Seeking advice as to booking via miles or $$$.

Old Apr 28, 13, 12:55 pm
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Seeking advice as to booking via miles or $$$.

Hello,

I hope to sort this out as soon as possible. I need to book 2 tickets for my mother and sister as they need to travel together, 11/18 thru 12/03 from ABJ to JNB. I have 35K miles and it will cost 25K for one person + $156 in taxes and that's through a partner airline.
1. I woulk like to use the remaining 10k in combination with 5K miles transferred from mother's account for $75 = 15K
2. It would cost over $438 to purchase 11K miles from United
3. If I booked a one way ticket, it would cost me $550 to buy the other way from the airline
4. Taxes on the award travel are $156 (+ 438 for the second ticket)
5.the round trip per the partner airline is over $800
6. United told me that there are only 3 seats lest on the flight but the airlines said that there are more than 100 seats available. Does United only gets a few seats?
7. I may not have enough time to apply for a cc.
Please Help.
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Old Apr 28, 13, 1:09 pm
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Welcome to Flyertalk!

Sounds like you have spelled out a variety of options. Also sounds like earning miles is not a priority.

I wouldn't transfer any miles. You lose too much in value. I would purchase the second ticket.
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Old Apr 28, 13, 1:54 pm
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I agree with the above poster. I would purchase the second ticket.

As for #6, the UA agent probably meant there were only 3 award seats available, while the other agent meant there were over 100 seats for sale.
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Old Apr 28, 13, 1:55 pm
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Originally Posted by evishka View Post
6. United told me that there are only 3 seats lest on the flight but the airlines said that there are more than 100 seats available. Does United only gets a few seats?
All partners get the same pool of award seats. Award seat availability may increase or decrease at any time.
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Old Apr 29, 13, 9:54 am
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Thank so much for your replies. Money is a little bit of an issue but I'll find a solution. Thanks again.
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