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Old Apr 30, 13, 10:31 am
  #1126
 
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Originally Posted by LonghornDXB View Post
Booking 2 itineraries and placing them on hold can mean the earlier itinerary gets canceled automatically

However if I have a ticket issued for an itinerary and i create a 2nd reservation for the same travel dates, is there a chance the ticket gets cancelled?
I don't think that an issued ticket can get cancelled like that. If anything, while doing a new reservation, AAgent might say "you already have a ticket around the same time as this new one". He/she may / may not be able to reserve one more seat, but your issued ticket most certainly should not get cancelled.

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Old Apr 30, 13, 2:31 pm
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Originally Posted by tom911 View Post
Depends how much you're going to fly each year. If it adds up to 50K I'd rather have the 100% bonus miles at that level on AA versus the 50% bonus miles at the same level at UA. If you put 25K on each carrier you'll only get 25% bonus miles on both and that would be a major hit. You have to plot out your entire year and see what it might look like, including flights besides DEN-DFW. If you can hit the 50K/Platinum level at AA you're going to build up a lot more miles over time than at the same level (Gold) at UA.

Again, it depends what your projected year end total is. If you can hit 50K on AA to get the 100% bonus miles, you could put everything after that on UA, but you'd only get 25% bonus miles at the lowest elite tier there, in effect losing 75% extra bonus miles you'd be accruing at AA.

Keep in mind challenges are based on points, not miles, so your decision can't be made until you know how many points your fare will accrue and if you can do it within the challenge "window". If you have projected travel this year, I'd get to the 100% bonus miles at Platinum as quick as I could. Once you start getting 100% bonus miles it's a perk you're not going to want to easily surrender. You may very well find the value there when you look at the extra miles you'd pick up for the year at the Platinum level.

If you're not looking at building up miles for award travel, or things like upgrades, and strictly want the best-timed flight, that might work for you, but just make sure you know what you're potentially giving up.

Thank you so much for your response! It really helps a newbie like me out to hear it from the experience road warriors I don't think I'll hit 50k this year by flying to Dallas every week, and it's hard for me to plan my year out when my travel plans can change at the drop of a dime. However, since I'll be flying to Dallas for the foreseeable future, I think I'll switch completely over to AA and try to accrue as many as I can there. If anything, I'll keep my UA status through next year anyways, and if my travel plans change, I can change accordingly... It's hard to justify a carrier preference > client demands when selecting from limited flight options
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Old Apr 30, 13, 2:50 pm
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Just keep in mind that you can always do some mileage runs or weekend trips if you end up short the 50K - just depends how close you are. If I was projected to be at 40-45K at year end I'd get some extra trips in there just to get the 100% bonus miles at the 50K Platinum level for future travel. Those extra miles can easily be worth more than the cost of a few extra flights.
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Old May 1, 13, 5:56 am
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I don't want to ask about miles and I didn't know where else to put this.

Up until Sunday LHR to NYC fares for end of June were around 390 for a few days (AA, BA, Virgin) but now they have shot up. Any ideas if they will come down? I know nobody has a crystal ball but thought someone may have an idea.
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Old May 1, 13, 6:39 am
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Originally Posted by Dips View Post
I don't want to ask about miles and I didn't know where else to put this.

Up until Sunday LHR to NYC fares for end of June were around 390 for a few days (AA, BA, Virgin) but now they have shot up. Any ideas if they will come down? I know nobody has a crystal ball but thought someone may have an idea.
AA was having a sale from Europe to JFK, back to LHR. Not sure if it's still going on. Maybe see if the folks over at the Mileage Run forum can help you with your fare.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/milea...lhr-471-i.html
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Old May 1, 13, 6:44 am
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Thanks
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Old May 1, 13, 9:37 am
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So I guess I can ask for promo/discount codes in here?


I need one for June 30.


Thanks so much!

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Old May 1, 13, 9:55 am
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PriorityAAccess boarding with non-elite travel companions

My sister is a Qantas Silver/ oneworld Ruby member. My mother is a Qantas Bronze member (ie. non-elite). They both booked seats on an AA roundtrip flight from LAX to Vegas using points. I want to join them for the one way leg from Vegas to LAX. I am an AAdvantage member but non-elite. I don't anticipate having checked baggage or changes so I want to book the cheapest "Choice" fare.

What I'm wondering is, 1) Will my sister have PriorityAAccess when boarding due to oneworld Ruby status? 2) If so, can both my mother and I board at the same time as my sister as her traveling companions? Is there a limit to the number of non-elites who can board saying "I'm with her" for PriorityAAccess?

I haven't booked my flight and none of us have seats assigned yet. Once I am booked, would calling AA directly be the easiest way to make sure we have seats together?

Thanks all.
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Old May 1, 13, 10:28 am
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I have read and then confused myself about the stopover rules.

I am trying to book an AA award and (lets assume) all of the flights are available.... Is this allowed?

PVG is my home and DTW is my destination.

PVG->NRT->ORD->DTW
DTW->ORD->NRT->BKK (STOP 7days) ->PVG

Thanks for any help.
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Old May 1, 13, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by Flyer Sean View Post
I have read and then confused myself about the stopover rules.

I am trying to book an AA award and (lets assume) all of the flights are available.... Is this allowed?

PVG is my home and DTW is my destination.

