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BA Seat Selection Issues for AA Flyers - charges, seating, award, etc.

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AA Flyers and Seat Selection on British Airways Operated Flights

Link to FlyerTalk British Airways | Executive Club / BAEC forum guide thread with Wikipost: BA Seating Policy Guide

Link to BAEC forum Dashboard, including seating guides for BA aircraft. Please make enquiries regarding BA aircraft seats in the appropriate thread in the BAEC forum, not here in the AA forum, for better response.

Link to britishairways.com page "Choosing your seat" (policies and how to).

Link to BA Speedbird Club (agent site) seat policy
For Country select "Global"; for IATA number, press on "I don't have an IATA"
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The Passenger should be advised
 
 BA will pre-seat the customer subject to availability & seat requests 
 are never guaranteed and always subject to operational needs
 
 Subsequent seat change 
 
 Should an aircraft or configuration change generate an automated 
 operational seat change that separates the party, the request seat 
 process must be initiated again. The travel agent would need to 
 remove and re-enter the TOGT keyword.
Also from the BA website:

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 Members of the Executive Club and other oneworld frequent flyers are able to 
 reserve seats at different stages, depending on their tier.
 
 Tier Seat selection 
 
 Gold/oneworld Emerald Free seat selection from the time of booking
 for everyone in your booking and friends and family on other bookings, 
 who are travelling with you in the same travel class and on the same flight*. 
 
 Silver/oneworld Sapphire Free seat selection from the time of booking
 for everyone in your booking*. 
 
 Bronze/oneworld Ruby Free seat selection from seven days before 
 departurefor everyone in your booking*. 
 
 *You must be travelling on the booking (or in the case of Gold Members, 
 one of the bookings) for these benefits to apply. They apply to British 
 Airways flights only and are not available on Basic (HBO / hand baggage only) 
 fares or group rate bookings. Exit row seats are not available to Silver or 
 Bronze Members on long haul flights until 24 hours before departure. 
 On some occasions, exit rows seats on short haul flights may not be 
 available in advance due to operational reasons.
Selecting seats can be done via the BA "Manage My Booking" tool (link) which may recognize your AA PNR (you will need your PNR and last name to log on to MMB). If not, you can get your BA PNR by calling AA, or you can go to the Qantas website, enter your AA PNR and you will be presented with your BA PNR.

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Old Feb 15, 20, 3:57 pm
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One thing to consider is whether you'd be willing to pay a few hundred bucks to upgrade to premium economy. As discussed in the following thread, BA offers same-day, space available upgrades at check in. If it's available, and if you're willing to pay it, I think (though I'm not 100% sure) you don't get any credit for any amount you paid previously to pre-select a seat. I also am unsure of the impact (if any) upgrading has on baggage fees. I'm sure someone out there can answer both of these questions.

Airport Upgrades (AUP) promotion 2020 thread
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Old Feb 15, 20, 5:46 pm
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Originally Posted by nerd View Post
I purchased Main Cabin - AA says I have the ability to choose my seats. BA says that even though I have the ability, I still have to pay extra for advance seat assignments. Am I interpreting this correctly?
Yes.

Main Cabin includes checked bag -- Will there be any additional fees for the bag, the way there are with the seat assignment?
No.

Should I cancel and book AA Basic Economy, and then suck it up and pay BA's baggage fee and seat assignment fee (which I'd be paying anyway in order to get a seat assigned outside the 24h window)?
Probably not.
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Old Feb 15, 20, 7:27 pm
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Three different AA agents have given me 3 different answers about whether Main Cabin gives me an advance seat assignment.

It's as if no one has ever worked a reservation where AA has sold a ticket on a BA flight
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Old Feb 15, 20, 9:19 pm
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Three different AA agents have given me 3 different answers about whether Main Cabin gives me an advance seat assignment.

It's as if no one has ever worked a reservation where AA has sold a ticket on a BA flight
Airlines have gotten really greedy. They go as far as to perform misleading advertising, as it appears to be the case here.
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Old Feb 15, 20, 9:39 pm
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BA charges for seat selection, even in J (Club World), the only cabin that gets free advance seat selection is First (though 1A/K is blocked for Gold/OWE). Besides First only BA Gold/OWE gets free seat selection at booking in all cabins, there's many a thread/post about this on the BA forum that debate the pros/cons of this policy. In short my read on it is that it breaks down along status lines, those who have Gold/OWE like this arrangement, especially in J since BA has only a couple J seats that don't suck on each plane, and it means that those booking late (and paying the most) or are Gold/OWE often can select the better seats. BA also has 'theoretical seating' where they block seats next to Gold/OWE pax to try and keep the adjacent seat empty. Personally, I like the BA system as it has benefited me but if I was not OWE pretty sure I'd not like it . Moral of the story is if picking your seat ahead of time is important to you and you do not want to pay for you seats then you might want to avoid BA, AA has a number of their own flights from JFK-LHR to pick from.
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Old Feb 15, 20, 9:51 pm
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So when the AA Agent tells me there is a process where AA can secure me a BA advance seat assignment, since it is Main Cabin and not Basic Economy, are they just mis-informed/pulling rules out of their nether regions?
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Old Feb 15, 20, 9:55 pm
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Originally Posted by nerd View Post
I have booked JFK-LHR/EDI-LHR-JFK purchased on AA.com
1) JFK-LHR is codeshare on BA metal
2) EDI-LHR-JFK are BA flights

