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Rookie mistake… help!
I made a rookie mistake and am wondering what you (whoever you may be) would do in my shoes. My plan was:
LAX – AMS on KLM via Flying Blue, 8/28/2016 (62,500 miles)
CPH – ORD on SAS via Aeroplan, 9/14/2016 (45,000 miles)
I found availability for both, and bought the return leg first. Then when I went to buy the outbound, I realized that there was actually no saver availability on KLM despite it showing up on Flying Blue’s calendar. So now I have to figure out a way to get to Amsterdam. Plus, I really had my heart set on KLM for this trip.
So, would you…
a) go ahead and book the “plan B” award I found on Delta for 80,000 skymiles (but no fuel surcharge) so that I have a complete itinerary…
b) wait and see if availability opens up on KLM closer to the date I want to travel. And if you choose B, do you happen to know if KLM does tend to release more award seats closer to the actual date of the flight?
[USER=7]@Tiffany[/USER] can probably speak better to award trends but I’m guessing summer is not a great time to find award seats. I would lock down the DL flight.and try KLM some other time.
It’s not a rookie mistake; Delta doesn’t have access to all the same space as FlyingBlue does natively.
If you want to spend fewer miles, look at connecting. Virgin Atlantic has a great product, so LAX-LHR-AMS would be a strong option, and would only be 62,500 miles. VS is also likely to release space closer to departure, but KL probably won’t.
Alitalia and Aeroflot also have lie-flat seats out of LAX, and would be good choices as well.
Oh — If you’re using FlyingBlue miles look at Aeromexico as well. You might have to organize the leg to AMS separately, but LAX-MEX-LHR/CDG would be on lie-flat seats, with very low surcharges.
Thanks all… I went ahead and booked the Delta flight for 80,000 skymiles. Not a great redemption, but KLM would have been 62,500 + $250, so at least I can save some cash.
The phantom award space showing on FlyingBlue is what threw me, although I should have known that FB would be a headache. The flights I booked are on DL metal, but at least it’s an A330 with reverse herringbone and not the 767 product that Lucky hated.
Edited to add: One cool thing about this trip is that I’ll be flying two products that (to my knowledge) OMAAT has never reviewed: SAS new business class and Atlantic Airways.