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Old Nov 19, 18, 7:08 pm
  #1876  
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: RDU <|> MMX
Programs: AA EXP 2MM, SK EBS
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Originally Posted by iflyalexair View Post
I am looking to book MXP to JFK round trip for $1600 in Business. Books in I class. The same fare is available BA marketed or IB marketed. Based on the charts, Iíd actually come out better with the OAL stock in terms of miles earned and EQD. (I have no AA status).

Is there any draw back for booking via the partner?

Long time Delta Diamond. Just making sure there isnít something obvious Iím missing.
These questions all depend on the route, distance, fare paid, and booking class (and when you're traveling). Discount premium fares booked as partner flight numbers typically earn more EQD but less EQM than if booked with AA flight numbers, but partner EQM earnings will increase a bit to match AA with the changes announced.
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Old Nov 19, 18, 9:50 pm
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey View Post
These questions all depend on the route, distance, fare paid, and booking class (and when you're traveling). Discount premium fares booked as partner flight numbers typically earn more EQD but less EQM than if booked with AA flight numbers, but partner EQM earnings will increase a bit to match AA with the changes announced.
Thanks. I provided all of the criteria you listed: route, distance, fare, and booking class.... So.... Great.
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Old Nov 19, 18, 10:43 pm
  #1878  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: DFW
Programs: AA Gold, HH Gold, Marriott Gold
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Where do I find on my AA account how close I am to the 12,500 miles needed to earn four 500 mile upgrades? I just cannot seem to find this on my account (although I can easily see how many I currently have).
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Old Nov 19, 18, 10:52 pm
  #1879  
 
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Originally Posted by iflyalexair View Post
Thanks. I provided all of the criteria you listed: route, distance, fare, and booking class.... So.... Great.
Not sure what other answer you're looking for, there's no downside to booking with a partner, the earnings will just be slightly different as mentioned above.
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Old Nov 20, 18, 7:20 am
  #1880  
 
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey View Post
Not sure what other answer you're looking for, there's no downside to booking with a partner, the earnings will just be slightly different as mentioned above.
Thanks. Thatís what I figured.
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Old Nov 21, 18, 4:10 pm
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Location: The FT AA forum, until it no longer wants me.
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey View Post
Not sure what other answer you're looking for, there's no downside to booking with a partner, the earnings will just be slightly different as mentioned above.
Originally Posted by iflyalexair View Post


Thanks. Thatís what I figured.
One more point to add is that if you were being given a SWU from an Executive Platinum, you might not want to book on a partner since those can only clear on AA metal.
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Old Nov 21, 18, 4:11 pm
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi View Post
Chances:- A lot less than zero. Way below zero
AA has a lot of upgraders
And lately even more flyers buying fares up front creating even fewer opportunities for upgraders
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Old Nov 21, 18, 5:33 pm
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Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: MEL
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Why is it that AA.com doesn't display routings for codeshares?

I have $3kUSD in transportation vouchers and am trying to find pricing via aa.com for MEL-HNL or SYD-HNL. I know that AA fly SYD-HNL via a QF codeshare however the only routing that comes up (even when I select show all airlines) is MEL-LAX-HNL or SYD-LAX-HNL.

Any ideas on how I get this priced out for the codeshare flights?
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Old Nov 21, 18, 8:50 pm
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I really should know this by now but does a gifted SWU function on my status or the recipient's?
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Old Nov 22, 18, 11:56 am
  #1885  
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: San Diego
Programs: Aadvantage
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey View Post
Not sure where you heard that, but I have never seen nor heard of AA requiring the passenger show the card used to book the ticket. I've booked tons of award tickets for others, many int'l, and this has never been the case (not to mention for my own personal award flights it's never been the case either).

It is a longstanding AA policy that the name on the credit card used to pay for the taxes/fees must match the name on the AA account the miles are pulled from. Just book her ticket using your card, everything will be fine.
it might be different if you call in to book the award. I recently booked our return flights for our trip to Singapore next year. As the flights were on JAL, I had to call in. I had the agent pull the miles from my wifeís account and I was able to use my own credit card to pay the taxes and fees.
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Old Nov 22, 18, 6:49 pm
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I recently flew AA longhaul. During online check-in I was given the option of upgrading to PE for $200, which was a good deal. In the end, I didn’t go ahead because I had a decent seat in Y class but it made me think that this would have been a very good way to score heavily on BA tier points - so long as the paid upgrade was reflected in a change in booking class. Does anyone know whether paid upgrades into PE put you in a higher booking class or whether you keep your booking class and just get a better seat?
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Old Nov 22, 18, 8:39 pm
  #1887  
 
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Originally Posted by dsquared37 View Post
I really should know this by now but does a gifted SWU function on my status or the recipient's?
The recipient's...
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Old Nov 22, 18, 8:40 pm
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Originally Posted by flyercity View Post
I recently flew AA longhaul. During online check-in I was given the option of upgrading to PE for $200, which was a good deal. In the end, I didnít go ahead because I had a decent seat in Y class but it made me think that this would have been a very good way to score heavily on BA tier points - so long as the paid upgrade was reflected in a change in booking class. Does anyone know whether paid upgrades into PE put you in a higher booking class or whether you keep your booking class and just get a better seat?
For these LFBU type upgrades at a kiosk or on the app you receive miles based on the original fare purchased.
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Old Nov 22, 18, 9:07 pm
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey View Post
For these LFBU type upgrades at a kiosk or on the app you receive miles based on the original fare purchased.
Thanks very much, thatís very helpful. Definitely makes PE kiosk/online check-in upgrades less attractive.
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Old Nov 22, 18, 10:44 pm
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey View Post
The recipient's...
Thanks.
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