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Old Jan 25, 08, 1:24 pm
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AA Plat from ORD to LHR on BA

I don't fly much these days but still a Plat (3 million lifetime), my wife and I are taking some college kids to the UK on BA at spring break. Do Plat's still get use of the BA lounge at ORD? In the good old days the BA lounge employees were always great about getting us some kind of upgrade even if only to economy plus. Thanks
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Old Jan 25, 08, 1:31 pm
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AA Plat = oneworld Sapphire, which gives lounge access with some restrictions.

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Old Jan 25, 08, 2:20 pm
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Good luck with the upgrade bit. Even in my EXP days, BA always treated me as self-loading cargo other than specifically mandated oneWorld partner benefits (such as lounge access). Hope your experiences continue to be better!
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Old Jan 25, 08, 2:22 pm
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You and your wife can use the BA business class lounge (probably a Terraces - dont get too excited). The kids are out of luck as you are only allowed one guest. You can try to getting the kids in but i wouldnt hold my breath. Upgrade isnt going to happen (unless coach is very oversold and BA has very few of its own elites on the flight)
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Old Jan 25, 08, 2:36 pm
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There are both a Terraces and a BA First lounge at ORD. Compared to lounges at LHR, they are nothing special. The terraces is still miles ahead of the AC's.
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Old Jan 25, 08, 3:16 pm
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Originally Posted by Efrem View Post
Good luck with the upgrade bit. Even in my EXP days, BA always treated me as self-loading cargo other than specifically mandated oneWorld partner benefits (such as lounge access). Hope your experiences continue to be better!
What more is there to expect?

BA provides the benefits that go with OW Sapphire / Emerald pretty well

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Old Jan 25, 08, 7:19 pm
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What more is there to expect?

BA provides the benefits that go with OW Sapphire / Emerald pretty well

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I got exactly what I was promised and have no complaints. However, the quoted post discussed operational upgrades on BA for AA elites. I have never gotten one, nor has a BA agent ever suggested that I'd be in the running for one. They have told me that those go only to BA elites; that OW status counts for nothing in that regard.
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Old Jan 25, 08, 8:27 pm
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My expectations are that the airline will get me there in the cabin that I have paid for. My status usually will get me a reasonable seat location. As long as they don't muck around with my preselection I'll be happy.

Upgrades are as much a function of routing and season as the airline. Having said that AA has been very good when using the 500m coupons even at the airport with weather issues. AA were very generous to my son after a scheduling fiasco out of LEX into ORD. BA and CX have occasionally been very generous... But I try to book WT+ on BA. QF never offers anything but ODUs sometimes work if you have the (large number of ) miles in your account.

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Old Jan 25, 08, 10:36 pm
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Fred, I am going to sound really stupid is WT+ world traveler +? I assume this is some kind of economy plus? I got all 75% of my lifetime miles with an AA unlimited Airpass I bought in the mid 80's and flew about 400k per year (all first thank God), so I am only familiar with AA jargon. BA had the best rate, around $700 w/taxes for spring break much cheaper than AA, but I am sure these were lowest economy.
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Old Jan 26, 08, 3:37 am
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Fred, I am going to sound really stupid is WT+ world traveler +? I assume this is some kind of economy plus? I got all 75% of my lifetime miles with an AA unlimited Airpass I bought in the mid 80's and flew about 400k per year (all first thank God), so I am only familiar with AA jargon. BA had the best rate, around $700 w/taxes for spring break much cheaper than AA, but I am sure these were lowest economy.
Hi Kmandrew,

WT+ is a common abbreviation here on FT for World Traveller + ( other lairlines call it Premium Economy) - you get 38-39 inches of pitch between the seats, in a separate cabin in front of economy , 2-4-2 seating compared to 3-4-3 in economy and slightly more recline.

WT+ on the BA 747 is quite good because you are directly behind First class between doors 1 and 2 so the cabin will be quieter ( less engine noise)

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Old Jan 26, 08, 5:47 am
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but i wouldnt hold my breath.
Indeed- BA does not make exceptions to this policy IME even for its own elite members.
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Old Jan 26, 08, 6:34 am
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WT+ on the BA 747 is quite good because you are directly behind First class between doors 1 and 2 so the cabin will be quieter ( less engine noise)
Only on about 50% of the fleet though.
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Old Jan 26, 08, 6:35 am
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Originally Posted by kmandrew View Post
I don't fly much these days but still a Plat (3 million lifetime), my wife and I are taking some college kids to the UK on BA at spring break. Do Plat's still get use of the BA lounge at ORD? In the good old days the BA lounge employees were always great about getting us some kind of upgrade even if only to economy plus. Thanks
There is zero percent chance that BA will give you an upgrade.
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Old Jan 26, 08, 9:59 am
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There is zero percent chance that BA will give you an upgrade.
And yet a 100% chance that they might
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Old Jan 26, 08, 11:53 am
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BA does operational upgrades (which means upgrades required because of overbooking) just like any other airline. They're not crazy, they're not going to leave pax behind while there are empty seats. I have been upgraded on BA in recent years.

BA does not upgrade anyone when not necessary.
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