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FAQ: What's a Systemwide Upgrade / SWU / VIP and how to use? (Master thread)

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FAQ: What's a Systemwide Upgrade SWU (ex-VIP / VIPOW / "eVIP") 2017 on
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NOTE: SWUs are no longer automatically awarded upon achieving Platinum Pro (PP) or Executive Platinum (EXP) status. Starting in the 2021 calendar year, AA switched to Elite Choice Awards. When a member achieves PP status, the member earns one Elite Choice Award. If the member goes on to achieve EXP status, the member earns two additional elite choice awards. Each elite choice award can be redeemed until 12/31 of the following year (example: a member who reaches PP in July 2021 has until December 31, 2022 to redeem the elite choice award). A PP elite choice award can be redeemed for one SWU or other choices; each EXP elite choice award can be redeemed for two SWUs or other choices. Therefore, a member who reaches EXP can choose from one to five SWUs. When an elite choice award is redeemed for one or two SWUs, the SWU(s) are immediately deposited, and expire one year from the day they are deposited.

NOTE: SWUs awarded in 2019 expiring 31 Jan 2021 have been extended through 31 July 2021; this is now reflected in online accounts.

NOTE: Upgrade waitlist priority is 1) Status, followed by 2) type of upgrade, 3)Rolling EQD earning for last 365 days as of 20 May 2017. Link to FT thread.
  • Executive Platinum members receive an additional two SWUs (or may choose bonus miles or to gift status) when they reach 120,000, 160,000 and 200,000 EQMs in 2021 (which includes January and February 2022).
(No further SWUs are forthcoming at 250,000 EQM or after, though CK often have access to two more.)

Remember: EQM earning will vary from 0 to 3.0 EQM per base mile, based on eligible fare class and marketing airline, on EQM earning fares.

As of January 2017

"The way your upgrade request is prioritized is you'll be listed according to your elite status level followed by (the type of upgrade - SWU and Upgrade Award, aka miles + copay), the number of EQD (Elite Qualifying Dollars) earned in the (rolling) last 12 months."

Upgrades are prioritized first by the following elite status levels:

Concierge Key SM (up to 120 hours out)
Executive Platinum (up to 100 hours out)
Platinum Pro (up to 72 hours out)
Platinum (up to 48 hours out)
Gold (up to 24 hours out)

After status tier, upgrades are prioritized by the type of upgrade (SWU and miles + copay before 500 Mile e-upgrades / UDU; your last 12 months' Elite Qualifying Dollar spend on AA. See FAQ: Earning EQD / Elite Qualifying Dollars on AA and partner airlines (2017 on) (EQD will include the EQD offset one might earn from spend on their Barclaycard Aviator Red or Silver card, as announced elsewhere in this forum.)

Date of request has no bearing on upgrade priority other than after all other priorities have been met and theres a highly unlikely tie.

From AA.com... "Before you get to the airport, requests for systemwide and mileage award upgrades are processed independently from 500-mile upgrade requests.

At the airport, upgrades requested will be prioritized in this order:
  1. Status tier (CK, EXP, PPRO, PLT, GLD, no status)
  2. Upgrade type
    • Systemwide and mileage + copay upgrades
    • 500-mile upgrades on purchased tickets
    • 500-mile upgrades on award tickets for eligible status tiers
  3. Rolling last 12 month EQD spend
  4. Fare booking code (highest to lowest )
  5. Date/time of the request
  6. Load Factor Based Upgrades (after all other upgrade requests have been fulfilled)

See: https://www.aa.com/i18n/aadvantage-p...am-updates.jsp

Systemwide Upgrade FAQ:

Q. What are Systemwide Upgrades, exactly?


Electronic Systemwide Upgrades, abbreviated SWU, also previously referred to as eVIPs or VIPs, are electronic instruments earned as stated previously. SWU generally allow the owner to upgrade up to three segments, more or less in the same direction, on any flights AA flies with their own aircraft (not valid on partners or codeshares -- flights must be marketed and operated by AA), on most paid, published fares to the next class of service. (Successful upgrades on a single SWU include EZE-MIA-JFK-LHR, NRT-LAX-DFW-LHR.)

