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ZBigFam Dec 22, 19 2:00 pm


Originally Posted by ISTFlyer (Post 31866887)
Also be aware that you would be placed to stand-by and get one of the remaining available seats. For example, you might be downgraded from an aisle Main Cabin Extra seat to a regular middle seat.

Thanks it's worth me getting to my end destination early though

Dn10 Dec 22, 19 8:50 pm

Family member has a G fare booked. Is that basic economy or can I use a SWU on that?

joe_miami Dec 22, 19 8:53 pm


Originally Posted by Dn10 (Post 31867830)
Family member has a G fare booked. Is that basic economy or can I use a SWU on that?

Believe all Basic Economy = B.

gateH15 Dec 22, 19 9:16 pm


Originally Posted by Dn10 (Post 31867830)
Family member has a G fare booked. Is that basic economy or can I use a SWU on that?

G is regular economy fare and yes you can use Your SWU

ZBigFam Dec 23, 19 5:08 am


Originally Posted by ISTFlyer (Post 31866887)
Also be aware that you would be placed to stand-by and get one of the remaining available seats. For example, you might be downgraded from an aisle Main Cabin Extra seat to a regular middle seat.

Thanks for the help here everyone. I get to see my family 7 hours earlier for the holidays, so worth it.

Still some quirks vs United but I like it so far

Jinxed_K Dec 23, 19 9:57 am


Originally Posted by joe_miami (Post 31863819)
There’s no known trigger. If seats are available at check-in, AA will try to sell them. Sometimes at a discount, sometimes at the published price, and sometimes at a crazy mark-up.

If you want to upgrade an entire itinerary, you can always attempt that in the Manage Booking section at AA or in the app.

Ok, so basically I just have to get lucky for that first class offer.
I did get an offer to upgrade the itinerary via the app at 2 weeks out for the full price of a paid ticket which I passed on.

Benedmonds Dec 23, 19 12:13 pm

Hi!

Firstly, happy holidays to everyone!

I was looking to book a flight in 2020 for a couple from BUF to LHR/LGW using AA miles, but due to a limited amount of miles (c. 70k), it's returning lots with 2 stops when I'm only really looking to stop once. Is there a better search tool than the AA function as this has fairly limited functionality?

Thanks!

Mary2e Dec 23, 19 1:14 pm

I'm another one of the (probably hated) Hyatt Globalists who was gifted EXP status + 4 SWUs for 2020.

I don't even know where to start looking to find the best uses for the status. I've never set foot on AA, but now that I can more easily travel to PHL, I had already thought about using it instead of EWR.

I do plan on a trip to Hawaii in the late spring/early summer and will need to break the trip into 2 parts with an overnight in either LAX or SFO. We need to arrive in HNL before 3pm and from the east coast, it's pretty much impossible.

Which threads might I read through to get me going with this? I've been a UA flier for so long I don't have a clue about other programs.

FWIW - I have about 70k miles in my account - all gleaned from shopping when AA had one of the best portals around. I figured I would collect and eventually they would come in handy.

Thank you.

aztimm Dec 23, 19 1:21 pm


Originally Posted by Mary2e (Post 31870198)
I'm another one of the (probably hated) Hyatt Globalists who was gifted EXP status + 4 SWUs for 2020.

I don't even know where to start looking to find the best uses for the status. I've never set foot on AA, but now that I can more easily travel to PHL, I had already thought about using it instead of EWR.

I do plan on a trip to Hawaii in the late spring/early summer and will need to break the trip into 2 parts with an overnight in either LAX or SFO. We need to arrive in HNL before 3pm and from the east coast, it's pretty much impossible.

Which threads might I read through to get me going with this? I've been a UA flier for so long I don't have a clue about other programs.

FWIW - I have about 70k miles in my account - all gleaned from shopping when AA had one of the best portals around. I figured I would collect and eventually they would come in handy.

Thank you.

Welcome to the AA forum Mary!

