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JJeffrey Feb 8, 19 8:40 am


Originally Posted by Shadowfactor (Post 30753748)
Was considering doing a paid challenge to platinum status.
I don’t really want to pay the extra $300 for status during the challenge because I’m flying business domestically so I wouldn’t receive anything for doing so.

I would complete the challenge in the morning from CMH-LAX. Later that day I’m flying LAX- HKG in PE.

How quickly does AA award status from flying on a challenge. I’m asking because I need OW Sapphire/AA platinum to access the AA flagship lounge in LAX.

Any way I could call AA that morning after flying to finish my challenge and have the status added to my account immediately?

Your status is updated after the flight posts to your account, which is typically the day after. Not likely that AA will just grant you the status before the flight posts. You could always try to plead your case at the Flagship Lounge, but I wouldn't expect it to work.

whostolemycookie Feb 8, 19 8:59 am

Planning a trip ONT-PHX next month. On google flights, it says operated by Mesa as American Eagle. Will I still get AA Gold benefits such as >500 mile free upgrade and free checked bag?

JJeffrey Feb 8, 19 9:09 am


Originally Posted by whostolemycookie (Post 30754029)
Planning a trip ONT-PHX next month. On google flights, it says operated by Mesa as American Eagle. Will I still get AA Gold benefits such as >500 mile free upgrade and free checked bag?

Yep, American Eagle is no different from AA in this regard.

bscooter26 Feb 8, 19 9:38 am

I'm flying YYC-DFW-MIA-GCM in a month, but it was almost $1000 less to buy an itinerary that involves a 9-hr layover in DFW, the last flight DFW-MIA, and an overnight in MIA before heading home.

Since I arrive in DFW at 11:19 and there are two flights DFW-MIA that would get me to MIA before the 20:03 MIA-GCM, how likely am I to get an Admirals Lounge agent to bump up my itinerary being a Platinum so I can make that flight and get in the same day? Is there a minimum connection time that would prevent me from being able to fly on the 12:49 DFW-MIA?

JJeffrey Feb 8, 19 9:50 am


Originally Posted by bscooter26 (Post 30754190)
I'm flying YYC-DFW-MIA-GCM in a month, but it was almost $1000 less to buy an itinerary that involves a 9-hr layover in DFW, the last flight DFW-MIA, and an overnight in MIA before heading home.

Since I arrive in DFW at 11:19 and there are two flights DFW-MIA that would get me to MIA before the 20:03 MIA-GCM, how likely am I to get an Admirals Lounge agent to bump up my itinerary being a Platinum so I can make that flight and get in the same day? Is there a minimum connection time that would prevent me from being able to fly on the 12:49 DFW-MIA?

MCT's don't matter for standby purposes, once you land in DFW it will be no problem for an Admirals Club agent to add you to the standby list for the 12:49 DFW-MIA flight. In any event 1.5 hrs. is plenty of time at DFW.

Assuming you get to MIA early that's when things get tricky. Technically you can't go standby for the late MIA-GCM flight since it's A) international and B) the calendar day before your ticketed flight. However I'd still give it a try, I've had mixed success in this type of situation, you may get a friendly agent who will put you on the list. I'd try first at the Admirals Club and then again at the gate if that didn't work.

bscooter26 Feb 8, 19 9:54 am


Originally Posted by JJeffrey (Post 30754234)
MCT's don't matter for standby purposes, once you land in DFW it will be no problem for an Admirals Club agent to add you to the standby list for the 12:49 DFW-MIA flight. In any event 1.5 hrs. is plenty of time at DFW.

Assuming you get to MIA early that's when things get tricky. Technically you can't go standby for the late MIA-GCM flight since it's A) international and B) the calendar day before your ticketed flight. However I'd still give it a try, I've had mixed success in this type of situation, you may get a friendly agent who will put you on the list. I'd try first at the Admirals Club and then again at the gate if that didn't work.

Dang, that's what I was afraid of. Thanks for the advice, nothing left to do but take my chances.

*I suppose if I make it to MIA at a decent hour I could just buy the late Cayman Airways flight for ~$120. Still way cheaper than alternative American itinerary

manilabound Feb 8, 19 9:15 pm


Originally Posted by beagleflyer1977 (Post 30647890)
Noob to redeeming AA miles - have built up a decent balance but never used. Looking to go to Australia in October 2019, one way in biz for 2 people from LAX/SFO. Can go LAX/SFO to SYD/BRIS/MEL - just one way. No luck so far in finding anything on aa.com, only economy. Any tips much appreciated.

Was able to secure 2 RT J seats using miles from DFW-NRT on JAL and HKG-LAX on Cathay by calling at different times of day specially between 2-4 in the morning before going back to bed after emptying my bladder. Took about a month to secure them!

JDiver Feb 8, 19 10:21 pm


Originally Posted by beagleflyer1977 (Post 30647890)
Noob to redeeming AA miles - have built up a decent balance but never used. Looking to go to Australia in October 2019, one way in biz for 2 people from LAX/SFO. Can go LAX/SFO to SYD/BRIS/MEL - just one way. No luck so far in finding anything on aa.com, only economy. Any tips much appreciated.