Q. When do SWU clear?
Upgrades can clear immediately if the appropriate inventory is available (e.g., Coach to Business (and domestic First on two class aircraft) requires "C" class to be available, Business to First requires "A" class to be available). Otherwise, SWU may be waitlisted in priority of AAdvantage status, followed by last 12 months EQD spend (and within those, by fare class if they are full fare Y).

Q. Can I use SWU on codeshares operated by AA?
No. (Though 001 AA ticketing is not a requirement), the flight must be marketed and operated by AA.

Q. Are any fare classes ineligible / invalid for SWU upgrades?
Some government and consolidator fares may not be upgraded. Award flights may not be upgraded with SWU. See post #683 by JonNYC:

Invalid (for SWU upgrade)
  • Military fares*
  • Government fares*
  • Agency/industry discounts
  • Employee travel booked in E
  • AAdvantage/promotion free or companion tickets
  • Ticket designators that require a certificate (CEN20, etc.) - contact MSD to verify
  • MSD Site products (ticket designator SITE)
  • CAT25/CAT25 Group Fares for MCLA
  • Charter flights
  • Infant tickets
  • Purchased extra seats (one passenger)
  • Opaque fares
  • Award tickets

*The reason for not allowing SWU / eVIP upgrades to be used in conjunction with a military/government fare is not based on the fare level (although they are discounted), but rather it is based on the full flexibility those fares provide. Military/government fares provide a huge benefit to the customer already in that they can be booked at the last minute and canceled or changed with no advance notice and no penalties. As such, they are not allowed to be used in conjunction with a SWU.

Can I still make use of my SWU and credit the flight(s) to another airline?
You are not supposed to. If switching from AAdvantage to another scheme's FFN, please be aware: Benefitting from a privilege granted for your AAdvantage status and changing your FFN to earn on another airline is generally prohibited by AAdvantage Terms and Conditions. Doing so might risk that benefit (e.g. upgrade).

From the AAdvantage Terms and Conditions (link)

Q. Can I see SWU eligible flights on aa.com? If not, where?
aa.com will show if a flight has SWU availability, provided the member is logged in and has sufficient SWUs in their account. One can see required inventory (A or C) using ExpertFlyer Upgrade and Award query (not Flight Availability query) or other tools.

Q. What is the priority order for SWU wait list clearing?
Priority for wait listing is based first on AAdvantage status of requestor, then by rolling EQD earning during las 12 months; within those criteria, full fare (J or Y) trumps discounted fares.

NOTE: once the booking goes to airport control you may have to request your SWU request be reactivated. Those travel companions previously prioritized by the sponsor's status no longer revert to their own status at airport control.

Q. How do I know if my SWU request has been waitlisted?
The app as well as the web page shows requested and confirmed upgrades.

If my SWU clears on AA but the flights is cancelled or delayed, and I get put on another AA or partner flight, will my upgrade be preserved / honored?

On AA and Joint Business Venture partners (AY, BA, IB, JL, QF), AA will attempt to honor the upgrade. On other airline partners it is unlikely.

Q. Can I gift SWUs to others, and will my or their status apply?
You may certainly gift SWU to others. They will have to provide you their information, including PNR, and you will have to call it in. Your status can carry over to one traveling companion (on your itinerary) until the SWU passes to airport control; otherwise, SWU priority will depend on the user's AAdvantage status followed by date of upgrade request.

Q. What if I apply a SWU to a traveling companion?
They will borrow your status if they are flying as your single traveling companion on the same flights. Otherwise, their status will determine their position on the upgrade wait list. This "borrowed" status was previously lost once the flight has gone to airport control; it doesnt now, but it pays to check and see if it has been mismanaged by software - it can be restored when it has passed to airport control.

Q. Can I sell or purchase SWUs to / from others (e.g. on eBay or CraigsList)?
While SWU may be gifted to others, AAdvantage rules prohibit selling / purchasing, trading or bartering various instruments, including SWU. A sold SWU will, if caught by AA Corporate Security AAdvantage Fraud (and they actively seek these out), cause SWU / upgrade cancellation at minimum and may even include closing the seller's account with forfeiture of miles, upgrade instruments and even elite status.


Further useful details about using SWU

● Members who achieve Platinum Pro (PP) status receive one Elite Choice Award, which may be redeemed for one SWU (among other choices). Members who achieve PP between 1/1/2021 and 2/28/2022 have until 12/31/2022 to redeem the Elite Choice Award. If an SWU is chosen, the SWU is immediately deposited and expires one year from the date deposited.

