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Award Redemption Strategy for 5 tickets to Europe

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by MGC, May 13, 2018.

  1. MGC

    MGC New Member

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    Goal: Get 5 airline tickets to Europe for family from West Coast USA (France for sure, Ireland and Greece) and pay for hotels with points for the trip.

    I travel for work. Domestic and international. I have membership programs for many Hotels and Airlines as my work is pretty random on the hotels used and airline availability. Unfortunately, this spreads out the reward points.

    I have upcoming flights to Europe for work but not sure which airlines to focus on so I group the points/miles together.

    Which hotel chains and airlines should I focus on so I can reach my goal?

  2. rickyw

    rickyw Well-Known Member

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    Are you hoping for business class or economy class to get your family to Europe? If business, your chances of finding 5 seats together on the same flight are unfortunately pretty slim. If economy, you'd have a better chance.

    Where is your biggest stash of miles currently?
  3. Mick

    Mick Member

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    I have a family of five and close in I often see good availability from chicago ORD (where I live) to Europe on Swiss in business class.
  4. Cedric Pinsonnault

    Cedric Pinsonnault New Member

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    yeah 5 is doable with Swiss from East cost (YUL,BOS,ORD) if you book in advance. But west coat will be harder. I see 5 seats on the ZRH-SFO on the 5th of March 2019 for example... LH has more availability but the fuel surcharge for 5 would be a huge chunk of change (4-5k or something like that)
  5. Gia

    Gia Well-Known Member

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    When are you planning to travel?