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Old Sep 11, 18, 7:11 pm
  #1486  
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: RDU <|> MMX
Programs: AA EXP 2MM, SK EBS
Posts: 5,037
Originally Posted by EZTraveler View Post
Am I understanding this correctly? Am I able to grab 50k miles from the aviator red, plus 60k from the citiAA card, plus 70k from the citiAA Business, without being disqualified... for a total of 180000 Miles?
Generally yes, but these types of questions are best asked in the Citi and Barclays forums where there is lots of info and data points on applying for multiple cards.
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Old Sep 11, 18, 11:13 pm
  #1487  
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
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Ill jump over. Thanks!
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Old Sep 12, 18, 1:22 pm
  #1488  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Programs: HH Gold (again), US/UA/DL non-elite, ZE Presidents Circle, WN reluctant no fee convert.
Posts: 1,437
Originally Posted by shimps1 View Post
I'm trying to call AAdvantage to book a number of award flights that have to be booked via phone, but the system keeps hanging up on me, saying they are busy. I assume this is because of Florence. Is there another number to call? I don't want to miss out on the award seats.
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I hear ya, same with me. But, that tape has been activated since the first of the week (Monday, 9/10), when I called, so Florence is probably just exacerbating the situation.
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Old Sep 12, 18, 1:28 pm
  #1489  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Programs: HH Gold (again), US/UA/DL non-elite, ZE Presidents Circle, WN reluctant no fee convert.
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Smile

Originally Posted by davidkierz View Post
so I have 4 system wide upgrades that are going to expire end of January. I really donít know what to do with them. Seems like a waste to use on a domestic flight, and being EXP I usually get comp. upgraded on most of my domestic flights. Trying to find a long haul international flight that wonít break the bank seems impossible. Suggestions on a good flight to book where I could really get the most value? (DTW home) Can I gift these, redeem for miles, or cash em out? Or just let em expire?
Don't let them expires if you exhaust all options. I see your post total is not enough to admit you to Community here where gifting takes place.

Try to find military or first responders, nurses, etc., even your dental hygenist (forgive her for that slip up ouch last time).
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Old Sep 12, 18, 3:21 pm
  #1490  
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: LHR/LCY
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Hi Guys,

Infrequent AA flyer here. I just booked a basic economy fare for LHR-ORD-LHR on 125 stock and selected MCE seats (as a OneWorld emerald).

Checking expertlfyer, it seems that 8 J K L for LHR-ORD are blocked and when I try to use the AA PNR on the AA website to modify seats, it shows up blocked as well. Does anyone know how I can access these seats or are there special requirements for them?
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Old Sep 13, 18, 8:32 am
  #1491  
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Programs: CO, UA, AA, WN, DL Gold
Posts: 2,870
Refreshments?

So we are on a couple of first class flights that were supposed to have breakfast and dinner but because of the hurricane we are now on different flights that show refreshments being served. What are refreshments?
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Old Sep 13, 18, 9:43 am
  #1492  
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Programs: AA GLD, IHG PLT
Posts: 221
Refreshments usually means drinks and snack basket. Maybe warm nuts or cookie.
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Old Sep 13, 18, 10:36 am
  #1493  
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Chicago
Programs: AAdvantage Gold
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Originally Posted by angeloedades View Post
Hi Guys,

Infrequent AA flyer here. I just booked a basic economy fare for LHR-ORD-LHR on 125 stock and selected MCE seats (as a OneWorld emerald).

Checking expertlfyer, it seems that 8 J K L for LHR-ORD are blocked and when I try to use the AA PNR on the AA website to modify seats, it shows up blocked as well. Does anyone know how I can access these seats or are there special requirements for them?
Even with status you cannot select your seats, they are assigned to you. The only success I've had without a fee is asking an agent in the admirals club to change my seat. A gate agent may also be able to do this.
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Old Sep 13, 18, 10:38 am
  #1494  
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Chicago
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Originally Posted by thebat View Post
So we are on a couple of first class flights that were supposed to have breakfast and dinner but because of the hurricane we are now on different flights that show refreshments being served. What are refreshments?
Drinks, and a snack tray that has chips, nuts, and some sweets.
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Old Sep 13, 18, 1:04 pm
  #1495  
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Chicago
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Has anyone as an elite gotten to fly standby on a route where the departure airport and final arrival airport are the same but not the stopover, when there was NOT an issue with weather/cancellations. I ask because I have a flight from ORD->PHL->PUJ and a similar route through MIA would get me there faster, I am Gold with an Admirals Club Membership (sometimes they are more helpful than the gate agents). Just wondering if there were any success stories.
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Old Sep 13, 18, 2:47 pm
  #1496  
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
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I'm pretty sure they do not allow SDFC/Standby on different routings unless there is a cancellation/weather issue due to the fact people tended to abuse it to get extra miles & circuitous routings.

You might get lucky with something happening (weather, cancellation) to allow you to change it, but as a rule, elite status will not help you there.

Read the wiki over here for lots of data: Same Day Standby (not SDFC) Rules & Discussion (master thread)
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Old Sep 13, 18, 2:51 pm
  #1497  
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Programs: AA GLD, IHG PLT
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Also, since that is an international route I do not think AA would let you standby anyway. Standby is only for domestic itineraries (and JFK-LHR).
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Old Sep 13, 18, 8:25 pm
  #1498  
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: PSP
Programs: AA Executive Platinum, United
Posts: 1,079
Booked AA flight that connects to EY. Need the EY record locator. Anyway to find it short of calling AA??Thanks for any help.
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Old Sep 14, 18, 6:16 am
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Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 53
I have an option for a connection to LIH through PHX or LAX. I'm flying First Class through an award booking and the connection/arrival times are pretty much the same (~1.5 hour connection). Aircraft departing LAX is an A321 (32B) and departing PHX is a 757 (752). I'm wondering if someone could provide guidance on where I should make my connection based primarily on aircraft choice and secondarily on airport.

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Old Sep 14, 18, 7:17 am
  #1500  
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 16
AA flagship lounge access MIA?

Apologies if this should be posted elsewhere. I have searched but could not find an answer to this. We are booked next month directly with AA LHR-MIA-BZE on one PNR in J (only Bronze currently with BA). Was hoping to try the AA flagship lounge in MIA but we're having to overnight in MIA so, although the 2nd leg is also J, I don't think it is a qualifying flight or would they allow access since our ticket is transatlantic? I'm guessing that's probably wishful thinking?
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