Need same last name to book award ticket?

Old Jul 31, 14, 9:18 pm
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Need same last name to book award ticket?

I'm looking to book a SIN-USM award ticket since they have the 5,000 mile special going on.

http://hackmytrip.com/2014/03/using-...rways-via-jal/

The blog above states that you need to have the same surname if you are going to book for someone else. I tried to google this and have not found much. I will be transferring in 10,000 points from my SPG account to cover the cost of two tickets. So if I want to book a second ticket for my girlfriend how do the rules apply to this situation?
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Old Jul 31, 14, 9:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Astrophsx View Post
I'm looking to book a SIN-USM award ticket since they have the 5,000 mile special going on.

http://hackmytrip.com/2014/03/using-...rways-via-jal/

The blog above states that you need to have the same surname if you are going to book for someone else. I tried to google this and have not found much. I will be transferring in 10,000 points from my SPG account to cover the cost of two tickets. So if I want to book a second ticket for my girlfriend how do the rules apply to this situation?
That website is wrong if it says same surname is required. Members can redeem for himself/herself, the spouse and relatives within the second degree of kinship. Unfortunately, your girlfriend is not included. You will need to transfer 5,000 miles to her own account and make the booking separately if you want to avoid potential issues.

https://www.jal.co.jp/en/jalmile/awards.html
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Old Aug 1, 14, 1:32 am
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That website is wrong if it says same surname is required. Members can redeem for himself/herself, the spouse and relatives within the second degree of kinship. Unfortunately, your girlfriend is not included. You will need to transfer 5,000 miles to her own account and make the booking separately if you want to avoid potential issues.

https://www.jal.co.jp/en/jalmile/awards.html
How do they enforce this? Is this booking for family members using your own points? Do they just take your word for it that it's your cousin or spouse that did not take your last name?

Just curious
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Old Aug 1, 14, 1:46 am
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Originally Posted by Astrophsx View Post
How do they enforce this? Is this booking for family members using your own points? Do they just take your word for it that it's your cousin or spouse that did not take your last name?

Just curious
They reserve the rights to ask you for proofs and I heard they have done that before.
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Just say she is your fiancée.... make sure your GF doesn't hear that though!
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Just say she is your fiancée.... make sure your GF doesn't hear that though!
Marry her. This very weekend!

(Fiancée is not enough!)

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Old Aug 1, 14, 10:35 am
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Marry her. This very weekend!

(Fiancée is not enough!)



Anyone have trouble getting a ticket for a "spouse" that has a different last name?
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Originally Posted by irishguy28 View Post
Marry her. This very weekend!

(Fiancée is not enough!)

How about refer to her "spouse of brother in-law"? (your spouse's brother's wife)
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Old Aug 1, 14, 3:03 pm
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Originally Posted by daniellam View Post
How about refer to her "spouse of brother in-law"? (your spouse's brother's wife)
How about [moderator edit: just getting] her 5000 miles so she can redeem herself

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Old Aug 1, 14, 6:06 pm
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How about just getting her 5000 miles so she can redeem herself
The only way to transfer in miles that I know of so far is SPG. You cannot transfer the miles from your SPG account to someone else's JAL account.

I don't see the point of not allowing someone to book a ticket for someone else. Is this because they do not want someone booking another person's ticket or is it because they do not want you to use your miles on someone other than a family member?

I don't think I've located any posts of people being denied this except for on a blog. Does this happen often? Is it a published rule?

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The only way to transfer in miles that I know of so far is SPG. You cannot transfer the miles from your SPG account to someone else's JAL account.

I don't see the point of not allowing someone to book a ticket for someone else. Is this because they do not want someone booking another person's ticket or is it because they do not want you to use your miles on someone other than a family member?

I don't think I've located any posts of people being denied this except for on a blog. Does this happen often? Is it a published rule?
You can transfer SPG points to someone else's SPG account first.

Whether there's a point of not allowing you to redeem award to non family members, if you want to redeem a JMB award, you have to follow the rules. Rules are clear, it's up to you if you want to risk it.
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Old Jan 16, 15, 4:17 pm
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Originally Posted by Astrophsx View Post
The only way to transfer in miles that I know of so far is SPG. You cannot transfer the miles from your SPG account to someone else's JAL account.

I don't see the point of not allowing someone to book a ticket for someone else. Is this because they do not want someone booking another person's ticket or is it because they do not want you to use your miles on someone other than a family member?

I don't think I've located any posts of people being denied this except for on a blog. Does this happen often? Is it a published rule?
Did you happen to try to book for your girlfriend? Thinking about trying the same thing since I transferred miles to my mileagebank account before reading fully!
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I did book and they sent an email that they will not ticket until we show proof. Stupid by I figured a way around it 😉
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Old Jan 11, 18, 9:38 pm
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Originally Posted by daniellam View Post
How about refer to her "spouse of brother in-law"? (your spouse's brother's wife)
my spouse of brother in-law was not checked in singapore last time.
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Originally Posted by Astrophsx View Post
I don't see the point of not allowing someone to book a ticket for someone else. Is this because they do not want someone booking another person's ticket or is it because they do not want you to use your miles on someone other than a family member?

I don't think I've located any posts of people being denied this except for on a blog. Does this happen often? Is it a published rule?
A published rule to guard against people selling award reservations in the vibrant Japanese ticket reseller market.
(To prevent mileage rich Japanese salarymen with heavy work travel from selling award seats openly and widely on YahooAuction etc.)
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