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Earning AA EQ / Award miles etc. BA / British Airways (inc. upgraded flights)

Earning AA EQ / Award miles etc. BA / British Airways (inc. upgraded flights)

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Earning American Airlines AAvantage Miles Flying BA / British Airways (master thread)
Including known issues (e.g. upgrades) with AA / BA
Earning AAdvantage Miles flying British Airways

Travel on British Airways and its affiliate airline counts toward qualifying for AAdvantage elite status membership.

Affiliate airlines
  • BA Cityflyer
  • Comair (South Africa)
  • OpenSkies
  • Sun-Air of Scandinavia

AAdvantage Concierge Key, Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, Platinum and Gold members traveling on British Airways also enjoy:

If you fly BA as an AA codeshare / marketed flight, you will earn as if you were flying on AA.

NOTE: AA Joint Business Venture partners AY, BA, IB, JL now earn up to 3 EQM per flown mile, along with American Airlines. See the earning chart linked to above.

EQ Dollars are earned as a percentage of miles flown determined by fare class.

To earn EQM BA marketed flights ("BA codeshares") must be operated by oneworld airline partners and affiliates including BA to earn AA miles.

Link to AAdvantage chart on earning miles flying BA.


Upgrading to First on BA / British Airways and U, Z (?) upgrade shared with award Fare Class Issues

Upgrading a paid Business / Club World fare to First on British Airways puts the flight into fare class "Z" (?)a class that is ineligible for AAdvantage miles accrual (as reflected on the accrual chart) because it is also an award classification for a First Class award.

Upgrading a paid Premium Economy / World Traveller Plus fare to Business puts it into U class (?), another award fare class that earns no AA miles.

Members have recently reported success at having their upgrades acknowledged as miles-garnering, but it may prove challenging.

According to successful member BosTravel, you may have to contact ask for AAdvantage Customer Service, and explain you paid for Business, upgraded to F, or WTP to CW, and provide them with your original ticket number(s).

Originally Posted by gohima View Post
I just wanted to post the conclusion to my saga, that started with the brilliant idea to upgrade two CX flights in February (yes, 4 months ago).

Well, I Fedex'd a letter to the executive's office, which arrived Friday. Today, I received an email from an "executive liason" who said they agreed that "R" to "U" via an upgrade should be mileage earning and manually adjusted my account to receive credit. Account and status now reflects those flights.

So despite certain aagents and lower-level SUPs saying this is CX's problem and to go pound sand, AA actually can do something about it (albit at a higher level than a regular SUP, I assume). By the phrasing of the answer, I would say this isn't a one time exception but rather what is supposed to happen for these flights.

Godspeed to any other souls on this journey.
Possible snail mail or FedEx to:

Suzanne Rubin
President – AAdvantage Loyalty Program, American Airlines
4333 Amon Carter Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76155

Earning AAdvantage Miles on British Airways When Upgraded

Note there are different earning rules dependent on the marketing carrier in these instances.

AA marketed ("codeshare") flights earn per AA earning rules (link).

BA marketed flights are governed in accordance with BAEC rules, but claiming for AAdvantage earn in accordance to the chart (link). If BA upgrades a BA marketed flight to a class of service that earns at a higher rate, then one will earn at that rate - but still in accordance with the BA earnings chart on aa.com.

E.g. If you have a BA marketed flight in L fare class earning 50% EQM, if you upgrade to WT+ E, T or W and that is how your flight is reticketed, you would earn 150% EQM and 10% service class bonus miles. (Just remember no BA marketed flight will earn more than 1.5 EQM per base mile flown. As of Jan 1 2019, Business and First class fare classes earn 2 to 3 EQM.)

No EQD are accrued for ancillary fees such as upgrade, baggage, etc. fees.

AAdvantage Participating Airline Upgrade Awards / PAUA (using AA miles)

AAdvantage miles may be used to secure upgrade awards for partners BA and IB, including code shares, depending on fare purchased.

. . ● Full Fare Economy includes published fares booked in Y or B (excluding Military or Government fares)
. . ● Full Fare Premium Economy refers to World Traveller Plus published fares booked in W on British Airways
. . ● Full Fare Business includes published fares booked in J, D or R on American and C, J, D or R on British Airways

EQM will be generally earned based on originally purchased fare.

Link to thread discussing AA Participating Airline Upgrade Awards / PAUA
Links to BAEC Forum resources:

POUG / Pro-Active Upgrades

A. What is a Pro-active Online Upgrade?

The simple answer: it is a limited special upgrade that may be offered at a time of BA's choosing after your booking is ticketed up to and including online check-in. The offer, if it happens (and this is not guaranteed) will appear in Manage My Booking, either via BA.com or the mobile app. There is no email notification, klaxon sound or flashing beacons to alert you - so now you know why its called a Pro-active Online Upgrade

Please note, POUG rates differ from the rates offered at the airport (see, Airport Upgrade (AUP) cost tracking thread) and also the rate offered when you click on the “Upgrade my class of travel with money” link from within MMB, or the “Upgrade to the next available cabin” blue/grey banner in the app.

Link to thread on Pro-active Online Upgrades / POUG and cost tracking
AUP / Airport Upgrades:

Airport Upgrades / AUP may be offered at the airport, or rarely in a lounge if requested.

Link to thread on Airport Upgrades / AUP and cost tracking
UuA / Upgrading using Avios

UuAs can only be applied to tickets issued on 125 stock. In other words tickets issued by BA or BA registered travel agents with ticket numbers beginning 125. Tickets sold by Iberia and American Airlines are issued on different numbered stock and cannot be upgraded using Avios.

Link to post regarding UuA / Upgrading using Avios
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Old Feb 28, 20, 4:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Jonesdds View Post
i know at some point a couple years ago I entered the number somewhere in the BA site. Got credit then but not last year when flew them into Europe. Couldn’t figure out how to enter then and agent was clueless.

125 tickets?
BA issued tickets. They start with 125 versus AA that start with 001.

Originally Posted by MADPhil View Post
My experience has been that you can't upgrade if you take the discounts. People have reported being able to upgrade if they pay the discounts back to BA. An Amex discount may book differently.
This is very surprising to me...I used both on a W fare in the past and had no issues....
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Old Sep 11, 20, 1:31 pm
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I'm booking a flight back home from Dubrovnik, Croatia next month and notice that if I book an AA sAAver award direct from LHR-LAX on BA metal, F class is available, but if I book from DBV-LAX (also on BA metal, layover in LHR, same flight that shows up F on LHR-LAX), only J is available rather than DBV-LHR in J and LHR-LAX in F. Is there a way to get a single ticket that will force the long segment to be F via calling or is this common for F not to show up on BA metal when there's a shorter J-only segment?
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Old Sep 11, 20, 3:14 pm
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It depends.If the issue is just a website issue not offering it due to , say, the 1st sector only having business, then a phone call to book it will do the trick

If it is due to married segment availability, then without a stopover, shouldn't be possible
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Old Sep 11, 20, 11:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Dave Noble View Post
It depends.If the issue is just a website issue not offering it due to , say, the 1st sector only having business, then a phone call to book it will do the trick

If it is due to married segment availability, then without a stopover, shouldn't be possible
I called them and they were able to book me on DBV-LHR (J) LHR-LAX (F) for 85k+$300tax/fees rather than booking me separately. Looks like it was a limitation of the website.
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