"oneworld" award (132.4K/249.6K/318K/455K) Planning - The Definitive Thread

Unfortunatley nothing direct according to Multi-City search. There are options but all 1 stop and via LAX, DFW, YYC and with WestJet generally but AA through DFW. I was trying to avoid non OneWorld companies so AA is on the only option at this stage.
You’ll be protected. US agents are very competent and experienced when it comes to managing IRROPS. It’s tight. 45 mins is fine if flights are on time, and there’s probably a bit of padding built in. If not, you might make the flight and your bags come later. Alternatively they put you on another flight, even another airline.
 
Thanks all for the help. Was able to book Oneworld Classic Business for the dates. Took a lot of time and patience and eventually sectors opened up. Had to change the direction but this wasn't a major issue. The Qantas website is atrocious and so flaky, regularly failing and requiring to log back in again under a new session. They do make it incredibly difficult.
I need to do is to pay for small European sector from Vienna to Turin as no Oneworld Airlines for this for Also looking for a classic reward flights from JFK to YVR on the date we depart YVR. Nothing at present but hoping something will turn up.
 
Hi everyone, I received an email saying one leg has changed to leave and arrive 10 mins earlier. The end of the email says if I'd like to accept these updated flight details I need to confirm the updates at Manage Booking or on the app, however both options just tell me I need to call. RJ still has the previous e-ticket number attached. Hesitant to call them and spend hours for a reticket... any advice for this situation please? Thank you
 
Hi everyone, I received an email saying one leg has changed to leave and arrive 10 mins earlier. The end of the email says if I'd like to accept these updated flight details I need to confirm the updates at Manage Booking or on the app, however both options just tell me I need to call. RJ still has the previous e-ticket number attached. Hesitant to call them and spend hours for a reticket... any advice for this situation please? Thank you
A schedule change of ten minutes - no changes to flight number etc - should not require a ticket re-issue, just a revalidation.

I think call times are shorter these days. Worthwhile just to call and have the change accepted.
 
Thanks, last time it was a small change on JL which I just accepted in QF MMB but this time it was AY and only option was to call. A short while later AY emailed and I accepted the chance there and was sent the new itinerary by AY (same ticket numbers)
 
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There may be no award seats in J at the moment, but if you misconnect they’ll put you in any J seat. Always the chance it is physically full, but you’d hope there’s a seat or two left.

On a similar note, I’m connecting from Europe to Manchester via LHR. Haven’t actually done a domestic connection in the UK before. Is there any form of baggage check at Heathrow or is it just checked through to final destination? My connection is only about 90 mins.
Bags will be checked through to MAN. No need to recheck at LHR
 
Does anyone know if Finnair ever release 2 x J seats to Qantas? I can only find 1 J seat looking as far out as possible on SIN-HEL.
If they only ever release 1 seat I'll look for a different route/airline.
(Was trying to put together a double Europe trip but it won't work if if AY only release 1 seat.)

TRIP 1
SIN-HEL. STOP 1. AY
HEL-HND/NRT. STOP 2. AY/JAL
NRT/HND-(SYD/MEL)-BNE. STOP 3. JAL/QF

TRIP 2
BNE-HKG. STOP 4. CX
HKG-(HEL)-LHR. STOP 5. AY
LHR-(HEL)-SIN. END. AY

Another option was BA or QF LHR-SIN or vice versa.

Edit to add , found 2 x J on HEL-HND so I guess they are out there!
 
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2.5 weeks ago, I made some changes to my OWA and removed a number of flights. This ended up being ticketed properly, with new flight numbers and have checked that everything is in place

However, I was told that I would receive $1.3k in taxes back, but I am yet to receive anything. If you look at my e-ticket, the price that I am paying and the price that my wife is paying also do not match up. Does anyone know what I could do/need to say to get this fixed?

Have contacted reward ticketing escalations, but they have not replied
 
Does anyone know if Finnair ever release 2 x J seats to Qantas? I can only find 1 J seat looking as far out as possible on SIN-HEL.
If they only ever release 1 seat I'll look for a different route/airline.
(Was trying to put together a double Europe trip but it won't work if if AY only release 1 seat.)

TRIP 1
SIN-HEL. STOP 1. AY
HEL-HND/NRT. STOP 2. AY/JAL
NRT/HND-(SYD/MEL)-BNE. STOP 3. JAL/QF

TRIP 2
BNE-HKG. STOP 4. CX
HKG-(HEL)-LHR. STOP 5. AY
LHR-(HEL)-SIN. END. AY

Another option was BA or QF LHR-SIN or vice versa.

Edit to add , found 2 x J on HEL-HND so I guess they are out there!
I had 4J CDG-HEL-LAX last year
 
Does anyone know if Finnair ever release 2 x J seats to Qantas? I can only find 1 J seat looking as far out as possible on SIN-HEL.
If they only ever release 1 seat I'll look for a different route/airline.
(Was trying to put together a double Europe trip but it won't work if if AY only release 1 seat.)

TRIP 1
SIN-HEL. STOP 1. AY
HEL-HND/NRT. STOP 2. AY/JAL
NRT/HND-(SYD/MEL)-BNE. STOP 3. JAL/QF

TRIP 2
BNE-HKG. STOP 4. CX
HKG-(HEL)-LHR. STOP 5. AY
LHR-(HEL)-SIN. END. AY

Another option was BA or QF LHR-SIN or vice versa.

Edit to add , found 2 x J on HEL-HND so I guess they are out there!
it seems the most likely release to QFF is 1 x Business reward seat but they are available - I have had to book far ahead but i have found 2 x reward AY Biz late Jan SIN-HEL-CPH and further on plenty of 2 AY rewards february HEL to the USA.
I haven't looked close to the date .
You may ask why use AY to get to north america - for me ,its to avoid the outrageous UK deparure tax if you go via LHR. To be fair it is not so bad if you fly out of a European city via LHR to the US!
 
