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July 10, 2004 at 7:46 am #295Big VMember
This is something I didn’t know about before I came down and now I cannot get credit for them….you must have an account open with American Airlines (aa.com), before you fly. Since I’ve never really flown much, I didn’t know anything about it until after I arrived. And remember to save your ticket stubs tooJuly 10, 2004 at 12:26 pm #2080
Actually get both an american and a United card as the program can use either airlineJuly 12, 2004 at 11:06 pm #2081HunterReavesMember
Hey, guys –
Just signed up for both American and United. Any others I should get? I already have US Air and Northwest.
Is there any trick to getting these miles, or will they automatically be credited to my account?
Also: any idea how far it is from NYC to Christchurch?
HunterJuly 13, 2004 at 12:46 am #2082MightyAtlasModerator
Doubt if you’ll need any other frequent flier programs. These days nearly all airlines have agreements with one another, especially with international carriers.
As soon as you receive your tickets from RPSC call the airline, give them your FF number, and get a seating assignment. Flights fill-up fast. Of course, you can always give them your number when you check-in at the ticket counter.
Mileage wise, I went to the website: http://www.webflyer.com/travel/milemarker/ and figured NYC-LAX-AKL-CHC and it came out to 9433 miles. After that, it’s 2400 more down to McM.
Hope this helps. Safe travels.
atlasJuly 13, 2004 at 4:18 am #2083
When getting your seats check out this website to find out if you have good or bad seats.
this brings you to a United boeing 767-300, but you can scroll around to find the plane you are flying on.
mikeJuly 13, 2004 at 11:37 am #2084TzcMcMurdoMember
The flights are apparently upgradable as well. I’m going to be cashing in some miles and try to get bumped up to business class. Went to New Zealand last year and it made all the difference.July 13, 2004 at 9:44 pm #2085
were you able to upgrade with just the miles from one NZ trip. I tried upgrading to first class once and found I needed an incredible amount of miles. I saved them for a domestic flight instead. Let us know how many miles you need to upgrade.July 19, 2004 at 2:28 am #2086willKeymaster
The biggest tip from me is to KEEP THOSE TICKET STUBS AND BOARDING PASSES!!! I had a hassle trying to get my miles, because when I checked-in, the lady didnt know how to swipe American Airlines miles (code-shared with Qantas).
Amy B.July 24, 2004 at 11:30 am #2087TzcMcMurdoMember
I called American last night…looks like you cannot upgrade miles on codeshare flights (which is what the flight to Auckland is on Qantas). Oh well, 24 hours in coach won’t be that bad…especially since you get about 6K miles for the LA to Auckland leg…
Looking forward to seeing and meeting everyone there.July 27, 2004 at 9:52 am #2088
Got my ticket info today. It looks like we are flying American Airlines again this year
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