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  1. I need to buy a ticket to reach my gateway city for a partner flight. Do I need to purchase the ticket first, then ask the reservation person to link my bought ticket with an international award ticket (to get my bags passed on) or can I have the same person who sets up my award ticket also sell me a round-trip positioning flight to the gateway city? I want to avoid having to check my bags twice before leaving the U.S. Also, what’s the best source for info on available award flights on TAM and LAN?

  2. @Frank – you don’t need to link your reservations to through check them, if you are flying on airlines that will interline bags on separate tickets you just show up at the counter with both itineraries.

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