I love my Skymiles. There – I said it! And I am proud of that and they are NOT skypesos. Why? I want you to show me another airline that will let you use points to do both a stop over and an open jaw on the same ticket?
I am going try to make a hard to grasp topic simple so bear with me. First some parameters.
Q – what is a stop over?
A – a stop or pause of up to 11 months in your travel.
Q – what is an open jaw?
A – a trip added to the beginning OR the end of you ticket.
Q – how many segments can I have each way of my trip?
A – 4 each way. (8 in total rt but reports are more possible)
Now let’s say you want to go to see fall colors in Paris in October, Florida in January to golf and Utah in March to ski and all 3 places for the price of 2 tickets. How do you do this? Here is how.
Ticket 1 – DTW-CDG-DTW / stop over / DTW-MIA ( open jaw)
[free trip is the middle part the Detroit to Florida & back]
Ticket 2 – ( open jaw ) MIA-DTW / stop over / DTW-SLC-DTW
Ticket 1 cost 100,000 points low level business
Free trip cost nothing
Ticket 2 cost 45,000 points low level business
So do we see what we have done? The first trip you had your Paris vacation and came home. Then stopped, and a few months later went to Florida. End of ticket one. Your next ticket you went skiing. But, before that, you flew home from Florida on the open jaw part, stopped, and then a few months later went on that ski trip. End of ticket two. Clear?
The kool part of this is you are basically getting a free business class trip for ZERO extra miles. Yes this will take work and planning and TIME. But what is 45,000 Skymiles worth to you? Try and play with this and see the value of Skymiles – René
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