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Old Oct 17, 18, 3:13 pm
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Originally Posted by tikchik View Post
Domestic Upgrade question;

If I get a sticker/complimentary upgrade, will my EQM be higher than if sitting in coach w/o upgrade?

International Upgrade question;

If I book coach, but upgrade with miles + Copay, will my EQM be higher than original coach ticket? What about using or being gifted a SWU?

Omni question;

What is it and what are the prerequisites for access? My guess is an Off Topic section, but would like confirmation.

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When you upgrade (as long as you're not just paying the fare difference), you always earn miles based on the class of service you originally purchase, not the class of service you upgrade into.
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Old Oct 17, 18, 3:34 pm
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Originally Posted by tikchik View Post
Domestic Upgrade question;

If I get a sticker/complimentary upgrade, will my EQM be higher than if sitting in coach w/o upgrade?

International Upgrade question;

If I book coach, but upgrade with miles + Copay, will my EQM be higher than original coach ticket? What about using or being gifted a SWU?

Omni question;

What is it and what are the prerequisites for access? My guess is an Off Topic section, but would like confirmation.

Glad this is a flame free zone
As has been stated, on AA you earn on the fare basis you purchase.

Prerequisite for access to OMNI? This thread in the Technical Support and Feedback has the answer: Unable to access OMNI [requires 180 days/180 posts].
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Old Oct 17, 18, 5:29 pm
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Award miles reinstatement charge question/confirmation:

Hi all

I'm currently EXP, but will drop to platinum pro on 1 Feb 2019. I have booked an award trip for Jun 2019.

If for some reason I need to cancel that trip on/after 1 Feb 2019, is it correct to assume that I will need to pay the $150 reinstatement charge? That is, do I pay whatever fees which are relevant to my status at the time of the request, rather than based on my status at the time of booking???

Thanks in advance
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Old Oct 17, 18, 7:09 pm
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Originally Posted by tsergori View Post
Award miles reinstatement charge question/confirmation:

Hi all

I'm currently EXP, but will drop to platinum pro on 1 Feb 2019. I have booked an award trip for Jun 2019.

If for some reason I need to cancel that trip on/after 1 Feb 2019, is it correct to assume that I will need to pay the $150 reinstatement charge? That is, do I pay whatever fees which are relevant to my status at the time of the request, rather than based on my status at the time of booking???

Thanks in advance
Yep, status at the time of request is all that matters, not the status at booking.
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Old Oct 17, 18, 7:56 pm
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Thanks JJeffery

Looks like I'll set myself a reminder in the calendar for late Jan
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Old Oct 17, 18, 7:57 pm
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Hey guys, new to the forum here so please forgive me if I am violating a rule here but I have a question about delayed cancelled flights and compensation. I am currently doing a status challenge with AA. Had a flight booked on UA ORD->DCA, cancelled, called united and they booked me on an AA flight through TYR, took the first leg and then TYR->DCA was delayed overnight. Was told it was due to weather, booked my hotel and intended to get Chase to reimburse me. A month later AA delayed another of my flights overnight after two hours on the runway. Took a cab home and then back again in the morning again hoping to get this reimbursed by chase. Emailed AA for documentation for both of these claims and low and behold it tells me first was mechanical issues and second was crew hours and they gave me 10,000 miles as good will with the notification. My question is, will I be able to get anything out of them for the expenses incurred by the overnight delay?
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Old Oct 18, 18, 4:13 am
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Originally Posted by newjack View Post
Hey guys, new to the forum here so please forgive me if I am violating a rule here but I have a question about delayed cancelled flights and compensation. I am currently doing a status challenge with AA. Had a flight booked on UA ORD->DCA, cancelled, called united and they booked me on an AA flight through TYR, took the first leg and then TYR->DCA was delayed overnight. Was told it was due to weather, booked my hotel and intended to get Chase to reimburse me. A month later AA delayed another of my flights overnight after two hours on the runway. Took a cab home and then back again in the morning again hoping to get this reimbursed by chase. Emailed AA for documentation for both of these claims and low and behold it tells me first was mechanical issues and second was crew hours and they gave me 10,000 miles as good will with the notification. My question is, will I be able to get anything out of them for the expenses incurred by the overnight delay?
If your overnight was in fact caused by a mechanical problem then AA will reimburse you for (some of) the hotel. You should be able to reply to the email with a scanned copy of your hotel receipt and ask for reimbursement. Be prepared through, unless you booked a really cheap room, AA will typically only pay up to a certain amount per night depending on the city, so you most likely will not get all of it back.
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Old Oct 18, 18, 11:13 am
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NYC to SFO in June - Business Class worth the extra miles?

