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Old Jan 7, 2016, 1:22 pm
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I have a measly 2k miles on AA but have about 105K in miles through Chase UR and Amex. Some friends and I want to fly to Mexico in a few months. I want to use some of the 105k to fly business or first on AA but I don't entirely get the award ticket explanations on AA's website. I don't want to use (for example) 100k points thinking I'm flying business or first then there's no room and I'm left in economy and spent nearly all my points on an economy seat or without a ticket a at all.

Another hitch is they want to go to Mexico during Memorial Day Weekend or July 4 which (probably?) means I will be unable to fly business or first?
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Originally Posted by meraki
I have a measly 2k miles on AA but have about 105K in miles through Chase UR and Amex. Some friends and I want to fly to Mexico in a few months. I want to use some of the 105k to fly business or first on AA but I don't entirely get the award ticket explanations on AA's website. I don't want to use (for example) 100k points thinking I'm flying business or first then there's no room and I'm left in economy and spent nearly all my points on an economy seat or without a ticket a at all.

Another hitch is they want to go to Mexico during Memorial Day Weekend or July 4 which (probably?) means I will be unable to fly business or first?
From what city do you plan to depart? To which Mexican city do you plan to fly?

Since neither Chase UR points nor Amex MR points transfer directly to AA, realistically, the only way to use your points on AA is to:

1) use your points as cash to purchase a cash ticket; or

2) transfer them to British Airways and redeem them for AA award travel at the BA Avios rate. Avios are only redeemable for AA "SAAver" award seats (which are capacity controlled).
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Old Jan 7, 2016, 4:03 pm
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Originally Posted by meraki
... but I don't entirely get the award ticket explanations on AA's website. I don't want to use (for example) 100k points thinking I'm flying business or first then there's no room and I'm left in economy and spent nearly all my points on an economy seat or without a ticket a at all.
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Award tickets on AA, whether booked with AA miles or BA Avios are confirmed tickets, in the class that's ticketed.

If you have a connection, make sure before you book the ticket that you verify the class of service for each leg. AA will sometimes show a premium cabin award even if only one leg is in that cabin, for example, LAX-DFW-CUN, where LAX-DFW is in coach because no saver award space is available.

But if it shows you're in business/first when you ticket it, that that's where you'll fly. No worry about being downgraded because they decide to sell the seats instead, they don't do that.
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Old Jan 7, 2016, 6:33 pm
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I found a flight on BA for BIO-TXL but when I go to AA's website, I don't see it. Is it possible to book that flight with AA points?
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Old Jan 7, 2016, 6:48 pm
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Originally Posted by snowboardpunk
I found a flight on BA for BIO-TXL but when I go to AA's website, I don't see it. Is it possible to book that flight with AA points?
Is the flight a BA marketed flight (BA codeshare)? If so, codeshares, with very few exceptions, are not bookable as AA awards.
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Old Jan 7, 2016, 7:34 pm
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Is the flight a BA marketed flight (BA codeshare)? If so, codeshares, with very few exceptions, are not bookable as AA awards.
How can you tell if its a BA marketed flight?
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Old Jan 7, 2016, 8:29 pm
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Is the flight a BA marketed flight (BA codeshare)? If so, codeshares, with very few exceptions, are not bookable as AA awards.
How can you tell if its a BA marketed flight?
According to the BIO airport wiki, the only airline that flies BIO-TXL is Vueling -- and only seasonally. Vueling flights are not bookable with AA miles.
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Old Jan 7, 2016, 9:31 pm
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According to the BIO airport wiki, the only airline that flies BIO-TXL is Vueling -- and only seasonally. Vueling flights are not bookable with AA miles.
Its not a direct flight! BIO-LHR-TXL, yea I do have to pay a little more taxes but cheaper than paying for another flight and using LHR as a stop over.
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Old Jan 7, 2016, 10:28 pm
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According to the BIO airport wiki, the only airline that flies BIO-TXL is Vueling -- and only seasonally. Vueling flights are not bookable with AA miles.
Its not a direct flight! BIO-LHR-TXL, yea I do have to pay a little more taxes but cheaper than paying for another flight and using LHR as a stop over.
You might have said that originally. From your original post:

"I found a flight on BA for BIO-TXL."

Indicating that it was a connection via LHR might have eliminated some of the confusion.

Can you find award seats on each individual leg on aa.com? If so, put them on hold via AA's multi-city award-booking engine, and then call AA to see if the award itinerary can be re-priced as a single award.

If Vueling's BIO-TXL seasonal service is operating when you want to fly, I'd also suggest comparing the cost of a cash ticket on that flight with the taxes and fees you would pay for an AA award ticket requiring a connection at LHR.
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Old Jan 8, 2016, 7:47 am
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From what city do you plan to depart? To which Mexican city do you plan to fly?

