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Old Aug 20, 06, 6:31 pm   #1
 
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What does aircraft type CHG mean?

I am looking at booking a return from EZE shortly after Jan 1, 2007 and this is what comes up as the equipment on the various flight options.

Carrier Flight
# Departing Arriving Aircraft
Type Cabin Travel
Time
City Date & Time City Date & Time


15 hr
25 min

AMERICAN AIRLINES
996 EZE
Buenos Aires 01/03/2007 10:30 PM DFW
Dallas/ Fort Worth 01/04/2007 06:18 AM 763 Economy
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AMERICAN AIRLINES
1439 DFW
Dallas/ Fort Worth 01/04/2007 07:49 AM SAN
San Diego 01/04/2007 08:55 AM S80 Economy
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17 hr
46 min

AMERICAN AIRLINES
908 EZE
Buenos Aires 01/03/2007 10:55 PM DFW
Dallas/ Fort Worth 01/04/2007 09:55 AM CHG Economy
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AMERICAN AIRLINES
465 DFW
Dallas/ Fort Worth 01/04/2007 10:36 AM SAN
San Diego 01/04/2007 11:41 AM S80 Economy
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19 hr
0 min

AMERICAN AIRLINES
908 EZE
Buenos Aires 01/03/2007 10:55 PM DFW
Dallas/ Fort Worth 01/04/2007 09:55 AM CHG Economy
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AMERICAN AIRLINES
1815 DFW
Dallas/ Fort Worth 01/04/2007 11:48 AM SAN
San Diego 01/04/2007 12:55 PM S80 Economy
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Old Aug 20, 06, 6:48 pm   #2
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CHG means change which should only appear if you have a single flight number for 2+ actual flights (of different a/c types).
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Old Aug 20, 06, 6:53 pm   #3
 
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Specifically, AA908 on those dates flies EZE-MIA on a 777, then MIA-DFW on a 737.
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Old Aug 20, 06, 6:53 pm   #4
 
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CHG = Change, as in change of aircraft. Flt 908 operates EZE-MIA as a 777, then continues as Flt 908 MIA-DFW as a 738.
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Old Aug 20, 06, 8:41 pm   #5
 
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Which really is not a huge issue .. since you have to clear US Immigration/Customs in MIA .. you will be getting off the plane and then thru formalities .. recheck your luggage.. reclear security and go to the new gate.

Where CHG becomes a pain is someplace domestically where you think you are on AA12345 from A to C with a stop in B.. only to find out you are on one plane from A to B and then another from B to C.

In your case .. it really means minimal as you have to get off the plane anyhow.
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Old Aug 20, 06, 8:57 pm   #6
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CHG = Indicated change of aircraft, also often a "Change of Gauge" here. A slick way of also depriving you of some miles, as if you had though you'd get DFW-MIA-EZE miles, you won't; you will only earn as if you were flying DFW-EZE.

AA used to have (AA38) a SFO-DFW share flight numbers with the DFW-ZRH flight - even though they were both 763s, one changed aircraft in DFW - but iles awarded were only as if there were a nonstop SFO-ZRH. At least there wasn't the insult of changing from a 777 to a Mad Dog or Trireme for ~four hours. (True mileage-gobbling FTers would probably book a different SFO-DFW flight to get full miles.)
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Old Aug 20, 06, 9:30 pm   #7
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(True mileage-gobbling FTers would probably book a different SFO-DFW flight to get full miles.)
Not always. Sometimes it is an advantage - eg if on mileage limited ticket (paid or award), or if restricted in the number of flight segments allowed.
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Old Aug 21, 06, 2:04 am   #8
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Not always. Sometimes it is an advantage - eg if on mileage limited ticket (paid or award), or if restricted in the number of flight segments allowed.
Of course, it hurts if you want an internatlional FC or BC seat all of the way.
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