I recently asked readers for questions and I’ve been working through several with standalone posts.
There were also questions with fairly straightforward answers, and so just like Monday I thought I would combine a few of them into a single post.
You asked these questions, so here are some more answers.
Reader kirax2 asked,
If I spend $10,000 in the first year of card ownership on the Ritz-Carlton credit card, thus earning Gold status for an additional year with RC/Marriott, then cancel the card, will the gold status be canceled as well?
If you earn a year of Gold status it is yours to keep even if you are no longer a co-brand credit card holder.
Reader Gina asked,
Assuming United allows stop overs on a one-way award, why do they insist you use multi-city, which then codes as two different flights for different award costs?
e.g. [Washington DC – Kuala Lumpur 40,000] miles, has stops in Dubai and [Bangkok].
I called to request a stop over in [Bangkok] and was told that I would have to get one flight from [DC to Bangkok] at 40K miles plus another flight from [Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur] for another 17500 miles..
United does not offer a free stopover on a one-way award. They allow a stopover when booking a roundtrip, however. And that’s in addition to being allowed an open jaw at both the origin and destination.
So their routing rules are quite generous. Neither American nor Delta allow stopovers without spending additional miles any longer. Alaska Airlines, however, does allow a stopover on a one way award ticket (but their awards are somewhat limited because you cannot mix and match airline partners on a single one way award).
Reader Robert M Porter asked,
Can you recommend a reputable seller of discount international business class tickets?
Reader promo asked,
AA.com has a promotion codes blank when searching for revenue tickets. I have never heard of them offering these ie 10% off. How, when, and where do they release these, if ever?
American does occasionally email out targeted promotions, there was one recently for European business class tickets. Very few people got it, but it was a great deal.
Mostly the box has been used for meeting discounts. You’d set up a convention and American would give you a code to give to participants for 5% – 10% off of flights in and out of the city during a set of dates around the event. Those would get spread around the internet, some folks used to pretty reliably be able to take 5% or 7% off of most American tickets they booked. They’ve stopped that program.