16 Responses

  1. Gene
    Gene at |

    My favorite, too, especialy since I’ve given up on free upgrades!

  2. Peter
    Peter at |

    Hi Seth. Are you not incurring change fees with all these modifications to your original booking? If not, how do you avoid them? What program/website do you use to map your flights? Thanks

    1. Seth
      Seth at |

      No change fees at all, Peter. That’s one of several benefits of being top-tier elite and it is the one I absolutely love. Upgrades are great when they happen and I won’t turn them down, but the benefits which save me real money (the no-fee SDC is another great one) are the ones I love. This is an example of that.

      Regarding the maps, those are from http://www.gcmap.com, one of my go-to resources for air travel stuff.

  3. MKM
    MKM at |

    Do you use KVS or EF?

    1. Seth
      Seth at |
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  5. John
    John at |

    Hey Seth, which carriers allow free changes to award tickets and what elite level do you need on each carrier to earn this benefit?

    Also, do you know the answer to that same question for SDC?

  6. Aubrey
    Aubrey at |

    Very cool, Seth! Thanks for providing us with your awesome, free award inventory search tools. Makes booking a complicated itinerary a lot easier!

  7. ORD-TGU
    ORD-TGU at |

    My favorite elite benefit on AA is 100% bonus miles on revenue tickets. If that was taken away, I would miss it the most.

  8. jackal
    jackal at |

    AS waives change fees for MVP Golds on revenue tickets, too. That extends the benefits you experienced here to all tickets (including speculatively-booked mileage runs). That reminds me–I should probably cancel the orphan $130 ANC-LAX flight I have booked for 6/30, given that I don’t have a return LAX-ANC booked and there’s no cheap fares nor saver award space available. 🙂

  9. MKM
    MKM at |

    Oh right, I even remember using them before. D’oh! Cool stuff though.

  10. bk3day
    bk3day at |

    Am I correct that when you initially booked the outbound, it was as a one way since you didn’t have sufficient RDM at the time to book a complete r/t?

    If yes, when you called later with the return open jaw flights, were you able to combine them with the outbound award to form the r/t?

    Was the resistance you got in trying to book the double open jaw & stopover just a case of an agent who refused to believe the rules allowed it?

    In the future, is there any way would you approach the conversation differently that would hopefully result in getting the agent on board with accepting that the the rules permitted double OJs & a stopover?

  11. Louis
    Louis at |

    None of the paid tools (EF or KVS) provide accurate information when searching for J inventory for international flights on US Airways? Is your Inventory Alert tool able to do this?

  12. Louis
    Louis at |

    Neither EF nor KVS provides accurate J inventory info for international flights on US Airways? Does your Inventory Alert tool do this?

    1. Seth
      Seth at |

      My tool is using the inventory as reported by UA, Louis, so whatever it shows is what you will see. KVS has a number of different sources for *A inventory so I’m not sure which is busted when you say it isn’t showing accurate information.

      As for changing the award, bk3day, I did have a one-way originally and I added all the other segments on and converted it to a round-trip with stopovers and open-jaws. The resistance was somewhat justified as apparently internal documentation is not 100% up to date but once I pointed them to the website they were willing to book as I suggested.

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