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

Old Dec 25, 2015, 8:28 am
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Earning American Airlines AAvantage Miles Flying British Airways
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
  • BA EuroFlyer
  • Sun-Air of Scandinavia


AAdvantage Concierge Key, Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, Platinum and Gold members traveling on British Airways also enjoy:
Additional elite status bonus miles

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

Link to AAdvantage chart on earning miles flying BA.
Upgrading to First on 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-earning, 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).

Earning AAdvantage Miles on British Airways When Upgraded[/color]
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:
Pro-Active Online Upgrades (POUG)

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 and cost tracking
Airport Upgrades (AUP):

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

Link to thread on Airport Upgrades and cost tracking
Upgrading using Avios (UuA)
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 Upgrading using Avios
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Earning AA LPs / Award miles etc. BA / British Airways (inc. upgraded flights)

Old Feb 28, 2020, 3:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Jonesdds
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
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, 2020, 12:31 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, 2020, 2:14 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, 2020, 10:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Dave Noble
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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Old May 19, 2021, 1:45 pm
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AAdvantage credit for paid BA upgrade

Hello all, I would be grateful for any recent experiences with AA credit for a paid promotional BA upgrade.

I bought a Euro Traveller (N) fare and then subsequently paid in cash to upgrade to Club Europe. It now shows as (U) which is not on the Earning Chart for AA...looking through the thread it seems as there has been a range of experiences about what AA will actually credit for this type of paid upgrade.

Thanks so much for any info on what I should (or shouldn't) expect!
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Old May 19, 2021, 2:01 pm
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it all depends what BA sends through to AA. It’s BA’s decision.


Originally Posted by pH
Hello all, I would be grateful for any recent experiences with AA credit for a paid promotional BA upgrade.

I bought a Euro Traveller (N) fare and then subsequently paid in cash to upgrade to Club Europe. It now shows as (U) which is not on the Earning Chart for AA...looking through the thread it seems as there has been a range of experiences about what AA will actually credit for this type of paid upgrade.

Thanks so much for any info on what I should (or shouldn't) expect!
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Old May 21, 2021, 3:57 pm
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Originally Posted by AAExecPlatFlier
it all depends what BA sends through to AA. It’s BA’s decision.
Thank you! So I gather there is no rhyme or reason as to what BA normally sends over in these cases?
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Old Jul 10, 2021, 11:59 am
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Just wanted to verify since I have been out of this game for quite a while now:
4 segments, all 4 are BA flightnumbers but all of them are operated by American, booked in BA's B and T class.

Earnings according to the British Airways chart or American (since all 4 segements are operated by them).
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Old Jul 10, 2021, 12:17 pm
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Originally Posted by hmv
Just wanted to verify since I have been out of this game for quite a while now:
4 segments, all 4 are BA flightnumbers but all of them are operated by American, booked in BA's B and T class.

Earnings according to the British Airways chart or American (since all 4 segements are operated by them).
BA flight number = earning according to BA chart
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Old Dec 15, 2021, 12:46 pm
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Wondering the longest anyone has had to wait to get BA flights posted to their AAdvantage account? We traveled on BA marketed/AA operated flights on November 18 and after a week and a half seeing nothing posted, I filled out the missing mileage credit forms and have called into the AAdvantage desk to have someone "look into" it. All they did was say they've put in the request to BA to confirm the flights. We're approaching a full 30 days since flight time and still nothing. Anyone else run into this before? We did get on an earlier connecting flight as confirmed standby once we got back into the states, wondering if that threw the system for a loop. I'll probably give the desk another call right at the 30 day mark, but I don't know what's going on.
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Old Dec 16, 2021, 9:05 am
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Originally Posted by jamabam
Wondering the longest anyone has had to wait to get BA flights posted to their AAdvantage account? We traveled on BA marketed/AA operated flights on November 18 and after a week and a half seeing nothing posted, I filled out the missing mileage credit forms and have called into the AAdvantage desk to have someone "look into" it. All they did was say they've put in the request to BA to confirm the flights. We're approaching a full 30 days since flight time and still nothing. Anyone else run into this before? We did get on an earlier connecting flight as confirmed standby once we got back into the states, wondering if that threw the system for a loop. I'll probably give the desk another call right at the 30 day mark, but I don't know what's going on.
Ditto here. Flew BA on 11/19/2021. Filed a request with AA on 11/27/2021. Still nothing.
Reached out via Twitter, they just said, "we're working on it" - when pressed, they suggested I call AAdvantage.
Is this based on BA not sending over the flight info to AA?
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Old Dec 16, 2021, 9:23 am
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Originally Posted by OskiBear
Ditto here. Flew BA on 11/19/2021. Filed a request with AA on 11/27/2021. Still nothing.
Reached out via Twitter, they just said, "we're working on it" - when pressed, they suggested I call AAdvantage.
Is this based on BA not sending over the flight info to AA?
Oh wow interesting to hear you're in a similar situation. Did you make any changes to the itinerary at all leading up to or during travel time by any chance? Perhaps they really are having some system issue. I saw articles about the BA Executive Club being down for maintenance in November and they're apparently still having ongoing issues so maybe that's why. My conversations with the AAdvantage desk are that they do need BA to confirm the flights. Just a mess and it's frustrating since these flights would put me over the top for the next elite tier.
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Old Dec 16, 2021, 9:55 am
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Originally Posted by jamabam
Oh wow interesting to hear you're in a similar situation. Did you make any changes to the itinerary at all leading up to or during travel time by any chance? Perhaps they really are having some system issue. I saw articles about the BA Executive Club being down for maintenance in November and they're apparently still having ongoing issues so maybe that's why. My conversations with the AAdvantage desk are that they do need BA to confirm the flights. Just a mess and it's frustrating since these flights would put me over the top for the next elite tier.
Nothing unusual that I can recall. BA made a few schedule changes on me so I had to keep up with the evolution of the itinerary I booked. I did notice multiple ticket numbers in my booking but I submitted the request utilizing the ticket numbers on the boarding passes I actually had for the flight.

I'm in the same boat because there was a promo/challenge that required me to hit a certain EQD/EQM target before the end of November to reach PlatinumPro. These flights are supposed to tip me over to the next tier. i took a screenshot of the promo b/c I didn't want them to renege on the offer, but this is just so frustrating.
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Old Dec 16, 2021, 10:27 am
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Originally Posted by OskiBear
Nothing unusual that I can recall. BA made a few schedule changes on me so I had to keep up with the evolution of the itinerary I booked. I did notice multiple ticket numbers in my booking but I submitted the request utilizing the ticket numbers on the boarding passes I actually had for the flight.

I'm in the same boat because there was a promo/challenge that required me to hit a certain EQD/EQM target before the end of November to reach PlatinumPro. These flights are supposed to tip me over to the next tier. i took a screenshot of the promo b/c I didn't want them to renege on the offer, but this is just so frustrating.
My outbound had multiple schedule changes but those posted just a couple of days after the flights. The return was pretty straightforward except for that confirmed stanby change at the airport. Anyway, I plan to make phone calls in two days as that will be my 30 day mark . I'll report back what will likely be more runaround that they'll tell me. One thing that worries me is the website says to hold on to boarding passes, which I did not because why would I? Never thought they were capable of messing up something this simple. Hopefully it will not come to that.
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Old Dec 22, 2021, 9:51 am
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I flew BA a few times in the last few months with tickets purchased from AA (001) and miles were posted the next day or so. And that includes one leg that was reticketed to a BA flight (cancelled flight moved to earlier in the day). So I am a bit surprised.
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