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The babybus (Sweden<> East Coast) Fare meetup thread

The babybus (Sweden<> East Coast) Fare meetup thread

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Old Apr 30, 19, 9:11 pm   -   Wikipost
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Aug 1st
1255 AY808 ARN>HEL bisonrav, mtikky, Wozza2404, squawk
1300 AY864 GOT>HEL awoxp, gosha
1315 AY804 ARN>HEL IFE Wizard
1435 AY810 ARN>HEL vintagepilot

1600 AY1337 HEL>LHR bisonrav, mtikky, Wozza2404, squawk
1635 AY814 ARN->HEL tsmnc, Selador
1700 AY1341 HEL>LHR awoxp, IFE Wizard, gosha
1930 AY1339 HEL>LHR tsmnc,vintagepilot, Selador


Aug 2nd
1240 BA1 LCY>JFK awoxp, bisonrav, IFE Wizard, vintagepilot, mtikky, Wozza2404, KARFA, tsmnc, gosha, squawk, Selador
1850 AA2580 JFK>CLT IFE Wizard
2053 AA1240 JFK>MCO [ CANCELLED? ] awoxp, bisonrav, mtikky, Wozza2404, gosha
2040 AA2272 JFK>AUS awoxp, bisonrav, mtikky
2145 AA4454 JFK>DCA
[ CANCELLED? ] squawk, Selador
2232 AA2092 CLT>MCO IFE Wizard

Aug 3rd
0630 BA4362 JFK>MIA tsmnc
0635 AA1479 MCO>MIA IFE Wizard
0842 AUS>DFW bisonrav, awoxp, mtikky
0850 AA2657 MCO>MIA awoxp, gosha
1000 AA2136 LGA>BOS KARFA
1011 AA2278 DCA>MIA Selador
1125 AA260 MCO>MIA Wozza2404
1219 AA388 JFK>CLT vintagepilot
1253 AA2314 DFW>MCO awoxp, bisonrav, mtikky

1259 AA291 JFK>MIA squawk
1409 AA1609 CLT>MIA vintagepilot
1937 AA1194 MCO>MIA awoxp, bisonrav, mtikky

Aug 4th
0700 AA1571 MIA>JFK awoxp, gosha
0831 AA2199 MIA>CLT vintagepilot
0849 AA291 MIA->JFK bisonrav, mtikky
0900 AA260 MIA>MCO Wozza2404
1224 AA1002 CLT>JFK vintagepilot
1315 AA2352 MCO>JFK Wozza2404

1830 BA112 JFK>LHR bisonrav, mtikky, Wozza2404, vintagepilot
1900 BA174 JFK>LHR awoxp, gosha
1925 BA212 BOS.LHR KARFA

Aug 5th
0815 BA1340 LHR.LBA KARFA
0825 BA794 LHR>HEL bisonrav, mtikky, Wozza2404
1020 AY832 LHR>HEL awoxp, vintagepilot, gosha
1155 AA1340 MIA>DCA IFE Wizard
1405 AY909 HEL>ARN bisonrav, mtikky, Wozza2404
1455 AA4532 DCA>JFK IFE Wizard
1600 AY865 HEL>GOT awoxp, vintagepilot, gosha
1610 BA6080 LHR>HEL tsmnc
1830 AA6133 JFK>LHR
IFE Wizard
2345 AY825 HEL>ARN tsmnc

Aug 6th
0825 AA6538 LHR>HEL IFE Wizard
1600 AY813 HEL>ARN IFE Wizard

Aug 8th
0849 AA291 MIA>JFK squawk
1830 BA112 JFK>LHR squawk

Aug 9th
1020 BA6032 LHR>HEL squawk
1600 BA6043 HEL>ARN squawk

Aug 10th
1215 AA145 MIA>ORD Selador
1735 AY10 ORD>HEL Selador

Aug 11th
1155 AY863 HEL>GOT Selador


Hotels

bisonrav:
July 31st: Cockpit Suite, Jumbo Hotel (in around midnight, so unfortunately no cocktails on the terrace or playing with my knobs)
August 2nd: Staybridge Suites, Austin Airport
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Old Apr 10, 19, 2:03 am
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Same here - no notification but a few timing changes, including a 44 minute connection at DCA.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 4:13 am
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[EDIT] in fact I have the same changes when viewed on the website, not updated yet on the app. Generally all improvements so pretty happy with the results. Let's see if the luck holds for the next shuffle.

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Old Apr 10, 19, 4:26 am
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I am on an INV-BOS fare. Due to lots of cancellations on the JFK-BOS route that weekend I am doing LGA-BOS on Saturday (first time ever at LGA for me), and on Sunday I am now rebooked on the direct BOS-LHR flight rather than connecting back through JFK - 62K on the BA112 on Sunday should now be free if anyone wants it.

I have amended the wiki with my flights.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 5:54 am
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Have updated the wiki with my correct flight details.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 6:58 am
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This'll be interesting. On my return trip, the leisurely hour or so connection in DCA has become a 16 minute change:
AA1998 MIA 11:59 - DCA 14:37
AA5158 DCA 14:53 - JFK 16:27
Assuming this isn't really feasible, especially as I only have a couple of hours at JFK before my transatlantic connection (so little leeway if delayed), what are my options here?

I presume I ring up AA and ask them to reroute me - but I'm not familiar with the AA timetable/permissible rerouting options, nor with where is a good place to change. I assume I can't squeeze more than 40+40 TP out of this, so I am looking for the most relaxed/comfortable option possible.

Any suggestions very welcome!
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Old Apr 10, 19, 7:01 am
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Originally Posted by squawk View Post
This'll be interesting. On my return trip, the leisurely hour or so connection in DCA has become a 16 minute change:

Assuming this isn't really feasible, especially as I only have a couple of hours at JFK before my transatlantic connection (so little leeway if delayed), what are my options here?