● Members who achieve Executive Platinum (EXP) status receive two Elite Choice Awards, each of which may be redeemed for two SWUs (among other choices). Members who achieve EXP between 1/1/2021 and 2/28/2022 have until 12/31/2022 to redeem their Elite Choice Awards. If two SWUs are chosen for an award, the SWUs are immediately deposited and expire one year from the date deposited.

● Members who reach 120,000, 160,000 or 200,000 EQMs between 1/1/2021 and 2/28/2022 may choose two SWUs (or additional redeemable miles or a gift of status) upon reaching 120,000, 160,000 and 200,000 EQMs.

Two SWUs (more) are earned by Concierge Key members.

Four SWUs are earned by those crossing Million Miler thresholds of 2MM and every Million Miles milestone thereafter.

● SWUs may be transferred or gifted (not bargained, bartered or sold) to anyone the owner chooses - the owner must authorize the transfer and provide at minimum the designated person's name, frequent flyer #, and PNR. Note fees and taxes may be due, such as APD / Air Passenger Duty due for flights originating in the UK (or with connections exceeding 23:59).

● AA tends to protect passengers granted upgrades with SWUs if IROPS move them to other oneworld flights, particularly JBV partners (AA, AY, BA, IB, JL, preserving already granted upgrades (not waitlisted).

● N.B. A customer may use an SWU to upgrade a flight that departs after the SWU's expiration date, provided the SWU clears (the upgrade is confirmed) and the ticket is (re)issued before the SWU expires. (Previously this had been allowed only for 'high value' customers). See for example:

https://thepointsguy.com/news/americ...wide-upgrades/

● N.B. In the good old days, if there were not sufficient C space (e.g., a party of three but only two upgrades available), agents could ask Revenue Management to release an additional seat, which revenue management sometimes would. This is no longer done, even for CK.

● If you don't want to wait list your SWU so that it automatically encumbered when a domestic segment becomes available for upgrade, but only want the domestic segments to clear if the international segment clears, ask the AA EP agent to waitlist the international portion but "DSR" the domestic segments; that way, the domestic segments will only clear if the international segment clears. Note: it's possible that the domestic segment has SWU upgrade inventory initially, but by the time the international flight becomes available to upgrade, availability is gone on the domestic flight.

● SWU application can include co-terminals: JonNYC, post #601: "This is the current list of MAC airports, and, as far as I understand it, are generally recognized for revenue tickets including SWU application to same:
  • WAS (DCA, IAD)
  • DFW (DFW, DAL)
  • HOU (HOU, IAH)
  • NYC (JFK, LGA) (I think there is a separate rule that says EWR is always part of NYC for this purpose as well)
  • LON (LGW, LHR, STN)
  • SLU (UVF, SLU)
  • TYO (HND, NRT)

UK Air Passenger Duty / APD for LHR/UK departures: (Often incorrectly called "Luxury tax"): Departing from the UK (or on a layover of 24:00 or longer via the U.K.), you'll be charged the full APD (the lowest cabin class - usually economy - pays only half APD). This applies for upgrades to business only. Upgrading business to first doesn't incur this, (since your business ticket already included the full APD). This does not apply TO the U.K. or to connecting in under 24:00 in the U.K. Other airports may impose other taxes, e.g. HKG is USD $2.80.

● Through (two flights with the same flight number, or through flights with stops) flights pose challenges insofar as upgrade availability must exist on all sectors. You may have to call AA to use a SWU on through flights.


Suggested reading:

aa.com: SYSTEMWIDE UPGRADES AND FAQS

FlyerTalk: Upgrades / SWUs / eVIPs and UK APD / Air Passenger Duty questions

New *internal* changes will 90%+ eliminate post-expiration use of SWUs by JonNYC

This post in the thread entitled "Reversing Use of SWU. Is this possible?" (it is not. AA no longer allows cancelling a SWU and substituting "stickers".)


MODERATOR NOTE
Archived posts from 2017 may be read here.

