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award availability within airline alliance
I am looking for award tickets from Copenhagen to South Africa with Star Alliance. When I look at United’s web page which kindly allows everyone to search for award availability I find available tickets in business class for the correct date on several different flights (including my preferred flight).
When I try to book them through Scandinavian airlines which only allows you to book Star alliance award tickets by phone service, they find no availability on any flights.
My question is, is this likely to be a temporary difference between the systems or do the airlines release different award ticket availability to different alliance airlines? Or does it impact the availability for Scandinavian airlines that there are already two award tickets booked on those dates?
Any insight in how the award bookings within Star Alliance works would be appreciated.
United will show space at saver and standard award levels. United’s saver level pricing (which indicates that any Star Alliance should be able to book those seats) between Europe and Southern Africa is 55k one way.
If you see flight options that price at 55k United miles for the route, SAS should be able to find those seats and book them, but at SAS’s award pricing. SAS charges 140k per person round trip or 84k per person one way for Europe to South Africa.