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Reader Reviews: Trips & Tips Just finished booking a Oneworld multi carrier award with Asiamiles

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by milgom, May 24, 2017.

  1. milgom

    milgom Member

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    So, I've finished booking a oneworld multi partner award on asiamiles:

    HKG-PEN Dragon Air business
    LHR-FRA BA in business (needed that to have another carrier beside Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines)
    FRA-HKG-HND FRA-HKG is in First with CX, HKG-HND is business class on Japan Airlines
    NRT-HAN Japan Airlines Business
    TPE-ICN Cathay Pacific Business
    ICN-HKG Cathay Pacific First

    Total 155,000 miles + 2200 HKD Taxes (about $250)

    I needed to have at least 3 airlines including cathay to price the award (otherwise it would have been a mixed carrier award with more restrictions regarding stopovers and open jaws), originally I was planning on getting an award on Malaysian Airlines but with the recent Malaysian Airlines devaluation all of the award availability on Malaysian Airlines in the next 3 month dried up.

    I also tried getting an award on S7 but couldn't either (BA shows availability but American airlines didn't show any nor did CX). I also tried Air Berlin which showed as available through BA but not on CX so I'm forced to visit London.

    It took 5 phone calls and altogether 3 hours on the phone with Asiamiles agent to organize this. Beside that, it took me probably 4 more hours to plan and look for availability. 3 of the agents were helpful and competent (but be ready to spend a lot of time on hold), 2 were really not great.

    It's not the most optimized trip in term of experiencing first class but it gets me to the countries I wanted to visit or needed to go to so that's the most important :)

    Honestly, it was good to do myself but next time I'd probably hire Pointspro or similar to save time :)
     
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  2. MidSouth Skier

    MidSouth Skier Well-Known Member

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    Booking complicated awards for yourself or others can certainly give you an appreciation for the work the pros do. But well done and hope you enjoy your trip!
     
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  3. milgom

    milgom Member

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    Thanks!

    Yes, I think if I did it again, I'd probably be able to cut the time by half but that's about it... Especially, I don't think there's any way to make the calls to Cathay shorter (in retrospect I should maybe have hung up as soon as I got a bad feeling with an agent as that usually led to wasted time). So, in term of the prices I've seen for pros compared to the hours needed, I think it's really worth asking pros.

    For example, I wasted a lot of time trying to find out which direct oneworld routes were available for a given city until I discovered the Oneworld Interactive Map http://onw.innosked.com/ which can list all of the direct routes arriving to a given city.
    It was very helpful in trying to keep the number of transits under the limit (2 transit max).

    I've also wasted a lot of time due to Malaysia Airlines' availability suddenly drying up because of their huge devaluation but that's not really something that one can control.
     
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  4. Tiffany

    Tiffany One Mile At A Time

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    Nicely done!!
     
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