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oneworld and other airline Awards Rules, Information 2015 on

NOTE: New award charts are in place for awards made 22 March 2016 or later.

List of airlines you can use in redeeming awards:

oneworld airlines (and their oneworld affiliates) are:
  • AB - airberlin (and HG - Niki) (but AB ceased operations 2017)
  • AA - American Airlines (and American Eagle)
  • BA - British Airways (and BA Cityflyer, Comair, Eastern Airways, Open Skies, Sun Air of Scandinavia, BA Limited) (incurs high YQ surcharge)
  • CX - Cathay Pacific (and KA - Dragonair)
  • AY - Finnair (and Privilege Style, Flybe Finland)
  • IB - Iberia (and Air Nostrum, Iberia Express) (incurs YQ surcharge)
  • JL - Japan Airlines (and J-Air)
  • LA - LAN (and LAN Express, LAN Colombia, LP - LAN Peru) / LATAM
  • MH - Malaysia Airlines
  • RJ - Royal Jordanian
  • QF - Qantas (and QantasLink, Jetconnect - not Jetstar)
  • QR - Qatar Airways
  • S7 - S7 (and Globus - but excludes far eastern Russia / Siberia)
  • UL - SriLankan Airlines
  • JJ - TAM (LATAM)
Non-oneworld airlines one can redeem (MileSAAver) awards on are:
  • TN - Air Tahiti Nui
  • AS - Alaska Airlines
  • EY - Etihad Airways
  • FJ - Fiji Airways
  • GF - Gulf Air
  • HA - Hawaiian Airlines
  • 9W - Jet Airways (India)
Airlines that can be booked for award travel on aa.com:

oneworld alliance partners
  • AB - airberlin
  • BA - British Airways (awards incur YQ airline imposed surcharge)
  • AY - Finnair
  • QF - Qantas
  • RJ - Royal Jordanian Airlines

Other airline participants
  • AS - Alaska Airlines (not VX - Virgin America at this time)
  • HA - Hawaiian Airlines (ex-Hawai'i, not Mainland - HI)
All other airlines have to be requested by telephone; calling to book awards that cannot be booked online no longer incurs telephone service fees.

Routing assistance, etc.

Check this oneworld interactive map and timetable by Innosked to see potential routes, and you can sign up for British Airways Executive Club or Qantas Frequent Flyer to use their sites to find awards (look for the lowest level awards) you can't see on aa.com. Also see this link to AA.com listing oneworld airlines with information about each.

Originally Posted by JonNYC View Post
(Routings allowed)

Awards may be put on hold for five days. Awards may take time to be verified by the operating airlines. Once approved, they will proceed to a booking queue for ticket issuance; the sooner the trip, the faster the process - and vice versa. See link to thread, below.

Booking for, or changing an award to, travel sooner than 21 days out requires an early booking fee (waived for Executive Platinum members). One can not book farther out, change to closer in and evade this fee any longer (as of 16 Feb 2012)

Booking Business or First awards with JL / Japan Airlines one will only be able to fly in Economy domestically in Japan, but upgrades are quite inexpensive at 1,000 or so per flight.

See more below in "General Rules"

Latest changes:
  • As of Aug 2017, Connections are limited to two connections / three flight segments for domestic awards, and three connections / four flight segments for international awards. Link
  • Nov 2016: MH and 9W can now be used on AA or CX transpacific awards to India subcontinent via HKG in addition to CX
  • May 6, 2016: Regions split (Indian Subcontinent, Middle East)
  • Jet Airways discontinued EWR-BRU as of 27 March 2016.
  • As of 7 April 2014, the "free stopover" discussed can no longer be used as free award stopovers at international North American gateways have been eliminated.
  • Airlines are normally precluded from writing tickets with more than 16 segments.
AA Region Definitions*

Region definitions changed again May 6, 2016. Link

Links and resources:
Updated 14 Mar 2017 by JDiver

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updated 11MAY15 by hillrider. Modified and updated from JonNYC's original post in the archived thread (please feel free to update):

Introduction

There are two types of awards discussed below, AA Awards and oneworld and Other Airlines Awards[/B], which are targeted to passengers traveling to a single destination.

