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Old Sep 23, 18, 8:13 am
  #1561  
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: USA
Programs: AA Plat, DL WFBF, National Emerald Club, Global Entry, CSR, IHG Gold
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Originally Posted by Ceres View Post
I haven't pulled the trigger as I am trying to figure out if 3 hours is enough time to change airports from DCA to IAD at 9 pm in January on the outbound flight.


Any thoughts or keep looking for other options?
It should take about an hour by car to drive from DCA to IAD at 9 pm. Whether 3 hours is enough depends on whether you are checking bags (if you are then I personally wouldn't try it) and crucially, whether your inbound flight is on time.

Do not attempt this transfer by public transit. Metrorail is unreliable lately and service is usually reduced quite a bit after about 7 or 8 pm. aztimm quoted a post stating that a cab would be $50-60. I would expect this to be on the low end for Uber/etc. In a regular cab or if there is traffic expect to be closer to $75-90.
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Old Sep 23, 18, 8:20 am
  #1562  
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
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I bought a ticket on AA, it is exEUR to USA and back. If I don't fly, can I ask for theTAXES AND CARRIER-IMPOSED FEES

???
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Old Sep 23, 18, 6:32 pm
  #1563  
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Austin
Programs: AA Platinum 4MM; Marriott Titanium; Hyatt Discoverist; Hilton Diamond
Posts: 258
I will be flying AUS-PHL-AMS and same routing on return. I'm AA PLT and flying on a business ticket. What are the best lounges I can get into in both PHL on the way out and AMS on the way back? I guess just a regular Admirals Club in PHL, given no Flagship Lounge yet? And which is better in AMS, the BA or the Aspire lounge?

Thanks,
--woodstock
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Old Sep 24, 18, 3:01 am
  #1564  
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
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Originally Posted by JoeWoodstock View Post
I will be flying AUS-PHL-AMS and same routing on return. I'm AA PLT and flying on a business ticket. What are the best lounges I can get into in both PHL on the way out and AMS on the way back? I guess just a regular Admirals Club in PHL, given no Flagship Lounge yet? And which is better in AMS, the BA or the Aspire lounge?

Thanks,
--woodstock
The Admirals Club between B/C is spacious with nice views, a quiet zone, and is close to the food court. The one closer to where you're departing, A West (near Gate A15) , also has nice views and is spacious. I'm not a foody so the lack of FL dining doesn't bother me.
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Old Sep 24, 18, 5:29 am
  #1565  
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: mostly London
Programs: BA Gold - so flying too much again... plus AA, LX, VS and too many hotel programmes to mention
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I am a frequent BA traveller, less so AA. Flying business class LAX-LHR in October.

Please can someone confirm the carry-on baggage allowance?
1x standard bag + 1 personal item, as in other cabins?

Sorry for such a basic question but I could not find an answer int he AA baggage thread elsewhere on here

Thanks in advance
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Old Sep 24, 18, 5:42 am
  #1566  
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
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Originally Posted by FlyingDentist View Post
I am a frequent BA traveller, less so AA. Flying business class LAX-LHR in October.

Please can someone confirm the carry-on baggage allowance?
1x standard bag + 1 personal item, as in other cabins?

Sorry for such a basic question but I could not find an answer int he AA baggage thread elsewhere on here

Thanks in advance
yes thatís correct. And no problem on the basic question. Thatís what this thread is for.
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Old Sep 24, 18, 5:53 am
  #1567  
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
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Originally Posted by wrp96 View Post


yes thatís correct. And no problem on the basic question. Thatís what this thread is for.
Thank you!
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Old Sep 24, 18, 10:11 am
  #1568  
 
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Originally Posted by wetrat0 View Post
It should take about an hour by car to drive from DCA to IAD at 9 pm. Whether 3 hours is enough depends on whether you are checking bags (if you are then I personally wouldn't try it) and crucially, whether your inbound flight is on time.

Do not attempt this transfer by public transit. Metrorail is unreliable lately and service is usually reduced quite a bit after about 7 or 8 pm. aztimm quoted a post stating that a cab would be $50-60. I would expect this to be on the low end for Uber/etc. In a regular cab or if there is traffic expect to be closer to $75-90.

That was my fear too, inbound delay due to winter. I will find a different routing. It just won't be as cheap.

Thank you for the reply.
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Old Sep 24, 18, 11:21 am
  #1569  
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: RDU <|> MMX
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Originally Posted by Ceres View Post
That was my fear too, inbound delay due to winter. I will find a different routing. It just won't be as cheap.

Thank you for the reply.
I really wouldn't worry with 3 hours. All on one ticket you're protected, and AA can easily protect you over to their own metal flights to HKG should something go wrong.
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Old Sep 25, 18, 9:43 am
  #1570  
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Dallas
Programs: HHonors Diamond, Marriott Platinum Premier Elite, AAdvantage Platinum Pro
Posts: 61
Does anyone know how to link your AAdvantage number, or OneWorld status to British Airways? I booked a roundtrip JFK-LHR-CDG through American but only 2 flights are marketed as AA and only 1 is actually operated by AA. Trying to see if I can link my Oneworld Sapphire status to a British Airways account so we can select seats, etc.
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Old Sep 25, 18, 9:45 am
  #1571  
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
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Originally Posted by wakesetter93 View Post
Does anyone know how to link your AAdvantage number, or OneWorld status to British Airways? I booked a roundtrip JFK-LHR-CDG through American but only 2 flights are marketed as AA and only 1 is actually operated by AA. Trying to see if I can link my Oneworld Sapphire status to a British Airways account so we can select seats, etc.
You have to have your AA number on the booking. You can have an agent change it or use MMB on the Finnair web site with your BA booking code.
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Old Sep 25, 18, 9:51 am
  #1572  
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
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Originally Posted by MADPhil View Post
You have to have your AA number on the booking. You can have an agent change it or use MMB on the Finnair web site with your BA booking code.
My AA number is on the booking. I'll try the MMB tool on the Finnair site. If that doesn't work I'll give AA a call.
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Old Sep 25, 18, 11:21 am
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Join Date: Dec 2017
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If a Business Class SAAver award opens up on a flight I have a economy saaver award for, I know I can upgrade without issue. But what if I have already completed OLCI, or even flew the first leg. Highly doubt a seat will become available (Thursday flight), but could I call AA and get rebooked into biz? I am flying into a hub for a TATL flight. The itinerary is only one way and I won't be checking a bag.

For example today's flight which leaves around 5pm, just opened up a biz award. At this point Thursday I would have already completed the first leg and be waiting for departure.
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Old Sep 25, 18, 11:33 am
  #1574  
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
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Originally Posted by wakesetter93 View Post
My AA number is on the booking. I'll try the MMB tool on the Finnair site. If that doesn't work I'll give AA a call.
You should be able to select seats on the BA site, assuming you had the status when you booked. Otherwise it's remove the FF number and add it again. You will probably need to call BA rather than AA.
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Old Sep 25, 18, 11:45 am
  #1575  
 
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Originally Posted by bosflyer93 View Post
If a Business Class SAAver award opens up on a flight I have a economy saaver award for, I know I can upgrade without issue. But what if I have already completed OLCI, or even flew the first leg. Highly doubt a seat will become available (Thursday flight), but could I call AA and get rebooked into biz? I am flying into a hub for a TATL flight. The itinerary is only one way and I won't be checking a bag.

For example today's flight which leaves around 5pm, just opened up a biz award. At this point Thursday I would have already completed the first leg and be waiting for departure.
It still should be no problem even if you've already checked in, although you may have to HUCA to find a competent agent.
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