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Old Jan 10, 18, 4:18 pm
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Originally Posted by hinsopa View Post
When I click on these, I get “page not found”
On your URL, remove everything before the second https://www.flyertalk.com
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Old Jan 10, 18, 4:51 pm
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Unhappy ?how to select seats on British Airways flight booked via American Airlines

I know this is a noob question, posting it here ,happy to be referred elsewhere in the forum.
I am flying to Ireland from PHX in Sep 2018, trip out to DUB, trip back from SNN.
I made the reservations via AA Advantage, was able to get seat assignment for the outbound leg, all on AA.
However the homeward leg, since I am leaving via SNN, is via Aer Lingus SNN to LHR, then BA from LHR to PHX.
The AA Advantage agent said she could not give me seat assignments for the Aer Lingus segment, but that I could call tomorrow directly to Aer Lingus and get those seats assigned.
She said I could not get a seat assignment from BA until the day of my departure from LHR.
Is this correct?
Since I am flying with my spouse, it seems unlikely we can get seats together for that long transatlantic flight if we have to wait until the day we leave London for Phoenix to get our seats assigned.
Any help would be much appreciated!
Caroline
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Old Jan 10, 18, 5:02 pm
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Originally Posted by dukiebluedoc View Post
..She said I could not get a seat assignment from BA until the day of my departure from LHR.
Is this correct?
What class are you flying? Do you have status?
Basically yes.
You can pay $, for a specific seat allocation, including in business class, unless you have mid-top tier OW status. No cost with status.

BA forum threads
Club World seat reservations not free?
Theoretical Seating master thread: Blocked seats and status
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Old Jan 10, 18, 5:32 pm
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Listed on my ticket as "premium economy".
This was booked via American, and the agent said she could not do anything to get us specific seat assignments.
I suppose I could call BA and inquire about how to get a specific seat.
Sounds like BA is like Southwest, all seating first come first served??
Caroline
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Old Jan 10, 18, 5:52 pm
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Originally Posted by dukiebluedoc View Post
Listed on my ticket as "premium economy".
This was booked via American, and the agent said she could not do anything to get us specific seat assignments.
I suppose I could call BA and inquire about how to get a specific seat.
Sounds like BA is like Southwest, all seating first come first served??
Caroline

Log into aa.com, and look under My Trips. Click on your trip, and then find where the BA segment is. From there it will say something like AA can't assign seats for partner flights, but there should be a link you can click which will take you to the BA website and your itinerary . You can then select seats, but it will cost you a little bit to do so.

Not sure how AA links to EI for that purpose. Haven't had them on an AA ticket yet.
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Old Jan 10, 18, 6:58 pm
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Flying on AA 777 version 3 (https://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Am..._777-200_C.php) biz. Any advice of which seats are good if I'd like quiet and privacy as much possible? It's an overnight transatlantic flight and I want to sleep right through it. Some people say the rear facing seats are awkward, someone said 1L (my current selection) is great, someone else said it's noisy as the galley is right next to it. So I'm not sure if I should keep 1L or pick something else? There is still plenty availability.

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Old Jan 10, 18, 7:19 pm
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Originally Posted by dukiebluedoc View Post
Listed on my ticket as "premium economy".
This was booked via American, and the agent said she could not do anything to get us specific seat assignments.
I suppose I could call BA and inquire about how to get a specific seat.
Sounds like BA is like Southwest, all seating first come first served??
You can get a seat allocation, but it costs $$$ (unless you have status)
Have a look the BA forum linked threads and the good information in the post 81 above.
You could try the AA pnr (6 character booking reference) in the BA "manage my booking"
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Old Jan 10, 18, 7:22 pm
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Originally Posted by dukiebluedoc View Post
Listed on my ticket as "premium economy".
This was booked via American, and the agent said she could not do anything to get us specific seat assignments.
I suppose I could call BA and inquire about how to get a specific seat.
Sounds like BA is like Southwest, all seating first come first served??
Caroline
Originally Posted by thunderlounge View Post
Log into aa.com, and look under My Trips. Click on your trip, and then find where the BA segment is. From there it will say something like AA can't assign seats for partner flights, but there should be a link you can click which will take you to the BA website and your itinerary . You can then select seats, but it will cost you a little bit to do so.