As of 1 October 2010 awards may be redeemed for travel on all British Airways flights, including previously excluded flights between the U.S. and U.K. Note that additional British Airways high YQ surcharges, as well as Iberia's lower YQ surcharges, apply based on class-of-service and market flown: see Earning and redeeming AA miles / upgrading on BA/IB; BA fuel surcharge (Oct 1, 2010)

Award Rules
  • American Airlines Awards are valid for travel on flights that are marketed and operated by AA (no codeshares). These awards can be booked online at AA.com.
  • oneworld and Other Airline awards are valid for travel on AA and any of its partner airlines, and can include travel on multiple partners. Many of these awards must be booked over the phone, and will not incur a Ticketing Service Charge (waived for EXPs in any case) if they cannot be booked online.
  • Up to four one-way awards can be booked on a single PNR.
General Rules, Routing and Connections

Passenger has 4h on domestic / 23h59m international travel to connect. If there are no scheduled flights within this timeframe, regardless of availability, the passenger must take the next scheduled flight but, may not exceed 24 hours. If the connection exceeds 24 hours, it will be considered a stopover may require two awards).

If there is a non-stop flight that departs after the 4h / 23h59m windows and arrives at the destination earlier than a connecting flight within the 4h / 23h59m window, the passenger may be booked on the non-stop flight.

Effective on 14 Jul 2014 on an all-AA-metal award itinerary, you now have up to 18 hours to connect when traveling to/from Hawaii [Ref]

The particular carrier's Maximum Permitted Miles / MPM + 25% on a particular route. (The MPM by itself often exceeds the distance between the origin and destination airports because connections may be required.)

Or, the "most significant carrier" (e.g. DFW-SFO-HKG-BKK, CX SFO-HKG is the prevailing or most significant carrier) must publish a non-constructed fare between your origin and destination.

To price as a single award, AAdvantage requires the most significant carrier to publish a cash fare (non-constructed) between the origin and destination. Airline MSC would have to have a published fare from XXX to YYY that allows travel on all included airlines, and routing that you want. If the MSC only offers constructed fares between your desired origin and destination, AA will price this as two awards.

Stopovers

None allowed.

Partner award inventories

Award booking inventory classes for each carrier in the AAdvantage Award program are listed below and may be useful when on the phone with an AA rep or when checking availability. See also the Award Booking Codes page in the FlyerGuide wiki for updated information.

Code:
 oneworld Partners          First     Business    Economy
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 AA - American Airlines     Z          U           T      
 US - US Airways            O          I           X
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 AB  Air Berlin                       U           X      
 HG  Niki                                                
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 AY  Finnair                          U           X      
 --------------------------------------------------------
 BA  British Airways       Z          U           X     
 --------------------------------------------------------
 CX  Cathay Pacific        Z          U           T      
 KA - DragonAir                                   
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 IB  Iberia                           U           X      
 --------------------------------------------------------
 JJ - TAM Airlines          O          I           X
 --------------------------------------------------------
 JL  Japan Airlines (Intl) Z          U           T
 JL  Japan Airlines (Dom)  Z          D           S
 --------------------------------------------------------
 LA  LAN Chile             Z          U           T      
 XL - LAN Ecuador
 LP - LAN Peru
 4M - LAN Argentina
 --------------------------------------------------------
 MH - Malaysia Airlines     P          U           X      
 --------------------------------------------------------
 QF - QANTAS Airways        P          U           X      
 --------------------------------------------------------
 QR - Qatar Airways         Z          U           X      
 --------------------------------------------------------
 RJ  Royal Jordanian                  U           X      
 --------------------------------------------------------
 S7  S7 Airlines                      U           E      
 --------------------------------------------------------
 UL - SriLankan Airlines                       
 --------------------------------------------------------
 
