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Award Redemption SFO to Australia

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by Woodrow, May 15, 2017.

  1. Woodrow

    Woodrow Member

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    I am trying to search for an award trip utilizing my 300k+ Alaska points. Cathay Pacific doesn't come up in any searches and Lucky just posted about how CX F is a great use of the points.

    Emirates also comes up, but 120k seems a bit steep for J class and I'll be traveling with a pot smoker (won't be carrying anything), but have concerns with transiting in Dubai.

    Should I be searching somewhere besides Alaska's portal? Where will I get the most "bang for my buck"?
     
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  2. David W

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    CX awards only show up if you search using CX, BA, QF or JL's online tools. BA is probably easiest to use so start there and search segment by segment. Once you find availability, note the dates and flights, then call Alaska to book.
     
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  3. Woodrow

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    How far out can I search?
     
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  4. David W

    David W Well-Known Member

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    I believe its a year in advance. However, AS can only book flights that are at most 331 days in advance.
     
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    You can't find any CX F awards because your routing will be SFO-HKG-Australia. And CX does not have a first class cabin from HKG- Australia.
     
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  6. Woodrow

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    So if I search for CX J awards, will I have the opportunity to upgrade the SFO to HKG route to F?
     
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    Search for each segment separately on BA's website and then call AS with the flight numbers to book. Mixed cabin should be fine.
     
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    If you have AS issue you a ticket for business class on both legs, you can upgrade the first leg to F but you also have to make sure there is new award availability for the second leg in business. AS will basically cancel and rebook your ticket.
     
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