Hi,

Planning an SFO-CHI-NYC trip for June. Got everything covered but the return flight to SFO.
My options, based on miles: Alaska, which I could either fly to SFO, or to LAX, then home to STS (I live 5 minutes from STS). Delta no good because of flight times, lack of non-stops. No UA miles. Plenty of Avios, but no flights to use them on, other than the CHI-NYC trip.
Or, what I'm leaning toward - American to SFO.
Is it worth the extra miles - 52k or 62k per person - to fly in Business class? Should be lie-flat seats on that flight, unless they change the plane before then.
1st class is much more, and really doesn't seem that much better.
I don't want regular economy, but when I checked, upgrade to premium is only $34/ticket more.
If it's not worth the extra miles, I might just take Alaska. I know their 1st class is not worth it, but premium economy would be okay, I suppose.

Thank you.
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Old Oct 18, 18, 2:19 pm
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey View Post
If your overnight was in fact caused by a mechanical problem then AA will reimburse you for (some of) the hotel. You should be able to reply to the email with a scanned copy of your hotel receipt and ask for reimbursement. Be prepared through, unless you booked a really cheap room, AA will typically only pay up to a certain amount per night depending on the city, so you most likely will not get all of it back.
Chase will only reimburse "in excess of any ... reimbursement from the common carrier such as airline..."

In other words, you can't double-dip. So if you think the room is more than AA would pay, it's probably simpler to just file only with Chase. If for some reason Chase won't pay, then go back and try with AA.
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Old Oct 18, 18, 2:31 pm
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I'm noticing what appears to be a pricing discrepancy between the U.S. and Italian versions of aa.com. I am currently in Rome. I logged on to aa.com, and it directed me automatically to the Italian version of the site. I picked my flights (which originate in Italy), was quoted a price in euros, and was trying to buy. I couldn't find a way to login to my profile using the Italian site, and I couldn't remember my TSA #, which is saved in my profile. So I managed to get to the U.S. site, logged in, and proceeded. The price in dollars, after using the current euro to dollar exchange rate available on Google, was almost $200 more. So I noted down my TSA #, went back to the Italian site and bought the ticket. Is this normal? I can't imagine that google would be off by much on the exchange rate. Is there any disadvantage to buying AA tickets on a non-U.S. version of aa.com?

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Old Oct 18, 18, 3:17 pm
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Booked a mileage run

11/9 FRA - DFW
11/10 DFW - AUS 7am arriving 8am
11/11 AUS - DFW 6am arriving 7am, then DFW - FRA 4pm from DFW

time approximative

one quick question: can I board a flight AUS - DFW on 11/10 by leveraging the 24 hour same day flight change policy, or not? I just want to stay 2 nights at DFW rather than 1 night at AUS and 1 night at DFW. I will still be taking the flight from DFW - FRA on 11/11. I am Exe Platinum if this helps?

Thanks for the insights!
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Old Oct 18, 18, 11:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Ramonmv View Post
Hi,

Planning an SFO-CHI-NYC trip for June. Got everything covered but the return flight to SFO.
My options, based on miles: Alaska, which I could either fly to SFO, or to LAX, then home to STS (I live 5 minutes from STS). Delta no good because of flight times, lack of non-stops. No UA miles. Plenty of Avios, but no flights to use them on, other than the CHI-NYC trip.
Or, what I'm leaning toward - American to SFO.
Is it worth the extra miles - 52k or 62k per person - to fly in Business class? Should be lie-flat seats on that flight, unless they change the plane before then.
1st class is much more, and really doesn't seem that much better.
I don't want regular economy, but when I checked, upgrade to premium is only $34/ticket more.
If it's not worth the extra miles, I might just take Alaska. I know their 1st class is not worth it, but premium economy would be okay, I suppose.

