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Award ticket and MCE / Main Cabin Extra or Premium seat: possible? (master thd)

Award ticket and MCE / Main Cabin Extra or Premium seat: possible? (master thd)

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Award Ticket and Main Cabin Extra / MCE or Premium Seat

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Award and MCE & Premium Seat FAQ on MCE, on aa.com: Link

Originally Posted by bdemaria View Post
On aa.com, FAQ on MCE:

Q: Can I purchase the new seat product if I am traveling on an AAdvantage MileSAAver Award ticket or Business Extra PlanAAhead ticket?

A: Elite status members may select Main Cabin Extra seats when traveling on MileSAAver or PlanAAhead Award tickets. However, Main Cabin Extra is not available for purchase by non-elite customers traveling on MileSAAver or PlanAAhead Award tickets.
Q: Can I purchase a Main Cabin Extra seat if I am traveling on an AAdvantage AAnytime Award ticket or a Business ExtrAA Anytime Award?

A: Yes. Main Cabin Extra is complimentary to passengers traveling on AAnytime Award tickets.


On a related note: link

Elite member access (purchased ticket)

Main Cabin Extra seats are complimentary for:
  • AAdvantage® Executive Platinum and AAdvantage Platinum members*
  • oneworld® Sapphire and oneworld Emerald members*
  • Customers who purchase a full-fare Main Cabin ticket
  • Alaska Airlines MVP® Gold and MVP® Gold 75K customers*
  • *and up to eight traveling companions on the same reservation
AAdvantage Gold, oneworld Ruby members and Alaska Airlines MVP® customers* may:
  • Purchase Main Cabin Extra seats for 50% off or
  • Enjoy complimentary access within 24 hours of departure when seats are available
*and up to eight traveling companions on the same reservation

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Old Mar 13, 13, 8:54 am
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Award ticket and MCE / Main Cabin Extra or Premium seat: possible? (master thd)

Is it possible to upgrade a regular saver award in coach to a MCE seat? I'm assuming I would have to call- also does anyone know cost associated with this? (OGG-LAX)

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Old Mar 13, 13, 8:57 am
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From my understanding if you have status you can pick MCE seats for free - and if you don't you can pay the fee - what happens when you try to select your seat online?
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Old Mar 13, 13, 8:57 am
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No, it isn't.

a. Awards can't be upgraded
b. There is currently no differentiation, AFAIK, for MCE in award land anyway.

Cheers.
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Old Mar 13, 13, 9:01 am
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Yes the MCE seats are available just not for awards. I am willing to pay- still not possible?
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Old Mar 13, 13, 9:26 am
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The MCE seats are available if I go through the motions of actually buying the ticket instead of using award- safe to say they are available?
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Old Mar 13, 13, 9:28 am
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Interesting - I didn't realize MCE wouldn't be available for award tickets. Don't remember reading about that anywhere. Interesting because unlike other cabins like CX's Y+ or BA's WT+, MCE isn't really an extra cabin, just a preferred "subsection" within Y.
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Old Mar 13, 13, 9:35 am
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I booked an award flight for a non-status friend, and had no option to select any MCE seats.
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Old Mar 13, 13, 10:02 am
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Originally Posted by kod92 View Post
The MCE seats are available if I go through the motions of actually buying the ticket instead of using award- safe to say they are available?
On aa.com, FAQ on MCE:

Q: Can I purchase the new seat product if I am traveling on an AAdvantage MileSAAver Award ticket or Business Extra PlanAAhead ticket?

A: Elite status members may select Main Cabin Extra seats when traveling on MileSAAver or PlanAAhead Award tickets. However, Main Cabin Extra is not available for purchase by non-elite customers traveling on MileSAAver or PlanAAhead Award tickets.
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Old Mar 13, 13, 10:05 am
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Originally Posted by no1cub17 View Post
Interesting - I didn't realize MCE wouldn't be available for award tickets. Don't remember reading about that anywhere. Interesting because unlike other cabins like CX's Y+ or BA's WT+, MCE isn't really an extra cabin, just a preferred "subsection" within Y.
I just double checked the rules, and it is only available for Elites on awards.
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Old Mar 13, 13, 10:09 am
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Originally Posted by bdemaria View Post
I just double checked the rules, and it is only available for Elites on awards.
At least it's avail for elites on an award basis.
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Old Mar 13, 13, 10:13 am
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Originally Posted by bdemaria View Post
On aa.com, FAQ on MCE:

Q: Can I purchase the new seat product if I am traveling on an AAdvantage MileSAAver Award ticket or Business Extra PlanAAhead ticket?

A: Elite status members may select Main Cabin Extra seats when traveling on MileSAAver or PlanAAhead Award tickets. However, Main Cabin Extra is not available for purchase by non-elite customers traveling on MileSAAver or PlanAAhead Award tickets.
Weird. Details about AA are on AA's website. Whoda thunk it.

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Old Mar 13, 13, 5:09 pm
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Originally Posted by allenh91801 View Post
At least it's avail for elites on an award basis.
I think it is also available for Anytime tickets which code as full fare economy.
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Old Jul 28, 13, 12:14 pm
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AA won't let me book MCE on AS award

I've booked flights on AA using some of my Alaska miles. I'm AA platinum, no status on AS. When I use the AA PNR to choose seats on AA, only the basic seats are available. I called AA and the agent said that I couldn't book MCE because I was on an Alaskan award.

AA says this about MCE on their website:
"AAdvantage elite status members and oneworld equivalents* have complimentary access to these seats and will continue to receive PriorityAAccess boarding as part of your benefits"

I couldn't find anything saying elites lose their privileges on AA if booked using another airlines miles. If they are correct, does that mean I'll have to pay for luggage on the first leg, which is coach while the remaining two are in F. CUR/MIA/LAX/SEA?
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Old Jul 28, 13, 12:16 pm
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Is your AA number in the booking?
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Old Jul 28, 13, 12:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Dave Noble View Post
Is your AA number in the booking?
Yes, it shows up in My Reservations on AA. And as I mentioned, I talked directly to an AA agent about seat selection on the phone.
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