Planning an award trip on a oneworld airline

Taking a break from Puerto Rico for one day to continue talking about planning a ticket using a oneworld airline.

In previous posts, I talked about basics of frequent flyer redemption 1, basics of frequent flyer redemption 2, how to search of American Airline award tickets, how to redeem American Airline frequent flyer miles for All Partner travel, how to redeem American Airline frequent flyer miles for a oneworld award ticket, open jaws and American Airline one-way award tickets, the magic of the stopover, American AAdvantage reduced mileage awards, best use of British Airways miles, and how to search for oneworld award tickets.

Using those techniques, you can put together some amazing frequent flyer award tickets.  The tools that I mentioned in the how to search for oneworld award tickets will show how many frequent flyer tickets are available for each flight.  However, if you’re planning a more complicated oneworld award ticket you may want to start your search on the oneworld web site.  This site allows you to search the map for where oneworld alliance partners fly.  You will want to change how you search depending on if you’re booking a All-Partner or a oneworld award ticket.  The All-Partner awards have more options in airlines.  You can redeem a oneworld award ticket only with the following airlines: British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malev, Mexicana, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, and S7 Airlines.  You cannot book a oneworld award ticket on Air Pacific, Air Tahiti Nui, Alaska Airlines / Horizon Air, Brussels Airlines, EL AL, Hawaiian Airlines, and Jet Airways (but you can book an All-Partner ticket on those).

If you are searching for an All-Partner award ticket, you can fly on a codeshare flight.  So you can have the checkbox next to “Include codeshares” checked.  If you are searching for a oneworld award ticket, you probably would want to uncheck that box.  If you don’t uncheck it, flights that you cannot book will show up.  They will appear as red lines on the map.  So just know that you can’t book any red lines if you leave them in your search.

After figuring out what flights are valid for your destinations, you would then want to use one of the award searching tools that I talked about to find actual flights that have award availability.

As always, feel free to comment on a post or email me at travelsavvyfamily@gmail.com with any questions.  Happy travels!

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One Response to Planning an award trip on a oneworld airline

  1. BA Chase says:

    Please be aware as to what you sign up for with these Avios credit card programs. What is represented is not fully disclosed as what they can or can’t do.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eymTcghmX3k

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