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Old May 8, 18, 10:23 am
  #751  
 
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Hey guys,

Trying to book an AA mileage flight on JAL Business/First.

Looking from places in the USA where JAL flies from. Tricky part is trying to get to Seoul (via Japan). I also come from a regional airport so if I find a flight from say Chicago (ORD) to NRT (ideally ICN, but I see most go to GMP from HNT), could I combine that with a flight from my regional airport to Chicago on American airlines?

Looking for flights on BA website for this summer, but not having much luck.

Does JAL release any more seats say 2 weeks before the flight?

Thank you so much!
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Old May 8, 18, 10:43 am
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Originally Posted by kiwinuked View Post
Hey guys,

Trying to book an AA mileage flight on JAL Business/First.

Looking from places in the USA where JAL flies from. Tricky part is trying to get to Seoul (via Japan). I also come from a regional airport so if I find a flight from say Chicago (ORD) to NRT (ideally ICN, but I see most go to GMP from HNT), could I combine that with a flight from my regional airport to Chicago on American airlines?

Looking for flights on BA website for this summer, but not having much luck.

Does JAL release any more seats say 2 weeks before the flight?

Thank you so much!
Yes and yes. If you're using BA make sure to search segment by segment. First look for the long haul, i.e. ORD-NRT. Once you find a date(s) with availability there then look for the connecting segments from TYO-SEL and your city to ORD, DFW, etc. With a few caveats you can combine all segments for the single award price.

And JL is still very good about releasing additional award space within a week or two of the flight if there's room.

Happy hunting...
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Old May 8, 18, 10:50 am
  #753  
 
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Dumbest question ever, so sorry

Apologies in advance. I travel 99% of the time and I pay for business class. Turns out, I really want to fly in F on the 77W. I did the standard thing, I searched for space on AA.com. I found saver awards, 1 connection thru DFW on the outbound, nonstop on the return. I read OMAT and Lucky and a bunch of the other bloggers. Each and every one of them talks about looking for award space on sites other than AA.com. I tried on JAL, couldn't get past trying to create an account. (every damn password/pin combo I tried, they rejected, so screw that). Went to Alaska.com and could actually navigate that site, no award space was available. The question I have revolves around learning how to search for mileage awards on other sites than AA. Now for part two of the stupid question. How do I then use my AA miles on these other sites? I'd be willing to pay someone to teach me how to look for award seats on JAL, one world, and other partner sites. PM if you're interested.
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Old May 8, 18, 11:26 am
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Originally Posted by tomj888 View Post
Apologies in advance. I travel 99% of the time and I pay for business class. Turns out, I really want to fly in F on the 77W. I did the standard thing, I searched for space on AA.com. I found saver awards, 1 connection thru DFW on the outbound, nonstop on the return. I read OMAT and Lucky and a bunch of the other bloggers. Each and every one of them talks about looking for award space on sites other than AA.com. I tried on JAL, couldn't get past trying to create an account. (every damn password/pin combo I tried, they rejected, so screw that). Went to Alaska.com and could actually navigate that site, no award space was available. The question I have revolves around learning how to search for mileage awards on other sites than AA. Now for part two of the stupid question. How do I then use my AA miles on these other sites? I'd be willing to pay someone to teach me how to look for award seats on JAL, one world, and other partner sites. PM if you're interested.
Based on what you described I am thinking you want to fly in F on 77W in AA metal? In that case, aa.com search is sufficient and accurate.

Articles on bloggers are usually about searching partners awards (CX, BA, JL etc) availability. They usually talk about using a BAEC account to search for partner award availability.
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Old May 8, 18, 11:47 am
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Yes, as my travel will take me to LHR.
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Old May 8, 18, 11:50 am
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Obtaining seats on AA international flights

Hi! New to AA with no status. Would appreciate experts who can help us.

We are on paid AA international roundtrip tickets flying in 10 days with only middle seats currently showing on AA's seat map unless we pay almost $100 per person per flight (that's $400 extra!). We care most about seating together but do not need the premium seats.

We called AA to see if the seats where you currently have to pay extra will be released free to the public within 24 hours of departure when online checkin is open and can't get a clear answer. In fact, we were told if we don't have seats already, we won't be able to use online checkin. And if we select a free seat (only middle left), we won't be able to change it during the 24-hr online checkin period even if other seats are available then. The service rep's suggestion is to go to the airport 4 hours ahead of our flight to try to get seats together.

In your experience, can you checkin without seat assignment online within the 24 hour period before flight and be able to select seats that were previously costing extra or hidden from view of those without status? Thank you!!!
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Old May 8, 18, 12:33 pm
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Originally Posted by tomj888 View Post
Yes, as my travel will take me to LHR.
aa.com is accurate in this case. There is no need to use partner's website to search for AA metal availability.
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Old May 8, 18, 1:31 pm
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Thanks for your help! Appreciate it!
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Old May 8, 18, 1:31 pm
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey View Post
Yes and yes. If you're using BA make sure to search segment by segment. First look for the long haul, i.e. ORD-NRT. Once you find a date(s) with availability there then look for the connecting segments from TYO-SEL and your city to ORD, DFW, etc. With a few caveats you can combine all segments for the single award price.

