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Any FT'ers on IAD-KWI Inaugural Oct. 28? [Merged Threads]

Any FT'ers on IAD-KWI Inaugural Oct. 28? [Merged Threads]

 
Old Sep 20, 06, 2:49 pm
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Any FT'ers on IAD-KWI Inaugural Oct. 28?

So I just realized that IAD-KWI is starting Oct. 28. Any FT'ers on it? I haven't really thought of KWI as a destination, but it could be a mileage-runner's option, no? Leave Saturday night at 9:51 and arrive in Kuwait at 4:40 p.m. Sunday (5:50 p.m. after Daylight Savings Time ends), then leave at 12:35 a.m. Monday and arrive back in Dulles at 6:27 a.m. So really all you'd lose is Sunday, right?

From Denver this would net me 16,052 EQMs in W class for $1,410, which is more cash/less miles than, say, a SIN run (more like $1,200 and 20K or so EQMs if I get creative with routings [DEN-SFO-LAX-NRT-SIN-NRT-LAX-SFO-DEN, for example]), but the timing's a lot more attractive. I'd have to leave Denver at 6 a.m. Saturday and not get home until late Monday afternoon vs. 3:30 p.m. departure/10:20 a.m. arrival for KWI.

A few thoughts: Is a visa required? Upgrade availability? Any worries about traveling into the heart of the Middle East?
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Old Sep 20, 06, 3:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Kurt
A few thoughts: Is a visa required?
Assuming you have a US-issed passport, than no, you shouldn't have a problem getting in without a visa.
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Old Sep 20, 06, 3:34 pm
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Sounds very interesting... I am sure there will be a ceremony with gifts and stuff, just like other inaugural service.
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Old Sep 20, 06, 3:45 pm
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Also 5,000 bonus miles for this route in V.
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Old Sep 20, 06, 3:58 pm
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Here are the loads for the inagural flight:
F9 C9 D5 Y9 B9 M9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 K9 L9 G9 P9 A6 Z0 E0 U0
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Old Sep 20, 06, 5:45 pm
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Future UA FT topic:

"How many SWUs are needed for SIN - NRT - IAD - KWI?"

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Old Sep 20, 06, 5:46 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO_Runner
Future UA FT topic:

"How many SWUs are needed for SIN - NRT - IAD - KWI?"

To prove my point being one



Code:
SIN  Singapore Changi SG [WSSS]
KWI  Kuwait Int'l KW [OKBK]
TUE  31 Oct 2006

Carrier   Flight From Depart    To   Arrive    A/C  St Availability
--------- ------ ---- --------- ---- --------- ---- -- ----------------------------------------------------------- 
UA        804    SIN  07:30     NRT  14:55     777  0  F9 C9 D7 Y9 B9 M9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 K9 L9 G5 P9 A9 Z4 E0 U0
UA        804    NRT  16:55     IAD  15:25     777  0  F9 C9 D9 Y9 B9 M9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 K9 L9 G8 P7 A9 Z1 E0 U0
UA        982    IAD  21:51     KWI  17:50 +1  777  0  F9 C9 D5 Y9 B9 M9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 K9 L9 G9 P9 A7 Z0 E0 U0

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Old Sep 20, 06, 7:00 pm
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Why wouldn't it take just one SWU, assuming it's a single one-way ticket? Or is there some rule about SWUs that I don't know (not being a 1K (yet))?
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Old Sep 20, 06, 7:14 pm
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Why wouldn't it take just one SWU, assuming it's a single one-way ticket?
As long as there's no stopover of over 12 hours, it works.
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Old Sep 20, 06, 7:25 pm
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Second Future UA FT Topic:

"How many SWUs required for MEL - SYD - SFO/LAX - (DEN/ORD) - IAD - KWI?"

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Old Sep 20, 06, 7:32 pm
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Wow. The seat map shows only 24 seats occupied out of the 203 seats in Coach. The following few days have similarly light loads.
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Old Sep 20, 06, 7:35 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO_Runner
Future UA FT topic:

"How many SWUs are needed for SIN - NRT - IAD - KWI?"

[Note: to avoid violating FT TOS I've fictionalized FT handles in the following post]
Another possible UA FT thread might be: Around the World and Back - One and A Half Times. In this thread, we follow BonChance6789 as he experiences the joys of United International First Class via the accidental discovery of an F RT award: SIN-KWI, the long way of SIN-NRT-IAD-KWI-IAD-NRT-SIN, at the cost of just 10,000 RDMs.

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Old Sep 20, 06, 7:46 pm
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I tried to book but it sends me to ORD instead

Phoenix, AZ (PHX) to Kuwait, Kuwait (KWI)

218.59 USD per person
Leg Flight info Date Depart Arrive Stops
1 United Airlines 1532
(Operated by United For Ted Phx-Ord)
Meet Ted Oct 28 6:55 PHX 12:16 ORD Non-stop
2 United Airlines 1495
(Operated by United For Ted)
Meet Ted Oct 30 15:10 ORD 18:01 PHX Non-stop
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Old Sep 20, 06, 7:48 pm
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Originally Posted by Sunnyhere
[Note: to avoid violating FT TOS I've fictionalized FT handles in the following post]
Another possible UA FT thread might be: Around the World and Back - One and A Half Times. In this thread, we follow BonChance6789 as he experiences the joys of United International First Class via the accidental discovery of an F RT award: SIN-KWI, the long way of SIN-NRT-IAD-KWI-IAD-NRT-SIN, at the cost of just 10,000 RDMs.
Ahem, what kind of a person would do that? Certainly no one with the number 6, 7, 8, or 9 in their name.
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Old Sep 20, 06, 7:58 pm
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I'm seeing 157.11USD for ONT-KWI, with the KWI being defined as "SFO". But, when I try LAS-KWI, it gets it right...1398.98USD. That's gotta being embarassing for the people who are responsible for united.com. Edited to add: I just noticed that of the seven ONT-KWI itineraries listed, one actually did make it all the way to KWI. Also, I'm not seeing any award availability, through united.com, in Y, C or F.

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