This is why I read Flyertalk!

 
Old Feb 4, 12, 8:27 pm
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: EWR
Programs: AA EXP
Posts: 537
This is why I read Flyertalk!

Last week, I booked a multicity itinerary through Europe on BA. I tried to book online, but with the BA website, it would never let me select an evening flight on one leg. So.... I booked over the phone. Agent asks me for my BA Executive Club number. I replied that I wanted to use an AAdvantage number instead. (I have status on AA, but not on BA, and wanted seat selection, etc.). The response was that that would be fine, but it is easier for him to book the ticket initially with the BA number, since all of the information- name, address, etc. are prefilled. So I give the BA number. At the end of the call, I make sure that he records my AA number. I wait a few hours and check the reservation, once it has been ticketed. No AA number, just BA. Wait another day. Still no go. Call the res line again, ask that it be changed. No problem, I was told. I go back, still no AA number. Call again the next day, same thing.

Then, I remember the trick that I read here about booking Iberia seats- the Finnair reservation site. I call up the reservation, and delete the BA number myself. Two hours later, voila! I can now select seats.

Whoever posted that little bit of info in one of the many threads that I have read, I am quite thankful right now! ^
handspring088 is offline  
Old Feb 4, 12, 8:32 pm
  #2  
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 866
That's insanity.
Father-of-3 is offline  
Old Feb 4, 12, 10:27 pm
  #3  
 
Join Date: Feb 1999
Location: New York, NY, AA 4MM PLT, BA Gold, VS Gold, Hilton Gold, SPG Gold, Marriott Gold, Hyatt Platinum, IHG Platinum, CC Gold
Posts: 1,098
Thanks!

I had forgotten about the AY trick. Just chose seats for my upcoming MFU'd BA flight with my AA PLT status and then changed it back to my BA #.
AAPlatinum is offline  
Old Feb 5, 12, 4:08 am
  #4  
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Overijse( location 50.75 N, 4.52 E ) ; Belgium
Programs: HH diamond(yr 13, >999 nights ), AA Gld for life (1MM),M&M FTL , Sixt platinum; IATA DTTF
Posts: 144
^^ , got to love FT !!
kahuna1993 is offline  
Old Feb 5, 12, 12:10 pm
  #5  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: west of DFW airport
Programs: AA LT Gold 1.9 MM flying my way to LT PLAT
Posts: 11,070
Thanks from me as well!

Just passed my 10th year anniversary on FT. Thanks for all the advice, miles, points, benefits and wisdom.
oldpenny16 is offline  
Old Feb 11, 12, 6:47 pm
  #6  
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: MIA/LAS
Programs: AA Platinum, Hilton Gold, Starwood PLT
Posts: 571
Originally Posted by oldpenny16 View Post
Just passed my 10th year anniversary on FT. Thanks for all the advice, miles, points, benefits and wisdom.
This is the most helpful site on the Internet for travelers, bar none. I love you all.
Panamajon513 is offline  
Old Feb 11, 12, 6:53 pm
  #7  
Suspended
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 2,621
Thanks

Originally Posted by handspring088 View Post
Last week, I booked a multicity itinerary through Europe on BA. I tried to book online, but with the BA website, it would never let me select an evening flight on one leg. So.... I booked over the phone. Agent asks me for my BA Executive Club number. I replied that I wanted to use an AAdvantage number instead. (I have status on AA, but not on BA, and wanted seat selection, etc.). The response was that that would be fine, but it is easier for him to book the ticket initially with the BA number, since all of the information- name, address, etc. are prefilled. So I give the BA number. At the end of the call, I make sure that he records my AA number. I wait a few hours and check the reservation, once it has been ticketed. No AA number, just BA. Wait another day. Still no go. Call the res line again, ask that it be changed. No problem, I was told. I go back, still no AA number. Call again the next day, same thing.

Then, I remember the trick that I read here about booking Iberia seats- the Finnair reservation site. I call up the reservation, and delete the BA number myself. Two hours later, voila! I can now select seats.

Whoever posted that little bit of info in one of the many threads that I have read, I am quite thankful right now! ^
Thanks. FT is for me because it is helpful and sooooo funny occasionallh.
DaddyRabbit is offline  
Old Feb 11, 12, 7:58 pm
  #8  
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: AUS
Programs: AA Plat, DL FO 1.5 MM, Hilton Diamond
Posts: 111
FT is the most useful travel site I have found.
intlflyer is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: