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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 Apr 6, 2024, 4:14 am
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crediting miles to AA

My partner and I flew 2 BA flights (BA metal and BA flight #s, purchased directly on BA.com) 7 days ago, and he got his miles credited to his AA account a couple of days ago.

I had first put in my BA account number in my reservation but at airport check-in, I asked the agent to switch to AA, and my AA number did print out correctly on both boarding passes. However, neither flights have posted to my AA account yet. Is this normal - how long does it usually take for BA flights to post to AA?
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Old Apr 6, 2024, 6:27 am
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Check first to see if they have credited to your BA account.

If so you need to contact BA to reverse that transaction and once that's done do a retro claim with AA

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Old Apr 6, 2024, 6:56 am
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The miles were not credited to my BA account.

I just want to know how long I should wait for them to be posted to my AA account, so that I don't prematurely contact AA to claim for retro miles. (I had never flown BA before and so don't have an idea about the normal lag time for BA flights to post to AA account.)

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Old Apr 6, 2024, 7:56 am
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Originally Posted by sfvoyage
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The miles were not credited to my BA account.

I just want to know how long I should wait for them to be posted to my AA account, so that I don't prematurely contact AA to claim for retro miles. (I had never flown BA before and so don't have an idea about the normal lag time for BA flights to post to AA account.)
In my experience, BA flights post within a few days. That said, I'd wait about two weeks before filing a claim.
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Old May 8, 2024, 2:13 pm
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I had read that this was a problem months ago but I thought it had been resolved by now. I just flew RT JFK-LHR on BA using SWUs to go from Economy to "World Traveler Plus" (= AA Premium Economy).

When the outbound flight did not post after several days I suspected a problem and filled out the online missing miles form. Then the next day the miles and LPs posted favorably to my account based on Distance, so I thought it was resolved. But a couple of days later I got an email from AA saying my mileage request had been denied because of "Ineligible Booking Code." I checked my account and the miles and LPs are still there so I don't know if there'll be an attempt to take them back or not.

I just returned yesterday on the second flight so not sure how that is going to play out. Nothing has posted yet.

Is this an endemic problem when using SWUs for BA flights? And at least if this problem has been fixed to stop sending these follow-up emails about denying them.
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Old May 13, 2024, 9:47 am
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I bought and paid for a flight in PE on BA before the change to award miles based on fare instead of distance.
Would the crediting of miles be valid or am I going to be awarded based on fare?
If based on fare, would be say $1000 for 5 miles then Exec Plat would get 120% on that? 5000+6000?

On another matter, how would code shares work?
Iberia flight numbers but operated by Qatar Airways..
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