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

Old Jan 23, 23, 4:15 pm
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Originally Posted by tomj888 View Post
Found a decent price in business class for a summer flight to LHR from LAX. Its all on BA metal but I can code share book on AA. Of course AA will not assign seats. When I went to book on BA, selecting seats added another $350 to the flight. I was going to book on BA and use my AARP discount for an add'l $200 savings. But I checked on AA and I could book for the original price. What I don't know is if AA will assign me seats at N/C. I'm a seat princess, so I don't want middle seats, I want a window. Both flight are on Club suites and every seat has a price cost attached to it. So if I"m going to pay, better to pay on BA, get my exact seat choices, at least as the flights are currently loaded into the schedule than have AA call BA and be told I have to pay. Does anyone know the protocol? thx in advance.
Yes BA does charge for seat assignments, even in business class, but as an EXP / oneworld emerald you are exempt and can select seats for no charge. IME sometimes the BA booking system does not immediately recognize your emerald status right when you book and will still act like you need to pay, however when this happens you can usually go back in shortly after and it will work.
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Old Jan 23, 23, 4:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Geordie405 View Post
Your profile states that you're EXP. If that's true then you'd get free seat selection at the time of booking. You'd need to select your seats on BA's website using their PNR and not the AA record locator, but seat selection would be free. If you're OW Emerald or Sapphire then you get seat selection at the time of booking. Ruby would get you seat selection seven days out. Otherwise it's at time of check in or else you can pay.
Exactly. OP make sure your AA number is in your BA res and then refresh. You should be able to immediately pick your seat.

$350 to reserve seats.....LOL
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Old Jan 23, 23, 5:15 pm
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thank you so much for the info. have a great day.
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Old Jan 23, 23, 5:20 pm
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The BA site was not working correctly recently, but seems to have been fixed. I've usually had good luck with it, but it requires a refresh (meaning that simply entering my AA number during the reservation won't work). I usually have to finish the reservation and then log back into the reservation and it'll allow me to choose for free.
Here's the recent thread on the BA forum (in case you hit a snag): Stuck in AA/BA/OneWorld Hell (AA Status not carrying through to BA)
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Old Jan 23, 23, 6:50 pm
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Originally Posted by Geordie405 View Post
Your profile states that you're EXP. If that's true then you'd get free seat selection at the time of booking.
I've never had free seat selection at time of booking, but I've been able to select seats after getting my confirmation from BA.

Book through BA (or the AARP portal), don't select seats because the system will charge a fee. After you get the confirmation, click through and select seats. Then monitor them periodically, as the aircraft type can change, especially if your travel is further out.
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Old Jan 24, 23, 4:11 am
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I think the BA site/IT only fetches non-BA status when ticketing, so the "free seat selection from time of booking" isn't quite literal for non-BA fliers. Once the ticket email comes through you should be good though.
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Old Jan 24, 23, 5:40 am
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Originally Posted by Geordie405 View Post
Your profile states that you're EXP. If that's true then you'd get free seat selection at the time of booking. You'd need to select your seats on BA's website using their PNR and not the AA record locator, but seat selection would be free. If you're OW Emerald or Sapphire then you get seat selection at the time of booking. Ruby would get you seat selection seven days out. Otherwise it's at time of check in or else you can pay.
Yes, this is exactly correct. Also true that I had to pay for seat assignments for my wife (Ruby--not her name, her status), for seats in Business so that we could sit together.....did not have to pay for her seat assignment in First.....
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Old Jan 24, 23, 9:46 am
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Originally Posted by aztimm View Post
I've never had free seat selection at time of booking, but I've been able to select seats after getting my confirmation from BA.

Book through BA (or the AARP portal), don't select seats because the system will charge a fee. After you get the confirmation, click through and select seats. Then monitor them periodically, as the aircraft type can change, especially if your travel is further out.
I think we both are talking about the same thing here

Whether the seat selection takes place precisely "at the time of booking" or immediately after booking is pretty much immaterial. The net result is that the OP can choose seats for free as a result of their EXP status. They don't need to pay. Depending on the specifics of the booking (e.g. booking BA operated flights via AA's website) it may need to be done as a distinct step after the tickets are issued - but they are still not chargeable.
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Old Jan 24, 23, 1:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Geordie405 View Post
I think we both are talking about the same thing here

Whether the seat selection takes place precisely "at the time of booking" or immediately after booking is pretty much immaterial. The net result is that the OP can choose seats for free as a result of their EXP status. They don't need to pay. Depending on the specifics of the booking (e.g. booking BA operated flights via AA's website) it may need to be done as a distinct step after the tickets are issued - but they are still not chargeable.
Well I think its more clear to say after ticketing so people dont get all in a huff when the BA website tries to charge while theyre in the process of booking.

Originally Posted by bxbkqu View Post
Yes, this is exactly correct. Also true that I had to pay for seat assignments for my wife (Ruby--not her name, her status), for seats in Business so that we could sit together.....did not have to pay for her seat assignment in First.....
Im not sure if BA extends the elite-driven free seat assignments to companions on the same record, but they never charge for seat assignments in First class.
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Old Jan 25, 23, 4:38 am
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Originally Posted by ijgordon View Post
Well I think its more clear to say after ticketing so people dont get all in a huff when the BA website tries to charge while theyre in the process of booking.

Im not sure if BA extends the elite-driven free seat assignments to companions on the same record, but they never charge for seat assignments in First class.

Yes, good point, I broke the PNRs apart so that I could use up all the credits, finally....
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