Please post your award booking experience in C and F

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Old Aug 6, 06, 6:45 am
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Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: DUS (and somewhere in transit)
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Which flights did you book and which class?
M&M F class award: DUS -FRA-SIN-FRA-TXL-DUS

- How many pax and how many award miles?
2 persons, 270.000 miles (companion award)

- How many days/weeks/months did you book in advance?
about 4 days

- Have you been able to book your preferred dates of travel?
No problems

- Overall: Were you happy with the award booking procedure (e.g. online/by phone)? How often did you have to check/call until you got the seats?
Reservation by phone. Worked with the first call, got my prefered seats
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Old Aug 6, 06, 11:52 am
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Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: close to STR, Germany
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Which route/airline did you book and which class?

(a) LH, MUC -> MIA (one way upgrade to C)
(b) LH & UA, STR -> LAS (round trip in F)

How many pax and how many award miles?

(a) 1 for 50,000
(b) 1 for 140,000

How many days/weeks/months did you book in advance?

(a) Flight was booked in august 2004. Travel time was march 2005. Called for the upgrade in december 2004. No waitlist.
(b) Booked in april 2006 for travel in january 2007

Have you been able to book your preferred dates of travel?

(a) Yes since the paid ticket was already issued.
(b) Yes and No. I got the dates I requested with LH & UA although I tried to get a c-class rt with Air NZ but no availability 10 months in advance.

Were you happy with the award booking procedure (e.g. online/by phone)?

(a) Yes. Everthing went smoothly
(b) Friedly call agent, but no availability with Air NZ and some trouble with the fees and taxes. Was told fees & taxes were approx. 190,00 and a total of 290,00 was charged to my credit card. Took me another call to sort that out. Had to wait for ages until it was checked with ticketing, but then worked out fine. Total taxes had been reduced to 160,00 and the difference was credited to my creditcard within three days.

How often did you have to check/call until you got the seats?

(a) Got the preffered seat on the first call.
(b) Got the preffered seats on the first call. (83A and 2A)
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Old Aug 7, 06, 4:26 am
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Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: MUC/HKT
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Which route/airline did you book, which class, how many pax and how many award miles, how many days/weeks/months did you book in advance?

LH: MUC-BKK-CGK-BKK-MUC (C, 2 Pax, 180k Miles, 5 months)
LH/NZ/AC: MUC-LHR-LAX-YYZ-LAX-LHR-MUC (C, 1 Pax, 90k Miles, 3 months)

Have you been able to book your preferred dates of travel?

As both award tickets were/will be used for fun trips i was quite flexible regarding travel dates. Even though i must stay two days longer in CA to get NZ back to LHR.

Were you happy with the award booking procedure (e.g. online/by phone)? How often did you have to check/call until you got the seats?

Used MM Callcenter for both reservations without problems. Called once to confirm seats on the long distance flights.
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Old Aug 7, 06, 5:04 am
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Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: MUC, NUE
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Which flights did you book and which class?
M&M C award: JFK-MUC-JFK, MUC-DUS-EWR-MUC

- How many pax and how many award miles?
1 pax 90.000 per each flight

- How many days/weeks/months did you book in advance?
3 weeks

- Have you been able to book your preferred dates of travel?
almost no problems

- Overall: Were you happy with the award booking procedure (e.g. online/by phone)? How often did you have to check/call until you got the seats?
Booking procedure was quite satisfying. I think I had to call twice
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Old Aug 7, 06, 6:26 am
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Join Date: Jun 2002
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I'm very unhappy with M&M award availability on the MIA-FRA-MIA route in First Class. Last week, I could only get one seat out at the end of October, (no companion seat available) the earliest inbound is the second week of January, again only one seat available.

These were not the dates I wanted: Very poor service for an award costing 140,000 miles. It would help if the website would allow me to check availability instead of having long telephone calls to search for flights. M&M have a sense of humor calling it the "VIP desk."
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Old Aug 7, 06, 6:54 am
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Join Date: Sep 2005
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Originally Posted by Peter M
It would help if the website would allow me to check availability instead of having long telephone calls to search for flights.
Huh? You can check availability on the M&M website.

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Old Aug 7, 06, 7:19 am
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Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Oberasbach (Nuernberg), Germany
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- Which route/airline did you book and which class?
NUE-FRA-SFO-LAS and LAS-LAX-FRA-NUE / LH / First

- How many pax and how many award miles?
Just me / 140000

- How many days/weeks/months did you book in advance?
11 months

- Have you been able to book your preferred dates of travel?
Yes, but not the flights I wanted (Back via MUC, single seat in First)

- Were you happy with the award booking procedure (e.g. online/by phone)?
I did it via phone, happy with that? Yes
I wanted to book online but I couldn't chose the flights I wanted. System offered me LAS-ORD-FRA and nothing else. So I called.

