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[2016 NEWBIE LOUNGE] Ask Your "Newbie" AA Questions Here (flame free)

Old Jan 2, 2016, 9:59 pm
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777 and 772

So I realize that LHR-JFK routes are on the newly refurbished 777s but does anyone know when they will start using 772s for the Asia routes? For example, I see that 777 is still being used on DFW-NRT route (although ORD-NRT seems to be on a 787 now) deep into the middle of this year.
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Old Jan 2, 2016, 10:18 pm
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Originally Posted by moonwoo
So I realize that LHR-JFK routes are on the newly refurbished 777s but does anyone know when they will start using 772s for the Asia routes? For example, I see that 777 is still being used on DFW-NRT route (although ORD-NRT seems to be on a 787 now) deep into the middle of this year.
There is a thread (or two) on that.

The problem is that AA has 47 777-223ERs, and seven are converted. And the seat AA "designed" (a dumbed down version of the OEM seat) became enough of a problem for Zodiac they got way behind. 787s parked in the desert, rather than producing revenue; 777s not getting their seats. AA cancelled the Zodiac contract, and at least AFAIK they have not signed ink with a new supplier.

Short version: it's gonna be a while.
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Old Jan 3, 2016, 12:01 am
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I'm glad no question is too stupid here I've accumulated a fair number of AAdvantage miles, but I'm about to redeem them for the first time. I've found some fares for a trip I'm going to take where I can get >$0.02/mile, so digging into my stash is the clear right option. But I haven't done this before so I figured I would bring my questions here!

I'm still coordinating the exact arrival and departure dates with some friends (who will be travelling separately), but I've found a few possible itineraries at the minimum 25k miles (it's a domestic flight), for our two most viable options, Fri-Weds and Sat-Weds. Friday has two departures while Saturday has four, so I figured I'd put a hold on the Fri-Weds itinerary while I wait for our plans to solidify. If we decide to leave on Saturday instead, can I change the hold (i.e., keep the Weds departure I've held) as long as the Saturday awards are still available?

Another question: I've got a Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select card, brand new in fact. Would I get the free checked bag/Group 1 boarding benefits if I use the card to pay the ~$10 in fees?

Thanks in advance for dealing with my silly questions!
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Old Jan 3, 2016, 1:00 am
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Flying AA biz HKG-DFW in a week, no OW Elite Status, excited about checking out lounges in HKG Airport especially Cathay's lounges, which lounges will I have access to as a biz passenger and which one should definitely visit for a great experience. Thanks.
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Old Jan 3, 2016, 1:21 am
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Originally Posted by rasgueado
I'm glad no question is too stupid here I've accumulated a fair number of AAdvantage miles, but I'm about to redeem them for the first time. I've found some fares for a trip I'm going to take where I can get >$0.02/mile, so digging into my stash is the clear right option. But I haven't done this before so I figured I would bring my questions here!

I'm still coordinating the exact arrival and departure dates with some friends (who will be travelling separately), but I've found a few possible itineraries at the minimum 25k miles (it's a domestic flight), for our two most viable options, Fri-Weds and Sat-Weds. Friday has two departures while Saturday has four, so I figured I'd put a hold on the Fri-Weds itinerary while I wait for our plans to solidify. If we decide to leave on Saturday instead, can I change the hold (i.e., keep the Weds departure I've held) as long as the Saturday awards are still available?

Another question: I've got a Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select card, brand new in fact. Would I get the free checked bag/Group 1 boarding benefits if I use the card to pay the ~$10 in fees?

Thanks in advance for dealing with my silly questions!
You should be able to change the held reservation, as long there is still space on the Sat flight. You will likely have to call in to make this change, and if I am not mistaken, this shouldn't affect your ability to ticket online and avoid the telephone fee. Another thing you could do is hold the Fri flight, hold the Sat flight, and hold the Wed flight in three separate reservations, and end up ticketing two of them. This ensures the Sat flight doesn't disappear, but you'll have 2 PNRs, which could cost you more if you wanted to make some changes and/or cancel.
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Old Jan 3, 2016, 1:23 am
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Originally Posted by Fescue7
Flying AA biz HKG-DFW in a week, no OW Elite Status, excited about checking out lounges in HKG Airport especially Cathay's lounges, which lounges will I have access to as a biz passenger and which one should definitely visit for a great experience. Thanks.
I think the nicest CX business lounge is The Bridge. I also like the noodle bar in The Wing. If it is open, I'd also visit the Qantas lounge.
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Old Jan 3, 2016, 1:38 am
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Originally Posted by JDiver
There is a thread (or two) on that.

