Online standby options

 
Old Feb 5, 14, 11:25 am
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Online standby options

I'm right now in flight to dfw on a flight that left 2 hours before my originally scheduled flight. I had to run from the AC to make it, so I didn't have time to deal with my connection then. I'm looking at the "same day flight change" options on aa.com, and the flight I really want isn't listed at all. It shows one flight that leaves 5 min after my arrival, so barring a delay that's a no go. And it offers one for hours after my existing flight, which obviously doesn't help. Additionally, even for those it says standby is unavailable and only offers a paid change.

Does this mean that I have no chance at all of standing by for the flight I want? Will the AC in dfw be able to help me more, or are there other options I have in-flight (meaning I can't make a phone call)?

In the end, this saved me from an uncomfortably tight connection, so if I have to stick with my original flight it's not the end of the world. But it would be nice to get home sooner...
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Old Feb 5, 14, 12:19 pm
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Standby (free for elites) and confirmed flight change ($75, available to anyone) are very different things.

As an AA Gold you can standby for an earlier flight without a problem, but you must request that at the airport (club is fine). You will clear based on your position on the standby list and the number of open seats. There is nothing you can do now except read up on the differences and the standby process, I suppose. Or just browse FT idly Hope you get home sooner!
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Old Feb 5, 14, 1:53 pm
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Thanks. The AC was indeed able to get me on the list, but my chances aren't looking great. We'll see
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Old Feb 5, 14, 2:52 pm
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For confirmed same day change, E inventory has to be available, which it isn't all the time.
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Old Feb 6, 14, 8:50 am
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I just wanted to follow up on this for the benefit of any other AA newbies who might stumble across this thread.

I did make it home early, with standby on both of my flights. However, on both of them I almost didn't make it, for two different reasons, and I learned a bit in the process.

The first time, I was put on the standby list at the Admirals Club while boarding was already in progress. I ran to the gate (practically right outside the AC), and found that the agent was pulling people from the end of the standby list, with me still showing uncleared at the top. When I brought this up with him, he said he must have already called me, but I'm sure he didn't because I would have been able to hear him on my way over there. I think he just didn't look back up to the top of the list after he'd passed it. In any case, only by getting his attention was I able to snag the very last standby seat on the flight.

On the second flight, there were several people ahead of me on the list, and they called them out the normal way over the PA. Then there was a long delay, and I figured they had finished calling people (strangely the list wasn't showing at all on the screen. I only knew people were ahead of me because the AC agent told me). Another passenger who had been waiting went up to the desk and talked to the agent, from what I could hear, trying to find out if there was any way he could get on the flight. Shortly thereafter, the agent said my name, almost casually, without the PA. Only because I was standing less than 5 feet away was I able to hear him, and go up to get my boarding pass. I try not to be too cynical, but it kind of seemed like he was trying to get the guy in front of him a seat by having me not hear my name and then passing me over...

In any case, I learned: always stay near enough to the desk to hear what's going on, and speak up immediately if it looks like they've passed you over on the list.
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