Here are a few threads in the forum on Hawaii:
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...solidated.html
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...seats-etc.html
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...ce-hawaii.html

You may want to check out this thread on EXP status (JDiver always does a great summary in the Wikipost at the top):
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...aster-thd.html
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...ag-2019-a.html

aztimm Dec 23, 19 1:23 pm


Originally Posted by Benedmonds (Post 31869960)
Hi!

Firstly, happy holidays to everyone!

I was looking to book a flight in 2020 for a couple from BUF to LHR/LGW using AA miles, but due to a limited amount of miles (c. 70k), it's returning lots with 2 stops when I'm only really looking to stop once. Is there a better search tool than the AA function as this has fairly limited functionality?

Thanks!

You can check out ExpertFlyer, it is a great tool that can check for availability. They have a free trial, I believe it is 3 or 5 days, but the annual fee is well worth it, to me at least.

If you have specific dates in mind I can take a look for you.

JJeffrey Dec 23, 19 1:34 pm


Originally Posted by Benedmonds (Post 31869960)
Hi!

Firstly, happy holidays to everyone!

I was looking to book a flight in 2020 for a couple from BUF to LHR/LGW using AA miles, but due to a limited amount of miles (c. 70k), it's returning lots with 2 stops when I'm only really looking to stop once. Is there a better search tool than the AA function as this has fairly limited functionality?

Thanks!

AA.com will display all award options regardless of how many miles you have in your account. That is not the issue.

The problem is that award space can be tight to very tight depending on what class and when you're looking, especially for 2 people. So sAAver awards might have 2 stops, but any good routings with 1 stop will be AAnytime.

When are your travel dates, and economy or business class? Take a look at the below thread for more nuances of securing AA awards...

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...ssistance.html

JDiver Dec 23, 19 7:51 pm


Originally Posted by Mary2e (Post 31870198)
I'm another one of the (probably hated) Hyatt Globalists who was gifted EXP status + 4 SWUs for 2020.

I don't even know where to start looking to find the best uses for the status. I've never set foot on AA, but now that I can more easily travel to PHL, I had already thought about using it instead of EWR.

I do plan on a trip to Hawaii in the late spring/early summer and will need to break the trip into 2 parts with an overnight in either LAX or SFO. We need to arrive in HNL before 3pm and from the east coast, it's pretty much impossible.

Which threads might I read through to get me going with this? I've been a UA flier for so long I don't have a clue about other programs.

FWIW - I have about 70k miles in my account - all gleaned from shopping when AA had one of the best portals around. I figured I would collect and eventually they would come in handy.

Thank you.

Take a look here, particularly the Wikipost: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...aster-thd.html

srikp Dec 24, 19 5:10 pm

EXP Snacks and Alcoholic beverage in Main Cabin
 
One of the perks advertised for EXPs is they are entitled to a free snack and alcoholic beverage even when traveling Main Cabin.

i am a first time EXP and was traveling BE but was not offered.

Is it something I have to ask for or are they supposed to offer?

Madison Guy Dec 24, 19 8:03 pm


Originally Posted by srikp (Post 31873803)
One of the perks advertised for EXPs is they are entitled to a free snack and alcoholic beverage even when traveling Main Cabin.

i am a first time EXP and was traveling BE but was not offered.

Is it something I have to ask for or are they supposed to offer?

IME the FAs often offer, but there is no harm in ordering what you want regardless. If they ask for payment, present your EXP card. ;) Seriously, I've just asked "EXP get a comp drink and snack, correct?" (I'll have to accept a lot of downward changes as in a little over a month I'll only be (LT) plat - but generally buying J, D, I if I travel.)

JDiver Dec 24, 19 9:08 pm


Originally Posted by srikp (Post 31873803)
One of the perks advertised for EXPs is they are entitled to a free snack and alcoholic beverage even when traveling Main Cabin.

i am a first time EXP and was traveling BE but was not offered.

Is it something I have to ask for or are they supposed to offer?

See https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...solidated.html


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