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Bacardi 151 Sep 7, 19 1:14 pm

I have searched...If I book a RT flight to depart on the day my status expires, on my return flight home a few days later I would not receive the status benefits, correct?

SpammersAreScum Sep 7, 19 1:54 pm


Originally Posted by Bacardi 151 (Post 31501368)
I have searched...If I book a RT flight to depart on the day my status expires, on my return flight home a few days later I would not receive the status benefits, correct?

The status you have when you book a reservation normally sticks to that reservation even if your status later changes. But something could happen to disrupt that, so I wouldn't consider it a sure thing.

JMBResona Sep 8, 19 1:17 am


Originally Posted by Bacardi 151 (Post 31501368)
I have searched...If I book a RT flight to depart on the day my status expires, on my return flight home a few days later I would not receive the status benefits, correct?

I'd go to the airport expecting that would happen. That being said, there is a chance you may still receive some of the benefits.

This is from a small sample size of just one experience, but I booked a one way flight on the day after my status challenge expired. I had flown enough flights during the challenge, but the last of them hadn't posted yet when I arrived at the airport. So the app was telling me that I was a "General Member."

I had checked luggage with me, so I lined up at the non-priority queue and mentioned to the agent that I had higher status when I booked the ticket (AA policy is to apply the baggage rule @booking if the status was higher).
The agent "looked into it," and I was soon handed a boarding pass that said I was Executive Platinum.

oyouno Sep 9, 19 8:42 am

Flight booked.

JJeffrey Sep 9, 19 9:20 am


Originally Posted by oyouno (Post 31506591)
Newb Question time.

Trying to figure out how to redeem my miles the best way to get the most out of them.. Was hoping a 65K business flight would be possible but looks like I am screwed currently.
SAV to FRA Oct 11th or 12th 1 way.
AA showing 30k ECON but for travel time in the 25-35hours range which is a complete joke.
Meanwhile, for 65K (ECON still ) I could get a much shorter travel time around 15-17hours....
I tried checking to see if I could fly to CLT and then CLT to FRA (which had much shorter travel time) but nope... still same price .
They also have a bus class for 57.5k but going through BA and 650ish FEES....and connecting to another airport as well inbetween connections..

I have Plat trail status for a few more weeks so I would at least get a Econ + seat without having to pay upgrade fee but that 25-32hr travel time and 3-4 connections is just ridiculous!! Seriously!

A few options:

CLT-FRA by itself is available for 30k on Oct. 11. Can you drive up, rent a car, etc.? Or look at just buying a separate SAV-CLT ticket.

SAV-CLT-MUC is available at 30k on Oct. 11th & 12th. Great timings, 13 hrs travel time.

If you want business, I see SAV-PHL-ZRH for 57.5k on Oct. 11. Again great timings, 12 hrs travel time. Economy is also available at 30k.

oyouno Sep 9, 19 9:56 am


Originally Posted by JJeffrey (Post 31506728)
A few options:

CLT-FRA by itself is available for 30k on Oct. 11. Can you drive up, rent a car, etc.? Or look at just buying a separate SAV-CLT ticket.

SAV-CLT-MUC is available at 30k on Oct. 11th & 12th. Great timings, 13 hrs travel time.

If you want business, I see SAV-PHL-ZRH for 57.5k on Oct. 11. Again great timings, 12 hrs travel time. Economy is also available at 30k.

Thanks for the info!

Oh the Clt - FRA at 30k miles are all 30+hrs travel time..

So far I could buy a 1 way ticket for 400 dollars on AA SAV to CLT .
then use the 30K miles for the 8.5 hr travel time CLT to FRA on Oct 12th.


I kept checking...

Look at this.

SAV to CLT is 7.5K AA miles
Then CLT direct to FRA 8.5hr is 30K !
So 37.5k vs 65K econ anytime award!
Crazy!!

I ended up booking the 2 separate award flights above which ended up costing 37.5k 1 way vs the 65K that AA wanted AND almost DOUBLE the travel time needed with that 65k option.
So ridiculous. All these hoops and games you have to go through trying to use AA miles (or any flyer miles really)

teeceedee Sep 11, 19 9:57 am

Hello all - United 1K member here, but was recently gifted Platinum Pro with AA.

I have 12 SWU's, and wanted to upgrade my brother for his flight (i'm not flying with him). I saw on a TPG article that you can apply SWU's regardless of whether you're flying with them, but the article was dated 2013.

I called in to the PP line and was told by a representative that I can only apply if I'm travelling with them. Is this the policy, and has does anybody have insight into whether I could upgrade my brother? Thanks!

