Connections on separate tickets

Old Jul 9, 18, 8:27 pm
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Connections on separate tickets

Looking at some holiday travel and was hoping to use points but one of my segments is on a double points required date. If I were to book that segment with cash and use points for the segment on either end is there a way to keep the benefits of a guaranteed connection? Ideally what I want to do is MSP-CHI on points in coach, CHI-PGH on a paid roomette, and PGH-LNC on points. Empire Builder connections are dicey pretty much year round now so want the guaranteed connection rather than being treated as a Chicago originating passenger that missed their departure.
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