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Old Jan 15, 22, 5:29 am
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Originally Posted by dougzz View Post
I looked on the BA site directly for this, and sort of agree with navylad - the problem is the LAX-JFK leg on the return. BA are showing 11 flights that day, all with only economy available, that seems really odd, and AA have business available on their site. Iíd try again across the next couple of days, seems like a BA glitch.
I emailed BA about this earlier in the week them completely forgot about it. Complete shocker at 6pm last night to get a call from the GGL team saying they were calling to help me book the flights and had a back office workaround i.e. booking into Y and the upgrading to J. Tremendous service from BA and that is another reason why renewing GGL makes going the long way to California a worthwhile thing to do.
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Old Jan 17, 22, 5:50 am
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Originally Posted by xenole View Post
I've been trying a SOF-SFO as a holiday, but keep getting told there are no flights.

Also been trying to doing something like SOF-LHR-JFK-(SFO or LAX)-(LAX-SFO), buy only getting JFK-LAX or JFK-SFO direct.

Little over £1k for 720TP, but would be nice to add a bit more without too much chance of issues.
Could blow 152600k Avios to save around Ä898 (£750), so around £275 to pay.
About 75k for those flights and two more this month, so a net loss of around 77k Avios to save £750.

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Yeah. Was looking at similar. Came up with this which is actually only 620 TPs. Can't manage to add another leg either in Europe or US and I've tried everything I can think of. Deosn^t matter if I try LAX or SFO as final destination. Still can't add a leg. In the end it doesn't matter too much for me as I have another trip I have to take in November that I've squeezed out 700 odd TP from, so with other normal flying that gets me to Gold and there's no point to me trying to get another 40 points here and there as I'm never going to get the 2500 needed for a voucher never mind the 5000 for GGL. Still, weird that we can't seem to get another leg in there...

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Old Jan 17, 22, 5:55 am
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It's so long since I've looked at this thread so sorry if this has already been answered. I'm sure there used to be a list in the wiki of cheapish US domestic TP runs, am I looking in the wrong place (is it somewhere else) or has the list stop being maintained due to fewer people travelling due to covid?
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Old Jan 17, 22, 6:28 am
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Originally Posted by RichieMc View Post
Yeah. Was looking at similar. Came up with this which is actually only 620 TPs. Can't manage to add another leg either in Europe or US and I've tried everything I can think of. Deosn^t matter if I try LAX or SFO as final destination. Still can't add a leg. In the end it doesn't matter too much for me as I have another trip I have to take in November that I've squeezed out 700 odd TP from, so with other normal flying that gets me to Gold and there's no point to me trying to get another 40 points here and there as I'm never going to get the 2500 needed for a voucher never mind the 5000 for GGL. Still, weird that we can't seem to get another leg in there...
I've found SFO to have slightly more I class availability on the transcon for business than LAX.

At the end of the day, something simpler and less prone to potential issues might work better for some.
A few of these runs probably cost a lot more once you factor in overnight stays, positioning etc.

My last run through JFK had me arriving at 10-11pm and then heading back to JFK at 4:30am-5am. When it's something like £167 for the 5-6hr stay, it's not great value (suppose blowing 30k or so points, or just sleeping at the airport might be better. Have done both!).

Last flight I had from JFK-SFO was at 11am and AA changed that to 7am so it messed up my long lie in.

I sometimes find it simpler to just add a day trip say within the US or wherever. If you get get something like SFO-LAX-PHX return for £250-£300 or so, an easy 160TP is achievable.
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Old Jan 17, 22, 7:25 am
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Originally Posted by RichieMc View Post
Yeah. Was looking at similar. Came up with this which is actually only 620 TPs. Can't manage to add another leg either in Europe or US and I've tried everything I can think of. Deosn^t matter if I try LAX or SFO as final destination. Still can't add a leg. In the end it doesn't matter too much for me as I have another trip I have to take in November that I've squeezed out 700 odd TP from, so with other normal flying that gets me to Gold and there's no point to me trying to get another 40 points here and there as I'm never going to get the 2500 needed for a voucher never mind the 5000 for GGL. Still, weird that we can't seem to get another leg in there...