 Other Partners             First     Business    Economy
 --------------------------------------------------------
 FJ  Fiji Airways                     U           X      
 --------------------------------------------------------
 TN  Air Tahiti Nui                   I           W      
 --------------------------------------------------------
 AS  Alaska Airlines       A                      W      
 --------------------------------------------------------
 LY  El Al Israel          P          X           E      
 --------------------------------------------------------
 EY - Etihad                O          I           N      
 --------------------------------------------------------
 G3 - GOL                              I           X      
 --------------------------------------------------------
 GF - Gulf Air                         P           T      
 --------------------------------------------------------
 HA  Hawaiian Airlines     D                      T      
 --------------------------------------------------------
 9W - Jet Airways           R          D           X      
 --------------------------------------------------------

General Routing Rules

Routing

General Rules

Passenger has 4h / 23h59m to connect (depending on domestic or international travel). If there are no scheduled flights within this timeframe, regardless of availability, the passenger must take the next scheduled flight but, may not exceed 24 hours. If the connection exceeds 24 hours, it will be considered a stopover.

If there is a non-stop flight that departs after the 4h / 23h59m window and arrives at the destination earlier than a connecting flight within the 4h / 23h59m window, the passenger may be booked on the non-stop flight. It is not necessary to check every flight/carrier to ensure passenger is booked on next scheduled flight.

Must meet Married Segment Logic - a prospective trip may be available when searching segment by segment, yet not be bookable through from origin to destination. When selling seats for through flights and the desired inventory is not available, you cannot opt to sell the flight point-to-point. If sold point-to-point, the error response MULTIPLE SEGMENTS FOR SAME FLIGHT - SELL AS ONE SEGMENT will be received, indicating this booking is not allowed. Overriding the error check by ending the PNR twice is not acceptable.

Within North America
  • Awards wholly within North America are valid on all partner airlines that market and operate their own service within North America.
  • Travel between two cities in the United States via Canada/Mexico is not allowed.
  • Travel between two cities in Canada/Mexico via the United States is not allowed.
  • Passenger must travel the most direct routing.
  • Connections of more than 4 hours are considered a stopover unless the passenger is taking the next scheduled flight and it is outside the 4 hours.
  • Any connection of 24 hours is always considered a stopover.
  • Award travel between Hawaii and North America does not include inter-island flights.
  • Inter-island award travel will allow a maxium of 2 flight segments.
North America To/from Other Regions
  • Award travel to/from North America is allowed on any combination of carriers that service the applicable region except as noted below.
  • Passenger must use most direct routing.
  • Hawaiian Airlines is not valid for these awards.
  • As of Oct 1, 2010, British Airways is valid for all routes, including transatlantic flights between the U.S. and U.K.
  • Travel to Europe, Africa and the Indian Sub-Continent/Middle East must be via the Atlantic only.
  • Travel to Asia 1, Asia 2 and the South Pacific must be via the Pacific.
  • Travel to/from Fiji/Papeete cannot be via Australia/New Zealand.
  • Travel to Easter Island (IPC) must be via Papeete (PPT) or use two awards.
  • North American travel to/from Guam or Saipan, the transpacific segment must be on AA.
  • Passenger has 23h59m to connect, regardless of availability.
  • A connection with more than 23h59m will be considered a stopover.
Travel Wholly Within or Between All Other Regions
These awards do not allow a connection via North America and therefore, do not include travel on American Airlines.
  • Passenger must travel the most direct routing.
  • Connecting travel is not allowed outside the region or regions.
  • Passenger has 23h59m to connect, regardless of availability.
  • A connection with more than 24 hours will be considered a stopover.
Travel Via a Third Region

Travel via a third region is not allowed (note the exception table below).