Finally finished booking (and ticketing) all the legs of my upcoming OWA:

KUL-NRT MH J (Stopover)

HND-SYD QF J (Stopover)

SYD-SIN BA J (Transit)
SIN-HKG CX J (Transit)
HKG-AMS CX J (Stopover)

AMS-LHR (Surface)
LHR-HEL AY J (Transit)
HEL-BKK AY J (Stopover)

BKK-SIN (Surface)
SIN-SYD BA Y+ (Transit)
SYD-MEL QF J (Stopover)

MEL-KUL MH J (End)

Totaling 34,937 miles on GCM!

Hoping to get QF to release SIN-SYD or SIN-MEL J (There are quite a few I9 flights for my dates), but even if not, I'm pretty happy I don't need to call up much anymore.

Consolidating some advice that has helped me:

Try and ticket your OWA from Australia if possible. This can be done by either starting the initial booking from Australia, or asking the CC to do so. IME, I had trouble getting my flights reticketed after changes until I got QF to change my ticketing location to Australia.

QF agents can instantly re-ticket an itinerary with certain carriers (CX and MH for sure) so you don't lose flights. If an agent refuses to do so, HUACA until you get one that does. I've found South Africa more able to re-ticket.

If an agent cannot remove/change a flight from your itinerary, it may be a married segment, which means that you must fly a route as a connection. IME JL does this the most, marrying x-HND-y routes so that you cannot break them into a stopover in Tokyo.

The following "script" has worked for me the best when trying to make changes: Start with "I want to check for award availibility". Then you feed the agent each route + date + flight number and ask them to add each one to your booking. Finally you ask them to remove any existing flights that you don't need anymore. IME when you say you want to change flights, some agents say that you cannot make segment changes. And asking for an availibility check first means that if you need to HUACA, the agent wouldn't have touched your existing flights yet.
 
The following "script" has worked for me the best when trying to make changes: Start with "I want to check for award availibility". Then you feed the agent each route + date + flight number and ask them to add each one to your booking. Finally you ask them to remove any existing flights that you don't need anymore. IME when you say you want to change flights, some agents say that you cannot make segment changes. And asking for an availibility check first means that if you need to HUACA, the agent wouldn't have touched your existing flights yet.
I’ve used that method a few times. Confirm the seats exist, then hang up and call back if the person sounds incompetent (which they do most of the time).
 
Please excuse my novice question, but I'm trying to establish the feasibility of OneWorld RTW tickets for the following.
MEL-HND (stopover), HND-JNB (stopover), JNB-FRA (stopover), LHR-JFK, VAN-MEL
Am I allowed to break in one city (eg FRA) and recommence in LHR?
I know this is high level but I'm in the initial planning stage.
PS I'm now Silver in QFF
 
Please excuse my novice question, but I'm trying to establish the feasibility of OneWorld RTW tickets for the following.
MEL-HND (stopover), HND-JNB (stopover), JNB-FRA (stopover), LHR-JFK, VAN-MEL
Am I allowed to break in one city (eg FRA) and recommence in LHR?
I know this is high level but I'm in the initial planning stage.
PS I'm now Silver in QFF
Yes, but the mileage FRA-LHR will be included in the 35k limit for the One World Award, even though you don't fly it.
 
Please excuse my novice question, but I'm trying to establish the feasibility of OneWorld RTW tickets for the following.
MEL-HND (stopover), HND-JNB (stopover), JNB-FRA (stopover), LHR-JFK, VAN-MEL
Am I allowed to break in one city (eg FRA) and recommence in LHR?
I know this is high level but I'm in the initial planning stage.
PS I'm now Silver in QFF

In theory this should be ok. (I assume VAN is Vancouver - YVR). In practice, depending in when, MEL - TYO (HND/NRT) might be relatively busy and harder to find tickets. May need to consider a stopover besides Australia east coast. (KUL/SIN/CGK/HKG for example).

TYO - JNB leg has to go on CX so this may be a restriction if CX awards aren't there.

From JNB, your options of going to FRA involve either going with QR (almost no chance) or BA which means you're flying into London already.

You do have the distance to go from JNB - LHR (or other London airports) - FRA then back.

From YVR your options are limited to go QF to SYD then MEL unless you find a way down to LAX.
 
In theory this should be ok. (I assume VAN is Vancouver - YVR). In practice, depending in when, MEL - TYO (HND/NRT) might be relatively busy and harder to find tickets. May need to consider a stopover besides Australia east coast. (KUL/SIN/CGK/HKG for example).

TYO - JNB leg has to go on CX so this may be a restriction if CX awards aren't there.

From YVR your options are limited to go QF to SYD then MEL unless you find a way down to LAX.
Yes I thought I might have to go YVR-SYD-MEL. Thank you
 
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Yes I thought I might have to go YVR-SYD-MEL. Thank you
Oh I just realised you don't have the distance to detour via SIN/KUL/CGK to tokyo from MEL. That would push you past 35000 miles so you'll need to be diligent in finding a MEL - TYO flight.

Make sure you check MEL/SYD/BNE for QF/JL options.
 
Please excuse my novice question, but I'm trying to establish the feasibility of OneWorld RTW tickets for the following.
MEL-HND (stopover), HND-JNB (stopover), JNB-FRA (stopover), LHR-JFK, VAN-MEL
Am I allowed to break in one city (eg FRA) and recommence in LHR?
I know this is high level but I'm in the initial planning stage.
PS I'm now Silver in QFF
Also note that leaving from LHR will attract significant tax if flying anything but standard economy. If flying premium economy or higher, you’re far better off leaving from the mainland if you can arrange your itinerary to suit.
 

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