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Redeeming NW miles on another airline

Redeeming NW miles on another airline

Old Jul 13, 04, 3:34 am
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Redeeming NW miles on another airline

I would like to send my wife and daughter on direct America West flights to YVR or IND rather than slogging through NW hubs, and I have 75K WorldPoints available.

Has anyone on this forum ever successfully redeemed NW miles to obtain flights on America West (or any other airline, such as Alaska, for that matter)? I can see the NWA website where they say it is possible, but short of calling the airlines up, I don't see any electronic means of accomplishing this goal.

Do I call NorthWest or America West? Am I likely to succeed? I have also posted this in the HP forum.

Thank you for your help!
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Old Jul 13, 04, 6:33 am
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Some CO/KL/DL awards pop up on nwa.com, but for other partner awards you'll need to call Worldperks. HP can't help you, since they don't have access to your WP account.

But from http://www.nwa.com/freqfly/earn/airfl.shtml it looks like HP award tix are limited to HP flights "between the United States and Mexico/Canada/Alaska as well as Northwest coded flights [on HP metal] between Phoenix/Las Vegas and Los Angeles/San Francisco when connecting to Northwest Airlines flights to/from Asia."

So you might be able to score the YVR award (assuming you're originating in the US and there is availability). But IND sounds unlikely. IND's usually pretty cheap anyway, though, so why not just buy the ticket?

P.S. Be careful when using the term "direct." "Direct" in airline parlance does not mean nonstop, but means "one 'flight number' with as many stops and equipment changes as the airline cares to include." "Nonstop" means nonstop. Not trying to be sassy, just helpful (hopefully my tone isn't misconstrued).
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