EXCEPTION TABLE:
To/From Via
  • North America to/from Africa can connect in Europe or in DOH if connecting QR-QR
  • North America to/from Indian Sub Continent/Middle East can connect in Europe
  • North America to/from Asia 2 can connect in Asia 1
  • Central/South America to/from Africa can connect in Europe
  • Central/South America to/from Indian Sub Continent/Middle East can connect in Europe
  • Central/South America to/from South Pacific can connect in South America 2
  • South America 2 to/from Africa can connect in DOH if connecting QR-QR
  • South America 2 to/from Indian Sub Continent/Middle East can connect in Europe
  • Europe to/from Asia 1 can connect in Asia 2 or DOH if connecting QR-QR
  • Europe to/from Asia 2 can connect in DOH if connecting QR-QR
  • Europe to/from South Pacific can connect in Singapore or Bangkok only. Note: this may have been updated to include Bangkok, Doha, Hong Kong, Osaka, Singapore or Tokyo.
  • Africa to/from Asia 1 can connect in Asia 2 or in DOH if connecting QR-QR
  • Africa to/from Asia 2 can connect in DOH if connecting QR-QR
  • Indian Sub Continent/Middle East to/from Asia 1 can connect in Asia 2
  • Indian Sub Continent/Middle East to/from South Pacific can connect in Asia 2
  • Asia 1 to/from South Pacific can connect in Asia 2
Regions:
  • Asia 1 = Japan, Korea, Mongolia
  • Asia 2 = Bhutan, Brunei, China, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Saipan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
  • South America 2 = Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile (excluding Easter Island), Paraguay, Uruguay
Travel on LAN direct flights between North America and South America Region 2 are allowed. Currently, only one market, Miami to/from Buenos Aries, has direct service. These can only be booked by the liaisons. Contact support for booking assistance.

For permitted changes and fees, see this post


Resources

NOTE: New award charts are in place for awards made 22 March 2016 or later. See the American Airlines charts here and the oneworld and partner award charts here, both those effective through 21 March 2016 and those taking effect 22 Mar 2016.
Awards assistance tools: Use at your own risk; may not be up to date. These are not recommendations.

  • Check this oneworld interactive map and timetable by Innosked to see potential routes.

  • British Airways Executive Club: You can sign up for British Airways Executive Club, Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank or Qantas Frequent Flyer to use their sites to find awards (look for the lowest level awards) you can't see on aa.com. Can show "phantom" availability.

  • Award Nexus: It's easy to do your experiments for some free browsing (click "more signup options" under the green Purchase button to sign up with your FlyerTalk login info). You might want to run each segment rather than origin to destination.

  • AwardAce: Compare Award Redemptions Across Airlines In Seconds

  • AwardHacker: "a tool we build to tell you how to travel with the least miles"

  • Award Nexus: which can search availability but can't determine cost, with FT member free limited use

  • Economical Excursionist's Tools: compare Frequent Flyer Mile Redemptions

  • ExpertFlyer is a common tool used on FT. There is a $99.99 annual fee, monthly fee and five day trial

  • Great Circle Mapper is useful for calculating distance and MPM (Maximum Permitted Mileage)

  • You can try PEX+ (currently in beta), which will even tell you how many miles you'll need, though it draws data from aa.com and S7 so it can't reveal awards that can not be seen on those sites.

  • Travel Codex Award Maximiser commercial blog

Links to other threads of interest:

MileSAAver / SAAver Award Availability - Help, Assistance & Discussion (consolidated)

Help with British Airways / BA surcharge / YQ (AA award on BA, consolidated)

UK APD / Air Passenger Duty charged for UK departures

Award with available segments not bookable? (Married Segment issues)

MileSAAver / SAAver award reduction / scarcity >= Aug 2011 onward (consolidated)

Ticket or Award status: On Request, Pending, Purchased and Ticketed (consolidated)

Link to archived older posts from this thread.

Thanks and a tip of the hat to aktchi, eponymous-coward, guv1976, hillrider, iztok, JonNYC and others who have contributed to this wiki.

Updated 24 Feb 2016 - JDiver.



