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Old Sep 1, 18, 4:33 pm
  #1411  
 
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Originally Posted by rustum76 View Post
I am just 500 EQM's short of getting Platinum status. is it possible to call AA customer service and get it upgraded.
Zero chance, they would rather you spend more money earning the miles.
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Old Sep 1, 18, 5:35 pm
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Originally Posted by rustum76 View Post
I am just 500 EQM's short of getting Platinum status. is it possible to call AA customer service and get it upgraded.
MADPhil is correct. They probably will offer to let you buy up next year, at a price that will appear exorbitant compared to an update or MR.
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Old Sep 2, 18, 9:10 am
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Quick question about credit cards. I have both the Barclays and the Citibank cards. Barclays has given me a lot of grief and I am planning
of cancelling the card. Is the 10% refund of award miles tied to that card or is Citibank also offering this deal?
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Old Sep 2, 18, 12:50 pm
  #1414  
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...”the Citibank card”... Er, which Citi card? (I’d look at my card, Google the name of the actual card - e.g. Citi American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard or whatever and “benefits” or perhaps “terms and conditions”.
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Old Sep 2, 18, 4:47 pm
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post
...”the Citibank card”... Er, which Citi card? (I’d look at my card, Google the name of the actual card - e.g. Citi American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard or whatever and “benefits” or perhaps “terms and conditions”.
I assumed that my question was about AA credit cards was self evident. But we all know what it means to "assume". Got it. In any case only the Barclays Red Mastercard comes with the 10% redeemed miles back.
Guess I will lose out on that benefit. Thanks for your help.
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Old Sep 2, 18, 5:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Exleftseat View Post
I assumed that my question was about AA credit cards was self evident. But we all know what it means to "assume". Got it. In any case only the Barclays Red Mastercard comes with the 10% redeemed miles back.
Guess I will lose out on that benefit. Thanks for your help.
I'm afraid that you are mistaken. Some Citi/AA credit cards -- including my Citi/AA Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard® -- offer the 10% mileage rebate also.
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Old Sep 2, 18, 10:03 pm
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Does anyone know what AA's current policy for car seat usage on paid seats is?
We're been using car seats since years without issues. Now today we've had the first time two seats with us, for two kiddos. Our seats were a right row plus aisle on left (C-F).
The GA refused to board the second car seat because we only had one window seat. Is that the correct policy?
I've seen pictures of folks flying with kids next to each other, with in car seats... That would not be possible under this policy.
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Old Sep 2, 18, 10:51 pm
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On single aisle planes, car seats must go in the window seat per FAA regulations. You can't have a car seat in a middle or aisle because in the event of an emergency, the adults in the window/middle seats are impeded from evacuating by the car seat.

I *THINK* car seats are allowed in any seat in the middle section of a two-aisle aircraft, but I could be wrong. (I have seen it happen though)
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Old Sep 2, 18, 10:58 pm
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Thanks for the feedback. I am going to fly again in 2 weeks.
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Old Sep 2, 18, 11:03 pm
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Originally Posted by guv1976 View Post
I'm afraid that you are mistaken. Some Citi/AA credit cards -- including my Citi/AA Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard® -- offer the 10% mileage rebate also.
Wow, that is so awesome! DH has the same card and did not get that benefit on a ticket redemption last week, I'll have to call. Thanks for the heads up that's one of the benefits. I did get it on my Silver Aviator with my ticket.
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Old Sep 3, 18, 6:04 am
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Originally Posted by hipquest View Post
Wow, that is so awesome! DH has the same card and did not get that benefit on a ticket redemption last week, I'll have to call. Thanks for the heads up that's one of the benefits. I did get it on my Silver Aviator with my ticket.
Just a reminder the rebate has an annual cap of 10k miles (on 100k combined redemption), so check it first. Usually the system automatically rebates at redemption, so if it is not the cap, the system might not even link your AA account with the CC.
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Old Sep 3, 18, 7:47 am
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Seat selection fees/credit when changing award flights

I'm in the unfortunate situation that I needed to cancel an award trip to Rome leaving today because my wife is sick. I understand that I could have cancelled and had the miles on ticket numbers for rebooking, but I preferred to make a booking for dates in October with SAAver availability, which could be placeholder dates. The agent talked about giving credit for previously purchased Preferred seats on the new flights, including where an MCE pair was available. I held off buying those seats, since my wife isn't really in a situation to take part in the decision whether to go on those dates. Can I be directed to a place where these fees are explained when changing booked flights and, in particular, if we book MCE and change to a flight without MCE availability, would we be out the money? For non-status flyers on award tickets.
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Old Sep 3, 18, 5:44 pm
  #1423  
 
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Frustrating AA fare rules

Long time reader, first time poster here. I’m a relatively infrequent flyer, 6-10 times per year usually in paid F/J, made PLT for the first time this year.

Trying to book a trip next summer, DAY-HKG, PVG-DAY, preferably in J. No C inventory available, and the AA fares are driving me nuts. Booking these flights separately, each are about $800 in Y, $900 in W, and $4500 in J. Booking round trip in J is about $6500 which is more than I’m willing to pay, BUT if I did DAY-DFW-HKG in J and PVG-DFW-DAY in Y the fare comes out to about $3000, which is great IMHO.

So I thought, why not do premium economy for the return flight, should be only a few hundred more right? Somehow this jacks the price up to $11K! What is this ridiculousness? AA trying to train me to always fly in J? Any advice for a workaround would be appreciated. Upgrade chances as PLT on PVG-DFW?
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Old Sep 4, 18, 3:34 am
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Originally Posted by Grsdo View Post
Long time reader, first time poster here. I’m a relatively infrequent flyer, 6-10 times per year usually in paid F/J, made PLT for the first time this year.

Trying to book a trip next summer, DAY-HKG, PVG-DAY, preferably in J. No C inventory available, and the AA fares are driving me nuts. Booking these flights separately, each are about $800 in Y, $900 in W, and $4500 in J. Booking round trip in J is about $6500 which is more than I’m willing to pay, BUT if I did DAY-DFW-HKG in J and PVG-DFW-DAY in Y the fare comes out to about $3000, which is great IMHO.

So I thought, why not do premium economy for the return flight, should be only a few hundred more right? Somehow this jacks the price up to $11K! What is this ridiculousness? AA trying to train me to always fly in J? Any advice for a workaround would be appreciated. Upgrade chances as PLT on PVG-DFW?
What exactly is your travel date and could you be flexible?

I did a couple sample DAY - HKG/PVG - DAY (7/16/19 - 7/25/19, one of them) is around $3,500 for W and $1,600 for Y. The fares you got quoted might be fully flexible.
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Old Sep 4, 18, 6:17 am
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Originally Posted by andersonCooper View Post
What exactly is your travel date and could you be flexible?

I did a couple sample DAY - HKG/PVG - DAY (7/16/19 - 7/25/19, one of them) is around $3,500 for W and $1,600 for Y. The fares you got quoted might be fully flexible.
Thanks I am looking at mid May into early June, e.g. 5/17-6/1 with some flexibility. I did speak with AA about why W is more expensive than J and you are correct. Apparently a discount business fare (I) outbound cannot be combined with a discount premium economy inbound or vice versa, so it shows a fully flexible W fare.
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