Thank you.
I’d vote yes to biz on AA. Beyond the lie flat seats (and don’t worry about a potential equipment change - the A321T will be on that route), you’d also get access to American’s Flagship Lounge at JFK on your way out which is a step above normal airport lounges and worth getting to the airport a little early imo.
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Old Oct 18, 18, 11:49 pm
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Originally Posted by Tommys888 View Post
Booked a mileage run

11/9 FRA - DFW
11/10 DFW - AUS 7am arriving 8am
11/11 AUS - DFW 6am arriving 7am, then DFW - FRA 4pm from DFW

time approximative

one quick question: can I board a flight AUS - DFW on 11/10 by leveraging the 24 hour same day flight change policy, or not? I just want to stay 2 nights at DFW rather than 1 night at AUS and 1 night at DFW. I will still be taking the flight from DFW - FRA on 11/11. I am Exe Platinum if this helps?

Thanks for the insights!
SDFC has to be on the same calendar day. You can't SDFC onto a flight on a different calendar day, even though it may be within 24 hours of your original flight. The 24-hour part of the policy is the rule that you can confirm a change within 24 hours of the new flight that you want.
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Old Oct 19, 18, 12:09 am
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Originally Posted by Ramonmv View Post
Hi,

Planning an SFO-CHI-NYC trip for June. Got everything covered but the return flight to SFO.
My options, based on miles: Alaska, which I could either fly to SFO, or to LAX, then home to STS (I live 5 minutes from STS). Delta no good because of flight times, lack of non-stops. No UA miles. Plenty of Avios, but no flights to use them on, other than the CHI-NYC trip.
Or, what I'm leaning toward - American to SFO.
Is it worth the extra miles - 52k or 62k per person - to fly in Business class? Should be lie-flat seats on that flight, unless they change the plane before then.
1st class is much more, and really doesn't seem that much better.
I don't want regular economy, but when I checked, upgrade to premium is only $34/ticket more.
If it's not worth the extra miles, I might just take Alaska. I know their 1st class is not worth it, but premium economy would be okay, I suppose.

Thank you.
Originally Posted by amm View Post


I’d vote yes to biz on AA. Beyond the lie flat seats (and don’t worry about a potential equipment change - the A321T will be on that route), you’d also get access to American’s Flagship Lounge at JFK on your way out which is a step above normal airport lounges and worth getting to the airport a little early imo.
I'm not sure exactly what specific options you're weighing—it sounds like you are weighing various airlines, classes of service, and points/cash, but I'm not sure what the combinations are. But here are some general thoughts based on what I can glean.
- AA J will be lie-flat in a 2-2 configuration, and you will have access to the Flagship lounge at JFK.
- AA F is in a 1-1 configuration and has much more privacy. In addition to the Flagship lounge, you will have access to Flagship First Dining. If you are going through JFK in the late afternoon (i.e., rush hour), the Flagship lounge is generally packed, while FFD will be a calm haven where you can enjoy a full sit-down meal. In my view, the food at the JFK FFD is actually pretty good. (LAX, on the other hand, is borderline inedible.) On-board catering in F is substantially similar to J catering.
- As far as I know, there is no premium economy option between JFK and SFO. There are economy seats with more legroom (which Alaska calls Premium Class), but there is not a true premium economy product.
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Old Oct 19, 18, 12:13 am
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I booked AA2455, LAX to BOS, where the aircraft shows as "32B" on the itinerary. Seatguru shows this as an A321T, but the seatmap on AA.com suggests otherwise (looks like an A321). We are in 2A and 2C; I'm hoping to catch a couple of hours sleep in a lie-flat seat, but what I see pictured on AA.com doesn't look lie-flat. Clue me in? Am I correct that this is an A321, not a "T"?
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