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Old Dec 20, 17, 12:34 pm
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So, I'm trying to make sense of how partner EQDs per mile work.

Do I need to book through the partner airline I.e. Buy the ticket from Qatar airways to get 20% EQDs per mile, or does buying through aa.com count?

Also in both cases, how does the AA portion of a multi-leg flight get calculated?

If I book a flight through QA that has AA legs but is coded as QA all the way down, do the AA legs give spend or mile based EQDs?

If I book a flight through AA that has QA legs in it, do those give spend or mile based EQDs?
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Old Dec 20, 17, 12:38 pm
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Originally Posted by dj903jd View Post
guys, I just wanted to confirm that if I redeem AA miles for an itinerary involving BA flights, that the carrier-imposed fee (~$500 in this case) will be refunded appropriately if I change the routing to eliminate the BA flights. That is, that in general when one changes the routing on an award itinerary, if the total fees are less on the new itinerary than the old one, the difference is refunded. Thanks
Yes, that is correct. If you book an itinerary involving BA flights and then subsequently change to one that doesn't, the difference in taxes and fees will be refunded. The way that I've seen this work in practice is that the old taxes/fees will be refunded entirely, and the new taxes/fees charged to your credit card.
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Old Dec 20, 17, 1:09 pm
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Originally Posted by rgkessinger View Post
So, I'm trying to make sense of how partner EQDs per mile work.

Do I need to book through the partner airline I.e. Buy the ticket from Qatar airways to get 20% EQDs per mile, or does buying through aa.com count?

Also in both cases, how does the AA portion of a multi-leg flight get calculated?

If I book a flight through QA that has AA legs but is coded as QA all the way down, do the AA legs give spend or mile based EQDs?

If I book a flight through AA that has QA legs in it, do those give spend or mile based EQDs?
All depends on the flight number. AA flight numbers earn based on fare, partner flight numbers earn based on distance.
I think mixed itineraries are prorated based on distance.
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Old Dec 20, 17, 1:11 pm
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Originally Posted by jay_dubya View Post
All depends on the flight number. AA flight numbers earn based on fare, partner flight numbers earn based on distance.
I think mixed itineraries are prorated based on distance.
So an AA.com booking with a QA flight number is based off distance?

That seems kind of silly of them, since if it's booked through AA.com they obviously see the fare paid.
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Old Dec 20, 17, 1:18 pm
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Originally Posted by rgkessinger View Post
So, I'm trying to make sense of how partner EQDs per mile work.

Do I need to book through the partner airline I.e. Buy the ticket from Qatar airways to get 20% EQDs per mile, or does buying through aa.com count?

Also in both cases, how does the AA portion of a multi-leg flight get calculated?

If I book a flight through QA that has AA legs but is coded as QA all the way down, do the AA legs give spend or mile based EQDs?

If I book a flight through AA that has QA legs in it, do those give spend or mile based EQDs?
The easiest way to determine what you'll earn is to see which airline each segment is coded. All AA-coded segments book on the AA chart, which generally means earning more EQMs and fewer EQDs (fare-based), while partner-coded segments generally earn more EQDs (distance-based). Use a site like GCMap.com to determine the distance of each segment, then use the airline earnings charts on AA.com to determine the EQM/EQD percentages for that segment. Add them up, and that will give you an approximation of what AAdvantage credit you'll earn.
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Old Dec 20, 17, 2:09 pm
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I'll be flying in first from SFO nonstop to MIA and am wondering what to expect with regard to the front cabin service. Equipment is a B737-800 and it's a morning departure with breakfast served. From what I see, it does not appear there will be anything special - just a long flight in domestic F. Anyone have any experience with this type of transcon?
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Old Dec 20, 17, 5:07 pm
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Originally Posted by jlemon View Post
I'll be flying in first from SFO nonstop to MIA and am wondering what to expect with regard to the front cabin service. Equipment is a B737-800 and it's a morning departure with breakfast served. From what I see, it does not appear there will be anything special - just a long flight in domestic F. Anyone have any experience with this type of transcon?
There are three or four configurations of 737s, though in the end they’ll all end up the same by the time refurbishment is done (with less legroom up front than currently, but above BA and other European carriers with 30” pitch and 3x3 seating. Search thread titles for “737” (include the quotation marks)and you’ll come up with threads on each configuration.

Keep expectations low and it’ll be ok. Seats two by two, may have seatback entertainment or may not - may offer WiFi IFE served to your device. Will offer WiFi. Will possibly offer slabby feeling slider slimline seats that feel very old after three hours. You might have predeparture beverage service of water, orange juice or sparkling wine, or not. In my experience, as recently as last month, just a long domestic flight, nothing special in the air.
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Old Dec 20, 17, 5:17 pm
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Originally Posted by rgkessinger View Post
So, I'm trying to make sense of how partner EQDs per mile work.

Do I need to book through the partner airline I.e. Buy the ticket from Qatar airways to get 20% EQDs per mile, or does buying through aa.com count?

Also in both cases, how does the AA portion of a multi-leg flight get calculated?

If I book a flight through QA that has AA legs but is coded as QA all the way down, do the AA legs give spend or mile based EQDs?

