1. One more tip for India bookings. India charges a luxury ticket tax for business or higher class tickets issued in India. If you book an award that originates in India, depending on what your mileage program charges you for, you may get hit with that charge (for example using BMI miles you will definitely pay it) so its sometimes significantly to your advantage to book a roundtrip into and out of India to avoid what can be a $300+ tax.

  2. Looks like you were in a hurry. Many typos: LH does not fly to HYD. AF does not fly to HYD, CCU or MAA. How is Jet a “direct” option if you have a 3 hour layover in BRU?

  3. Just booked my flight to India using 120k continental miles (my first ever award redemption). HOU-LHR-ZRH(Overnight)-BOM. On the way back, BLR-FRA-EWR. Both TATL segments are in CO’s 777 lie flat business class. ZRH-BOM is in LX’s 333. I used the ANA award tool and searched for each segment. For some reason Continental doesn’t show LX availability? Had to try so many different possible routes before I found something to my satisfaction. Looking forward to my trip in a little over 2 weeks!

  4. Excellent Post! Does Skyteam or Star Alliance allow a routing as SFO –> BOM –> DXB –> SFO, with stop over in DXB during return journey from BOM in Coach? How many miles would be required to redeem such a reward in Feb/March?

  5. @ ronbeck — Unfortunately Continental’s search tool doesn’t show Swiss award space so you have to use the ANA tool, as you mention. Well done on the redemption!

    @ murtuza — That should be allowed assuming you stay within the maximum permitted mileage (see my post from the previous week for details on that). The cost would be 80,000 miles in coach.

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