You got a good fare for those dates - I could not get close using the same dates in Matrix - the nearest which gave the same was 26th Sep
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Old Jan 17, 22, 7:43 am
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Yeah. Pretty happy with it. Will have a few bucks left over for Giants tickets! I would kind of have preferred to get the JFK to LAX at 7am (coolness factor of flight AA1 and maybe some celebrity spotting) and then another 40 TP for LAX to SFO but just can't get it to work; not sure why and I don't think I'm bumping up against any mileage limits (if anyone has any ideas let me know). And could have done SFO-JFK on the return and squeezed out an extra 100 TP, but I can't be bothered with the short night flight and like the long layover at LAX to check out the Qantas and Flagship lounges.
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Old Jan 17, 22, 7:56 am
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Originally Posted by PUCCI GALORE View Post
You got a good fare for those dates - I could not get close using the same dates in Matrix - the nearest which gave the same was 26th Sep

I just went through the BA website and looked at flights, in August, from say SOF-SFO, that had 2 connections, and had outbound prices of say 641 euros (compared to others that were over 2000 euros). Then looked at what the connections were, and discounted anything other than JFK ie. DFW, PHL, ORD.
Keeps things simple and saves trying to ring BA to book, and hoping you get an agent who knows what they're doing.
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Old Jan 17, 22, 8:07 am
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Originally Posted by RichieMc View Post
I would kind of have preferred to get the JFK to LAX at 7am (coolness factor of flight AA1 and maybe some celebrity spotting) and then another 40 TP for LAX to SFO but just can't get it to work; not sure why and I don't think I'm bumping up against any mileage limits (if anyone has any ideas let me know).
Not sure if this is why, but I was originally on the BA codeshare that is AA1 for a flight in a week or so time. A couple of months ago I got a schedule change and I was moved to the AA171 at 6am instead. I was baffled, because AA1 is operating according to AA. However, I've since checked by booking a dummy one way for my flights and there is no BA codeshare on AA1 for my dates. Every other flight is available except AA1. I was like you, looking forward to taking flight 1, but it was not to be. Not sure why the codeshare has been removed, but that might be why you can't do it, just a random data point.
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Old Jan 17, 22, 8:15 am
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Originally Posted by FlightDetective View Post
Not sure if this is why, but I was originally on the BA codeshare that is AA1 for a flight in a week or so time. A couple of months ago I got a schedule change and I was moved to the AA171 at 6am instead. I was baffled, because AA1 is operating according to AA. However, I've since checked by booking a dummy one way for my flights and there is no BA codeshare on AA1 for my dates. Every other flight is available except AA1. I was like you, looking forward to taking flight 1, but it was not to be. Not sure why the codeshare has been removed, but that might be why you can't do it, just a random data point.
Solid detective work! That makes sense. I was actually able to find itineraries with JFK-LAX on AA1 (not sure if they would actually be bookable on BA), but was never able to go JFK-SFO via LAX (or indeed JFK-SFO via LAX) on any flight whatsoever.

Anyway, the more I think about it, celebs will still be in bed at 7am but maybe that makes it easier to get an upgrade
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Old Jan 17, 22, 8:16 am
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Is it me or is the TP runs very dry at the moment

We don't see anymore the sub £1000 deals
Even the sof-sfo is very limited in dates and I class etc.
We need some solid deals like the pre covid days
Gone are the days ? I sincerely hope not.....
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Old Jan 17, 22, 9:32 am
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Originally Posted by Palty View Post
Is it me or is the TP runs very dry at the moment

We don't see anymore the sub £1000 deals
Even the sof-sfo is very limited in dates and I class etc.
We need some solid deals like the pre covid days
Gone are the days ? I sincerely hope not.....
sub £1k were rare ish even then. the MAD - LAX is well and healthy and has been around for a while and at £1.1k ish for Westcoast is pretty good. works a treat O/W with DUB as well.
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Old Jan 17, 22, 11:08 am
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TP run March 22

hi guys, FYI I bought the following for £1560 (680 TPS I think). I needed to go to Vegas for the weekend of 11 march so thought I would make it into a tier point run and have a day in NYC. Do you think this is a good deal?

ARN - HEL - JFK / LGA - DCA - LAS - JFK - LHR - VCE
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Old Jan 17, 22, 11:42 am
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Apologies, I caused offence with this post and that wasn’t my intention so have removed it.

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Old Jan 17, 22, 11:55 am
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Been looking for sth like that but cannot get anything ex-NYC.

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Old Jan 17, 22, 12:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Confus View Post
For anyone in (or heading to) the US, Iím finding some great DIFs loaded for March for a few AA transcon itineraries. Iím about to book 2 x 220 TP itineraries for £240 each with no need to suffer FAI at -30.

Wonít name the routes as I might want to buy a couple more and donít want them to disappear with hordes piling in, but itís pretty obvious if you think of west and east coast cities where they have to be particularly competitive and join them with one of the oft-forgotten transcon (note not Transcon!) trunks. Hopefully some of those whoíve helped me here over the years can benefit in return
I don't really think that "I know a good TP run but I'm not telling you" is in the spirit of this very helpful and generous thread. If you don't want to share then just say nothing.
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