If I book a flight through AA that has QA legs in it, do those give spend or mile based EQDs?
Which airline is QA? The only oneworld airlines I’m aware of with Q names are Qantas (QF) and Qatar (QR).

Where you buy the tickets generally doesn’t matter. The marketing airline (the airline denoting the flight, such as AA 125) matters, and if the marketing carrier is not the operating carrier the operating carrier must generally be a oneworld or affiliate carrier.

I recommend two threads:

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...es-2017-a.html

and

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...rs-2017-a.html.

In particular, read the Wikipost information summaries at the tip of the pages.
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Old Dec 21, 17, 11:34 am
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post
Which airline is QA? The only oneworld airlines I’m aware of with Q names are Qantas (QF) and Qatar (QR).

Where you buy the tickets generally doesn’t matter. The marketing airline (the airline denoting the flight, such as AA 125) matters, and if the marketing carrier is not the operating carrier the operating carrier must generally be a oneworld or affiliate carrier.

I recommend two threads:

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...es-2017-a.html


and

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...rs-2017-a.html
.

In particular, read the Wikipost information summaries at the tip of the pages.
Couldn't find QA on the Q codes at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_airline_codes_(Q) but it was worth a shot to if it is previously unknown airline operating on the remote island where Kong resides. Pretty sure that if if the hypothetical QA carrier exists, they'll go revenue based next year anyway and given American's track record with partners lately, you won't be able to redeem on them for long!

Last edited by enpremiere; Dec 21, 17 at 11:35 am Reason: (Really did want to see if there was an IATA code for QA just in case it wasn't a major one)
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Old Dec 21, 17, 12:38 pm
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post
Which airline is QA? The only oneworld airlines I’m aware of with Q names are Qantas (QF) and Qatar (QR).
OP clearly mentioned Qatar in the post, so obviously that's what was meant, despite the mistaken airline code.

This is the newbie thread, be nice, right?

Welcome to FT rgkessinger!
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Old Dec 21, 17, 3:53 pm
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Re-checking bags in MUC transferring from AA to A3?

I'm flying on AA PHL-MUC and then connecting on A3 MUC-HER. It's all on one ticket issued on AA stock (PHL-MUC-HER).

Since A3 is not OneWorld, I'm not sure if there's an interline agreement between them. Will bags checked in PHL go all the way to HER automatically, or do they need to be reclaimed in MUC and re-checked on A3 to HER? I don't think I've ever had to deal with this scenario. I almost never check bags, and I don't think I've ever had an international connection switching airlines. I'd be fine with carry-on but I'll be traveling with my mom and I'm sure she'll want to check her suitcase.

Thanks
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Old Dec 21, 17, 11:14 pm
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I emailed AA five days ago about a status match/challenge. No response.

Should I re-send, or is this sort of lag typical?
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Old Dec 22, 17, 4:34 am
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I'd like a friend from the US to get a AA credit card (mainly for the sign up bonus), however he's worried that applying for a credit card can hurt his credit score..is it true ? i think there's no harm in applying for a credit card, even if they reject you..(but im from Europe so I really have no idea how the credit card system works in the US..)
p.s. Happy holidays !!
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Old Dec 22, 17, 7:20 am
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First time in First Class

This is my first post. Please be courteous.

I will be flying first/business class for the first time ever. Here is my flight info.

July 12, 2018: AUS to DFW AA 2239 First / DFW to KOA 229 First
July 18, 2018: KOA to HNL HA 287 Coach
July 23-24, 2018: HNL to DFW AA 8 Business / DFW to AUS 1991 First
FYI I have the Aviator card not the Citi card

Here are my questions.
1. I understand there is a separate Check In line for luggage/boarding pass. Is there any difference for security? Any tips for Check In?
2. At the airport, it looks like First Class does not get me access to the Admirals Club. I am new to AA so I do not have Elite status. Am I correct in this or only for DFW? How about AUS or HNL?
3. For the 777, I am guessing that boarding is about 45 minutes before departure. Is that correct?
4. On the plane, specifically the 777s, based on research on this site, it looks like it is version 4 with the Zodiac seats alternating front facing and rear facing. Is this correct?
5. Do I need to place carry-ons in the overhead or will there be room near my seat?
6. I am travelling with relatives who are flying in coach. From what I have read here, it looks like we will not be able to meet up during the flight. Any thoughts?
7. Do I need to set an alarm on the overnight or will the FA wake me up for any meals?
8. My wife and I listen to an audio book, so we booked the 2 middle seats. Will there be a partition and if so, can it be removed?
9. Any other tips for a first time First Class flyer would be appreciated.

Thanks
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Old Dec 22, 17, 9:24 am
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Originally Posted by fanb View Post
I'd like a friend from the US to get a AA credit card (mainly for the sign up bonus), however he's worried that applying for a credit card can hurt his credit score..is it true ? i think there's no harm in applying for a credit card, even if they reject you..(but im from Europe so I really have no idea how the credit card system works in the US..)
p.s. Happy holidays !!
An application can bring a "hard pull" of his credit report, which would generally take a few points off his score, but it isn't major. A lot would depend on his general credit history.
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