7 Responses

  1. rick b
    rick b at |

    Good podcast, but as I noted on Hack My Trip’s recent post, the rule that open jaw distance must be shorter than the flights is not really true, at least not on UA. It’s pretty easy to construct routings that demonstrate this, like my example EWR-PTY(stop)-IAH(stop)-NRT all for 50k in coach, instead of 3 separate awards.

  2. Peter S
    Peter S at |

    I enjoy listening to your podcast.

  3. rick b
    rick b at |

    Do you know how to tell quirks from legitimately legal routing? It appears legal to me and prices as a US-Central America oneway + Central America to Japan one way. I’m not really getting anything free here. Just the fact that you can do it one award is nice. It’s an extension of the free domestic one-way “trick”.

    I’ll definitely take advantage but can’t find any official rules from UA. It seems that with two open jaws, the possibilities are so complicated they can’t even cover every situation.

    Btw, sometimes TATL and TPAC booking is allowed by the rules. For example some cities like FRA to NRT if you look on Expertflyer, UA has it in the rules that it’s around 10.5k MPM and allows routing in both directions.

  4. rick b
    rick b at |

    It’s not just MPM, the routing rules Expertflyer shows actually say you can route over Pacific and/or Atlantic for that particular city pair.

    Also, by your logic EWR – PTY – LAX should be illegal as well. The rules just aren’t sufficiently restrictive, which is different from a glitch that violates written rules. US Airways spells out the distance rules, UA doesn’t on any of their pages I looked at. Maybe they don’t allow the open jaw to be longer than BOTH flying segments? That I can understand.