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Booking CDG-SFO Award Travel with Overnight Connection at JFK

Booking CDG-SFO Award Travel with Overnight Connection at JFK

Old Jun 20, 19, 6:59 pm
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Booking CDG-SFO Award Travel with Overnight Connection at JFK

Searched, but could not find a thread that addresses my specific objective:

I want to book a CDG-SFO itinerary using miles with a single award. I would like to fly CDG-JFK, stop at JFK for less than 24 hours (specifically to stay a night at the new TWA hotel), and then continue on JFK-SFO. (I want to do this so much that I am willing to use an AAnytime Award to do it.)

Using aa.com, in 4 pages of AA-only CDG-SFO flights, there is only one set of flights that offers an overnight at JFK. Unfortunately, the JFK-SFO departure is 7 AM. I want the departure to be later (while understanding that it must be within 24 hrs of the CDG-JFK arrival if I want to do it with a single award).

Question: Should I be able to book the offered flights, then (based on using an AAnytime Award), do an online change of the JFK-SFO leg to another flight (within the 24 hr window) at no charge? (I am only Gold.)

Note: I tried using Multi-City to book the desired flights, but it wanted to price each leg separately.

Or are there other approaches I should consider for achieving my desired overnight at JFK while returning from CDG to SFO on a single award?

Thanks.

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Old Jun 20, 19, 7:20 pm
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Originally Posted by jmd001 View Post
Searched, but could not find a thread that addresses my specific objective:

I want to book a CDG-SFO itinerary using miles with a single award. I would like to fly CDG-JFK, stop at JFK for less than 24 hours (specifically to stay a night at the new TWA hotel), and then continue on JFK-SFO. (I want to do this so much that I am willing to use an AAnytime Award to do it.)

Using aa.com, in 4 pages of AA-only CDG-SFO flights, there is only one set of flights that offers an overnight at JFK. Unfortunately, the JFK-SFO departure is 7 AM. I want the departure to be later (while understanding that it must be within 24 hrs of the CDG-JFK arrival if I want to do it with a single award).

Question: Should I be able to book the offered flights, then (based on using an AAnytime Award), do an online change of the JFK-SFO leg to another flight (within the 24 hr window) at no charge? (I am only Gold.)

Note: I tried using Multi-City to book the desired flights, but it wanted to price each leg separately.

Or are there other approaches I should consider for achieving my desired overnight at JFK while returning from CDG to SFO on a single award?

Thanks.
Use the multi-city booking engine to put your desired flights on a free, five-day hold, and note your record locator; then, call AA and ask the agent to re-price the held itinerary as a single award. Finally, go back to your held itinerary at aa.com, verify that it is now pricing correctly, and go ahead and purchase the award on line with no telephone-booking fee.
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Old Jun 21, 19, 12:47 am
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The call-to-reprice has historically been the appropriate answer, but now agents are told to check on end-to-end availability to account for married segment availability. This is a non-issue if multiple seats are available, but if you put a hold on the one seat that available couldn’t you end up shooting yourself in the foot (since agent might check current availability)?
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Old Jun 21, 19, 7:26 am
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Since OP is booking this as an AAnytime award there shouldn't be any issues with married segments or last award seat availabitly, or anything else.

Rather than using multi-city, I would go to aa.com and put the one option with the overnight on hold (with the 7am JFK-SFO). That way there is no question what the correct award price should be. Then call AA, and ask the agent to switch the JFK-SFO segment to whatever later option works the best.
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Old Jun 22, 19, 1:48 pm
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey View Post
Rather than using multi-city, I would go to aa.com and put the one option with the overnight on hold. ... Then call AA, and ask the agent to switch the JFK-SFO segment to whatever later option works the best.
This is what I did, and it was successful (as it should have been). Thanks for the advice.

Based on the amount of time the agent was taking, I became a bit concerned. But eventually (actually only ~9 minutes, but seemed much longer), he successfully completed the change ... at the same miles and without any fees (as expected).
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