What's the advantage to early check-in, now?

 
Old Jun 20, 08, 11:34 am
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What's the advantage to early check-in, now?

I've been off planes for a year, and just now getting back in the seat. (my new company repurchased my Plat status to bridge me, and I'll requalify on my own this year)

In the old days, OLCI at the 24 hr mark was important to improve chances for upgrade.

What would be the benefits (if any) now to an early online check-in? Especially if one's upgrade has already cleared prior to 24 hours?

Any benefit related to OLCI time, for priority handling in standby or irregular ops? Or is that completely status based?

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Old Jun 20, 08, 11:46 am
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I believe the only benefit is priority within elite class for standby or IRROPs.
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Old Jun 20, 08, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by MileageGoblin View Post
I believe the only benefit is priority within elite class for standby or IRROPs.
Yup. On the t.v. screens at the gates it says upgrades will be based on:

1. AAdvantage status
2. Check-in time
3. Operational needs
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Old Jun 20, 08, 11:53 am
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I've seen differing answers in other posts, because I thought that check in time still mattered for standby as well.

The Wiki states that standby is based, in part, on when you are added to the list:
http://www.flyerguide.com/wiki/index...y_%28AA%29

So... is the Wiki wrong?
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Old Jun 20, 08, 12:01 pm
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Originally Posted by 777-DCA View Post
Yup. On the t.v. screens at the gates it says upgrades will be based on:

1. AAdvantage status
2. Check-in time
3. Operational needs
But #2 doesn't apply for upgrades now. Upgrades are based on original request. That list only applies directly for Standby.
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Old Jun 20, 08, 1:32 pm
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Originally Posted by MileageGoblin View Post
But #2 doesn't apply for upgrades now. Upgrades are based on original request. That list only applies directly for Standby.
Hmm, interesting. I guess I read it wrong......could swear it said for upgrades.
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Old Jun 20, 08, 1:43 pm
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Originally Posted by 777-DCA View Post
Hmm, interesting. I guess I read it wrong......could swear it said for upgrades.
It does say that; it's just not correct. The text on the screens didn't change when the upgrade airport list ordering method did.

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They need to amend the screens to say:

2. Check-in time / Original request
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Old Jun 20, 08, 2:09 pm
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i just thought it was listed alphabetically
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Old Jun 20, 08, 2:11 pm
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[QUOTE=kbins;9911754]I've been off planes for a year, and just now getting back in the seat. (my new company repurchased my Plat status to bridge me, and I'll requalify on my own this year)QUOTE]

How does THAT work (a company buying status for an employee)?
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Old Jun 20, 08, 3:42 pm
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[QUOTE=jpzeller;9912632]
Originally Posted by kbins View Post
I've been off planes for a year, and just now getting back in the seat. (my new company repurchased my Plat status to bridge me, and I'll requalify on my own this year)QUOTE]

How does THAT work (a company buying status for an employee)?
It happens. Typically only for companies with discount deals with AA. My company has one and this is possible for us. However, typically the people that would qualify for this program don't need it because they fly enough anyway.

Very few rules are set in stone for large customers of AA

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Old Jun 20, 08, 3:47 pm
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our it could have just been the plat buy-back if the OP had qualified for plat two years ago.
No reason a company shouldn't provide non-cash compensation to please an employee (not taxed, so cheaper)
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Old Jun 20, 08, 4:06 pm
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our it could have just been the plat buy-back if the OP had qualified for plat two years ago.
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That. They let me expense the $600 for the buy-back.

I didn't qualify last year - took a year off to be with my kids - but this new job will have me travelling enough that I don't want to have to re-earn it from scratch (well, from Gold anyway).

Thanks, folks. I knew the experts here would have an answer.
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Old Jun 20, 08, 5:15 pm
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I still do it, only for the potential benefit to standby (which I do frequently enough inside 12 hours that it's worth the effort to ensure I've done OLCI as close to 24 hours prior as possible).

As a side note, since they've changed the upgrade rules I've missed a couple that probably would have cleared otherwise--not terribly happy with the situation but there's nothing I can do about it. It would be worse if I weren't EXP.

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Old Jun 20, 08, 5:52 pm
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
i just thought it was listed alphabetically
Speaking of which, on a recent trip, my wife alerted me to an unfortunate name on either the standby or upgrade list:

SHI /T

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