PVG->NRT->ORD->DTW
DTW->ORD->NRT->BKK (STOP 7days) ->PVG

Thanks for any help.
No. The stopover is only allowed at the North American gateway. In your case that's ORD in both directions.
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Old May 1, 13, 8:00 pm
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Thanks HNL!

I realize now that I got United and AA mixed up I think.
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Old May 2, 13, 4:44 am
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YYZ Question

Dear all - question from a BA refugee...
I'm flying YYZ-JFK on the AA flight that departs 17:40 to connect to a BA flight. They're saying I need to be there the standard 3 hours before despite sitting in 1A.
Can anyone offer advice re sensible time to get there? I don't want to cut it really fine - it's just 3hrs seems a bit steep. I assume there is Fast Track etc but I've never done the TSA pre-clearance routine. Travelling on a UK passport with up-to-date ESTA.
Thanks in advance!
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Old May 2, 13, 11:47 am
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Originally Posted by majoreyeswater View Post
Dear all - question from a BA refugee...
I'm flying YYZ-JFK on the AA flight that departs 17:40 to connect to a BA flight. They're saying I need to be there the standard 3 hours before despite sitting in 1A.
Can anyone offer advice re sensible time to get there? I don't want to cut it really fine - it's just 3hrs seems a bit steep. I assume there is Fast Track etc but I've never done the TSA pre-clearance routine. Travelling on a UK passport with up-to-date ESTA.
Thanks in advance!
I have taken YYZ to DFW flights 3 / 4 times in last 12 months. I can tell you that you really want to give it At least 2 hours. This is so since all YYZ - US passengers have to go through customs and immigration at YYZ. There are about 4 - 6 immigration counters and passengers of All airlines and to all US destinations have to go through them. At immigration, it won't matter at all if you are in 1A or Ex Plat. You will stand in the same line. Looking at the number of people in front of you, there will be times when you would doubt if you would make it in time or not!

Note, above does not apply to any other non-US bound international flight.

Hope that helps!

Cheers!
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Old May 2, 13, 12:39 pm
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Originally Posted by majoreyeswater View Post
Dear all - question from a BA refugee...
I'm flying YYZ-JFK on the AA flight that departs 17:40 to connect to a BA flight. They're saying I need to be there the standard 3 hours before despite sitting in 1A.
Can anyone offer advice re sensible time to get there? I don't want to cut it really fine - it's just 3hrs seems a bit steep. I assume there is Fast Track etc but I've never done the TSA pre-clearance routine. Travelling on a UK passport with up-to-date ESTA.
Thanks in advance!
Originally Posted by fromfall98 View Post
I have taken YYZ to DFW flights 3 / 4 times in last 12 months. I can tell you that you really want to give it At least 2 hours. This is so since all YYZ - US passengers have to go through customs and immigration at YYZ. There are about 4 - 6 immigration counters and passengers of All airlines and to all US destinations have to go through them. At immigration, it won't matter at all if you are in 1A or Ex Plat. You will stand in the same line. Looking at the number of people in front of you, there will be times when you would doubt if you would make it in time or not!

Note, above does not apply to any other non-US bound international flight.

Hope that helps!

Cheers!

And then you have the joy of transferring from terminal 8 to terminal 7 to clear TSA security again. Any chance you can change to one of teh non-stop YYZ-LHR BA services?
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Old May 2, 13, 11:35 pm
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It's been a long time since I flew AA (once upon a time Gold), but I've booked a DFW-SNA leg in a couple of weeks and I can't seem to assign any seat for free. I understand the existence of preferred seats, MCE, etc, but it seems like there should be some seats I can get.

KVS shows this:
[KVS Availability Tool 7.1.8/Diamond - Amadeus Seat Map: 16 May 2013/AA 1951/DFW-SNA/738/Y-Economy]
Code:
     A   B   C   |   D   E   F    
 8   -   +P  -       -   -   -    
 9   +P  +P  -       -   -   -    
10   -   +P  -       -   -   +P   
11   -   +P  -P      -   -   -    
12   -   +   -       -   -   -    [W]
13   -   +   -       -   +   -    [W]
14   +   +   -       -   +   +    [W] [E]
15   -   +P  -       -   +P  +P   [W] [E]
16   -       -       -       -    [W]
17   -       -       -       -    [W]
18   -   -   -       -   -   -    [W]
19   +P  -   -P      -   -   -    [W]
20   -   -   -       -P  -   +P   
21   +P  -   -P      -P  -   +P   
22   +P  -   -P      -   -   +P   
23   +P  -   -P      -   -   -    
24   -   -   -       -   -   -    
25   -   -   -       -   -   -    
26   -   -   -       -   -   -    
27   -   -   -       -   -   -    
28   -   -   -       -   -   -    
29   -   -   -       -   -   -    
30   -   -   -       -   -   -    

[+] Available     [W] Wing       [L] Lavatory  
[-] Unavailable   [E] Exit Row   [U] Upper Deck
[P] Preferred     [|] Aisle
The AA site shows this:


Given that MCE stops at row 17, shouldn't I be able to assign anything behind that for free (i.e. window seats in 19-23)? Am I missing something? I see they are marked as "Preferred" in KVS, but are seats that far back in the plane really "preferred"???

If this really means I can't assign a seat in advance, does that mean I get to hope and pray for a non-middle at check-in? Do they open up all seats for assignment at that point (online check-in) or will I be hosed even longer than that?
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