And JL is still very good about releasing additional award space within a week or two of the flight if there's room.

Happy hunting...
Meant to quote you above. Thanks again! Is BA website the best to search for JAL?
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Old May 8, 18, 4:15 pm
  #760  
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Having been an ExecPlat for the past six years, I had far less travel in 2017 and found myself with enough EQMs for Platinum but not enough EQDs. As yet, however, I have not received the usual elite kit of membership card and luggage tags. Though given changes in the program, and cutbacks in recent years, are there still Gold luggage tags? (The elite "card" in my iPhone passport auto-downgraded so a plastic card is not really needed...and i did manage to attain BA's Gold status through July 2019 so most elite benefits are still available to me on AA and other OW partners.
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Old May 8, 18, 5:00 pm
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Originally Posted by kiwinuked View Post
Hey guys,

...could I combine that with a flight from my regional airport to Chicago on American airlines?...
In addition to what JJeffrey said, be sure that you find availability on all of the segments. You won't be able to change the destination or origin of the ticket without paying a fee. Unless you're comfortable potentially purchasing the short-haul segments separately.
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Old May 8, 18, 5:50 pm
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Originally Posted by Shareholder View Post
Having been an ExecPlat for the past six years, I had far less travel in 2017 and found myself with enough EQMs for Platinum but not enough EQDs. As yet, however, I have not received the usual elite kit of membership card and luggage tags. Though given changes in the program, and cutbacks in recent years, are there still Gold luggage tags? (The elite "card" in my iPhone passport auto-downgraded so a plastic card is not really needed...and i did manage to attain BA's Gold status through July 2019 so most elite benefits are still available to me on AA and other OW partners.
Baggage tags are sent to:

Executive Platinum members upon qualifying or requalifying (2)

AAdvantage members who achieve the 1 Million Miles (2) threshold and each 1 MM after that.
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Old May 9, 18, 2:54 am
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post
Deep breaths are in order, please.

American Eagle dba American Airlines certainly is oneworld.

Arrive remote, bus to Terminal 4, walk TBIT connector without having to check in or do security.

1:53 is plenty of time to transfer hold baggage to LATAM. If you’re flying on a single ticket / PNR, no worries.

(If you’re not, then you’ve got worries because you’d have to bus, recover bags at Terminal 5, walk them to TBIT, check in etc.) See the GUIDE thread to LAX for maps, photos, etc. - start with the Wikipost at the top of the page.

Thanks a lot, that definitely soothes some nerves

Just one more quick question, since there's not much overhead bin space on these short regional flights, my carry-on will probably be stowed in the hold for the flight and I can pick it up right outside the plane after landing, correct? Or will it be checked through to final destination if that happens? Sorry, I've never taken a flight like this before - here in Australia even short regional flights are usually on much 150+ seater planes.
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Old May 9, 18, 4:13 am
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Originally Posted by ventanilla View Post
....Sorry, I've never taken a flight like this before - here in Australia even short regional flights are usually on much 150+ seater planes.
A lot of QFlink aircraft Dash8 aircraft with 36~74 seats. The QF B717 have 125 seats. (I have old QF seat maps so may not be 100% accurate)
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Old May 9, 18, 4:14 am
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Originally Posted by sightseer View Post
Hi! New to AA with no status. Would appreciate experts who can help us.

We are on paid AA international roundtrip tickets flying in 10 days with only middle seats currently showing on AA's seat map unless we pay almost $100 per person per flight (that's $400 extra!). We care most about seating together but do not need the premium seats.

We called AA to see if the seats where you currently have to pay extra will be released free to the public within 24 hours of departure when online checkin is open and can't get a clear answer. In fact, we were told if we don't have seats already, we won't be able to use online checkin. And if we select a free seat (only middle left), we won't be able to change it during the 24-hr online checkin period even if other seats are available then. The service rep's suggestion is to go to the airport 4 hours ahead of our flight to try to get seats together.

In your experience, can you checkin without seat assignment online within the 24 hour period before flight and be able to select seats that were previously costing extra or hidden from view of those without status? Thank you!!!
In general, more seats do usually become available at the online check-in window. If most of the seats are taken by that point, however, then you may find yourself without seats nest to each other. You'll also usually be able to change your seat assignment right up until a couple hours before the flight, when the airport staff takes control of the flight.

Having a seat assignment should have no bearing on whether or not you can use online check-in. What would affect that ability is whether you need to have your documents checked by an airport agent. That all depends on where you are going, the passport you're traveling on, and if there are any visa requirements/proof on onward journey implications. But, again, at that point, if there are more seats available, you should be able to select them.

What flight are you traveling on, and on which dates?
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