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LM F and J routes (and the occasional trick-it)

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C1.5 Caribbean, Bermuda
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2X, 3X: in the context of this LifeMiles thread, 2X and 3X refer to any 2nd and 3rd legs of a one-way award ticket.

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Old May 6, 13, 9:23 pm
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Not an F or J or a trick, just admiration for LifeMiles: while UA and ANA fail to find an award from HNL to FOR (Brazil), LifeMiles comes through, crisscrossing oceans: HNL to EWR to LIS to FOR...! Seen on 23-Sep.

EDIT: UA/ANA are able to see the route when fed the individual legs. However, they price heftily.

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Old May 6, 13, 9:35 pm
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I've gotten Australia-North America-Asia before too.
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Old May 6, 13, 9:40 pm
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Originally Posted by belfordrocks View Post
I've gotten Australia-North America-Asia before too.
You mean this?
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Old May 7, 13, 4:14 am
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What's au - North America - Asia ?
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Old May 7, 13, 9:28 am
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Originally Posted by Shanye2233 View Post
I just booked (4) F on UA . I was checking for over a month for some availability and then just out of no where this appeared. I checked with the UA site and its been ticketed so kinda weird .

I was in such a rush to see if it would go through I didn't lower the miles part down
Cancel and rebook - or rather try to rebook with lower miles/more cash, and if that goes through, cancel the original bookings by paying 50 dollars?
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Old May 7, 13, 10:57 am
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Originally Posted by SingaporeDon View Post
Cancel and rebook - or rather try to rebook with lower miles/more cash, and if that goes through, cancel the original bookings by paying 50 dollars?
Not sure if the seats will come back but you could try.
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Old May 7, 13, 3:00 pm
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small advice needed.

I want to book C2-Mel and return on jan 2014 in J, and for now best option I know is c2-c3 + c3-mel for 75 + 47,5 on return = 122,5 + taxes

any chance to find a better solution? I know there are great options in Y, but I'm only interested in J

Adam
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Old May 7, 13, 3:02 pm
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Originally Posted by yerffej201 View Post
Not sure if the seats will come back but you could try.
It can take 48 h to be available again
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Old May 7, 13, 9:45 pm
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Originally Posted by belfordrocks View Post
I've gotten Australia-North America-Asia before too.
There's also the ASIA - North America - some american state in the pacific trick. It's probably been shared before, but I thought I'd contribute just in case.
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Old May 7, 13, 9:58 pm
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Originally Posted by SingaporeDon View Post
Cancel and rebook - or rather try to rebook with lower miles/more cash, and if that goes through, cancel the original bookings by paying 50 dollars?

I don't think I wil get the seats again . I have been searching for a few months and nothing has came and then yesterday (4) F tickets . I think it's very rare to get (4) in business let alone first .

I think the flight number is UA803 so from my search is the suites but I'm probably wrong .
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Old May 8, 13, 5:09 am
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Originally Posted by Shanye2233 View Post
I don't think I wil get the seats again . I have been searching for a few months and nothing has came and then yesterday (4) F tickets . I think it's very rare to get (4) in business let alone first .

I think the flight number is UA803 so from my search is the suites but I'm probably wrong .
I would just stick with it. If you are really hurting then why don't you just make another random booking and cancel it? You get your miles back that way for only a $50 cancellation fee.

Personally I wouldn't cancel your original booking as the flights might not come back in.
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Old May 8, 13, 5:38 am
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Originally Posted by onlysuites View Post
I would just stick with it. If you are really hurting then why don't you just make another random booking and cancel it? You get your miles back that way for only a $50 cancellation fee.

Personally I wouldn't cancel your original booking as the flights might not come back in.
+1, don't do it. I was once waiting for an F seat that I *knew* another FTer was on, and he had to cancel and release his seat... So I was on the phone with Aeroplan at the time he released, and nothing came into inventory - not then, not 24 hours later, and not ever later. So if you scored 4F, stick to them.
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Old May 8, 13, 9:51 am
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I'm not going to cancel them I don't think there's any chance all four will come back . I haven't even seen two for any dates two weeks either Side.

Now only to find something from sin - syd on the a380 in J
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Old May 10, 13, 6:51 am
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Originally Posted by belfordrocks View Post
I've gotten Australia-North America-Asia before too.
Backtracking is allowed? (Sorry, serious question) or is it in one continuous direction? Wouldn't that bust the MPM...
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Old May 10, 13, 7:16 am
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Originally Posted by SQFAN View Post
Backtracking is allowed? (Sorry, serious question) or is it in one continuous direction? Wouldn't that bust the MPM...
Forget all that. Since no stopovers are allowed would one really wanna do this journey?
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