Sticker upgrade after rebook into Y booking code

 
Old Oct 12, 09, 11:00 am
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Sticker upgrade after rebook into Y booking code

I have a domestic trip booked in N with 500 mile upgrades requested (as a gold). Shortly after I booked it, there was a schedule change, so I called and got booked on a slightly different flight. The phone agent put in the Y booking code instead of N. Will 500 mile upgrades be deducted for this upgrade if it clears?

The "500-mile Upgrades Required per Person" field in the reservation on aa.com says "2", although it said "0" for a day or two after the rebooking happened.

I ask because I probably won't want to use the stickers for this flight in the end, but I'll stay on the upgrade list if it costs nothing.

I booked the flight about a month ago, the schedule change happened a day or two after the booking, and the flight is in 6 weeks.
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Old Oct 12, 09, 11:33 am
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If the number of stickers is listed in the reservation on aa.com has anything other than 0, then they will be deducted.
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Old Oct 12, 09, 12:00 pm
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The agent rebooked you in Y, because it was probably easier for her. Thats why it showed 0 stickers required for upgrade for a few days. However, audit caught up and changed it to the appropriate inventory. This means stickers will be deducted. Also, you will be earning miles based on original booking code. If your flight was within the two days (when it showed 0 stickers required), you would have likely gotten a free upgrade (0 stickers) if you cleared.
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Old Oct 12, 09, 3:08 pm
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I had this problem back when I was GLD flying STL-SEA after a schedule change. The AAngel at the AC said the agent did not reissue the ticket to the proper inventor. I had requested upgrades but the stickers were pulled.
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Old Oct 12, 09, 3:38 pm
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Originally Posted by AAerSTL View Post
I had this problem back when I was GLD flying STL-SEA after a schedule change. The AAngel at the AC said the agent did not reissue the ticket to the proper inventor. I had requested upgrades but the stickers were pulled.
The AAngel was correct. And the stickers were pulled as they should have been, based on the purchased fare class.

Occasionally, if a ticket gets changed into Y because of irrops or some other change, it might be possible to get upgraded without stickers. But that's not something I would count on.

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Old Oct 13, 09, 10:06 am
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And sometimes 'Y' isn't 'Y'

We were rebooked yesterday on UA for HNL-SFO as the AA flight was canceled. I called and was told that we were rebooked into 'Y'. So, mrs. brp had enough miles in her UA account for two upgrades from 'Y',but not from lower classes.

We were put on the list by a phone agent. At the gate, the GA said that she didn't have enough miles. I mentioned that it had booked into 'Y'. She said that it had booked into 'Y',but she could still see that they underlying fare basis was 'Q'. So, it would seem that the underlying fare basis can hang around in the record in some cases.

(F went out full anyway, so it didn't matter )

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Old Oct 13, 09, 10:19 am
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Originally Posted by brp View Post
We were rebooked yesterday on UA for HNL-SFO as the AA flight was canceled. I called and was told that we were rebooked into 'Y'. So, mrs. brp had enough miles in her UA account for two upgrades from 'Y',but not from lower classes.

We were put on the list by a phone agent. At the gate, the GA said that she didn't have enough miles. I mentioned that it had booked into 'Y'. She said that it had booked into 'Y',but she could still see that they underlying fare basis was 'Q'. So, it would seem that the underlying fare basis can hang around in the record in some cases.

(F went out full anyway, so it didn't matter )

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Does that mean that you flew c-c-c-c-oa.... I can't say it.
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Old Oct 13, 09, 10:21 am
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Originally Posted by brp View Post
We were rebooked yesterday on UA for HNL-SFO as the AA flight was canceled. I called and was told that we were rebooked into 'Y'. So, mrs. brp had enough miles in her UA account for two upgrades from 'Y',but not from lower classes.

We were put on the list by a phone agent. At the gate, the GA said that she didn't have enough miles. I mentioned that it had booked into 'Y'. She said that it had booked into 'Y',but she could still see that they underlying fare basis was 'Q'. So, it would seem that the underlying fare basis can hang around in the record in some cases.

(F went out full anyway, so it didn't matter )

Cheers.
It could be the way agreement is setup between AA and UA regarding rebooking on the other, or UA's systems are more real time (smarter?). But for AA, if it shows 'Y', it is indeed 'Y' until it is changed. AA will change the booking code accordingly only after the audit processes. However, if one is traveling on the day of (or the day after) rebooking, the code will remain Y for sticker purposes. The code will change when it comes to mileage earning. Even if you got the extra miles because of 'Y', it is subject to (and likely will) change. However, I havent heard of any stickers being pulled or experienced that for the only time it happened with me as a PLT. I think, in the end, they will likely the give the stickers back even if they take it after the flight anyways as one could argue that they requested the upgrade only because it was free at the time.
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Old Oct 13, 09, 10:38 am
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Originally Posted by HNL View Post
Does that mean that you flew c-c-c-c-oa.... I can't say it.
Don't start with me, Hawai'i Boy

But, yeah, coach happens.

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Old Oct 13, 09, 11:39 am
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Good grief - the brp's flew onomy! (And now he's givin' you da stink eye, brah!)

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Does that mean that you flew c-c-c-c-oa.... I can't say it.
Yup, sometimes one really lucks out and gets Y bennies for a booking issue like this one, but more often not.
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Old Oct 13, 09, 1:14 pm
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So, it would seem that the underlying fare basis can hang around in the record in some cases.
Yeah, I tried something similar this year when I was rebooked the day of a flight due to a delay. I ended up on a JFK-GRU flight in Y when my original ticket was in Q. I asked three agents to upgrade me, and all three said it was no problem and that no co-pay was required. Then after a minute or two came the "Oh, wait..." and denial.
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