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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 Dec 25, 15, 7:55 am
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Originally Posted by Dave Noble View Post
If ir has credited as zero miles, then that is an error ; it may have incorrectly classed the flight as a reward 1st class flight
Not sure if it is just my account, but I've never had non-earning tickets displaying in my AAdvantage account.

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Old Feb 10, 16, 9:43 pm
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Earning AA miles on BA with POUG, AUP & other upgrade (consolidated)

Hello, AA Peeps.

New to OW, and had my first MR last week to JNB for the PLT challenge.

I have a flight booked in Y through BA.com on BA metal.

It's LHR-ARN-LHR and I have been offered a paid upgrade to Club Europe on BA.com.

When these upgrades are taken the ticket is reissued and the flyer earns the mileage and BA Tier Points associated with the upgraded cabin--IF crediting to BA.

Since I am crediting to AA I am wondering if anyone has ever done this upgrade and received the AAdvantage miles associated with the upgraded cabin, which is the equivalent of Domestic FC on AA.

I will only receive 25% of the miles flown on my discounted Y fare if I don't take this upgrade. I couldn't get an affirmative answer in the BA forum.

Thanks!!!!
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Old Feb 10, 16, 10:04 pm
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I recently was ticketed on the AA codeshare SFO-LHR-SFO in World Traveler Plus (W). Both directions I purchased (at the check-in counter) a W->J upgrade and my ticket said J as the cabin/booking class. However, I was credited the normal mileage for a W ticket -- I did not receive any bonuses for being in J and my AA statement didn't show any record of J flown.
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Old Feb 10, 16, 10:20 pm
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Originally Posted by 1K-SFO View Post
I recently was ticketed on the AA codeshare SFO-LHR-SFO in World Traveler Plus (W). Both directions I purchased (at the check-in counter) a W->J upgrade and my ticket said J as the cabin/booking class. However, I was credited the normal mileage for a W ticket -- I did not receive any bonuses for being in J and my AA statement didn't show any record of J flown.
According to the threads in the BA forum the airport upgrades (AUP) are different than the Pro-Active UpGrades (POUG) in that the POUG's are actually reissued tickets and do gain the additional Avios/Miles. The airport upgrades do not provide any additional miles.

I was ticketed in W on my JNB MR last weekend. I upgraded at the airport to J for only $619 for the 11hr JNB-LHR leg but only received the W-associated miles/EQMs.
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Old Feb 10, 16, 10:25 pm
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Originally Posted by 1K-SFO View Post
I recently was ticketed on the AA codeshare SFO-LHR-SFO in World Traveler Plus (W). Both directions I purchased (at the check-in counter) a W->J upgrade and my ticket said J as the cabin/booking class. However, I was credited the normal mileage for a W ticket -- I did not receive any bonuses for being in J and my AA statement didn't show any record of J flown.
Thing being, such upgrades are similar to, say, SWUs. Your ticket may read Business or First, but your accrual will be based on the actual class you fully paid for. Conversely, you may choose to convert your fare, say from S (Deep Discount Econ) to J (Biz), by paying for the difference (in addition to the change fee) and only then you would earn under the new class.

Have not done this in codeshares, so won't venture into the guessing.
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Old Feb 10, 16, 11:42 pm
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Last year I took a POUG from WT to WT+ and did earn at the rate for WT+, the additional class of service bonus was applied as if the ticket was purchased in WT+. That was on a BA marketed and operated flight crediting to AA.
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Originally Posted by tyr View Post
Last year I took a POUG from WT to WT+ and did earn at the rate for WT+, the additional class of service bonus was applied as if the ticket was purchased in WT+. That was on a BA marketed and operated flight crediting to AA.
Thank you. ^^
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Old Feb 11, 16, 4:02 am
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POUGs should credit for the higher cabin, however, you may have to chase it. POUGs used to be reissued into revenue buckets but now they seem to be reissued into award buckets. If yours is reissued into 'I' you will get credit for 'I' regardless which programme you're crediting to.
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Old Feb 11, 16, 5:26 am
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Not sure why people are reporting different experience WRT to accrual on WT (Y) => WT+ (W) and WT+ (W) => CW (J) but I know the new LH program clearly states you earn the miles for higher cabin. The AC LMUs however do not provide additional miles and the T&Cs even state you are not guaranteed meal service in the higher cabin (but state AC will make every effort to provide it).
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Old Feb 11, 16, 12:57 pm
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Just wanted to throw this update here.

Flew the following routes last weekend in PAID W.

PHX-LHR (flew in W): Received the correct W-based AA miles
LHR-JNB (flew in W): Received the correct W-based AA miles
JNB-LHR (paid at JNB to UG to J): Received the 25% Class of Service bonus associated with flying in paid J
LHR-PHX (upgraded to J w/Avios a month before departure): Receive the correct W-based AA miles.

So it appears that even with airport upgrades the ticket is reissued and shown to AA's system as the cabin to which you have upgraded. ^^
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From the BAEC forum:

Originally Posted by LDNConsultant View Post
I am thinking of crediting all my OW flights to my AA account instead of BA. I often AUP at the airport from WTP to CW (if the deal is decent) but I am wondering if I credit the flight to AA would I be getting EQM at the new level (CW) or the old one at WTP?
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You will get credit for the originally purchased cabin. Credit is given for the cabin traveled only when crediting to BAEC.
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From the BAEC forum:
And my travel experience last weekend just proved those posts incorrect.
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post
From the BAEC forum:
That applies specifically for upgrades purchased at the airport.

POUGs are different.
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Old Feb 20, 16, 4:59 pm
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Earning AA miles on BA flights upgraded with Avios

Quick question that no one at BA or AA reservations was able to consistently answer.

I am flying JFK-LHR on an AA flight with an AA flight number upgraded from Y to J with an EVIP and LHR-JFK on BA with a BA flight number upgraded from WT+ to J with Avios. The reservation is in the same PNR and ticketed through BA.

My AA number is entered - will I be able to earn AAdvantage miles/EQPs for the entire itinerary?
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Old Feb 21, 16, 7:45 am
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Originally Posted by Allusha View Post
Quick question that no one at BA or AA reservations was able to consistently answer.

I am flying JFK-LHR on an AA flight with an AA flight number upgraded from Y to J with an EVIP and LHR-JFK on BA with a BA flight number upgraded from WT+ to J with Avios. The reservation is in the same PNR and ticketed through BA.

My AA number is entered - will I be able to earn AAdvantage miles/EQPs for the entire itinerary?
You will get Miles for the whole journey ON the ORIGINALLY BOOKED FARE CLASS. No EQPs anymore only EQMs! Make sure your baEC account number has not been attached to the reservation by ba, if it had make sure it is removed. That number tends to stick...
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