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Please report experiences of booking Partner Airline except ANA (NH) using VS points.

Please report experiences of booking Partner Airline except ANA (NH) using VS points.

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Old Nov 1, 17, 4:53 am
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Join Date: May 2013
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Couldn't find this anywhere, apologies if missed:

A couple months back, I used Flying Club points to redeem for CA F on LHR-PEK for my wife and myself. Travel is in February.

CA has just downgauged the aircraft from a 773 to an A330 without first class. What are my options re: the downgrade? It's outside of 14 days so I don't get anything from EU261, right?
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Old Nov 3, 17, 3:11 am
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Delta awards

Now Delta awards are available online the taxes/charges seem to align with Virgin, which is a massive increase. Or am I doing something wrong?
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Old Nov 13, 17, 4:21 am
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Originally Posted by dhoward View Post
Now Delta awards are available online the taxes/charges seem to align with Virgin, which is a massive increase. Or am I doing something wrong?
You are not doing anything wrong. This is only true for flights to the UK though. (Admittedly I have only checked LHR.)
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Old Dec 14, 17, 10:50 am
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Just booked a one-way PEK-LHR for 37500 miles and 228.60 in fees and surcharges, on Air China in First class. Seems like a good deal to me! I used the UK call centre, agent wasn't very confident when I said what I want, but after 5 min on hold he managed to get it booked.
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Old Jan 4, 18, 10:21 pm
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I just try to book one way with Delta CDG - JFK, but wth??? the tax show as $300 per ticket? this is insane, but if I just book from JFK to CDG it only cost $6? anyone know why the tax is so high on the way back?
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Old Jan 5, 18, 2:26 pm
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Originally Posted by newdaybegin View Post
I just try to book one way with Delta CDG - JFK, but wth??? the tax show as $300 per ticket? this is insane, but if I just book from JFK to CDG it only cost $6? anyone know why the tax is so high on the way back?
Departure taxes in Europe are higher than in the US which accounts for some of that. But most is because Delta started adding fuel surcharges to awards that do not originate in the US a while back. If you can book a round trip originating in the US, you shouldn't get the fuel surcharges for the outbound or return.
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Old Jan 6, 18, 5:36 am
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Originally Posted by newdaybegin View Post
this is insane
Welcome to British frequent flyer programmes. We've been trained to think that $300 is rather reasonable. And you're paying far fewer miles than you would with Skypesos or some other North American programme.

But, as mentioned, it comes from Delta having mandated surcharges on awards that originate from outside the US.
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Old Jan 25, 18, 2:28 pm
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SIN-DXB on SQ for 25k + 27.50USD in Y not too bad. Unfortunately, no J seats available.
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Old Mar 16, 18, 4:46 am
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South African

Hey, I've got a fair wad of VS miles now. This time next year I am wanting to hop down to South Africa and probably from Germany.

Anyone have much experience in award availability that SAA give to VS etc etc?
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Old Apr 2, 18, 10:58 am
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Trying to use VS to book HA. I can see the space on Expert Flyer and HA's website, but VS is saying they can't see it. Every time I've used VS to book awards it's always a slow process where they have to "request" the space, but this person said they checked 5 days in about 30 seconds, never having asked what cabin I preferred. I'm going to try to call back again shortly, but is the HA process different than other carriers?

Called back and got another rep, who at least seemed to understand the process, who stated HA won't let them send award space requests over at the moment because it's so busy, but I can see award space available on HA's site.

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Old Apr 8, 18, 4:28 pm
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Apologies if this is a stupid question or is this has been asked several times but has anyone ever been able to redeem with ANA?
I know this post says share experiences except ANA but I would love to try London - Tokyo first class but I've tried several times over the years and always been told no availability.

I found booking LHR - PEK first was very simple and straight forward. They held the fare for me for 24 hours but unfortunately in the end the dates didn't suit me and I had to pass on it.
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Old Apr 8, 18, 5:07 pm
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Originally Posted by thelifeofdizzy View Post
Apologies if this is a stupid question or is this has been asked several times but has anyone ever been able to redeem with ANA?
I know this post says share experiences except ANA but I would love to try London - Tokyo first class but I've tried several times over the years and always been told no availability.

I found booking LHR - PEK first was very simple and straight forward. They held the fare for me for 24 hours but unfortunately in the end the dates didn't suit me and I had to pass on it.

Booked two FC LAX-Tokyo for end of this year.
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Old Apr 9, 18, 8:18 am
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Nice one! You will feel like Iggy Azalea
They've offered me availability on Business before but I really want to try First
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Old Apr 16, 18, 10:18 am
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Booking London to Melbourne Australia Sept 2018

Hi,

I've been trying to book London to Melbourne in September 2018 using my flying club miles and it's been difficult. Krisflyer flyer miles round trip is 120,000 and flying club seems to be 135000 miles. I currently have about 100000 flying club miles, so can build to 120000. Does anyone know of any other routes to get to Melbourne from London? Or have the partner redemption award miles chart? Are there peak and off peak differences in redemption?
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Old Apr 18, 18, 2:59 am
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Welcome to Flyertalk.

Since VS stopped flying to Australia, I have always used a combination of VS to Hong Kong - a hop over to KL and then Air Asia business class to Oz.
It is far from ideal. Air Asia isn't proper business class by any stretch of the imagination, or even close - but they use seats similar to the old J2000 seats that VS used many years ago - they almost go flat, and I get a good night's sleep on them. The advantage of Air Asia is their price - especially if you wait for one of their fairly frequent sales.

The other option, which also is far from easy, or cheap, may be to go the other way VS to LAX, and then ANZ or even Hawaiian the rest of the way.

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