North America routing help please...

Old Aug 17, 14, 2:21 pm
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North America routing help please...

We're planning a North America holiday next summer and am looking for advice on the best way to book our proposed routing.

Leaving the UK (fairly flexible on departure airport, any Northern or London) first stop in New York; then New York - Toronto; Toronto - Calgary; then back to the UK from preferably Calgary but could travel to Vancouver to come back if better.

We're currently blue BA but could make bronze after this trip, so prefer BA flights where possible, particularly as we usually book Prem Econ and use miles to upgrade to Club when we come back from Calgary every winter so would like to do this from YYC/YVR if possible. But would accept a return routing through New York if this were cheaper.

I've read the New York - Toronto leg can be done on AA, redeeming 4,500 BA miles, at $0 tax, but am struggling to find where/how I could actually book this redemption flight.

BA aside, Iceland Air do routing with an open jaw between New York and Toronto, but we'd be left booking singles Toronto - Calgary and then the YYC/YVR to home leg, which I'm finding very expensive.

So any advice and tips would be very welcomed, thank you in advance to everyone
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Old Aug 17, 14, 2:35 pm
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Originally Posted by saskew View Post
I've read the New York - Toronto leg can be done on AA, redeeming 4,500 BA miles, at $0 tax, but am struggling to find where/how I could actually book this redemption flight.
Hi - you can book this through the BA redemption web site. It works just like a BA redemption except you have to scroll past the "Sorry, BA doesn't offer direct flights on this route" bit down to "our partners are offering these flights". There are a lot of flights from LGA, only a few from JFK, but if you're coming from the city perhaps LGA is preferrable to you anyway.
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Old Aug 17, 14, 2:46 pm
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Just to add to what I said above, your best bet is probably an open jaw UK-NYC/YYC-UK, with a single flight YYZ-YYC on either Air Canada or WestJet. Most North American flights are priced on a singles basis anyway and you wouldn't be able to book a YYZ-LHR via YYC.

Alternatively you could see if you can get two separate redemptions YYZ-ORD and ORD-YYC on AA, these would cost you 4500 avios each. Flights from the US to Canada are about a fiver in fees, in the other direction it's about 50 quid (Canadian Airport improvement fee mainly). But this would take significantly longer than just going YYZ-YYC direct.

As to the transatlantic sectors, you are probably best off using ITA matrix, something like outbound LHR,MAN,LBA to NYC and inbound YYC,YVR to LHR,MAN,LBA .
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Old Aug 17, 14, 3:56 pm
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"Alternatively you could see if you can get two separate redemptions YYZ-ORD and ORD-YYC on AA, these would cost you 4500 avios each."

YYZ-ORD would indeed cost 4,500 Avios. But ORD-YYC is a much greater distance, and would cost 10,000 Avios.
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Old Aug 18, 14, 7:42 am
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Originally Posted by guv1976 View Post
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"Alternatively you could see if you can get two separate redemptions YYZ-ORD and ORD-YYC on AA, these would cost you 4500 avios each."

YYZ-ORD would indeed cost 4,500 Avios. But ORD-YYC is a much greater distance, and would cost 10,000 Avios.
sorry, my bad, that's correct.
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