I purchased Main Cabin - AA says I have the ability to choose my seats. BA says that even though I have the ability, I still have to pay extra for advance seat assignments. Am I interpreting this correctly?
Main Cabin includes checked bag -- Will there be any additional fees for the bag, the way there are with the seat assignment?

Should I cancel and book AA Basic Economy, and then suck it up and pay BA's baggage fee and seat assignment fee (which I'd be paying anyway in order to get a seat assigned outside the 24h window)?
AA forum master thread--> BA Seat Selection Issues for AA Flyers - charges, seating, award, etc.

Many threads on BA seating policy. You pay for (pre) seat selection even on BA business class, unless mid top level status.
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Old Feb 15, 20, 10:00 pm
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi View Post
AA forum master thread--> BA Seat Selection Issues for AA Flyers - charges, seating, award, etc.

Many threads on BA seating policy. You pay for (pre) seat selection even on BA business class, unless mid top level status.
So then why am I paying AA for advance seat assignment when I can't get one?
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Old Feb 15, 20, 10:16 pm
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Originally Posted by nerd View Post
So then why am I paying AA for advance seat assignment when I can't get one?
In this instance, booking on a BA codeshare, what you're paying for with main vs basic is that your ticket is changeable (with fee) vs basic where what you book is what you must fly and no changes are allowed. I'd agree with you that AA could be more transparent in this, especially in this case where this is one of their closest partners and they have a JV. The seat selection page on the booking flow on aa.com tells you that you need to contact BA to get seats but is silent on the fact that said seats may come at a cost.
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Old Feb 16, 20, 8:07 am
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They could be more transparent, or, they could just *not* charge you for a seat assignment when your ticket does *not* include one.
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Old Feb 17, 20, 4:36 pm
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Originally Posted by ryan182 View Post
BA charges for seat selection, even in J (Club World), the only cabin that gets free advance seat selection is First (though 1A/K is blocked for Gold/OWE). Besides First only BA Gold/OWE gets free seat selection at booking in all cabins....
Not just Gold/OWE according to BA itself:

Tier Seat selection

Gold/oneworld Emerald Free seat selection from the time of booking
for everyone in your booking and friends and family on other bookings, who are travelling with you in the same travel class and on the same flight*.

Silver/oneworld Sapphire Free seat selection (excluding exit row seats on long haul flights) from the time of booking
for everyone in your booking. Exit row seats on long haul flights can be selected for free from 24 hours before departure*.

Also according to BA Flex Plus seats are free.
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Old Feb 4, 21, 5:52 pm
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Hi Everyone - came across this thread and wanted to double check the current policy. I booked business class using American miles and is it true I cannot select a seat on the BA segment without paying extra? It will just be assigned to me at some point?

I don't have any status with AA / BA.

TIA!
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Old Feb 4, 21, 6:59 pm
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Originally Posted by tstauck View Post
Hi Everyone - came across this thread and wanted to double check the current policy. I booked business class using American miles and is it true I cannot select a seat on the BA segment without paying extra? It will just be assigned to me at some point?

I don't have any status with AA / BA.
That is partly correct. You cannot select seats on the BA flight,until online check in opens. Once check in opens, you can select a seat without charge

BA's policy can be found at https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...ving-your-seat
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Old Feb 5, 21, 12:20 pm
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Originally Posted by Dave Noble View Post
That is partly correct. You cannot select seats on the BA flight,until online check in opens. Once check in opens, you can select a seat without charge

BA's policy can be found at https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...ving-your-seat
Great, thank you!
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Old Jul 3, 21, 3:07 pm
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I've got a BA flight booked next month LHR-SEA in business class. I've recently obtained AA Platinum Status. But BA isn't seeing my AA status, and so is trying to charge me for seat selection. When I call BA and talk to them they aren't able to see my OWS status. Any suggestions on what I need to do? I've already had BA try removing and re-adding my AAdvantage number.

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