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AA Priority Baggage Delivery
including eligibility, delivery and Priority tag issues

Link to aa.com page for Priority baggage delivery

Priority baggage delivery is encoded on the baggage check ribbon tag affixed to checked baggage and by a one world standard orange "PRIORITY" tag affixed separately or to the baggage check tag.

Priority baggage delivery

Putting your luggage first

In addition to priority access privileges, on eligible flights*, our top customers can look forward to a swift, convenient exit from the airport with our complimentary Priority baggage delivery service. At check in, your baggage will be tagged with branded Priority bag tags, and when you arrive at your destination, they’ll be among the first delivered to the baggage claim area.

This service applies only to:

  • First Class and Business Class customers **
  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum members
  • AAdvantage Platinum members
  • AirPass travelers
  • oneworld® Emerald and Sapphire members

To enjoy the benefits of this service, check your bag directly with American at:

  • A ticket counter
  • Self-service check-in machine
  • Curbside check-in
  • Off-site check-in locations such as Disney and participating cruise lines
* Service is available on all American Airlines and American Eagle flights system-wide. Excludes codeshare flights.

** If upgrading, your First or Business Class seat must be confirmed before check-in to be eligible for this service.
Updated 23 Feb 2016 by JDiver
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Old Aug 27, 19, 4:38 pm
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Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer View Post
The tags are mainly just decorative, the important part is what is in the bar code. If the system does not recognise it as priority luggage based on the bar code, it will be sorted with the standard luggage. So even if the agent had attached a tag, the bagage system would not have sorted it as a priority bag.

Did you buy a fare that was an instant upgrade to F (don't know if AA still has those) meaning the underlying fare conditions where actually Y?
I believe it was a YUP fare actually. But why would that matter? The fare class listed on the ticket was I not Y. The weird thing is our outbound was also in paid F, and on that flight we did get priority baggage handling. I don't remember if the roundtrip fare was YUP both ways, or just the return. But again, why would it matter if it was a YUP? I thought the only benefit of that from AA's standpoint is they can overbook F and downgrade the YUP customers without penalty?
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Old Aug 27, 19, 4:43 pm
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Originally Posted by MathMusic View Post
Priority bag tags are technically only for Plat status or higher, but First should receive it as well.

See https://www.aa.com/i18n/aadvantage-p...g-delivery.jsp
From the link you provided:

This service applies only to:
  • First and Business customers **
  • AAdvantage® Executive Platinum members
  • AAdvantage® Platinum Pro members
  • AAdvantage® Platinum members
  • AirPass travelers
  • oneworld® Emerald and Sapphire members
.
So "technically" it DOES apply to First customers.
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Old Aug 27, 19, 6:57 pm
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Originally Posted by no1cub17 View Post
I believe it was a YUP fare actually. But why would that matter? The fare class listed on the ticket was I not Y. The weird thing is our outbound was also in paid F, and on that flight we did get priority baggage handling. I don't remember if the roundtrip fare was YUP both ways, or just the return. But again, why would it matter if it was a YUP? I thought the only benefit of that from AA's standpoint is they can overbook F and downgrade the YUP customers without penalty?
Two ways this could matter.
1. What are the exact condition of the the YUP fares? Are they an F fare, or a Y fare with better seating? If the latter, that would explain the missing priority tag.
2. There could have been a system glitch, seeing you as a Y pax, rather than F. Picking up the original fare class
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Old Aug 27, 19, 8:05 pm
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I have not noticed the tags helping much lately. Flying Intl J last week they were pretty much useless.
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Old Aug 27, 19, 8:46 pm
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Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer View Post
Two ways this could matter.
1. What are the exact condition of the the YUP fares? Are they an F fare, or a Y fare with better seating? If the latter, that would explain the missing priority tag.
2. There could have been a system glitch, seeing you as a Y pax, rather than F. Picking up the original fare class
Back in the day (I am not sure if it's the case anymore) these were full Y fares that instantly upgraded to F. Used in some cases to work around company Y only policies. IIRC AA sold these on the web as "instant upgrade"
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Old Aug 27, 19, 8:59 pm
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Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer View Post
Two ways this could matter.
1. What are the exact condition of the the YUP fares? Are they an F fare, or a Y fare with better seating? If the latter, that would explain the missing priority tag.
2. There could have been a system glitch, seeing you as a Y pax, rather than F. Picking up the original fare class
Huh - either way it still doesn't make sense to me. As far as (1), a YUP fare is defined by being a Y fare that includes an instant upgrade. As for (2), the booking code on the ticket (and our boarding passes) still shows I, so I'm not sure why the system would flag us as Y passengers. To me this is significant because we booked this ticket expecting to earn 2xEQMs. That would be incredible for AA to be so deceptive as to only award Y class miles when purchasing a F ticket. I've never had this issue when upgrading with stickers, which is odd because the original fare basis for a ticket upgraded with stickers is definitely discount Y - so by this logic we shouldn't get priority baggage on upgraded tickets either, but we do.

If indeed it's due to the YUP issue, I'm kind of shocked that as frequently I read this forum, that I don't remember anyone else having a similar issue. Surely someone else would've noticed this "glitch" before today!
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Old Aug 28, 19, 7:26 am
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Well, if it was a YUP issue then I would expect similar issues on my 500 mile upgrades when they clear. Once you are confirmed in First you get all the benefits of First.
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Old Feb 3, 20, 8:40 am
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Checked in at DCA on Friday and they were cutting the priority tags in half because they were running out of them. One of the ticket agents commented that it was another cost-cutting measure by AA
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Old Feb 3, 20, 8:44 am
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sounds about right..
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Old Feb 3, 20, 9:17 am
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Originally Posted by branston View Post
Checked in at DCA on Friday and they were cutting the priority tags in half because they were running out of them. One of the ticket agents commented that it was another cost-cutting measure by AA
That bean counter must be giving themselves a big pat on their back!
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Old Feb 3, 20, 11:33 am
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I still don't understand why AA doesn't take a leaf out of the QF book and issue luggage tags with RFID or barcodes for elites.
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Old Feb 3, 20, 11:55 am
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Originally Posted by miamiflyer8 View Post
That bean counter must be giving themselves a big pat on their back!

Or more likely a raise.
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