Rule of thumb when to use OW?

Old Apr 22, 02, 3:27 pm
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Rule of thumb when to use OW?

Is there a rule of thumb when I should consider using a OW award versus an AA award?

Is award seat availability usually similar?
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Old Apr 25, 02, 11:24 am
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1W award availability is usually a lot better and quite often it costs less miles, especially when travelling in front cabins. Carriers like EI and AY have usually a lot of empty award seats ex US.
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Old Apr 29, 02, 4:19 pm
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Can somebody give me an example of actual trips taken on OW awards that could have been non-OW AA awards (i.e. AA/BA)?

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Old Apr 29, 02, 6:05 pm
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A good example is the itinerary I flew last year to Zambia. On a straight AA/BA business award to Lusaka via London was 150K FF miles. I did a 20,000 mile itinerary (130K FF miles) and flew BWI-DUB-LHR-LUN-surface-JNB-LHR-MUC-MAD-OPO-MAD-MIA-BUF-DCA with sopovers at DUB, LUN, MUC, OPO, MIA, and BUF. No limits on stopovers and less miles. The OW awards are a good deal, especially if you travel thru Europe as there are many OW carriers to use.
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Old Apr 30, 02, 8:12 am
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I agree with Headinclouds. OW award increases the choice of carriers. Quite often AA has no seats for JFK/BOS-LHR but there is an abundance of seats for the same route on EI with a stopover at Shannon.

One of my latest trips was ticketed as BOS-SNN-LHR-HEL-LHR-CDG-BOS. A straight AA flight to LHR was not possible on my chosen dates due to no available award seats.
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Old Apr 30, 02, 8:32 am
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Spider, just curious with your recent itinerary where you had stopovers and where you stayed >24 hours?
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Old May 3, 02, 8:43 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by vindesante:
Spider, just curious with your recent itinerary where you had stopovers and where you stayed &gt;24 hours?</font>
HEL &gt; 24, LON &lt; 24. After all, HEL is the gateway to the wastness of Russia...
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Old May 3, 02, 10:53 am
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How does one actually book a OW award instead of a carrier specific award?
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Old May 3, 02, 11:17 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by michswiss:
How does one actually book a OW award instead of a carrier specific award?</font>
You call the program whose miles you intend to use and tell them that you want a OW award.
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Old May 3, 02, 4:41 pm
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If you're going to Asia, a OW award is often a better deal. I recently booked a trip BOS-DUB-LHR-BKK-HKG-LAX-BOS (stopping over in DUB and BKK) in J/C for 130,000 miles. A simple BA/AA award ticket from BOS to BKK would have cost 185,000.

As Spider mentioned, EI usually has great availability in J/C from BOS and JFK. Have made 3 award trips to Ireland in this way and have never had a problem getting the dates I want.
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