Old Mar 26, 19, 3:39 pm
Moderator: American AAdvantage, TAP, Mexico, Technical Support and Feedback, and The Suggestion Box
Join Date: May 2000
Location: NorCal - SMF area
Programs: AA LT Plat; HH LT Diamond, Maître-plongeur des Muccis
Posts: 62,654
Flying AA on airline partner (AY, BA, IB etc.) award? Tips & tricks.

I searched for a thread offering insights to those of us using other airlines’ frequent flyer programs, such as those using BA or IB Avios awards to fly American Airlines, which can be significantly “cheaper” in miles “currency”, but haven’t found one. Yet I do recall members using such to fly AA, and there are many questions regarding this topic.

For example, using BA Avios,

The Points Guy’s How to Book Award Flights With British Airways Avios shows the sweet spots booking AA domestic First or mainland - Hawaii flights.

British Airways doesn’t charge surcharges on flights operated by American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and LATAM flights within the United States, to Central America, South America, Mexico, Canada, or the Caribbean. - link to a beginner’s guide to using BA Avios by The Globetrotting Teacher
Go to the BAEC forum or IB forum, etc. for discussions on how to book awards using partner airline awards on AA, of course, but there are tips for these AA denizens using “foreign” miles to book AA (MileSAAver inventory only, not AAnytime) awards.

Another tip was posted by guv1976 in the Iberia - Iberia Plus forum about using Iberia Avios to fly AA.

Originally Posted by guv1976 View Post
Last Summer, I used Iberia Plus Avios to book a four-segment redemption ticket on AA for travel wholly within the U.S. Because this was a zero-fare ticket with no carrier surcharges, the ticket was exempt from U.S. Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs). Nonetheless, Iberia charged me $18.00 in PFCs ($4.50 x 4).

Based on other posts here on FlyerTalk, it appears that Iberia has been doing this for some time.

Following a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Iberia has agreed to refund the $18.00 that was improperly collected, is awarding me 10,000 Avios as an apparent customer-service gesture, and is investigating how the error occurred.

If you have improperly been charged U.S. PFCs on zero-fare, zero-carrier-charge Iberia Plus redemption tickets, you may now be able to recover those fees by complaining to Iberia and/or the U.S. DOT. Keep in mind, however, that only redemption tickets with a zero fare and no carrier charges are exempt from PFCs. If you redeem IB Plus Avios for a ticket from the U.S. to Europe on any carrier, there will be carrier charges on such a ticket, and the ticket will not be exempt from PFCs.

Iberia Plus Avios can provide excellent value on short- and medium-distance roundtrips on AA within North America, especially those that require connections. Be aware, though, that Iberia does not permit any changes or refunds on redemption tickets for travel on AA.
JDiver is offline