I presume I ring up AA and ask them to reroute me - but I'm not familiar with the AA timetable/permissible rerouting options, nor with where is a good place to change. I assume I can't squeeze more than 40+40 TP out of this, so I am looking for the most relaxed/comfortable option possible.

Any suggestions very welcome!
MCT at DCA for this type of connection would be 30 minutes so yes you'll have to change it to something else. In terms of permissible routings I would look at a one way MIA to JFK on that day on aa.com and itamatrix and see what they show.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 7:28 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
MCT at DCA for this type of connection would be 30 minutes so yes you'll have to change it to something else. In terms of permissible routings I would look at a one way MIA to JFK on that day on aa.com and itamatrix and see what they show.
KARFA is completely correct in this case, but if you wanted to force more sectors in this area, you could enter "AA AA AA" into the routing codes box to force it to show three sectors options between MIA and JFK in order to achieve more TPs. Of course, you would have to find something that would meet the MCT at JFK for your onward TATL flight, and you may find you have to start earlier in the day from MIA. You could try "AA AA AA AA" for 4 sectors if you really wanted, but the likelihood of getting an agent to agree to that is less likely (although not unheard of).
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Old Apr 10, 19, 10:56 am
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
KARFA is completely correct in this case, but if you wanted to force more sectors in this area, you could enter "AA AA AA" into the routing codes box to force it to show three sectors options between MIA and JFK in order to achieve more TPs. Of course, you would have to find something that would meet the MCT at JFK for your onward TATL flight, and you may find you have to start earlier in the day from MIA. You could try "AA AA AA AA" for 4 sectors if you really wanted, but the likelihood of getting an agent to agree to that is less likely (although not unheard of).
Always a fun conversation, I am sure

Pretty much clear that itinerary will need an earlier start in MIA. There are going to be flights for sure. CLT is an alternative. 30 mins at DCA is dicey, to be frank, it's not unusual to be held on the tarmac for 10/20 mins there while waiting for traffic to clear gate areas out and if you have to transfer from one pier to the next on the bus, you could be really hosed. Frequencies are high so the theory is that there's decent slack in the system to be re-routed, someone is always missing connections there, but if you're needing to make another, further flight it's a risky proposition in my view. Last two times connecting at DCA I was sit on a plane for 20+ minutes both times, on the ground, waiting for a way to get to a gate. First time a two hour leisurely connection turned into a 15 minute smash&grab in the lounge, the second time i had an hour connection and I made it as barely for the start of boarding. 30 mins and I would clearly have missed both connections.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 11:00 am
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i know, i wont be seeing any of you but since everyone tells his rebookings, here's a little story of good old Simon from TXL.

November 2018: ARN-HEL-LHR/LCY-SNN-JFK-JFK-CLT-MIA-MSY-PHL-LHR-HEL-ARN
December 2018: Changing dates of travel since BA01 was cancelled on Sunday June 30th...
January 2019: ARN-HEL-LHR/LCY-SNN-JFK-JFK-MIA-MSY-PHL-LHR-HEL-ARN
later January 2019: ARN-HEL-LHR/LCY-SNN-JFK-JFK-MIA-MSY-ORD-LHR-HEL-ARN
April 2019: ARN-HEL-LHR/LCY-SNN-JFK-JFK-MIA-MSY-DFW-LHR-HEL-ARN

i hope everything works out.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 1:52 pm
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Is this still alive??
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Old Apr 10, 19, 3:41 pm
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I just added a hotels section on the wiki, as I'm starting to sort mine out.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 3:45 pm
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Is this still alive??
Not for booking, no.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 3:47 pm
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Thank you @KARFA, @rossmacd, and @MarkedMan - very helpful. As usual, the forum is a wealth of knowledge.

When I have a moment in the next week, I will look through the matrix and see what options there are. I will probably aim for a simple 40+40 and depart MIA earlier, I guess via CLT, MCO, PHL or DCA. The tidbits of info are handy.

If I were going for a simple 40+40 routing as above, do people have any particular preferred options?
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Old Apr 11, 19, 2:36 am
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Thank you @KARFA, @rossmacd, and @MarkedMan - very helpful. As usual, the forum is a wealth of knowledge.

When I have a moment in the next week, I will look through the matrix and see what options there are. I will probably aim for a simple 40+40 and depart MIA earlier, I guess via CLT, MCO, PHL or DCA. The tidbits of info are handy.

If I were going for a simple 40+40 routing as above, do people have any particular preferred options?
No problem

Personally, I would take a direct MIA to JFK option, specifically because you can choose a flat bed 767 option, which beats any other option.

Failing that, I would say that connection options in order of preference would be RDU, DCA, CLT then PHL. I have never done MCO, so cannot comment on this one. I am sure others will have differing opinions.
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Old Apr 22, 19, 9:36 am
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So, I finally got round to ringing AA, and it turns out I had two changes - not just one. The direct JFK-DCA on the outbound had changed to a route via CLT (an extra 40TP) but that required a 1hr55 change at JFK which wouldn't work. I could in theory have accepted an earlier transatlantic inbound from LHR, but that would defeat the point of this fare, surely!

In the end I accepted an overnight in New York, with a reroute the following morning on a direct JFK-MIA. I also accepted the same on the reverse as @rossmacd suggested upthread. I lose 80TP overall, but still scrape 600 from the fare to make Silver, which was my goal - without including the nested economy trip to LAS.

I'll update the Wiki shortly, but my new route is effectively ARN-HEL-LHR LCY-JFK JFK - MIA and return, with a nested MIA-LAS. Which will probably be a little less tiring, with more slack between each flight!

Edit: now I'm updating the wiki, I don't know if @Selador has an updated itinerary?
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