The problem is that AA has 47 777-223ERs, and seven are converted. And the seat AA "designed" (a dumbed down version of the OEM seat) became enough of a problem for Zodiac they got way behind. 787s parked in the desert, rather than producing revenue; 777s not getting their seats. AA cancelled the Zodiac contract, and at least AFAIK they have not signed ink with a new supplier.

Short version: it's gonna be a while.

Thanks for the information. That's a big bummer
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Old Jan 3, 2016, 5:09 am
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Originally Posted by flyingeph12
I think the nicest CX business lounge is The Bridge. I also like the noodle bar in The Wing. If it is open, I'd also visit the Qantas lounge.
I'd second the noodle bar in The Wing. My last 2 trips to HK have been on Cathay, and The Wing is extremely convenient for gates 1-4. Returning from HKG on AA in 2 weeks, and look forward to trying The Bridge or The Pier. Though I may hit the noodle bar based upon reviews of AA meals (OK, but hardly CX).
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Old Jan 3, 2016, 5:21 am
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I have 2 questions...

1. Etihad - I read all details on AA website and my understanding is that we can earn AA miles by flying Etihad, but those miles might not be elite qualifying? It is true? On Etihad earning page of AA website, there is no such indication at all about EQM... If those miles are elite qualifying, then it seems only Etihad will earn you 100% miles even if we fly the cheapest fare class? This is the link I looked at: http://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/ea...nes/etihad.jsp
Please be noted that I am talking about booking a flight on Etihad directly (not AA code shared flights)...

2. Award booking - I wonder whether we can use SWU on award booking with AA? For example, if I have an award booking from Munich to SFO with AA, can I apply one SWU to this booking? Or SWU can only be applied to cash bookings?

Thanks for the answer!

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Old Jan 3, 2016, 6:30 am
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hey guys quick question - i earned 9232 EQM between august-december 2015 and earned another 4000-something the other day. however, on my account, the 9232 miles that i earned last year are now gone and my elite qualifying status to progress to gold only says 4130. i was wondering if there could be a mistake (because 1 year technically hasn't fully passed yet) or if whether the EQM really do expire after the day of the new year.
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Old Jan 3, 2016, 6:50 am
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Originally Posted by rvlcr
hey guys quick question - i earned 9232 EQM between august-december 2015 and earned another 4000-something the other day. however, on my account, the 9232 miles that i earned last year are now gone and my elite qualifying status to progress to gold only says 4130. i was wondering if there could be a mistake (because 1 year technically hasn't fully passed yet) or if whether the EQM really do expire after the day of the new year.
At 12.01am PST 01.01.2016 all accounts EQM and EQS are zeroed out and any flying done after that hour is considered for the new year 2016 not for the previous one 2015.

It seems that your flying activity is done (flight departure time) after that cut hour resulting in being posted for traveling 2016.
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Old Jan 3, 2016, 8:02 am
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Originally Posted by NA-Flyer
At 12.01am PST 01.01.2016 all accounts EQM and EQS are zeroed out and any flying done after that hour is considered for the new year 2016 not for the previous one 2015.

It seems that your flying activity is done (flight departure time) after that cut hour resulting in being posted for traveling 2016.
ok thanks, so now in order to qualify for gold i need to earn another 21,000 instead of 11,000?!
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Old Jan 3, 2016, 8:31 am
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Originally Posted by rvlcr
ok thanks, so now in order to qualify for gold i need to earn another 21,000 instead of 11,000?!
Correct, and it all must be before 12 midnight Dec 31 2016. Then your status will be valid until through Feb 28, 2018.
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Old Jan 3, 2016, 8:54 am
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Originally Posted by akcae
Correct, and it all must be before 12 midnight Dec 31 2016. Then your status will be valid until through Feb 28, 2018.
Actually, through January 31, 2018 under the new policies.
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Old Jan 3, 2016, 9:20 am
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Originally Posted by apeortdz
Actually, through January 31, 2018 under the new policies.
Yes; you're correct.
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