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I have a US Airways first class award US-Tokyo with a stopover in Europe (Madrid).
US – Madrid and Tokyo – US are good flights, I am happy with them and intend to keep them. From Madrid to Tokyo I was on MAD-FRA(LAN)-NRT(JAL). When originally booked, I was in JL F on a 777. Then JAL swapped the plane to a 787 with no F. I am thinking of rebooking on oneworld partners that have the first class.
I cannot find availability from Europe to Tokyo directly on my dates on JL, in fact Europe to Japan I only see one BA F LHR-NRT seat, but I don’t want to transit via London or fly BA.
I found two other options on the dates that work for me: 1) MAD-MXP-HKG-CGK-NRT. F is on MXP-HKG (CX) and CGK-NRT (JL). A variant of this is MAD-MXP-HKG-TYO. The last leg would be in C.
2) MAD-ORY/CDG-KUL-CGK-NRT. I like this less than 1) because of the ORY/CDG transfer, although I would like to try MH F on the a380.
Question: Would US allow me rebooking via MAD-TYO via MXP-HKG-CGK given how circuitous it is? Is it any less suspicious if its via KUL-CGK? My total ticket would be 8 segments (currently at 6): two to stopover, four from stopover to destination, two to return. Can someone please let me know MPM for MAD-TYO? Any other advice is welcome. Thank you.
@ bozo — It totally depends on the agent you get. In general I doubt you’ll get away with replacing MAD-FRA-NRT with MAD-MXP-HKG-CGK-NRT, though it all depends on the agent you get. It can’t hurt to try, but I think it’s a stretch. The MPM between Madrid and Tokyo is irrelevant, since MPM would be based on travel between your origin and destination, which is the US and Tokyo in this case.