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Could someone please post their optimised route they used in the USA to earn First (A class) status credits? Still planning my DONE4 , hopefully starting from Jakarta (CGK). Still ...
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    US Optimised Route for First Class

    Could someone please post their optimised route they used in the USA to earn First (A class) status credits?

    Still planning my DONE4, hopefully starting from Jakarta (CGK). Still trying to work out how to actually book a DONE4 ex CGK. I know there is a QF office in Jakarta. Not sure about AA (so maybe not be able to use the AA RTW Desk).

    The plan so far is:
    CGK-JFK (transit in HKG with CX)
    Then depart LAX to LHR with BA or AA

    I need to fill in the 6 flights in North America starting from JFK and ending in LAX.

    Do most flights between the major cities have a First Class cabin?

    Is AA First domestic similar to QF domestic biz in Australia?

    Is it more difficult having a paper ticket? I would prefer to use all 20 flight segments if possible, instead of the 16 for an eticket.

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    Re: US Optimised Route for First Class

    When you say optimised - I assume you mean you are happy to kill a few days in the US flying anywhere to maz out some SCs?

    Personally I would rate the US domestic F (MD80 or 757) slightly above the millenium seats on QF but behind the dreamtime seats you sometimes get.

    Most non-trasncon AA flights (not american eagle who only have whY) have 2 class whY/F configs.

    The easiest routing is something like:

    jfk-dfw-anc-dfw-jfk-lax

    Obviously there is limited availablility dfw-anc-dfw and it's not for the luggage carriers
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    Re: US Optimised Route for First Class

    Thanks Simongr.

    I forgot about Alaska! Is there actually anything to see and do in Anchorage??

    Is there a way to include SFO with ANC, JFK, LAX?

    I think when i'm in the USA, i will just book online economy fares to get from LAX to Las Vegas and maybe New York to Washington.

    No real point using up my DONE4 segments on those flights is there??

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    Re: US Optimised Route for First Class

    There are heaps of flights DFW-SFO and JFK-SFO

    So...

    jfk-sfo-dfw-anc-dfw-lax

    Timings might be tricky so you might need to overnight places...

    In terms of wasting segments from a DONE4 - that is up to you. On my last simple DONE4 I hardly used my US segments due to time pressures so its only a waste if you have time to use the other up for max SC earning.
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    Re: US Optimised Route for First Class

    I think this is about the absolute max F SC's you can earn on this sort of ticket.... (just waiting for somebody to post a higher SC earn now?) Thats a summer route only with ANC, i know you said arrive JFK and depart SFO so just reverse the route below.

    SFO-MIA-BOS-DFW-ANC-DFW-JFK

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    Re: US Optimised Route for First Class

    Quote Originally Posted by Evan
    I think this is about the absolute max F SC's you can earn on this sort of ticket.... (just waiting for somebody to post a higher SC earn now?) Thats a summer route only with ANC, i know you said arrive JFK and depart SFO so just reverse the route below.

    SFO-MIA-BOS-DFW-ANC-DFW-JFK

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    Is DFW a special city that lets you max out SC earn?

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    Re: US Optimised Route for First Class

    No. It's just the only place to get to ANC from
    and is AAs main hub sitting smack bang near the middle of the US

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    Re: US Optimised Route for First Class

    Following on from that - it means that you can fly from DFW to pretty much anywhere without it counting as a transcon flight.

    There is large numbers of flights as well. The downside being that due to the time zone you need to get out of DFW early afternoon if heading east.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan
    ... SFO-MIA-BOS-DFW-ANC-DFW-JFK ...
    That's 810 SC's with 3x120 & 3x150 SC segments. Tough to get more ...

    One way is to use HNL, but this is difficult to do without sacrificing SC's elsewhere.

    e.g. -HNL-ORD-MIA-SFO-DFW-ANC-DFW-LHR- earns 870 SC's

    However, the SYD-JFK is 240 SC's for a start ..., maybe SYD-NRT-HNL?

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    That would involve flyiong long haul on JL (maybe avoid the lack of status bonus by using the AA flight number).

    Personally I would be avoiding long haul on JL unless it was their new product NRT-JFK.
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