Spending miles

Old May 12, 19, 2:56 am
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Spending miles

Hi all sorry if this has been asked before as Iím sure it has but I had a quick search and couldnít find anything.

If if I want to book 6 flights to Orlando for next May from the uk can I do this by spending miles?

as far as I can see I will need 270k miles to do this but knowing what airline programs are like there will be a catch in the booking process.

Thanks for all you help.
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Old May 12, 19, 4:54 am
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You will need lots of miles and you will pay so much in taxes and surcharges that you'll wonder why you bothered to collect the miles...

I also assume you want 6 people on one flight, not 6 separate flights for yourself to Orlando. You might struggle to find that much award space if you are travelling at a peak time such as school holidays.
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Old May 12, 19, 7:12 am
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You could get 6 rewards in Economy on the same flight but I emphasise the could

As long as you're not looking at 1/2 term of course ...
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Old May 12, 19, 7:29 am
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May is a hard month in which to use points on flights between the US and UK due to half term and Memorial Day. Some carriers offer group discounts on for 10 and more passengers. You're not far from there, if you meant 6 seats.
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Old May 12, 19, 3:07 pm
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Hi yes I should have clarified that. I need 6 seats 4 adults and 2 kids.
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Old May 13, 19, 4:08 am
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As others have said - to give proper advice, more information is needed.

1. How flexible are your dates of travel?
2. Do you have the points already- either in FC account or transferable?
3. Do you have to fly direct to MCO?

IMHO booking reward seats in economy is rarely best use of points, when you consider the taxes and airline imposed surcharges but without knowing more of your situation, it is difficult to judge

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Old May 13, 19, 3:20 pm
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Cheers for the replies.

Sorry for for lack of information.

Flight dates are fixed im afraid 16/05/20 - 30/05/20
Current points total 130k
i accrue around 30k points per month
we have to fly man-mco

so all in all not very flexible which I know doesnít make it very easy.
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Old May 14, 19, 5:40 am
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I wish you luck with this but will issue the following words of caution :-

As previously mentioned - there will be taxes and fees to pay (around £250 each - not sure if there are reductions for children).
Assuming that there are 6 seats available when the outbound is released (around T-330 days) - do you book, or do you wait to make sure there are six seats on the inbound?
If you wait, the outbound seats may have been taken. If you jump in, there may not be availaibility on the return. Having said that, I have done a couple of dummy bookings on
months that are available now, and because you are after economy rewards availability of six seats is certainly possible.

On the plus side, you will be booked into the Economy Classic, so you will get 1 23kg piece of luggage and be able to choose seats.

I wish you luck - please let us know if you are successful.

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Old May 14, 19, 3:00 pm
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Cheers Nick

ill keep you updated as to what ends up happening.
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Old Jul 9, 19, 10:43 pm
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Hi all just thought Iíd let you know how I got on booking the flights

i managed to get 6 rewards flights leaving on Saturday 16th May using miles in premium and returning on 30th May in economy
it cost me 210,000 miles and £2335 in cash. I could have got premium both ways but had to change the date to come home on the Sunday but unfortunately we couldnít accommodate that, if I could have it would have been 270,000.

ill keep an an eye out to see if they release any more seats on the return leg.
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Old Jul 10, 19, 8:51 am
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Glad you had an outcome that you are happy with - that is all that matters.

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