Posts prior to 2016 may be read here: ARCHIVE: SWU / VIP / eVIP Systemwide Upgrade questions

NOTE: This thread is for the discussion of the mechanics of AA systemwide upgrades. For "chance of upgrade clearing" questions, please use this thread: 2015 Chances of Upgrade Clearing and Upgrade Availability Discussion (consolidated)

Please note there is a separate thread discussing lost / missing/ misappropriated SWUs:
Missing / someone else used / unauthorized use my SWU / VIP / eVIP (merged)

American AAdvantage Forum Moderator Team
FAQ: Internal IT changes eliminate 90+% of post-expiry SWU use 26 Jun 2014
Q. I've been able to encumber expiring SWU past their expiration date if I find the proper upgrade inventory available prior to that date. Is this feature still available to Executive Platinum members?

A. Not for most. The option was possible due to software limitations. New software, AAcoRN, put into place 26 June 2014, will prevent this from occurring for "unqualified" members; only "qualified" members will be allowed to encumber SWU past their expiry date in the future. (See post #1)

Q. How do I know if I am a "qualified" member?

A. You can try to call and encumber expiring SWU past their expiry. If you are not allowed to, you aren't.

Q. So, exactly who does AA consider "qualified"?

A. A very high value AAdvantage member, as measured by the internal "Helix" system, which assigns an "Eagles" ranking from 1 to 5 (the more, the better).

Q. I've never heard of this. When did it start?

A. AA's rating system was originally based on three colors, green, yellow and red, which changed to 1-3 Eagles and was later expanded to 1-5 Eagles.

Q. How are Eagles scores assigned? Are they static, or do they change?

A. It has been said spend and fare classes (think lots of annual travel in fare classes of D and above) may affect your Eagles score, as well as OSO and negative incidents you have experienced that might result in your moving your custom to another airline. It is also said your Helix score is updated periodically, perhaps even nightly.

Q. How can I find out my Helix score / how many Eagles I have?

A. You can't. AA employees are not empowered to discuss the Helix system with customers. If you normally get extra SWU once you've made EP, are allowed to extend SWU use and find EP desk agents are willing to bend rules for you often, speculative, you might have 4-5 Eagles rating.

Q. So, this is a hidden tier higher than Executive Platinum?

A. No, because it doesn't give you privileges beyond EP beyond those mentioned, e.g. courtesy Club membership or additional priority for boarding or upgrades, like Concierge Key may.

Q. Do others than Executive Platinum have Helix / Eagles scores?

A. It can be safely assumed all AAdvantage members have such scores.
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FAQ: What's a Systemwide Upgrade / SWU / VIP and how to use? (Master thread)

Old Oct 2, 2019, 3:51 am
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Originally Posted by anabolism
I'm still not clear on what you're seeing, but you can always call to check. I recommend doing so, because if the upgrade cleared, you want to get the ticket reissued as soon as possible, for protection in case of schedule changes or IROPS.
I called, and they said I was waitlisted. And with 3 seats left in F, I'm sure I won't get it.

maybe next time.
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Old Oct 2, 2019, 4:55 pm
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Originally Posted by trueblu
Thanks both. One of the flights was a couple of weeks ago, the other one yesterday. For the first, it was automatic, before the airport if I recall. For the one yesterday, the day before I got an EF alert and called the EXP line: had it manually performed, and therefore was even more surprised when the SWU wasn't pulled when I checked later. I hadn't bothered checking my SWU cache until yesterday after the call. As of now, both SWUs are still in my account.

While it's "easiest" if I can double dip one of the SWUs in my account for my flight next week, what I don't want is for them to be pulled at 06:00 in the morning of my morning flight, not allowing me to upgrade, and far too early to call in a favour!
The first one, that was automatically confirmed, did you call to have the ticket reissued, or did you get an email when the ticket was reissued? If so, odds are the SWU was accidentally not pulled, and you'd likely be fine reusing it.

The flight that was yesterday where you called, I assume you got an email showing that the ticket was reissued? It might take a few days for the online SWU could to reflect it, but it's always possible that it was accidentally not pulled.

If the flight you want to upgrade has confirmable space, I'd go ahead and call in to grab it, since you should have at least one SWU visible to the EXP agent and the system. If later one of the flights is audited and they subtract an extra SWU, it'll all balance out when you requalify.
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Old Oct 3, 2019, 12:24 am
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SWU not Applied to a Feeder Leg

I booked flights from SJC to LHR through LAX for my mother and myself. I then called up to use a couple SWU to upgrade our flights. There were C available on both the SJC to LAX leg and the LAX to LHR leg. They upgraded my LAX to LHR tickets to business (it's the important part), but they did not upgrade the SJC to LAX leg even though there were (and still are) two C fares available. I was under the impression that the SWU was for the whole journey (up to 3 legs or something). When I noticed that the SJC to LAX leg wasn't upgraded a few hours later, I called back. I apparently got the exact same guy (what are the odds), and when I explained the situation he said, "We were concentrating on getting the long-haul leg upgraded. We have a complimentary upgrade requested for the other leg."

