Standby for flight with different routing?

 
Old Oct 12, 09, 2:02 pm
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Standby for flight with different routing?

I am booked on the JFK-SEA nonstop in a few days, but I'd really like to rack up some extra miles. Is it possible to standby for a JFK-LAX-SEA or JFK-DFW-SEA on the same day? Would the check-in kiosk give me such an option, and would both legs be confirmed at the same time?

My guess to these questions is no, but in that case, could I do this by paying the $50 same-day change fee (assuming there is space)?
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Old Oct 12, 09, 2:07 pm
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Originally Posted by HedgeFundie View Post
I am booked on the JFK-SEA nonstop in a few days, but I'd really like to rack up some extra miles. Is it possible to standby for a JFK-LAX-SEA or JFK-DFW-SEA on the same day? Would the check-in kiosk give me such an option, and would both legs be confirmed at the same time?

My guess to these questions is no, but in that case, could I do this by paying the $50 same-day change fee (assuming there is space)?
It depends on the fare rules for your ticket.
See also the AA Wiki:
http://www.flyerguide.com/wiki/index...andby_%28AA%29
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Old Oct 12, 09, 2:47 pm
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Originally Posted by miamigrad View Post
It depends on the fare rules for your ticket.
See also the AA Wiki:
http://www.flyerguide.com/wiki/index...andby_%28AA%29
Are you sure it depends on the Fare Rules?

For domestic, I've been able to Standby with routing changes several times, even when the fare code I've been booked into is Zero'ed out.

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Old Oct 12, 09, 2:54 pm
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Would they even allow the LAX-SEA on the Alaska operated codeshares?
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Old Oct 12, 09, 3:04 pm
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Originally Posted by demkr View Post
Would they even allow the LAX-SEA on the Alaska operated codeshares?
That;s true, and if you really wanted some miles, then a JFK-ORD-DFW-SEA would be a better more painful solution. ;-)

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Old Oct 12, 09, 3:26 pm
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Originally Posted by HedgeFundie View Post
I am booked on the JFK-SEA nonstop in a few days, but I'd really like to rack up some extra miles. Is it possible to standby for a JFK-LAX-SEA or JFK-DFW-SEA on the same day? Would the check-in kiosk give me such an option, and would both legs be confirmed at the same time?

My guess to these questions is no, but in that case, could I do this by paying the $50 same-day change fee (assuming there is space)?
As stated above, you will have no chance on the SEA-LAX AS operated flight. The best way to change from the nonstop to a connection is to ask the TA at check in. It is likely that your fare rules will dictate a non-stop, especially since SEA-JFK has been discounted heavily for the non-stop recently and it is usually the cheapest option. However, even if that is the case, the TA may reticket you (I get the impression that they do this for me because I am EXP, but not really sure how much status comes into it).

In my experience, the only way a TA will be sympathetic and help you out with a reroute during standby is if there is a good reason for it. If you tell them you need to get home earlier and suggest an itinerary that does so (i.e., show up at the airport significantly earlier), they will be much more tolerant than if you tell them you want to get a longer flight that gets in later. For example, YMMV, but you may have a hard time trying to convince them to change you from the JFK-SEA 5:10-9:00 to the JFK-DFW-SEA 5:15-11:55.

Another thing that will go against you is that there are not too many connections out of JFK, especially without going via California and connecting on AS. Showing up early at LGA will give you more options (or requesting a same-day confirmed departing LGA). I have successfully flown standby LGA-DFW-SEA on a JFK-SEA ticket when it got me into SEA significantly earlier.
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Old Oct 12, 09, 4:33 pm
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Beerup, I think I will try your suggestion of LGA-DFW-SEA

When I get to LGA, would the kiosk be smart enough to show me that routing as a standby option, or would I have to ask an agent?

Thanks for the advice.
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Old Oct 12, 09, 6:12 pm
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Originally Posted by burtonmadness View Post
That;s true, and if you really wanted some miles, then a JFK-ORD-DFW-SEA would be a better more painful solution. ;-)

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nah, JFK-ORD-AUS-DFW-SEA. that's gotta break the fare rules ...
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Old Oct 12, 09, 7:20 pm
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Originally Posted by burtonmadness View Post
Are you sure it depends on the Fare Rules?

For domestic, I've been able to Standby with routing changes several times, even when the fare code I've been booked into is Zero'ed out.

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Fare rules, not fare code.

The fare rules set out whether connections are permitted and, if so, what cities are legal connections. Some fares are also airport specific. In this case, as noted elsewhere, JFK-SEA may be airport specific and may not allow connections since it is really targeted at competing with the B6 nonstop. Still, no harm in trying but you'll have better luck with confirmed standby rather than otherwise. There's always the story about one of my friends/coworker/client will be at DFW and I'd like to connect there so I can meet with them. Sounds much better than I want more miles or I'd rather fly longer just to avoid the 757.
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