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Maximizing Group Airline Purchase

Old Aug 31, 19, 9:50 am
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Maximizing Group Airline Purchase

Hello!

I need to purchase 31 airline tickets and am trying to figure out the best way to maximize. I currently have the Sapphire Reserve (3x travel) and Citi Premier, as well as an Citi AA card (2x) and a couple SW cards (2x) I have an option of flying on American or Southwest. I can earn lots of UR points every year but if there were a way to make a big haul on AA or somehow earn status (even through I’m only flying one of the tickets) Thanks for any tips!


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Old Sep 2, 19, 12:34 pm
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What carrier are you looking at flying? If that many people, you might be able to get a few free tickets...
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Old Sep 2, 19, 2:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Pookynubbers View Post
Hello!

I need to purchase 31 airline tickets and am trying to figure out the best way to maximize. I currently have the Sapphire Reserve (3x travel) and Citi Premier, as well as an Citi AA card (2x) and a couple SW cards (2x) I have an option of flying on American or Southwest. I can earn lots of UR points every year but if there were a way to make a big haul on AA or somehow earn status (even through Iím only flying one of the tickets) Thanks for any tips!


Only the passenger flying the ticket can earn elite status

You should call up group reservations at the preferred airline. and request for assistance.

Are you paying for the entire cost, or will you be reimbursed for 30-31 airline tickets? If this is for your company, make sure you have received permission to charge them on your card. and ask for reimbursement timing, because you would be advancing a good chunk of cost for 30 some tickets.

Out of credit cards you have listed, CSR would be your best bet, IMO.
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Old Sep 3, 19, 12:17 am
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What are you looking to maximise? Each traveller can only collect his miles, not those of the other tickets he booked.
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Old Sep 3, 19, 12:53 pm
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As a regular person, you get miles for flying when you fly (if you are in the airline's frequent flyer program) and miles for paying when you pay (if you use a mileage-earning credit card).

However, a "regular person" does not buy 31 tickets. Airlines have a variety of programs to compensate people who do. Some of those programs are designed for small businesses. ("Small" means "too small to negotiate a corporate discount.") The business account receives credit for all tickets that employees buy and/or fly, depending on the specifics of the program. That credit can then be used for the same sorts of rewards that you can get with miles, sometimes including status for one or more designated employees. For example, with American Airlines' Business Extra program, you earn one point for every $5 you spend on tickets. Free flights start at 2,000 points, and Gold status costs 3,200 points. I don't know about Southwest, but they probably have something comparable. If you don't have a small business you can sign up for this program, you may have to invent one. "Pookynubbers' Lemonade Stand" will do nicely, or "Pookynubbers Management Consultants" if you want to sound more impressive.

You can also call the airline's group sales desk (you'll have to if you want to get more than 9 seats on the same flight in one transaction; the reasons relate to how they manage access to their database and would be off-topic here) and find out what sort of discount you'll get for 31. That's basically what beckoa suggested above. The savings may be worth more than what you can get any other way.
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