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LAX-SYD AA 73 / 72 Upgrade & Waitlist Discussion

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B787-9 / B789 Upgrade & Waitlist AA 73 / AA 72 LAX-SYD-LAX

This thread is for the discussion of upgrades (using systemwide upgrades / SWUs or mileage+ copay) for the LAX-SYD-LAX route. This flight began with three class Boeing 777-300ER, but has changed to a two class Boeing 787-9.

Inaugural flights:

LAX-SYD: 17 Dec 2015 AA 73 Flight duration 15:05
Lv LAX 21:50 Dec 17 PST / 05:50 18 Dec GMT
Ar SYD 07:55 Dec 19 EADT / 20:55 18 Dec GMT (same day)
SYD-LAX: 19 Dec 2015 AA 72 Flight duration 13:50
Lv SYD 12:00 Dec 19 EADT / 01:00 19 Dec GMT
Ar LAX 06:50 Dec 19 PST / 14:50 19 Dec GMT
General discussion of the LAX-SYD-LAX route is at:
AA to operate LAX-SYD with 77W (inaugural 17 December 2015) archived
AA LAX-SYD-LAX 77W AA73 / AA72 (17 Dec 2015)

Was operated with Boeing 77W / 777-323ER to 8 Nov 2017
Changed to Boeing 787-9 in November 2017.
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Old May 6, 19, 4:09 pm
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Cleared LAX-SYD at 36 hours. Got 1L

had to change my return to Monday, so let's see how that goes.
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Old May 6, 19, 5:17 pm
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Originally Posted by james318 View Post
Yeah, I am J3 on my outbound and J1 on my return. Not looking good for me!
my outbound was J2 and cleared. So there is hope!
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Old May 8, 19, 11:04 am
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my last 2 trips - including one booked today for next week- I have been pushed to Qantas because J is sold out on AA LAX-SYD flight. Booking a week out I couldn't get a paid J seat a day before or after my preferred travel dates. I can't believe anybody is clearing this.....will likely loose CK next year because my $30k in j fares on these two trips went to Qantas. Surprised AA doesn't use an aircraft with more J seats on this route.
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Old May 8, 19, 11:14 am
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Originally Posted by morrisunc View Post
my last 2 trips - including one booked today
for next week- I have been pushed to Qantas because J is sold out on AA LAX-SYD flight. Booking a week out I couldn't get a paid J seat a day before or after my preferred travel dates. I can't believe anybody is clearing this.....will likely loose CK next year because my $30k in j fares on these two trips went to Qantas. Surprised AA doesn't use an aircraft with more J seats on this route.
The problem is, AA doesn't have anything other than the 77W for this and that has twice as much J.
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Old May 8, 19, 12:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Antarius View Post
The problem is, AA doesn't have anything other than the 77W for this and that has twice as much J.
Ah, the good old days of two years ago when clearing was easy
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Old May 9, 19, 7:22 pm
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Data Point - when I last looked on todayís AA72 there were 17-18 on the list and one had shown as cleared right after boarding. Looked to be a couple open seats so perhaps there were more or a few late boarders.
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Old May 9, 19, 8:49 pm
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Originally Posted by WiscAZ View Post
Data Point - when I last looked on todayís AA72 there were 17-18 on the list and one had shown as cleared right after boarding. Looked to be a couple open seats so perhaps there were more or a few late boarders.
other data points, AA 73 on Tuesday had 20 on the list with 1 open seat. It got delayed 12 hours and ended up going out with 1 open J seat.

AA73 on Wednesday had 18 on the list. 1 cleared. I was one of the people who got rebooked from the previous days flight that I missed due to WX and crew on an inbound, so it might have been more, but IRROPS ate up some space.
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Old May 10, 19, 4:15 pm
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Yeah Iíll say that our flight also has some rebooked from the day before. One guy in J decided to book the next day.
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Old May 10, 19, 4:17 pm
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Yeah Iíll say that our flight also has some rebooked from the day before. One guy in J decided to book the next day.
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Old May 10, 19, 6:12 pm
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Originally Posted by WiscAZ View Post
Yeah Iíll say that our flight also has some rebooked from the day before. One guy in J decided to book the next day.
Yea, with the recent weather, it has been a mess.

My monday return of AA72 is still showing J3 with 6 open seats. Crossing my fingers.
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Old May 10, 19, 7:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Antarius View Post
Yea, with the recent weather, it has been a mess.

My monday return of AA72 is still showing J3 with 6 open seats. Crossing my fingers.
When it gets that close and the upgrade is still in doubt, I don't play around. I cross toes and the eyes for good measure which makes for terrible photos and leading right up to D0.

Fun fact: The ancient Romans were advanced when it came to upgrades:
  • Abeona, in Roman mythology, is the Goddess of Outward Journeys
  • Adiona (Abeonaís partner in Roman mythology), was referred to as the Goddess of Safe Return
That being said, I'll wager they never had to deal with C0, J3 on a return trip from SYD.
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Old May 11, 19, 9:09 am
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Originally Posted by Antarius View Post
Yea, with the recent weather, it has been a mess.

My monday return of AA72 is still showing J3 with 6 open seats. Crossing my fingers.
I am flying out Monday.
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Old May 11, 19, 10:25 am
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Originally Posted by james318 View Post
I am flying out Monday.
Look for a cross eyed Flyertalker who clears the upgrade list at the gate. That could be Antarius.
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Old May 11, 19, 5:42 pm
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Originally Posted by enpremiere View Post
Look for a cross eyed Flyertalker who clears the upgrade list at the gate. That could be Antarius.
fortunately not required. Just cleared.

Originally Posted by james318 View Post
I am flying out Monday.
mine just cleared. Any luck for you?
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Old May 12, 19, 5:28 pm
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Data point on AA72 today. 14 on the upgrade list at the gate, 1 cleared.

flight was J3 at T24. I cleared shortly after that and I assume 1 more since it went to J1. C alert went off ~5 hours ago as well.
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