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Old Jan 17, 18, 9:14 am
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Originally Posted by guv1976 View Post
AAnytime award seats should always be available, as long as a flight still has seats available for sale.
But note that AAnytime is only available on AA flights, and not on partners.
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Old Jan 17, 18, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by swag View Post
There's a thread specifically about married segments on awards, and there are some recent indications that you may no longer be allowed to drop a segment if only married-segment inventory is available.

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...egments-3.html
Thank you all for this, very valuable information (and links).

Being that I only have Avios (and not AA points), I can't even pull up the married itinerary on BA... because it is married Oh, well, time to earn money for the actual tickets...
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Old Jan 17, 18, 1:44 pm
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Originally Posted by Lazarev View Post
Thank you all for this, very valuable information (and links).

Being that I only have Avios (and not AA points), I can't even pull up the married itinerary on BA... because it is married Oh, well, time to earn money for the actual tickets...
The ba.com website often has difficulty displaying award itineraries that involve connecting flights on AA. So it's possible that the Bay Area connection is available with Avios. If you are willing to pay the extra Avios, I would call BAEC and ask them to check.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 4:31 am
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Hello all – is there an earliest time when checking in luggage is available with AA at LAX T4?
  • We arrive on BA from LHR into TBIT with a scheduled arrival of 1:05pm
  • We then fly from LAX to LAS on AA from T4 at 10:40pm
  • Can we check in and drop our luggage in the afternoon? Let’s assume it will be ca. 2:30pm by the time we get to T4 (I think I can use Flagship First check-in as a OW Emerald)
  • We then plan to meet some friends who live nearby and head to the beach for a few hours, before returning to LAX for our late departure

My usual airline is BA and as an Executive Club Gold I can effectively check in and drop bags whenever I want from the point LHR T5 opens each day – the only reference I have seen on aa.com is to baggage drop being available from 4 hours before the flight.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 7:40 am
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Originally Posted by daftboy View Post
Hello all – is there an earliest time when checking in luggage is available with AA at LAX T4?
  • We arrive on BA from LHR into TBIT with a scheduled arrival of 1:05pm
  • We then fly from LAX to LAS on AA from T4 at 10:40pm
  • Can we check in and drop our luggage in the afternoon? Let’s assume it will be ca. 2:30pm by the time we get to T4 (I think I can use Flagship First check-in as a OW Emerald)
  • We then plan to meet some friends who live nearby and head to the beach for a few hours, before returning to LAX for our late departure
My usual airline is BA and as an Executive Club Gold I can effectively check in and drop bags whenever I want from the point LHR T5 opens each day – the only reference I have seen on aa.com is to baggage drop being available from 4 hours before the flight.
Is this on one ticket or two? If it's on one ticket, when you check in with BA, they should be able to tag your bags all the way through to LAS allowing you to just drop your bags off after customs at LAX, eliminating any worries about check in times for AA.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 9:04 am
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Originally Posted by wrp96 View Post
Is this on one ticket or two? If it's on one ticket, when you check in with BA, they should be able to tag your bags all the way through to LAS allowing you to just drop your bags off after customs at LAX, eliminating any worries about check in times for AA.
It is two tickets - the transatlantic on BA is an award ticket, then a paid ticket on AA in First (solely for the BA tier points!)

BA no longer offer to through check on separate tickets (even on their own metal!), so unfortunately that won't work. I am comfortable with the stroll over to T4 when we do retrieve our bags, just wondering if we will be too early to drop off our baggage.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 9:07 am
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Originally Posted by daftboy View Post
It is two tickets - the transatlantic on BA is an award ticket, then a paid ticket on AA in First (solely for the BA tier points!)

