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Have a travel related question? Post it here, and I’ll do my best to answer it as quickly as possible.
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  1. jared says

    Hi lucky,
    Thanks for answering my first question. How much longer do I have to book aer lingus business at the 25000 Avios cost? Also I have been reading your excellent reviews of American reverse herringbone business class seats jfk to London but can’t find any reward availability. Is there a way or advice to find some? Singapore air jfk to fra also seems to have suite and business class availability but only on a waiting list. In your experience how often does the waiting list work out? Lastly, I do need a little more time to build up mlies for my trip next October. If I use your booking service in March or April will there still be a chance of booking these reward flights.

    Thanks again,

  2. lucky says

    @ jared — You have until April 28, 2015 to book. Unfortunately American doesn’t release premium cabin award space on the 777-300ER usually. Singapore waitlists clear sometimes, though only closer to departure. I’d definitely try to find a date with confirmable upgrade space if you go that route. We’ll certainly do our best if you contact us in March or April, and I’d say we have good odds of being able to help.

  3. Abhi says

    Hi Lucky
    Seeing all flights today and tomorrow being canceled out of ORD I am considering renting a car and driving to LEX.
    Only problem is I checked in my luggage after clearing US customs upon landing in ORD. Do you know what will happen to the checked in bag if I just drive a car and not take my flight out of ORD.

  4. Alonso A. says

    Hey Ben.

    Happy 7 year blogging. I have a quick question. I am looking forward on going to Papeete this december. I was looking at AA OW chart and it states that it is 30k for a business “South Pacific” to “South Pacific”. In there, it states that Easter Island is part of this geographical area. LAN is the only airline that flies to Easter Island and from there to Santiago or Papeete. What if I wanted to travel from Easter Island using this award, what options do I have to go further than Papeete. Is it possible to then connect there in Air Tahiti Nui to Auckland or maybe go back to Santiago and ride an A340 to Auckland too? Will AA approve since it is the shortest distance? What are your thoughts on this? I know its kind of a ridiculous routing but at the same time it is the shortest and it is OW.

    Thanks for your advice!


  5. Nafisa Bengali says

    Yesterday we flew MH 850 in business from DPS to KUL. Many window shades were down while landing I have snaps of the same which I can forward to you. When I asked the airhostess Ms Faridah about it after landing she said since two years now the rules are changed and the crew can just request the passengers to lift tge window shades on takeoff and landing but its upto the passengers whether to do it or not. Please can you clarify if the rules have indeed changed on this or MH has its own set of rules they follow. Thanks.

  6. lucky says

    @ Abhi — Chances are it will still take the flight it was tagged on, but you’ll want to talk to baggage department to be sure.

  7. lucky says

    @ Alonso A. — LAN has once weekly service from IPC to PPT, which would be the only way to legally fly between the two on one award. You can’t backtrack through Australia/New Zealand.

  8. lucky says

    @ Nafisa Bengali — There are lots of airlines which don’t require window shades to be open for takeoff and landing, so I assume that is indeed the policy.

  9. Abhi says

    @ Abhi — Chances are it will still take the flight it was tagged on, but you’ll want to talk to baggage department to be sure.

    The original flight has been canceled. Will it be rerouted just as they are rerouting me?

  10. lucky says

    @ Abhi — Potentially, it all depends. You’ll want to talk to the baggage office, they can tell you. I have no way of knowing. Sorry.

  11. Abhi says

    Hi Lucky,
    Thanks for all your replies.

    Yea. I am waiting for the counters etc to open again. All AA agents seem gone for now.

  12. Callum says

    Hi Lucky,

    How do I use BA Avios for a reward flight on Iberia? Is it possible?

    Thanks in advance

  13. Daniel says


    Quick question, if I want to do SFO – ICN in JAL F class using AA miles, can I break it into 2 segments since I don’t see any direct flight using BA website to search the award availability. So here is what I found
    SFO – HND in JAL first class and then connecting to NRT – ICN in JAL business class (since no first class seat in this flight).

    Is this a valid routing from North US to Asia 1 and will cost 62,500 miles total? any other charges that I should be aware of? And I can only book this by calling AA reservation desk, right?

  14. Brian says

    Lucky, I’m a bit overwhelmed by all of the different aircraft configurations on QR. Is there an easy way to tell which routes have which biz seats? Obviously I’d love herringbone, but will take fully flat… trying to avoid angled. Any suggestions?

  15. Justin says

    Lucky, Thanks very much for the suggestion. I’m so torn because I want to experience the new ‘suite’ on Etihad between London and AUH but I also want to experience Emirates lounge in Dubai. Any final thoughts to push me one way or the other?

  16. Keya says

    Hi Ben

    I was just wondering if it is possible to choose one of the first class seats on Thai Airways 747, on routes that they dont offer first class. A friend is planning a trip between India and Thailand and was wondering if she could sit in the nose of the plane on first class seats even though the cabin isn’t offered on routes between the two countries.

    Awaiting your expert opinion as always :)

  17. yang says

    Hi Ben,

    I have a ANA award ticket from Europe to US, I already had two stopovers within US, I wonder if I could add another stopover at Washinton D.C., which is the city I am flying back to Europe.

    Thanks for your time,


  18. yang says

    To clarify my previous question, I had award ticket as below: ZRH-SEA (destination), SEA-SFO ( first stopover), SFO-SAN (second stopover), SAN-IAD (shown as ‘surface’, because no seat was available when I booked the ticket, but now the award seat is back to UA inventory), then IAD-ZRH. My question is can I call ANA to add the segment of SAN to IAD as the third stopover or bridge my flight back to ZRH without stopover in IAD?



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