(Closed) Airline miles… need to vent.

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Have you looked at if there’s availability into Honolulu? I could be wrong, but I suspect that there are not as many flights into Maui, and that could be what’s messing up your plans. Inter-island flights are not as cheap as they should be, but you’d still save a lot of money if you could do super-saver to Honolulu and then book a separate paid ticket Honolulu to Maui.

You also do still have time, and award inventory comes and goes completely randomly–the fact that there’s nothing available now does NOT mean nothing will ever be available for the dates you want. Early October should not be that busy a period. Check the AA website often. I’d give it a few months before giving up and changing destinations. (Having said that, we did change destinations–we were hoping to book business or first class awards to Australia and set up all sorts of alerts to check for us daily once the window opened up, but nothing we liked came up for three months or so, so we switched to going to Europe.)

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It basically depends on the card and how they set it up.  There are so many blackout dates for some of the cards out there, and the rest make you spend so much more money to get the miles to get these kind of flights! 

My guess is you’re probably out of luck unless you want to use other airports.  If you’re in Philly and don’t mind the drive, check out LaGuardia, JFK, and Dulles, aside from Newark.  Those are all basically within 2-3 hours of you and could give you more options. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t have any advice regarding airline miles, because I don’t have much experience using them.

However, have you looked into the “ABC islands”?  Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao are not located in the hurricane belt, so they should be safer to travel to during “hurricane season.”

Flying to Hawaii from the east coast is such a long flight, and is why we’ve never considered it πŸ˜‰

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Also check out other airlines in AA’s Alliance. You can use your miles on those airlines.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Oh, also–I don’t know if you have enough miles that you would be able to book a standard economy award. But if you do, and you’d consider booking that way, PLEASE check first to see if there’s business super-saver available. Business super-saver costs the same as economy standard, and is sometimes available even if economy super-saver isn’t. 

And if you’re doing AA, with the first leg on the return an overnight flight, see if you can route through Dallas Fort Worth. That’s a long enough flight that you can actually get some sleep on it if you sleep on planes. The overnight flights to LA don’t leave you much time to sleep and you end up in LA at an ungodly hour.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hopefully something will come through where you can book it with just one stop!

Re: booking with partner airlines, you could see if either Hawaiian Airlines or Alaskan Airlines have availability. The only issue there is that you can’t book partner awards on line: you have to call American Airlines, which will then mean you have to pay a $25 service charge for using the phone. (Go figure, you can’t book them online, but then they charge you for not booking them on line… what a racket.)

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

A flight to Maui from the West Coast should be around $300/person on Hawaiian or Alaska that time of year.  Maybe you could use your miles to get to Seattle or L.A. and then book your own flight from there.  Not sure how much you were hoping to save and/or spend… 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Using airline miles can be SO frustrating! I am with Star Alliance so I don’t know how much help I can specifically be about AA, but check out the flyertalk website. They have incredibly knowledgeable posts about ANYTHING you might want to know about your miles, and there are frequent expert posters who can assist you with questions. 

I do know that for our honeymoon, we literally got our flights using miles the day that they were available (I think about 330 days out). It’s crazy but sometimes you have to bend over backwards to get those hard-earned miles in use…good luck!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

OP, how’s it going? Any luck with tickets?

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@September29:  Glad to hear it worked out for you! πŸ™‚

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