Since neither Chase UR points nor Amex MR points transfer directly to AA, realistically, the only way to use your points on AA is to:

1) use your points as cash to purchase a cash ticket; or

2) transfer them to British Airways and redeem them for AA award travel at the BA Avios rate. Avios are only redeemable for AA "SAAver" award seats (which are capacity controlled).
I'd be flying from any of the NYC airports (LGA, EWR, JFK) to PVR.

No one I'm traveling with is airline loyal so if transferring to Delta or UA would be easier from UR or Amex MR then that's what I'd probably do. Transferring my points to BA to redeem for an AA flight seems like a lot of work haha I'm a total newb

There are no direct flights on any airline from NYC to PVR so there would be a layover.
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Old Jan 8, 2016, 8:11 am
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Raleigh to Rome upgrade question

OK, I apologize in advance for being new to this subject matter.

I and my travel companion are Platinum on AA and I have about 150,000 miles/points available. I have been awarded a trip to Rome from RDU that includes round trip airfare/etc. I am free to pay the difference if I want to upgrade to business. I would like to use points for the upgrade. I see on the chart that it is 25,000 points plus $350 each way each ticket for the upgrade or 100,000 points and $1400 for both round trip. I'm fine with that.

I joined expertflyer and best I can tell on there I need to be searching for "c" inventory which is labeled as business class upgrades. I see 0 seats on all the flights I looked at this summer. Can someone help as to what I should be searching for, if at all? Am I seeing 0 because I don't know what to look for or just because there is no availability to upgrade.

Also, if this travel agency issues the tickets, can they be upgraded by me by calling American after they are issued? Thanks in advance!
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Old Jan 8, 2016, 8:12 am
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Originally Posted by meraki
I'd be flying from any of the NYC airports (LGA, EWR, JFK) to PVR.

No one I'm traveling with is airline loyal so if transferring to Delta or UA would be easier from UR or Amex MR then that's what I'd probably do. Transferring my points to BA to redeem for an AA flight seems like a lot of work haha I'm a total newb

There are no direct flights on any airline from NYC to PVR so there would be a layover.
Using Avios for those flights isn't that bad a deal. But use Google Flights to see what alternatives and pricing exist for you.
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Old Jan 8, 2016, 8:12 am
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I am unable to find any JAL F (or J to a lesser degree) reward seats anywhere! Why is this?
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Old Jan 8, 2016, 8:15 am
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Originally Posted by tarheel1978
OK, I apologize in advance for being new to this subject matter.

I and my travel companion are Platinum on AA and I have about 150,000 miles/points available. I have been awarded a trip to Rome from RDU that includes round trip airfare/etc. I am free to pay the difference if I want to upgrade to business. I would like to use points for the upgrade. I see on the chart that it is 25,000 points plus $350 each way each ticket for the upgrade or 100,000 points and $1400 for both round trip. I'm fine with that.

I joined expertflyer and best I can tell on there I need to be searching for "c" inventory which is labeled as business class upgrades. I see 0 seats on all the flights I looked at this summer. Can someone help as to what I should be searching for, if at all? Am I seeing 0 because I don't know what to look for or just because there is no availability to upgrade.

Also, if this travel agency issues the tickets, can they be upgraded by me by calling American after they are issued? Thanks in advance!
Congrats on your award!

You're correct, the flight you need to upgrade needs space in C inventory. It's not uncommon for AA to zero it out, as you're seeing, and then release some later, as the flight approaches, once they get a better understanding what will sell. For some flights, like the ever-popular DFW-HKG, they only release it about 28-24hrs prior to departure.

You can call and request your cash+miles upgrade and be waitlisted. When/if C inventory opens up, waitlisted upgrades will clear, based on passenger status and time requested (so earlier the better). You can also proactively keep checking, and if you see C open up, call or tweet and you may luck out and jump the line and have them clear you right away.

Good luck.
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Old Jan 8, 2016, 8:27 am
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From what city do you plan to depart? To which Mexican city do you plan to fly?

Since neither Chase UR points nor Amex MR points transfer directly to AA, realistically, the only way to use your points on AA is to:

1) use your points as cash to purchase a cash ticket; or

2) transfer them to British Airways and redeem them for AA award travel at the BA Avios rate. Avios are only redeemable for AA "SAAver" award seats (which are capacity controlled).
I'd be flying from any of the NYC airports (LGA, EWR, JFK) to PVR.

No one I'm traveling with is airline loyal so if transferring to Delta or UA would be easier from UR or Amex MR then that's what I'd probably do. Transferring my points to BA to redeem for an AA flight seems like a lot of work haha I'm a total newb

There are no direct flights on any airline from NYC to PVR so there would be a layover.
AA, DL, and UA all serve PVR, so you just need to do award searches on their respective websites to see who has low-tier award availability for when you wish to travel. NYC-DFW-PVR on AA would cost 17,500 BA Avios one way in Coach, but only when "SAAver" award seats are available.

DL offers JFK-PVR nonstops, but that service is seasonal, not year-round.
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