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Award Redemption CX: Paid Economy to Award Biz Switcheroo?

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by LAXer, Jun 26, 2018.

  1. LAXer

    LAXer Reader

    A few weeks ago I took advantage of that insane LAX-HKG fare war and snagged a sub-$400 economy ticket on CX, but can only get away for four short days over Labor Day Weekend.

    I've got a healthy stash of AS miles, and had the bright idea that instead of flying home in the back of the plane, I should try and ditch the return leg and redeem for biz or ideally first. I know that CX premium cabin space is unlikely to open up until much closer to my flight, and there's a chance I might not see anything until I'm already in Hong Kong.

    My question is this: I'm currently booked on the 3SEP 12:30pm flight. If I find biz/first space on the 12:05am flight on 4SEP, will that set off alarm bells in CX's system that I'm holding seats on two HKG-LAX flights departing within 12 hours of each other? I obviously can't afford to have my outbound economy flight auto-cancel before I depart...

  2. TexasFlyer

    TexasFlyer Member

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    For CX, higher class of service tickets are usually cancelled first, especially if these are partner awards. So I would not be worried about not being able to take these economy flights as planned.
  3. rickyw

    rickyw Well-Known Member

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    You could probably just not give your paid economy reservation your frequent flier info until you check-in at the gate, that way it wouldn't be immediately tied to you and wouldn't trigger any warnings.