Award ticket availability

Old Jun 25, 12, 8:48 pm
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Award ticket availability

My wife has booked an award ticket ("I" bucket) for LX1177+LX38 on Jan 1, 2013. I tried to book, but nothing available. The LH SEN hotline said that because of my SEN status, they could open up a seat on an LH flight the same day (over FRA), but not for LX (and I would like to travel together with her). What should I do? Will there be more award tickets released later in the year, or is that unlikely?

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Old Jun 25, 12, 9:44 pm
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Originally Posted by UliH View Post
My wife has booked an award ticket ("I" bucket) for LX1177+LX38 on Jan 1, 2013. I tried to book, but nothing available. The LH SEN hotline said that because of my SEN status, they could open up a seat on an LH flight the same day (over FRA), but not for LX (and I would like to travel together with her). What should I do? Will there be more award tickets released later in the year, or is that unlikely?
It is quite likely that a C Seat will become available at some point before departure -- the Regular Availability in C is currently excellent.

In the meantime, you can book 1 Y Award seat (which is currently available) as a back-up, and/or ask M&M to send an [informal] request to LX RM to consider opening the C Seat for you:

[KVS Availability Tool 7.0.2/Diamond - Amadeus: Awards/M&M]
Code:
STR  Stuttgart Echterdingen DE [EDDS]
SFO  San Francisco Intl CA US [KSFO]
TUE  01 Jan 2013 | 08 Jan 2013 | 1 Seat

Carrier    Flight  From  Depart    To    Arrive    A/C  St  Availability
---------  ------  ----  --------  ----  --------  ---  --  ------------
LX/C3      1179    STR   05:50     ZRH   06:35     100      YS+
 -> LX     38      ZRH   13:05     SFO   16:25     343
LX/#S      1165    STR   08:20     ZRH   09:00     AR1      YS+
 -> LX     38      ZRH   13:05     SFO   16:25     343
LX/#S      1177    STR   10:55     ZRH   11:45     AR1      YS+
 -> LX     38      ZRH   13:05     SFO   16:25     343
[KVS Availability Tool 7.0.2/Diamond - Sabre: Availability/FS/US]
Code:
STR  Stuttgart Echterdingen DE [EDDS]
ZRH  Zurich CH [LSZH]
SFO  San Francisco Intl CA US [KSFO]
TUE  01 Jan 2013

Carrier    Flight  From  Depart    To    Arrive    A/C  St  Availability
---------  ------  ----  --------  ----  --------  ---  --  -----------------------------------------------------------
LX/##      1165    STR   08:20     ZRH   09:00     AR1      J9 C9 D9 Z9 P9 Y9 B9 M9 U9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 L9 K0 E0
 -> LX     38      ZRH   13:05     SFO   16:25     343      F8 A8 J9 C9 D9 Z9 P9 Y9 B9 M9 U9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 L9 K0 E0
LH/##      5824    STR   08:20     ZRH   09:00     AR1      J4 C4 D4 Z4 P0 Y4 B4 M4 U4 H4 G4 Q4 V4 W4 S4 T0 E0 L0 K0
 -> LX     38      ZRH   13:05     SFO   16:25     343      F8 A8 J9 C9 D9 Z9 P9 Y9 B9 M9 U9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 L9 K9 E0
LX/##      1177    STR   10:55     ZRH   11:45     AR1      J9 C9 D9 Z9 P9 Y9 B9 M9 U9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 L9 K0 E0
 -> LX     38      ZRH   13:05     SFO   16:25     343      F8 A8 J9 C9 D9 Z9 P9 Y9 B9 M9 U9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 L9 K0 E0
LH/##      5826    STR   10:55     ZRH   11:45     AR1      J4 C4 D4 Z4 P0 Y4 B4 M4 U4 H4 G4 Q4 V4 W4 S4 T0 E0 L0 K0
 -> LX     38      ZRH   13:05     SFO   16:25     343      F8 A8 J9 C9 D9 Z9 P9 Y9 B9 M9 U9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 L9 K9 E0

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Old Jun 25, 12, 9:59 pm
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Thank you! I will try that.
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Old Jun 26, 12, 2:09 am
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Why don't you just book via FRA (or MUC for more similar departure/arrival) and then check around one week before and change the flight to ZRH in case something is available? Or change her flights to your? It will cost you 50 Euro in either case.
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Old Jun 26, 12, 12:47 pm
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@Unterwegs: Yes, that sounds like a good back-up plan. On the phone, the LH agent told me that since the seat is only opened because of my SEN status, I would need to make a decision right away whether to buy it. What does that mean? I thought I always have to pay fees+miles right away, no matter whether it's a normal award seat or one only available for SENs? Can I always rebook/cancel the ticket for 50EUR, even for such a especially opened ticket (I would say, yes)?
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Old Jun 26, 12, 1:01 pm
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@Unterwegs: Yes, that sounds like a good back-up plan. On the phone, the LH agent told me that since the seat is only opened because of my SEN status, I would need to make a decision right away whether to buy it. What does that mean? I thought I always have to pay fees+miles right away, no matter whether it's a normal award seat or one only available for SENs? Can I always rebook/cancel the ticket for 50EUR, even for such a especially opened ticket (I would say, yes)?
You can always rebook or return the ticket (for a fee of 50 Euro). Your potential loss is limited.
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