JJeffrey Sep 11, 19 10:20 am


Originally Posted by teeceedee (Post 31514113)
Hello all - United 1K member here, but was recently gifted Platinum Pro with AA.

I have 12 SWU's, and wanted to upgrade my brother for his flight (i'm not flying with him). I saw on a TPG article that you can apply SWU's regardless of whether you're flying with them, but the article was dated 2013.

I called in to the PP line and was told by a representative that I can only apply if I'm travelling with them. Is this the policy, and has does anybody have insight into whether I could upgrade my brother? Thanks!

Ugh, no, the agent was very incorrect. It's no problem to use one of your SWU's for someone else that you're not travelling with. Just HUCA.

teeceedee Sep 11, 19 10:56 am


Originally Posted by JJeffrey (Post 31514190)
Ugh, no, the agent was very incorrect. It's no problem to use one of your SWU's for someone else that you're not travelling with. Just HUCA.

Thanks for the quick response - apparently I need to learn more about AA. I was trying to apply 500-mile upgrades, not SWU's. Had no idea they were different - was just denied again. Oh well, he can fly economy

JJeffrey Sep 11, 19 10:58 am


Originally Posted by teeceedee (Post 31514328)
Thanks for the quick response - apparently I need to learn more about AA. I was trying to apply 500-mile upgrades, not SWU's. Had no idea they were different - was just denied again. Oh well, he can fly economy

Ah, yes, to use 500 mi upgrades for a companion then you definitely need to be flying with them. SWU's not so much.

SJWarrior Sep 11, 19 8:25 pm

Does AA ever pony up any miles from luggage they lose for a day?

shadowlines Sep 13, 19 10:05 pm

Was offered platinum status challenge if registered by sept 30th. It says enjoy for 3 months after I register. I am not completely sure about this language. Does that mean if I accept it today, the status will go until December 13th, or only until end of november.
Underneath it then says : Elevate your AAdvantage® status through January 31, 2021, by earning the required Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) and either the required Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs) between the date you register and the date 3 months after you register:.

I just want to be sure to maximize my dates to get the status. Thanks!

JJeffrey Sep 14, 19 6:14 am


Originally Posted by shadowlines (Post 31523214)
Was offered platinum status challenge if registered by sept 30th. It says enjoy for 3 months after I register. I am not completely sure about this language. Does that mean if I accept it today, the status will go until December 13th, or only until end of november.
Underneath it then says : Elevate your AAdvantage® status through January 31, 2021, by earning the required Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) and either the required Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs) between the date you register and the date 3 months after you register:.

I just want to be sure to maximize my dates to get the status. Thanks!

Maybe I'm missing something but the terms on this one seem pretty clear. If you register today, Sep 14, then your trial status is good for 3 months from today (Dec 14) and you have the same 3 months (to Dec 14) to complete the requirements to extend it through 2021. Not sure where you're getting the end of Novenber from.

In any event, unless you have flights planned between now and the end of September, it seems the best way to maximize the timing is to wait until just before the Sep 30 deadline to register. I'd probably register on the 29th just to be safe.:)

oyouno Sep 14, 19 6:03 pm


Originally Posted by shadowlines (Post 31523214)
Was offered platinum status challenge if registered by sept 30th. It says enjoy for 3 months after I register. I am not completely sure about this language. Does that mean if I accept it today, the status will go until December 13th, or only until end of november.
Underneath it then says : Elevate your AAdvantage® status through January 31, 2021, by earning the required Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) and either the required Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs) between the date you register and the date 3 months after you register:.

I just want to be sure to maximize my dates to get the status. Thanks!

It is straight forward.. 3 Months from register date. I did this and was also given 20 x 500 mile upgrades added to my account as well. It is pretty awesome. I made it a point to get the maximum benefit out of Plat Status and Loved it. Mine ends in 2 weeks though.

Okay. SO i double checked my status..
For me. it was "register by June 25th,2019" and get 3 months.. I registered on June 4th and my Status still ends on Sept 25th (3 months from the last day to register June 25th) I actually received June 4th my Plat status upgrade through Sept 25th.

Deacon61 Sep 15, 19 8:03 am

Recent Plat Pro Status
 
I just completed the challenge offered by AA and get to keep platinum pro through Jan. 2021. Thanks to this site, it was a little easier to plan for the challenge and thanks to all that post here. Is there any way to upgrade on an award travel with status? Conflicting articles out there on this.

Also, do I get the SWUs some people have talked about? Or is that only ExP? Lastly, what’s the best way to see if an upgrade is available when booking? Thanks!!


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