BA no longer offer to through check on separate tickets (even on their own metal!), so unfortunately that won't work. I am comfortable with the stroll over to T4 when we do retrieve our bags, just wondering if we will be too early to drop off our baggage.
If it was one ticket, I'd agree that it wouldn't be a problem. With 2 tickets, I'd say it is unlikely. I've actually been in situations where several passengers were waiting for the 4 hour mark, while the agent read a book, before we could check bags.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 9:07 am
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Originally Posted by daftboy View Post
It is two tickets - the transatlantic on BA is an award ticket, then a paid ticket on AA in First (solely for the BA tier points!)

BA no longer offer to through check on separate tickets (even on their own metal!), so unfortunately that won't work. I am comfortable with the stroll over to T4 when we do retrieve our bags, just wondering if we will be too early to drop off our baggage.
At a hub like LAX, it's usually not a problem to drop your bags off many hours before your flight. I've done it before. 8 hours might be a lot, though! I think the bag drop time is for facilities where they're not checking in passengers ALL DAY. At a place like LAX, they should be able to take your luggage since they're open all the time. Someone may tell me I'm wrong, though.

If that fails, there is a luggage storage facility right next to the In-N-Out on Sepulveda.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 10:07 am
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Originally Posted by DMPHL View Post
At a hub like LAX, it's usually not a problem to drop your bags off many hours before your flight. I've done it before. 8 hours might be a lot, though! I think the bag drop time is for facilities where they're not checking in passengers ALL DAY. At a place like LAX, they should be able to take your luggage since they're open all the time. Someone may tell me I'm wrong, though.

If that fails, there is a luggage storage facility right next to the In-N-Out on Sepulveda.
Thanks DMPHL and aztimm - I think its likely our local friends will come and collect us from LAX, so worst case scenario we can simply pop our luggage in their trunk (we won't have much, it is only a short trip, but we will want to check bags).

I will report back if we are succesful (it's not for a few months)
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Old Jan 18, 18, 10:54 am
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Any idea on lounge access during my connection at JFK. I have an award ticket on RJ Business arriving JFK and then First class (321-T/32B lie flat) to BOS. I doubt I can access the Flagship First lounge, but possibly just the admirals club? Would I be able to leverage my RJ biz ticket to get into Flagship lounge?
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Old Jan 18, 18, 1:36 pm
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Originally Posted by bosflyer93 View Post
Any idea on lounge access during my connection at JFK. I have an award ticket on RJ Business arriving JFK and then First class (321-T/32B lie flat) to BOS. I doubt I can access the Flagship First lounge, but possibly just the admirals club? Would I be able to leverage my RJ biz ticket to get into Flagship lounge?
Your RJ biz ticket provides access to the Flagship Lounge during your connection.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 2:13 pm
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Your RJ biz ticket provides access to the Flagship Lounge during your connection.
Oh, that's excellent. Now what about Flagship First Dining? Too much to hope for?
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Old Jan 18, 18, 2:48 pm
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I have lost my AA status but have quite a few 500mile upgrades. I travel frequently with someone who is AA gold and one time since we were on the same PNR, the gate agent was able to use them. Now I'm not sure if this was the exception or the norm but my question is as follows:

Can a non status AA flyer (British airways silver if that matters) fly with an AA gold on the same PNR and use their 500mile upgrades on the party? Would this work on flights to Mexico?

I'm wondering if anyone knows the answer to this. I called AA a couple of times and am getting conflicting answers from reps
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Old Jan 18, 18, 3:52 pm
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Originally Posted by bosflyer93 View Post
Oh, that's excellent. Now what about Flagship First Dining? Too much to hope for?
Too much to hope for. That is only for international first class passengers (and the premium transcons). International business class/domestic first doesn't provide access.
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Old Jan 18, 18, 5:14 pm
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Airside check-in at LAX?

Thinking of booking LAX-HND/NRT on AA as I haven't tried out the premium economy yet. I was considering booking a separate AS ticket SEA-LAX arriving 3-4 hrs prior.

Is there any way to check in/retrieve my boarding pass airside at LAX for the Japan flight in case OLCI fails? Or will I have to return to the check-in desk?

I am aware of the risk of misconnect, I just want my extra 1900 AS EQMs
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