Be persistent. Bulldog.

We’ve secured pars of Business awards to and from Australia for ourselves, and Australia to and from the USA for friends. All but one of those trips were through BNE, one via MEL.

mstrbldr Feb 9, 19 5:58 am


Originally Posted by JJeffrey (Post 30753628)
There is never a guarantee that if you cancel an award flight that the seat will go back into award inventory. Previously this would be easy, you could call AA and have them add the CLT-FLL onto your existing MKE-CLT reservation that's on hold. However with all the new married segments "issues" it can now require there be space on the entire journey to make a change, i.e. MKE-CLT-FLL needs to all be available. In any event I would call AA and ask to add the CLT-FLL onto your existing MKE-CLT reservation and just see what they say.

Would this be more of an as agent going outside the rules and essentially creating a free domestic stopover for me? Wondering how many HUCAs I should expect to have to do.

JDiver Feb 9, 19 1:24 pm


Originally Posted by mstrbldr (Post 30757105)
Would this be more of an as agent going outside the rules and essentially creating a free domestic stopover for me? Wondering how many HUCAs I should expect to have to do.

No, it’s exactly as JJeffrey posted.

Udo Schuklenk Feb 9, 19 5:41 pm

LA flights not credited to AAdvantage
 
I took a longish flight in I and Z on LA from MIA to JNB via SCL and GRU. LA, even though I had registered my AAdvantage number with them on their website, didn't credit the flights to AAdvantage until I asked them at a counter in GRU to add the AAdvantage number (yet again). So from GRU onwards the rest of the trip credited. I asked American to credit me for the complete flight. Seemed a formality to me, they got the relevant reference/booking number and saw that the two flights were missing. Anyhow, today (after god-knows-how-many-weeks) American sends me an email telling me that they deny my request because the miles have been credited to a different frequent flyer program. Let's just say that that is factually false. I am not a member of another program (LA etc) that I could have had this miles credited to.

Naturally, when you hit reply and reply, they send you a message telling you that they do not monitor their mailboxes (why would they, that would be customer service oriented, last thing they aim to achieve these days).

So, I'm trying to find out the best way forward. Naturally AAdvantage call centers are also closed until Monday. Should I use their website form to launch an appeal, or call? I'm flabbergasted about the reply I got from them...

Scoop3172 Feb 9, 19 6:18 pm

Admirals Club Access
 
I have a 12:10 a.m. flight from SFO to DFW booked in economy, connecting to a DFW-Guatemala City flight booked in business (same ticket). Will I be able to access the Admirals Club lounge in San Francisco prior to the DFW leg of the trip (technically access would be the day prior to my business class flight to Guatemala, as first leg departs shortly after midnight)?

IAD_flyer Feb 9, 19 10:48 pm

The AA gift card terms say that:

Gift Cards are redeemable toward the purchase of air travel wholly on flights operated by American Airlines, American Eagle® and oneworld® carriers for itineraries sold and originating in the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
I want the pay the taxes on an award originating outside the US. Are there any workarounds to pay with the AA gift card?

JJeffrey Feb 10, 19 5:32 am


Originally Posted by Udo Schuklenk (Post 30759231)
I took a longish flight in I and Z on LA from MIA to JNB via SCL and GRU. LA, even though I had registered my AAdvantage number with them on their website, didn't credit the flights to AAdvantage until I asked them at a counter in GRU to add the AAdvantage number (yet again). So from GRU onwards the rest of the trip credited. I asked American to credit me for the complete flight. Seemed a formality to me, they got the relevant reference/booking number and saw that the two flights were missing. Anyhow, today (after god-knows-how-many-weeks) American sends me an email telling me that they deny my request because the miles have been credited to a different frequent flyer program. Let's just say that that is factually false. I am not a member of another program (LA etc) that I could have had this miles credited to.

Naturally, when you hit reply and reply, they send you a message telling you that they do not monitor their mailboxes (why would they, that would be customer service oriented, last thing they aim to achieve these days).

So, I'm trying to find out the best way forward. Naturally AAdvantage call centers are also closed until Monday. Should I use their website form to launch an appeal, or call? I'm flabbergasted about the reply I got from them...

Forget about putting in another request online or replying to the email, etc. On Monday, call AAdvantage Customer Service (not the normal reservations number, look up the # at aa.com) and give them details. They will have to verify the flights weren't credited to another program but at least you can speak to a live agent rather than going through the AA email abyss.

JJeffrey Feb 10, 19 5:41 am


Originally Posted by Scoop3172 (Post 30759307)
I have a 12:10 a.m. flight from SFO to DFW booked in economy, connecting to a DFW-Guatemala City flight booked in business (same ticket). Will I be able to access the Admirals Club lounge in San Francisco prior to the DFW leg of the trip (technically access would be the day prior to my business class flight to Guatemala, as first leg departs shortly after midnight)?

You should have no problem accessing the AC the day before your qualifying flight. This is why AA has the "before 6am the following day" provision in the access rules, to allow access in these scenarios for early am flights when you technically arrive at the airport the calendar day before. I've taken the same SFO-DFW redeye connecting to DFW-Asia several times and the AC agents always welcome you in (as they should).


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