Not sure how AA links to EI for that purpose. Haven't had them on an AA ticket yet.
Correct, or call AA to get BA's record locator, and then manage booking from BA's website.

Cost information, assuming you have no oneworld status:
  • Standard seats in World Traveller Plus start from £18/€22/$27.
  • Exit row seats are available on longer international flights in World Traveller Plus starting from £50/€60/$75.
  • Bulkhead seats are usually reserved for customers with a disability, or those travelling with an infant (under 2 years) as this is where the fold-down cot tables are positioned, so it may not be possible to reserve these seats.
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Old Jan 10, 18, 8:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi View Post
You could try the AA pnr (6 character booking reference) in the BA "manage my booking"
The AA PNR will not work. You can call AA to get the BA PNR, but it's much easier to just click through from the trip on AA into the BA website (which is their manage my booking area) and then the BA PNR is listed on their page. Quicker and saves the hassle of a phone call.
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Old Jan 11, 18, 12:17 am
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Originally Posted by EU-US View Post
Flying on AA 777 version 3 (https://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Am..._777-200_C.php) biz. Any advice of which seats are good if I'd like quiet and privacy as much possible? It's an overnight transatlantic flight and I want to sleep right through it. Some people say the rear facing seats are awkward, someone said 1L (my current selection) is great, someone else said it's noisy as the galley is right next to it. So I'm not sure if I should keep 1L or pick something else? There is still plenty availability.
Anyone...?
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Old Jan 11, 18, 12:42 am
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Originally Posted by EU-US View Post
Anyone...?
Personally, I like the rear facing seats. Since the plane flies naturally at a slight angle, the rear-facing seats allow my head to be elevated above my feet even when fully flat.

I like 7A and 7L because they aren't attached to another seat, and the galley and lavs aren't as close as they are to Row 6 or Row 1. There is a missing window at Row 7, though, I believe—although if your primary goal is to sleep on an overnight flight, that might not be much of an issue.

If you want forward-facing, I don't think 1L is bad, although you might also think about Row 10, as those seats are also unconnected. However, I don't have any personal experience in any of the forward-facing seats, as I prefer rear-facing.

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Old Jan 11, 18, 7:22 am
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Originally Posted by flyingeph12 View Post
Personally, I like the rear facing seats. Since the plane flies naturally at a slight angle, the rear-facing seats allow my head to be elevated above my feet even when fully flat.

I like 7A and 7L because they aren't attached to another seat, and the galley and lavs aren't as close as they are to Row 6 or Row 1. There is a missing window at Row 7, though, I believe—although if your primary goal is to sleep on an overnight flight, that might not be much of an issue.

If you want forward-facing, I don't think 1L is bad, although you might also think about Row 10, as those seats are also unconnected. However, I don't have any personal experience in any of the forward-facing seats, as I prefer rear-facing.
Thank you! On SeatGuru, 7A/L shows as the seats next to the galley & lavs - so in your experience, that doesn't make them noisy?
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Old Jan 11, 18, 8:14 am
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Originally Posted by EU-US View Post
Anyone...?

Are you sure it’s going to be a Zodiac and not a B/E seat? What flight is it?
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Old Jan 11, 18, 8:52 am
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Originally Posted by EU-US View Post
Thank you! On SeatGuru, 7A/L shows as the seats next to the galley & lavs - so in your experience, that doesn't make them noisy?
The Lavs and galley are closer to Row 6 than they are to Row 7.

You might find this thread helpful:
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...t-seats-4.html
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Old Jan 11, 18, 12:24 pm
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Question about checked luggage as a Gold. Does my 1 checked bag allowance carry over to others on the same reservation? Does my wife, 2 kids and myself all get the checked luggage fee for the first bag waived? This is how it's worked for me in the past with other programs but I want to make sure this is also the case with AA. Thanks!
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