- How often did you have to check/call until you got the seats?
Once
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Old Aug 7, 06, 7:35 am
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Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: near HAJ
Programs: LH FTL
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- Which route/airline did you book and which class?

HAJ-FRA (LH C) FRA-JNB (LH F)
CPT-FRA (SA C) FRA-HAJ (LH C)

- How many pax and how many award miles?

two, 230.000 miles

- How many days/weeks/months did you book in advance?

four month

- Have you been able to book your preferred dates of travel?

almost! two days earlier outbound, one day earlier inbound

- Were you happy with the award booking procedure (e.g. online/by phone)? How often did you have to check/call until you got the seats?

yes, no problem. By phono, normal miles&more line.
seats for the FRA-JNB portion we got after the first call (83A+C )
seats for the return on SAA only by calling SAA in Frankfurt two day before departure.
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Old Aug 7, 06, 8:57 am
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Join Date: May 2005
Location: Switzerland mostly
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C Class on LX (GVA-ATH)

- Which flights did you book and which class?
M&M C award: GVA-ATH-GVA

- How many pax and how many award miles?
2 pax 48'000 each (booking was made for my mother and her friend so no SEN companion)

- How many days/weeks/months did you book in advance?
3 months

- Have you been able to book your preferred dates of travel?
eventually yes

- Overall: Were you happy with the award booking procedure (e.g. online/by phone)? How often did you have to check/call until you got the seats?
Impossible to book online, no flights available or routing via Germany (there is a direct daily LX flight to Athens). Finally succeeded by making the booking by phone with no problem at all.
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Old Aug 7, 06, 9:14 am
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Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: FRA, SEA
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- Which route/airline did you book and which class?
1. FRA-ORD F LH
2. FRA-JNB F LH
- How many pax and how many award miles?
1. 1 pax 140.000 mls
2. 1 pax 140.000 mls
- How many days/weeks/months did you book in advance?
1. 6 weeks
2. 8 months
- Have you been able to book your preferred dates of travel?
Yes.
- Were you happy with the award booking procedure (e.g. online/by phone)? How often did you have to check/call until you got the seats?
I was very happy with the booking procedure. Just one call for every flight.
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Old Aug 7, 06, 11:24 am
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Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: PHL
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- Which flights did you book and which class?
C Award
BSL-FRA-JFK // EWR-MUC-BSL

- How many pax and how many award miles?
1 pax 90'000 miles

- How many days/weeks/months did you book in advance?
10 days

- Have you been able to book your preferred dates of travel?
yes, date & time

- Overall: Were you happy with the award booking procedure (e.g. online/by phone)? How often did you have to check/call until you got the seats?
Booked online; showed as Y booking in main page of "My Bookings", but was ticketed at C.

Made a single call to Germany for telephone check-in to have seats allocated on the l-haul segement. Agent had trouble to bring up the seat mask and confirm seating, but was able to add requested seats.
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Old Aug 9, 06, 7:08 pm
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Originally Posted by SmilingBoy
Huh? You can check availability on the M&M website.

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I'm only looking for F-class awards, it always shows an error message and to contact the M&M service center It takes the South African call center about 30 minutes to book a ticket and that's without even being offered seat assignments. The New York VIP Desk offered great service, now we have the South African Service enhancement
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Old Aug 10, 06, 2:16 am
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Join Date: Sep 2005
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Originally Posted by Peter M
I'm only looking for F-class awards, it always shows an error message and to contact the M&M service center
Works for me. Already the first try shows availability for one F seat for FRA-MIA-FRA (dates 25 July - 1 August). Can't check for more seats as I don't have enough miles in my account. ANA website shows two F seats available for 2 July-4 July.

It is entirely possible that only 2 seats are released for every flight.

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Old Aug 16, 06, 3:34 am
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Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: close to STR, Germany
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Which route/airline did you book and which class?

- LH & LX, STR-FRA-SFO-LAS LAS-LAX-ZRH-STR (round trip in F)

How many pax and how many award miles?

- 1 for 140,000

How many days/weeks/months did you book in advance?

- Booked in august 2006 for travel in january / february 2007

Have you been able to book your preferred dates of travel?

- No. Had to leave one day prior and a week after desired dates but wasn't that much of a problem.

Were you happy with the award booking procedure (e.g. online/by phone)?

- Yes. Friendly call agents like always. Placed a reservation first and booked after miles from other canceled flight had been credited (about 4 hrs after cancelation)

How often did you have to check/call until you got the seats?

- Got everything I wanted on the first call. Didn't get preffered seat on LX though.
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Old Aug 16, 06, 4:14 am
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Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: LCY/FRA
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overall very happy with award bookings and availability on LH - compare that to BA for example. trying to spend some miles to go anywhere in Asia next spring, one seat available for a whole quarter.....
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