My concern is two fold:

1) While mine is a complimentary request, my mother's ticket required a 500-mile chit. In reality I do not really care about this since I have 50+ of them, but it is the principal of the matter!
2) SWU clear before complimentary upgrades. I haven't been able to fly much this year so I have really bad rolling EQD.

Am I correct that the initial SJC to LAX leg should have been upgraded?

Will they still upgrade the leg if I call (two C's are still available), or was the SWU "used up" when they upgraded the long-haul portion and I am now SOL?
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Old Oct 3, 2019, 12:30 am
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Originally Posted by fiannce314159
Will they still upgrade the leg if I call (two C's are still available), or was the SWU "used up" when they upgraded the long-haul portion and I am now SOL?
Wow...you should definitely call again. Shouldn't be any issue upgrading the domestic legs with the same SWU.
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Old Oct 3, 2019, 1:21 am
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Originally Posted by aacar
Wow...you should definitely call again. Shouldn't be any issue upgrading the domestic legs with the same SWU.
Thanks. I called and got a different (and very helpful) representative who processed the upgrade on the feeder leg with no fuss. I guess the other guy did not really know what he was doing.
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Old Oct 6, 2019, 8:53 am
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I recently upgraded a paid flight using a SWU, but when the flight posted to my account, it got coded as "award", so it shows no earning of RDM or accumulation of EQD/EQM/EQS. Has anyone seen this happen before? Does anyone know what causes this to happen? Earlier this year I had a similar situation and the flights posted fine.
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Old Oct 6, 2019, 9:45 am
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Originally Posted by ikwia
I recently upgraded a paid flight using a SWU, but when the flight posted to my account, it got coded as "award", so it shows no earning of RDM or accumulation of EQD/EQM/EQS. Has anyone seen this happen before? Does anyone know what causes this to happen? Earlier this year I had a similar situation and the flights posted fine.
Weird, never had that happen in 10+ years of using SWUs. Give AAdvantage Customer Service a call (not the normal EXP line) and they will straighten it out.
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Old Oct 6, 2019, 9:56 am
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Originally Posted by fiannce314159
I booked flights from SJC to LHR through LAX for my mother and myself. I then called up to use a couple SWU to upgrade our flights. There were C available on both the SJC to LAX leg and the LAX to LHR leg. They upgraded my LAX to LHR tickets to business (it's the important part), but they did not upgrade the SJC to LAX leg even though there were (and still are) two C fares available. I was under the impression that the SWU was for the whole journey (up to 3 legs or something). When I noticed that the SJC to LAX leg wasn't upgraded a few hours later, I called back. I apparently got the exact same guy (what are the odds), and when I explained the situation he said, "We were concentrating on getting the long-haul leg upgraded. We have a complimentary upgrade requested for the other leg."

My concern is two fold:

1) While mine is a complimentary request, my mother's ticket required a 500-mile chit. In reality I do not really care about this since I have 50+ of them, but it is the principal of the matter!
2) SWU clear before complimentary upgrades. I haven't been able to fly much this year so I have really bad rolling EQD.

Am I correct that the initial SJC to LAX leg should have been upgraded?

Will they still upgrade the leg if I call (two C's are still available), or was the SWU "used up" when they upgraded the long-haul portion and I am now SOL?
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Old Oct 6, 2019, 4:28 pm
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
Weird, never had that happen in 10+ years of using SWUs. Give AAdvantage Customer Service a call (not the normal EXP line) and they will straighten it out.
I recently used 5 SWU and when I look in "My Activity" for the dates applied it says "Award" and has the conf code. However, when I called AA they assured me it shows as an upgraded revenue ticket and I will earn EQM/RDM. Should I be worried? Flying the first segment on Wed.
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Old Oct 6, 2019, 8:24 pm
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Originally Posted by shd9
Hi folks,

Sorry this might have been covered above but a search doesn't yield a clear answer... Does anyone have experience re-depositing the SWU after the flight clears and ticket reissued? How long does it take?