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Old Dec 5, 15, 7:32 pm
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I thought so. I informed the agent it was 1 award, but she insisted it was 2 awards (80k points), even when I said it was QR, not EY. I decided to hang up and call again to get someone else, but I wanted to be 100% sure before I did.
Thanks for your post.
That was one of the more recent QR->QR connect-in-DOH 3rd region exceptions, so, it's possible that's why the agent you spoke to was misinformed, rather than anything to do with upcoming changes, if ya know what I mean.

I mean unless there's been some kind of change in the last 3 weeks or so (since TB was been down) but I'd find that extraordinarily unlikely.

Further, but on a more speculative note, I'm hoping/expecting **some** liberalizing of the routing rules for some of the more complex international AAdv awards sometime after the new rates become effective.
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Apologies if this is already answered in here...I looked but didn't see it.

If I'm looking to book a Qantas flight using miles today for something in say October of next year and only business is open today but I'm banking on a first seat, I assume that I'll need to book a first ticket, accept the voluntary downgrade, and take my risks because if I don't and want to upgrade I'll have to upgrade at tomorrow's prices (assuming that upgraded seat frees up after March 22)?

Am I missing something obvious that tells me that's not the case?
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Originally Posted by Animgif View Post
Apologies if this is already answered in here...I looked but didn't see it.

If I'm looking to book a Qantas flight using miles today for something in say October of next year and only business is open today but I'm banking on a first seat, I assume that I'll need to book a first ticket, accept the voluntary downgrade, and take my risks because if I don't and want to upgrade I'll have to upgrade at tomorrow's prices (assuming that upgraded seat frees up after March 22)?

Am I missing something obvious that tells me that's not the case?
I am not sure an AA agent will book a first ticket without any first segments in your itinerary. There is a discussion of this starting at post #718 above.
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I am not sure an AA agent will book a first ticket without any first segments in your itinerary. There is a discussion of this starting at post #718 above.
Thanks, somehow overlooked that post....hrmmm....
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I can at least force it by booking a f'd up routing JFK-LAX and book an F seat, ticket it, and then flip to the flight I want. That might work...if I can get the AAgent to let me do that.
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Waitlist for first class on award travel

Father in law is flying to HKG.
DCA-ORD AA Y
ORD-HKG CX J

Can he waitlist for DCA-ORD first class at gate? If yes how to do it?
Thanks is advance!
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Originally Posted by sjlin0121
Father in law is flying to HKG.
DCA-ORD AA Y
ORD-HKG CX J

Can he waitlist for DCA-ORD first class at gate? If yes how to do it?
Thanks is advance!
No, he can't.

If an F SAAver seat opens up on the DCA-ORD flight, he can call and "upgrade" from Y to F for no additional miles. Or he can look for other DCA-XXX-HKG routings that have SAAver F on the AA leg, and J on the CX leg.
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Seat Assignment on CX with AA Award

Hello -

I've got 2 F tickets from HKG to ORD next year and have been unable to select seats (when I log in to manage my booking on Cathay's website, it only shows 1 seat available for selection).

I've heard that some people have been able to use Qantas site for seat selections. Which record locator would I use? I tried both AA and CX record locators on qantas site and neither worked.

Thanks,
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Well crap, I was looking at award availability on Qantas and figured when I saw EK that it was a viable option, but I guess they're not really in the running. So scratch that off the list.

Any other suggestions for cool ways to burn some AA miles out of DFW with my wife in the next few months? I've spent about 20 hours building out a spreadsheet of possibilities and checking availability on Qantas but feel like I'm maybe missing something ...
Out of DFW I'd be looking at JL's NRT flight. Tons and tons of availability in J, often two seats a flight.
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Hello -

I've got 2 F tickets from HKG to ORD next year and have been unable to select seats (when I log in to manage my booking on Cathay's website, it only shows 1 seat available for selection).

I've heard that some people have been able to use Qantas site for seat selections. Which record locator would I use? I tried both AA and CX record locators on qantas site and neither worked.

Thanks,
Correct - CX blocks seat selection from non-elites.

