, yes (57,500 each way in J). The theoretical minimum on Delta is 80k or 82k each way (compared to 57.5k) but wouldn't be nonstop from MIA, and I'm not sure what the YQ is with them.
Delta miles can get one Virgin Atlantic non-stop MIA-LHR at 150K miles r/t, with $290.41 in taxes.
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Old Jul 20, 18, 6:24 pm
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Looks like a good value redemption. Round trip on AA direct is $3800 a ticket approx. Cheapest J is Avianca connecting in BOG for $2150.
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Old Jul 20, 18, 7:34 pm
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Originally Posted by SeattleDavid View Post
If it is a 77W then I think row 7 is missing a window - one window rather than the usual 2 (or 3 at row 12).
According to this, row 7 seats standard, no problems, row 11 missing window:
https://www.seatguru.com/airlines/American_Airlines/American_Airlines_777-300_ER.php?flightno=56&date=

but almost everything row 7-15 available now...
have booked...

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Old Jul 21, 18, 9:34 am
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Originally Posted by TravelPhotographer View Post
According to this, row 7 seats standard, no problems, row 11 missing window:
https://www.seatguru.com/airlines/American_Airlines/American_Airlines_777-300_ER.php?flightno=56&date=

but almost everything row 7-15 available now...
have booked...
Seatguru cannot be regarded as a reliable source. My comments were taken from the forum here discussing F and J seats on the 77W (https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...hread-133.html) ... still not completely reliable but much more so than seat guru.

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Old Jul 22, 18, 10:58 am
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Switched to AA56 8-J-G & AA39 8-D-A !!!
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Old Jul 22, 18, 2:24 pm
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Switched to AA56 8-J-G & AA39 8-D-A !!!
I missed it, are you in a 772 or 77W. Makes a difference.
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Old Jul 22, 18, 3:13 pm
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AA56 mid-Aug & AA39 late Aug, don't know model version
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