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  1. Josh

    Josh Intern

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    Hi,

    I'm over in the US and Canada until the end of the year, so I thought I'd a do a bit of a SC run on a KUP fare over here, to get myself to Platinum (only 300sc req'd)

    Firstly a question: Are the "Instant Upgrade" (Booking Code P) fares on AA still credited as First class SC's on Qantas?

    If so, I've found a SC run for US$706US (DEN-DFW-ATL return) for 360 SC's :p
    That's about the best I can find out of DEN (I need to depart & return on DEC 16)

    Secondly, does anyone have any better suggestions for a SC run out of DEN?

    Thanks,

    Josh
     

  2. serfty

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    P class currently credits as first as per the T&C:
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    ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
    American           GLMNSV                    Discount Economy       0.5       -
    Airlines® (AA)     BHKY                      Economy                1         -
                       DIJ                       Business               1         25%
                       AFP                       First                  1         50%
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                       Status Credits are earned on all eligible Booking Classes. 
    ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
    Farecompare is a good WEB site that gives a good guide to YUP type fare.

    Here the Link to AA fares out of DEN: Find the Lowest Airfare Prices, Discount Airline Tickets & Cheap Flights on FareCompare.com
     
  3. NM

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    If you book a KUP and travel in First Class then it should credit as First Class under the QFF scheme.
     
  4. serfty

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    Green Bay is interesting; you may earn 380 SC for USD667. :cool:
     
  5. Josh

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    Yeah thanks for the help guys.

    I did find farecompare.com and I saw the Green Bay fare. However I wouldn't return to Denver until 11pm, and I have to drive to Aspen that night, so I don't think that'll happen :p

    Also - I was just concerned about the Booking code, because I have read a bit about the fact it is not a "true" first class fare, so i just wanted to ensure I would be credited with first SC's before I spent $750

    Thanks for your help,

    Josh
     
  6. serfty

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    The two ORD/GRB segments on the RJ145 book into Y class, earning 2x20 SC's. The DEN/DFW/ORD segments book into P earning 4x90 SC's, a total of 400.

    Also, it's a dangerous time of year to head for ORD/GBY, it can get mightily snowy/cold and weather delays are common.

    The Aspen issue is something you can't work around so it's moot.

    ATL is a far warmer option. (It gets pretty cold in DEN as well).
     
  7. Josh

    Josh Intern

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    I've ended up booking DEN-DFW-ATL-ORD-DEN.

    I have an hour and a half at ORD. Am I able to access the First lounge? AA policy notes I can't, but what about for a QFF member (SG) traveling in First?

    Also - I went to book the fare, came to $50 cheaper - So a total of US$684 for 360 SC's .... not bad methinks :)

    Cheers,

    Josh
     
  8. Bundy Bear

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  9. Josh

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    My tips:

    Search on AA.com, select Search by Price and Schedule, click Advanced Search, then select Business/First for Cabin.
    The fare you're looking for is 'Instant Upgrade'

    Cheers,

    Josh
     
  10. Danger

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    I'd appreciate it if somebody could please give me the definition of YUP, YUPP, KUP etc and exactly what they imply. All I can deduce is they involve AA and good SC earnings by flying in a discounted first class fare bucket that credits full first class SCs.
     
  11. JohnK

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    HNL-LAX-BOS-DFW-LAX-HNL, around 7 December for about US $2200, 690 SCs. Cheapest Qantas flight (SYD-HNL-SYD) I could find at that time was just under A$1300. Any other suggestions for better value for money? It doesn't seem that good to me.
     
  13. JohnK

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    That airfare looks a little high. Book the trip as 2 one-ways HNL-LAX-DFW-BOS and then BOS-DFW-LAX-HNL for ~US$1512 and 780 SCs.
     
  14. Shano

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    You would need to be WP to access the ORD FL on your itinerary.
     
  15. serfty

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    #15 serfty, Oct 2, 2007
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    A/C access only; make sure you get those drink vouchers.

    F/L access by "class of travel" is only available for when traveling First class on Non-Stop, Three-Class Transcontinental Flights when booked in F or Z (P or A don't cut it).

    More here: Admit Policies - Transcontinental Passengers
     
  16. serfty

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    Yep, book it as two one-ways.

    Look out for routings like BOS-ORD-SFO-LAX-HNL giving 420SC's for USD760. :cool:
     
  17. Shano

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    I take it that is the route you are flying early next month ;)
     
  18. serfty

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    Actually, no. The BOS/HNL I'm taking this time should earn 450 SC's but it was much more complicated to book than a simple one-way.
     
  19. littl_flier

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    Serfty, do you mind giving a YUPP wannabe a tip on the routing and how you ended up booking it?

    Also, is there a limit on the number of sectors we can use to make our way to HNL from the East coast?
     
  20. serfty

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    FWIW you can simply call IndiAA and try to book over the phone. - good luck. :rolleyes:

    The particular fare is a 14 day advance purchase with the following routing rules:
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    VALID SINGLE CONNECT CITIES FROM:  BOS TO HNL                  
    CHI DEN DFW LAS LAX NYC OGG PDX SAN SFO SJC SNA                
    STL                                                            
                                                                   
    ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON ROUTING:                            
    NONE   
    ...
    What this means is that you can connect through one or more of these cities, but only once. Conceivably you could do them all, but in reality it's impractical/impossible.
     
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