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Reader Reviews: Trips & Tips Just finished booking a Oneworld multi carrier award with Asiamiles

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by milgom, May 24, 2017.

  1. milgom

    milgom Member

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    So, I've finished booking a oneworld multi partner award on asiamiles:

    HKG-PEN Dragon Air business
    LHR-FRA BA in business (needed that to have another carrier beside Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines)
    FRA-HKG-HND FRA-HKG is in First with CX, HKG-HND is business class on Japan Airlines
    NRT-HAN Japan Airlines Business
    TPE-ICN Cathay Pacific Business
    ICN-HKG Cathay Pacific First

    Total 155,000 miles + 2200 HKD Taxes (about $250)

    I needed to have at least 3 airlines including cathay to price the award (otherwise it would have been a mixed carrier award with more restrictions regarding stopovers and open jaws), originally I was planning on getting an award on Malaysian Airlines but with the recent Malaysian Airlines devaluation all of the award availability on Malaysian Airlines in the next 3 month dried up.

    I also tried getting an award on S7 but couldn't either (BA shows availability but American airlines didn't show any nor did CX). I also tried Air Berlin which showed as available through BA but not on CX so I'm forced to visit London.

    It took 5 phone calls and altogether 3 hours on the phone with Asiamiles agent to organize this. Beside that, it took me probably 4 more hours to plan and look for availability. 3 of the agents were helpful and competent (but be ready to spend a lot of time on hold), 2 were really not great.

    It's not the most optimized trip in term of experiencing first class but it gets me to the countries I wanted to visit or needed to go to so that's the most important :)

    Honestly, it was good to do myself but next time I'd probably hire Pointspro or similar to save time :)
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  2. MidSouth Skier

    MidSouth Skier Well-Known Member

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    Booking complicated awards for yourself or others can certainly give you an appreciation for the work the pros do. But well done and hope you enjoy your trip!
  3. milgom

    milgom Member

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    Yes, I think if I did it again, I'd probably be able to cut the time by half but that's about it... Especially, I don't think there's any way to make the calls to Cathay shorter (in retrospect I should maybe have hung up as soon as I got a bad feeling with an agent as that usually led to wasted time). So, in term of the prices I've seen for pros compared to the hours needed, I think it's really worth asking pros.

    For example, I wasted a lot of time trying to find out which direct oneworld routes were available for a given city until I discovered the Oneworld Interactive Map which can list all of the direct routes arriving to a given city.
    It was very helpful in trying to keep the number of transits under the limit (2 transit max).

    I've also wasted a lot of time due to Malaysia Airlines' availability suddenly drying up because of their huge devaluation but that's not really something that one can control.
  4. Tiffany

    Tiffany One Mile At A Time

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    Nicely done!!