It is not QF. It is QR site allows you to select seats with CX PNR.
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If I'm looking to book a Qantas flight using miles today for something in say October of next year and only business is open today but I'm banking on a first seat...
I wouldn't bank on a First seat - they're almost impossible to find, and are either (a) snapped up by Qantas' own members as soon as they open, (b) are requested outside of that time by Qantas' own top tier elite members (top tiers can call and ask yield management to release an award seat in any class), or (c) held for last minute upgrades (preference given to top tier elites).

If you can't find an F seat now, the chances of one opening are slim. The same applies for business class, so I'd snap it up if you can find it, and expect to fly in that cabin.
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I wouldn't bank on a First seat - they're almost impossible to find, and are either (a) snapped up by Qantas' own members as soon as they open, (b) are requested outside of that time by Qantas' own top tier elite members (top tiers can call and ask yield management to release an award seat in any class), or (c) held for last minute upgrades (preference given to top tier elites).

If you can't find an F seat now, the chances of one opening are slim. The same applies for business class, so I'd snap it up if you can find it, and expect to fly in that cabin.
Thanks and agree. We're currently booked 1 in F and 1 in J and am just hoping that either (1) another F seat opens up on that same flight (unlikely, I know) or (2) an F seat opens on another US -> AUS route on or about the same date (also unlikely, I know). Really just hoping that SOMEONE's plans change between now and then. We're already booked and ticketed on the same flight, when I said banking on I really meant hoping for.

Although I am currently booked in the F seat, Mr. Animgif is almost certainly going to end up in it if neither 1 nor 2 happens...so this is really all about self-preservation of optionality. It's worth it to me to spend 10,000 extra miles to protect my OPTION of taking an F seat if it opens up instead of passing on it later because I'm not willing go spend 47.5k miles to upgrade from the "old" business redemption rate to the "new" first redemption rate.
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It's worth it to me to spend 10,000 extra miles to protect my OPTION of taking an F seat if it opens up instead of passing on it later because I'm not willing go spend 47.5k miles to upgrade from the "old" business redemption rate to the "new" first redemption rate.
10,000 is a steal but I have doubts you can 'protect' the option unless you somehow find another F seat on some other airline. AFAIK you can't get a ticket issued in a higher class when no segment is in the higher class.

Not sure if you've looked in to this... but JL offers a seasonal F cabin into SYD. Will cost you more miles via Asia, but a top product. Availability on the Tokyo-Sydney has generally been pretty good in F. Perhaps consider both tickets in business class USA-Tokyo connecting to F down to SYD? (assuming you can get the JL suites in business class... the older angled lie-flats are not so great).
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10,000 is a steal but I have doubts you can 'protect' the option unless you somehow find another F seat on some other airline. AFAIK you can't get a ticket issued in a higher class when no segment is in the higher class.

Not sure if you've looked in to this... but JL offers a seasonal F cabin into SYD. Will cost you more miles via Asia, but a top product. Availability on the Tokyo-Sydney has generally been pretty good in F. Perhaps consider both tickets in business class USA-Tokyo connecting to F down to SYD? (assuming you can get the JL suites in business class... the older angled lie-flats are not so great).
Thanks, I had looked at that but didn't find any availability in the range we need (in any class). I was able to get the returns booked into F by having the LAX - JFK leg booked into F (and then gently reminding them that this was a 3-class transcon so they need to book as an F ticket and not a J ticket, which they consistently forget about).

Unfortunately, our outbound to SYD is via DFW originating at LGA, so I can't actually make that work (no way to reroute the flight onto a transcon 3-class). Have tried twice, but haven't been able to convince anyone to do it for me. They all think I'm trying to have them force the ticket to book into an F seat right now.
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Old Dec 9, 15, 6:44 pm
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Correct - CX blocks seat selection from non-elites.

It is not QF. It is QR site allows you to select seats with CX PNR.
Thank you for clearing that up for me. It worked using Qatar Airways.
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