United Airlines - Difficult Reservation
I had a difficult itinerary: San Francisco to Tashkent, Uzbekistan and return from Tehran, departing Oct.27. I wanted to do this all with Award Miles. I was unable to book SFO-TAS thru any European Gateway city and arrive in Tashkent by 10/29, when my tour would leave. The first part of the trip was ingeniously solved by flying east to west through Seoul, Korea instead of the expected routing thru Europe, ETD 10/28 but still arriving TAS on 10/29!
But the real genius was in finding a way to get back to San Fransisco from Tehran. Lufthansa is about the only way to go and if you try to make a reservation online, there are no seats. Barbara [snip] and her crew did some magic and managed to get me on the precise flights I had requested by splitting my itinerary into two parts and booking each separately. The cost was a small increase in Miles and and cash, which I gladly paid.