I might need to change an already upgraded trip. However, if the redeposit time is very long, the SWU may not be available again when I try to use it for my changed trip. Any inputs are greatly appreciated.
Originally Posted by DMPHL
Just call the EXP desk and tell them what you need. You might need to HUCA a couple times to find an agent who knows what they are doing. Just tell them you need them to remove the SWU certificate from a reservation and re-activate it so that you can use it in the future. A good agent should be able to do it in 5-10 minutes.
Just a quick update on what happened. Overall AA handled the situation very well but I still didn't get to experience the timeframe SWU re-deposit.
-Requested an SWU on EZE-LAX-HND in April when purchasing the ticket.
-LAX-HND cleared in June(?), SWU pulled and ticket reissued, EZE-LAX still on waitlist
-Need to change dates to a few days earlier (also there was a 1.5 hour schedule change), called AA, and agent preserved the LAX-HND upgrade (maybe as an IRROPs? I haven't checked whether C inventory was available)
-EZE-LAX C showed up T-36 on EF but waitlist was not cleared. Called AA to process upgrade. AAgent said no upgrade at first, but after some checking confirmed the upgrade.

An observation is that there were quite a bit of op-ups from PY to J on both segments. The EZE-LAX plane was completely full with all upgrades cleared, and the LAX-HND flight was quite empty (like 45/52 full) in J even after op-ups and non-revs
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Old Oct 9, 2019, 4:23 pm
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
Weird, never had that happen in 10+ years of using SWUs. Give AAdvantage Customer Service a call (not the normal EXP line) and they will straighten it out.
Note that you can call ACS directly, but I find it easier to call the main number (same as when calling the normal EXP line) and at the prompt, instead of pressing "0" or saying "Agent" to get an EXP agent, say "AAdvantage Customer Service," and then when the prompt asks you which ACS function you want, then say "Agent."

Originally Posted by GetSetJetSet
I recently used 5 SWU and when I look in "My Activity" for the dates applied it says "Award" and has the conf code. However, when I called AA they assured me it shows as an upgraded revenue ticket and I will earn EQM/RDM. Should I be worried? Flying the first segment on Wed.
The experience one poster reported, of a flight posting as an award rather than revenue, is an anomaly that has never happened to me or the other poster who responded. Just relax, enjoy your flights, and later you can check to confirm they posted correctly. Almost certainly they will, but in the worst case, all you need to do is either cal ACS or use the web form to send them a message, and they will fix it.
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Old Oct 10, 2019, 8:01 am
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Can I cancel a flight that I confirmed an SWU and receive the "latest" SWU back?

Basically, I previously confirmed an SWU (expiring 1/20) on a flight and have subsequently used SWUs expiring 1/21. Obviously I would prefer to get a 1/21 SWU back. Or will the system reinstate a SWU expiring 1/20?
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Old Oct 10, 2019, 8:17 am
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Originally Posted by flightrisk
Can I cancel a flight that I confirmed an SWU and receive the "latest" SWU back?

Basically, I previously confirmed an SWU (expiring 1/20) on a flight and have subsequently used SWUs expiring 1/21. Obviously I would prefer to get a 1/21 SWU back. Or will the system reinstate a SWU expiring 1/20?
It should give you have the SWU expiring latest first (i.e. newer ones first). If you call the Exec Plat desk to cancel and reinstate the SWU, just confirm with them that's what you'd like done and they'll do it.
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Old Oct 10, 2019, 8:23 am
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Originally Posted by DMPHL
It should give you have the SWU expiring latest first (i.e. newer ones first). If you call the Exec Plat desk to cancel and reinstate the SWU, just confirm with them that's what you'd like done and they'll do it.
Since each SWU is tracked by its internal number, my understanding is you get back the exact same SWU, with the same expiration, as you used (unless ACS makes an exception as a favor and gives you a new SWU). So, this isn't a technique for "laundering" SWUs to extend their expiration. That said, one option is to cancel the flight but not refund the ticket, and at that time or later reuse the ticket, with SWU applied, for new flights that have confirmable C or A inventory. The new flights have to be within one year of original ticket issuance.
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Old Oct 10, 2019, 8:37 am
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Why doesnt AA allow us to request SWU online?
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