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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:

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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 Jun 16, 17, 11:05 am
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Originally Posted by potus18 View Post
On a recent SFO/LHR/SFO flight I paid to upgrade at the airport and had my tickets re-issued from T (premium economy) and L (economy) to J and J.

Both flights posted and the EQM/EQD/RDM reflect the initial booking codes. What's the best form of recourse here? Requesting missing miles as if the original tickets didn't post? Contact the AAdvantage desk?
I'm not sure if there is anything you can do, but my experience (a few weeks ago) was the exact opposite. I had T fares from SJC-LHR and I upgraded one with Avios and one with an Airport Upgrade for cash. Both flights have credited on AA as I fares, so 25% EQDs instead of 20% and a cabin bonus on RDMs.

Thats certainly not what I expected, but its certainly nice to have.
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Old Aug 23, 17, 11:07 am
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In the last 4 months I have done AUPs from SFO-LHR (and v.v.) as well as an Avios upgrade from SJC to LHR (all from PE to J).

In every case I was credited miles (and EQMs and EQDs) as if booked in Fare Class I.
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Old Aug 23, 17, 3:52 pm
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I did an AUP to F in May LHR-SEA and was only credited for I class (fare in which I booked originally).
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Old Aug 23, 17, 5:23 pm
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Does anyone have experience with Avios upgrades crediting correctly or incorrectly to AA? I have an I fare that I'm looking to upgrade to F using Avios, but since Avios upgrades ticket into the same booking class as full award flights (Z in the case of F), might there be a complication in getting awarded miles for my underlying I class booking?
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Old Aug 23, 17, 8:14 pm
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Take a look at the posts direct above urs.

Originally Posted by dkc192 View Post
Does anyone have experience with Avios upgrades crediting correctly or incorrectly to AA? I have an I fare that I'm looking to upgrade to F using Avios, but since Avios upgrades ticket into the same booking class as full award flights (Z in the case of F), might there be a complication in getting awarded miles for my underlying I class booking?
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Old Oct 24, 17, 3:15 pm
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BA ticket in PEY upgrade to J, mileage earned?

Hi,

i have a flight on BA LAX-LHR that is in PEY class T and I want to upgrade to J with some avois I have in a separate account. If I credit the flight to AA, can AA still see my original class of service and credit me on that?
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Old Oct 24, 17, 3:34 pm
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Originally Posted by matrixwalker2012 View Post
Hi,

i have a flight on BA LAX-LHR that is in PEY class T and I want to upgrade to J with some avois I have in a separate account. If I credit the flight to AA, can AA still see my original class of service and credit me on that?
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Old Nov 24, 17, 6:06 am
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EQM's and EQD's for purchased upgrade on BA flight

I purchased an economy ticket with BA recently and then purchased an upgrade (POUG) online to business for £89. I called AA and they said I'd be eligible for the higher EQM and EQD's based on the business class ticket (so EQD's as 25% of mileage flown and EQM's as 150%). However, upon looking at my upgraded booking class, it was Booking Class U, which according to BA's and AA's site, it not eligible for earning status miles as it's a redemption award. This is confusing since I PAID for the original flight and PAID for the upgrade, I didn't use miles for any. Will I still get EQM's and EQD's with AA based on the business class? Or am I out of luck??
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Old Nov 24, 17, 8:04 am
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You should get EQM and EQD on the original class of service purchases (eg without upgrade). Check your original booking to see what the fare code was.
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Old Nov 24, 17, 9:47 am
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The AA agent was probably answering your question as if you had up-fared from an economy ticket to a business class ticket. If that were the case, then you would be eligible for the extra EQM and EQD.

BUT, upgrades, even upgrades you pay for with cash online (which are heavily discounted and only a fraction of the fare difference between an economy and business ticket), do not book into a normal revenue business class fare. The underlying ticket is still an economy ticket, and will earn as such.
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Old Nov 24, 17, 11:14 am
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I don't believe the last 2 responses are correct - at least, as of about a year ago, when I purchased a POUG, I upgraded into U and received miles as though I booked a business class revenue ticket.

There is a thread about this located at Earning AA miles on BA with POUG, AUP & other upgrade (consolidated)
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Old Nov 24, 17, 1:21 pm
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Originally Posted by zski1 View Post
I don't believe the last 2 responses are correct - at least, as of about a year ago, when I purchased a POUG, I upgraded into U and received miles as though I booked a business class revenue ticket.

There is a thread about this located at Earning AA miles on BA with POUG, AUP & other upgrade (consolidated)
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Sometimes mistakes happen and points cresit where they shouldn't
The AAdvantage T&Cs are clear on this

From https://www.aa.com/i18n/aadvantage-p...conditions.jsp

Originally Posted by aa
■On American Airlines and other AAdvantage airline participants, you'll receive AAdvantage mileage credit only for the class of service on which your fare is based when you are ticketed
BA remits to AA the booking class of the ticket piurchase as well as the booking class of travel

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Old Nov 24, 17, 1:27 pm
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[QUOTE=Dave Noble;29096248]From https://www.aa.com/i18n/aadvantage-p...conditions.jsp

Originally Posted by aa
■On American Airlines and other AAdvantage airline participants, you'll receive AAdvantage mileage credit only for the class of service on which your fare is based when you are ticketed
[/qupte]

BA remits to AA the booking class of the ticket piurchase as well as the booking class of travel
Dave is correct about wha the rules say, and I think it is true to say that you shouldn't expect more. However, there are numerous examples of people getting EQMs and EQDs (and RDMs) according to the upgraded fare, but I don't think that gives anyone the right to demand them.

Keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best.
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Old Nov 24, 17, 2:11 pm
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I did two BA SFO/LHR/SFO trips this year booked in economy then either POUG or AUP'd to club world on each leg. For the first trip, I received economy EQDs and EQMs. But I was able to get business EQD and EQMs by emailing my receipts and ticket numbers to BAEC and they back-channeled with AA to update my earnings. On the second trip, I received business EQDs and EQMs without needing to intervene.

I'd recommend calling BAEC and seeing if they can help. But for a £89 POUG, I'd assume that's intra-europe and not longhaul so they may be less willing to help.
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Old Nov 25, 17, 10:25 am
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Originally Posted by potus18 View Post
I did two BA SFO/LHR/SFO trips this year booked in economy then either POUG or AUP'd to club world on each leg. For the first trip, I received economy EQDs and EQMs. But I was able to get business EQD and EQMs by emailing my receipts and ticket numbers to BAEC and they back-channeled with AA to update my earnings. On the second trip, I received business EQDs and EQMs without needing to intervene.

I'd recommend calling BAEC and seeing if they can help. But for a £89 POUG, I'd assume that's intra-europe and not longhaul so they may be less willing to help.
Who do you contact at BAEC for this if you are not a BAEC member?
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