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Award Redemption Flying widebody A/Cs (maybe even fifth freedom routes) around Europe >> getting prices down?

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by Ole, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. Ole

    Ole Reader

    Hi,

    So this is the case: I bought som Avios to get a business class ticket on the new Finnair A350 in october on one of the intra-european crew training flights before it starts its longhaul activity on OSL-HEL. I have to be back in Oslo by sunday night, but until then I thought I would try to have some fun by flying widebody A/Cs (maybe even fifth freedom routes) around Europe.

    In mind I had the Ethiopian B787 ARN-VIE on saturday and Air China A330 VIE-BCN on sunday (both Star Alliance with open award space on the 10th/11th of October) or to leave Helsinki towards AGP saturday evening with the new Finnair A350 and then catch the LAN Chile B787 MAD-FRA on sunday or get to MAN and try the SQ B777 MAN-MUC.

    I am zeroed out in terms of points and miles as I recently blew away my entire balance with SAS on two LH F flights between the US and Europe, and I am wondering if you have any advice on how to get the price down on either of these alternatives utilizing the miles. So far all I have found is that Avianca does not allow the booking with an overnight stop in VIE, and BA Avios is more expensive than the ticket it self. The Star Alliance ticket in business is not more than 30k United miles, but they are so d... expensive.

    Thanks in advance!

    Best,
    Ole
     
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  2. Lucky

    Lucky One Mile At A Time

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    @ Ole -- That's a toughie without a current balance. With Star Alliance there really aren't any good options for buying miles anymore other than LifeMiles, so unfortunately that may still be the best option, despite the fact that they don't allow overnights. Or if you're doing it all shortly after one another, United will allow overnight connections in many cases, so if you can get a moderately good deal on buying those miles, it will be the best option. Good luck!
     
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