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Old Apr 10, 06, 9:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Fly AA J all the way
Yes, but they are only free for elites. General members must buy the stickers/use ones they earned previously as an elite (as they don't expire).
My bad. My response was poorly worded, but I'll fix it.

My point was that it was not a benefit unique to PLT, but you are right, it is only true for elites. And I guess actually it is only pertinent to PLT and GLD since EXP are already eligible for complimentary upgrades.

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Old Apr 10, 06, 9:43 pm
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Originally Posted by vasantn
In theory, you are correct. But in practice, I have not seen an open elite line recently at JFK, either in T8 or T9.
Hmm. It seemed to be working fine on a Saturday afternoon in February, but then, that's the sort of time one would be least likely to need it (I think I may have been the only person in either line)
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Old Apr 10, 06, 9:49 pm
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Originally Posted by vasantn
In theory, you are correct. But in practice, I have not seen an open elite line recently at JFK, either in T8 or T9.
I've been through T9 a couple times this year around 7 in the morning, connecting to a JFK-DCA flight after arriving in T8, and the elite line has been open every time.
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Old Apr 10, 06, 9:55 pm
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Originally Posted by tom911
I've been through T9 a couple times this year around 7 in the morning, connecting to a JFK-DCA flight after arriving in T8, and the elite line has been open every time.
I guess they must close it up when they see me coming!
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Old Apr 10, 06, 10:00 pm
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Originally Posted by vasantn
In theory, you are correct. But in practice, I have not seen an open elite line recently at JFK, either in T8 or T9.
I saw one about a month ago at T9, and I actually went through it.
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Old Apr 10, 06, 10:03 pm
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Originally Posted by troyintn
They charge the non elites 35- 50 bucks. Also The Y & B clear at the normal time, versus CO & NW will upgrade Y at time of purchase.
If one is going to be purchasing a lot of Y fares, one is probably better off on CO/NW due to this ability to upgrade at time of purchase, with no capacity restrictions. However, there are a lot of routes where fully refundable fares book into the next-lower fare class (H on CO, B on NW IIRC) and the differential to buy up to "Y" is large and often unjustifiable, although there may be "Z" discounted FC fares somewhere between H/B and Y.
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Old Apr 10, 06, 10:07 pm
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Originally Posted by ijgordon
If one is going to be purchasing a lot of Y fares, one is probably better off on CO/NW due to this ability to upgrade at time of purchase, with no capacity restrictions. However, there are a lot of routes where fully refundable fares book into the next-lower fare class (H on CO, B on NW IIRC) and the differential to buy up to "Y" is large and often unjustifiable, although there may be "Z" discounted FC fares somewhere between H/B and Y.

That is true only if these are routes wher AA does not usually offer YUPs, often times less expeinsive than full Y fares.
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Old Apr 10, 06, 10:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Fly AA J all the way
That is true only if these are routes wher AA does not usually offer YUPs, often times less expeinsive than full Y fares.
And capacity constrained, like the "Z" fares on CO, which are probably equivalent to the YUPs.
But there are routes like EWR-LAS where Y is $1100 and A (full F) is $1200, no discounted FC, so being elite saves you $100.
And EWR-FLL/PBI where Y is ~$600 and A is ~$640 -- on that route on AA, you need a YUPP (often limited availability) to match the CO A fare.
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Old Apr 10, 06, 10:14 pm
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Originally Posted by ijgordon
And capacity constrained.

That is very true, but I can't imagine a scenario where YUPs would be more capacity constrained than CO's immediate upgrades on Y fares.
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Old Apr 10, 06, 10:17 pm
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That is very true, but I can't imagine a scenario where YUPs would be more capacity constrained than CO's immediate upgrades on Y fares.
See my revised comments above. There are plenty of times on AA where you'd see something like F4 A0 P0 -- no YUPs. On CO, an elite purchasing a Y fare can upgrade into unrestricted F inventory (A class) -- if there's a seat for sale, it's there for upgrade.
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Old Apr 11, 06, 8:22 am
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Originally Posted by vasantn
In theory, you are correct. But in practice, I have not seen an open elite line recently at JFK, either in T8 or T9.
In about half a dozen trips from T9 at various times of day I have found the elite line to be open every time, and to never have more than about 5-10 people ahead of me. Just my experience.
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Old Apr 11, 06, 8:34 am
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To qualify for this promotion, you must register prior to travel. Simply call our AAdvantage Dial-In(R) system at 1-800-882-8880 or visit http://www.aa.com/offers and enter Promotion Code AA300.

Well, I'd say we figured out the mystery code situation discussed here. Anyone by chance know the 10k Plat code?
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Well, I'd say we figured out the mystery code situation discussed here. Anyone by chance know the 10k Plat code?
AA400 if already Gold and wanting to start Platinum challenge.
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Originally Posted by jmplatinum
AA400 if already Gold and wanting to start Platinum challenge.

So even though I was not targeted, I would now be enrolled in a challenge to get PLT after 10k miles? Also, will this circumvent the fact that I qualified for PLT last year on a challenge, or will this likely not be picked up?
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