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Question DetailsAsked on 4/7/2015

I am trying to buy airline tickets to fly from Detroit to Amsterdam on Delta. Can i use frequent flyer miles?

I need two senior tickets and will fly to Amsterdam in mid January 2016, returning from Amsterdam to Detroit about 35 days later. The reason that Delta will probably be the carrier I fly is that I do have Skymiles and it is a hub for our area. However, for the second ticket I probably will have to pay for the roundtrip. Are there specific sites or email alerts that would help us? I can wait until 6 months ahead of time to book but would rather start the process now before prices - as they usually do - go up. Before traveling we will have purchased 30 day Eurail passes, and some city specific passes, that if they are combined with air flight deals, might keep the purchase more reasonable. However, I can't combine the flights with hotels unless the two bookings I made through Trip Advisor and Hipmunk qualify. No car rental is needed once we get to Europe. Is there something else to consider in purchasing the airline tickets? I do have several other loyalty programs which aren't helpful.

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I don't recall ever having seen anything about senior discounts when using miules - but maybe.

Sounds to me like you need a good travel agent familiar with european vacation pacakages - because a good agent can typically save you a BUNDLE on complex trips, especially using tour packages and Eurorail passes and such. Our agent typically saves us out $35 agent's fee in daily (hotel, car) costs alone - and saves us up to about 30% off tickets many times as well. We even use her for mileage travel because her system will commonly bring up economy fare or mileage seats during prime travel time when all we see on the airrline website is redeye flights or no seats at all.

The other thing agents can do readily which you might notbeable to reasonably see is back-door tickets - where by routing you through a different hub, although it might be adding a leg to the flight, can sometimes save you up to 50-75% or so off a ticket cost by going through a hub that the airline is pushing as a new route, or discounts the price on because it is a route without as many passengers as they want or because they are in a fare war with another airline. Very useful for cross-country and international flights.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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