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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 ďUpgrade my class of travel with moneyĒ link from within MMB, or the ďUpgrade to the next available cabinĒ 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 Dec 8, 2023, 12:37 am
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BA Long Haul Flights Not Posting

Iíve now done three BA round trips in J/F since the switch to revenue based earning in October. The legs prior to, and after, the long haul portions are all posting. However, all 6 of the long haul legs havenít posted. Further, the short legs have all posted under the old regime (which I was told they would but the forum and the policy language suggested otherwise).

All BA booked and with BA flight numbers on their ticket stock.

Anyone having a similar experience?
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Old Dec 8, 2023, 1:48 am
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Booked before Oct 18(?) And flown after?

I'm waiting on a BA longhaul, albeit booked after, to post. It has only been a bit over a week though, so nothing too unusual.

Very interesting that despite clearly stating otherwise, the flights booked as distance vs fare.
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Old Dec 8, 2023, 5:16 am
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Originally Posted by Antarius
Booked before Oct 18(?) And flown after?

I'm waiting on a BA longhaul, albeit booked after, to post. It has only been a bit over a week though, so nothing too unusual.

Very interesting that despite clearly stating otherwise, the flights booked as distance vs fare.
I'm also waiting on BA long and short haul flights from over a week ago to post.
I also have a BA short haul flight from over a month ago that hasn't posted.
I just had the flights from last week post, all at the same time. Interestingly the outbound and short haul return are on one posting, and the long haul return is on a second posting. Posted correctly as fare as well.
No sign of the other short haul flight, will probably have to write in as the missing miles form doesn't think it's a valid ticket number.

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Old Dec 8, 2023, 6:36 am
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Originally Posted by Antarius
Booked before Oct 18(?) And flown after?

I'm waiting on a BA longhaul, albeit booked after, to post. It has only been a bit over a week though, so nothing too unusual.

Very interesting that despite clearly stating otherwise, the flights booked as distance vs fare.
All booked before October 18th. About to take a flight booked after, so itíll be interesting to see how that posts comparatively.

Just had one RT, both legs, post andÖ itís on distance.
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Old Dec 8, 2023, 10:08 am
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Originally Posted by wutlol
Just had one RT, both legs, post andÖ itís on distance.
For BA bookings/flights crediting to BA, that would be correct. (The 18th Oct cutoff is for bookings on BA, not actual flights as on AA) I suspect that despite AA's own rule if the miles are coming from BA you're getting what you're given, as it were.

Actually, checking my own records, I had a BA short-haul trip that straddled Oct 18th. The flights were credited correctly*, to AA, as distance outbound, fare return.

*correct for method, but both legs had an error in miles amount. The distance leg used the wrong % for Y fare code, and the fare leg was more than half the fare for what was the much cheaper leg.

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Old Dec 8, 2023, 7:57 pm
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I'm confused (and I'm also in the same situation). I have a BA ticket EU-US with the outbound happening before 10/18, and the return afterwards. The only flight segment which has yet to post (and it's been three weeks) is the SAN-LHR segemnt. So, I put in a missing mileage request. However, the intra-Europe flight on the return posted as fare-based; and much less than if it were distance-based. Are people saying that if these tickets were purchased before 10/18 and flown afterwards, AA is still going to give us the mileage based upon distance and booking code?
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Old Dec 8, 2023, 10:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Fanjet
Are people saying that if these tickets were purchased before 10/18 and flown afterwards, AA is still going to give us the mileage based upon distance and booking code?
some people are getting distance based posting while others aren't. The published rule is fare based for AA posting for flights after 10/18.

If you get distance based and it benefits you, you're lucky. If you get distance based and fare is preferred, call AA. If you get fare based, it is what it is.
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Old Dec 9, 2023, 6:49 am
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Here's a data point...
I flew on Nov 30 GVA-LHR-PHX on BA with BA ticket stock. The flights posted as fare on 12/8. The trip was booked pre Oct 18.
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Old Dec 9, 2023, 9:29 am
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Originally Posted by wutlol
All booked before October 18th. About to take a flight booked after, so itíll be interesting to see how that posts comparatively.
My first set of flights booked after 10/18 just posted (3 BA marketed segments, 1 AA operated). All posted as fare as I expected.
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Old Dec 9, 2023, 10:28 am
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I had a flight from ORD-LHR, booked as a business class ticket on AA stock, with an AA flight number, but operated by BA. I used a SWU to move to first, which changed the reservation to the BA prime flight number. Regardless, the flight was 11/27, and should have posted as fare, but instead posted as distance.

Is this something AAdvantage customer service is able to fix? Anyone have experience with this?
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Old Dec 9, 2023, 12:51 pm
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Originally Posted by DMPHL
I had a flight from ORD-LHR, booked as a business class ticket on AA stock, with an AA flight number, but operated by BA. I used a SWU to move to first, which changed the reservation to the BA prime flight number. Regardless, the flight was 11/27, and should have posted as fare, but instead posted as distance.

Is this something AAdvantage customer service is able to fix? Anyone have experience with this?
Contact AA and request it be revised. Fare is per their stated rules.
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Old Dec 31, 2023, 2:56 pm
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Flew BA LAX-LHR December 21st and still no miles awarded

Any recent experiences where it's taken longer than 10 days?

Tickets were purchased before the October change.
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Old Jan 2, 2024, 9:34 pm
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Has anyone tried to ask AA to make an exception and provide a true up to distance-based LPs for BA flights purchased in advance of the announcement of the change to fare-based LP earnings but flown after the cutover?
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Old Jan 2, 2024, 9:47 pm
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Originally Posted by hhbean
Has anyone tried to ask AA to make an exception and provide a true up to distance-based LPs for BA flights purchased in advance of the announcement of the change to fare-based LP earnings but flown after the cutover?

I tried because my return was after the switch and valued much less and they said no.
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Old Jan 3, 2024, 11:40 am
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We have another thread on BA flights not posting and claiming it was "posted to BA FFP" when it wasnt.

Moderator, should these threads be revised?
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