I am planning on going on vacation for 1 month in Feb 2019 to March 2019 and need to book round trip flights. Should I be waiting to book this month or would I be able to book in March 2018?
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Thanks for the tip.twotterdhc6 wrote: ↑ Economy class awards in general are what you see is what you get. So book as soon as spaces are available is usually advisable.
Premium award spaces can get more complicated - some airlines do have their own schedule for releasing business and first class seats.
For example, in my experience booking on Turkish Airlines for May 2018. there were 0 spaces departing from Toronto for all of last summer and fall. Then, checking again in December, there were suddenly business class seats on almost every single flight departing in May and June.
Feb 9th, 2018 12:27 am
Where exactly are you looking to go? The aeroplan tool isn't always the best way to understand if you can get somewhere. I say work backwards.
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Feb 9th, 2018 8:16 am
Hm that is a very good point, I should check that out.GangStarr wrote: ↑ Where exactly are you looking to go? The aeroplan tool isn't always the best way to understand if you can get somewhere. I say work backwards.
Find the airport you want to arrive at, visit that airports website and learn what flights land/leave from there that are star alliance. You may be better off learning when there is availability on the south American airport united flight to the US, then figuring out a connection to / from your home airport.
You will need to call in to book it, but that's what I would do.
Ideally you will want all united flights to keep taxes low. However if you mix an air Canada flight into a hub US airport it may not be so bad.
Feb 9th, 2018 10:57 am
Are you going to Antarctica by boat, or wanting to go by plane. There is no *A flights you can book to Antartica.speedyforme wrote: ↑ This is for Antarctica. And I have to be in Ushuaia. However, I don't think it will work on Aeroplan so I have to fly to Buenos Aires first. I'll work backwards, thanks!
Also we are trying to avoid United and US altogether with any stopovers and connections, as direct as possible; prices pending.
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Yeah I am looking at COPA now and it will stop over at Panama and we are good with that if it will save us like $1000 lol.Arrgh wrote: ↑ Are you going to Antarctica by boat, or wanting to go by plane. There is no *A flights you can book to Antartica.
By now you'll have figured out there is no direct flight yyz to ush. You'll need stopover/connection. Well, there's also no *A flight to ush.
By avoiding UA, you'll also pay more in scamcharges. When we flew to eze or scl, we used COPA, or UA hub in US, and saved a lot from AC scamcharges.
Feb 9th, 2018 8:28 pm
Don't know specifically about flights to USH, but Aerolinas Argentinas and LATAM both have their pluses and minuses in general. LATAM is very by the book and sometimes that is unpleasant and bureaucratic; Aerolinas is much more happy go lucky and disorganized, which can be good or bad. I understand both are safe, and both have good days and bad days, but I wouldn't necessarily count out LATAM.
Feb 9th, 2018 8:45 pm
Thanks. I am only basing this based on the Antarctica Tripadvisor reports I have read. LATAM is much cheaper but I heard in terms of organization, they are worse with little regard for customer service when they just decide to just cancel on you and for a trip to Antarctica, it's not worth the risk. I will review again. Thanks.houska wrote: ↑ Don't know specifically about flights to USH, but Aerolinas Argentinas and LATAM both have their pluses and minuses in general. LATAM is very by the book and sometimes that is unpleasant and bureaucratic; Aerolinas is much more happy go lucky and disorganized, which can be good or bad. I understand both are safe, and both have good days and bad days, but I wouldn't necessarily count out LATAM.
Enjoy your trip.
Feb 9th, 2018 10:32 pm
I think you're confusing the term layover and stopover.
Feb 9th, 2018 11:50 pm
No I understand what you mean. If my plans were to visit several places it would certainly be great. But for this specific trip and most others, I usually focus on one place given the amount of time I have to travelsuperangrypenguin wrote: ↑ I think you're confusing the term layover and stopover.
You're clearly missing the pluses of a stopover. I primarily do Asia routes, so let me run this by you.
YYZ TPE YYZ RT in J is 150,000 miles on AP.
YYZ TPEx NRT (turn) TPE YYZ RT in J is also 150,000 miles on AP. Now if you try and give me grief that you can't go through TPE twice, I'll just say..."you're wrong", and there are ways to pull this off, and yes, I've done it, all on BR.
Or, alternatively, let's try this.
YYZ TPE SIN...YYZ is 155,000 miles in J, RT, or you can do
YYZ TPEx SIN (turn) IST ATHx LHR YYZ, for also 155,000 miles RT in J.
So I can hit up one country, or 3 for the same number of miles.
You may feel stopovers are stupid, but to me, they are great value for money.
Feb 10th, 2018 7:43 am
Oh I see. My bad, You had said "I want  and cheap as possible", so interpreted the cheap in a different way than you meant.