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Old Jun 4, 19, 12:09 am
  #916  
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Purple Lockdown Tier
Programs: AS Nothing, DL Silver, EK Silver, Bonvoy Plat (still, amazingly)
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I need to get ~560 AA miles to get to an award ticket but the minimum to purchase miles on AA.com is 2,000. My hold on the reservation ends on Wednesday 5 June 11:59PST (and this has been extended a couple times as a courtesy).

Any ideas (that comply with the T&C) for getting these miles for less than $100 USD? BIS probably not an option as fares are too high for routes out of SAN.
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Old Jun 4, 19, 5:11 am
  #917  
 
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Originally Posted by Metanoia View Post
I need to get ~560 AA miles to get to an award ticket but the minimum to purchase miles on AA.com is 2,000. My hold on the reservation ends on Wednesday 5 June 11:59PST (and this has been extended a couple times as a courtesy).

Any ideas (that comply with the T&C) for getting these miles for less than $100 USD? BIS probably not an option as fares are too high for routes out of SAN.
The only guaranteed way to have miles post like this within a day is to buy them (or transfer/share from another member, may be slightly cheaper). There are of course tons of cheaper ways you could get 560 miles (shopping, dining, etc.) but these can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to post.
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Old Jun 4, 19, 1:02 pm
  #918  
 
Join Date: May 2019
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*Question about TSAPreCheck*

I don't have my KTN yet. Per the TSA website they determined eligibility and mailed my KTN on 6/2/19.
I have a flight coming up on 6/11/19 already purchased tix. Will I be able to add my KTN to that boarding pass so long as I get it in the mail before 6/11?
Or will I need to wait until next flight to take advantage of PreCheck?
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Old Jun 4, 19, 3:14 pm
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Originally Posted by MrRob View Post
*Question about TSAPreCheck*

I don't have my KTN yet. Per the TSA website they determined eligibility and mailed my KTN on 6/2/19.
I have a flight coming up on 6/11/19 already purchased tix. Will I be able to add my KTN to that boarding pass so long as I get it in the mail before 6/11?
Or will I need to wait until next flight to take advantage of PreCheck?
You can add the number to existing reservations. If you add the number before you check in for the 6/11 flight, you should be set.
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Old Jun 4, 19, 4:59 pm
  #920  
 
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Originally Posted by MrRob View Post
*Question about TSAPreCheck*

I don't have my KTN yet. Per the TSA website they determined eligibility and mailed my KTN on 6/2/19.
I have a flight coming up on 6/11/19 already purchased tix. Will I be able to add my KTN to that boarding pass so long as I get it in the mail before 6/11?
Or will I need to wait until next flight to take advantage of PreCheck?
The format may have changed but when I applied the application number on the provisional acceptance letter was my KTN so you may be able to find it on the web site.
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Old Jun 4, 19, 5:51 pm
  #921  
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
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My fiancťe was targeted for free Platinum Pro status. Sheís a new AA cardholder.

Ironically, she would have been able to meet the requirements if Qatar Airlines counted towards the status challenge. Since it doesnít she will never make it.

We have 2 domestic flights coming up to position to ORD for that Qatar flight. Given thatís itís an hour hop. We are
flying Y as I was hoping to score an upgrade for one of us.

My question is :

Since she now has Plat Pro is her upgrade priority higher then mine as a platinum ? She only has $900 EQD currently.

i know EQDís matter but I thought only as a tie breaker for those in the same status level.....

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Old Jun 4, 19, 7:10 pm
  #922  
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
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What is the easiest way to search reward travel for specific dates? ie, I have 98k points and just want to see where I could fly to and from for free on a given set of dates when I can squeeze a vacation in at work. Going destination by destination is tiring.
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Old Jun 4, 19, 7:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Shadowfactor View Post

Since she now has Plat Pro is her upgrade priority higher then mine as a platinum ? She only has $900 EQD currently.

i know EQDís matter but I thought only as a tie breaker for those in the same status level.....
Correct and correct. First by status (Platinum Pro > Platinum), then EQD within the status.
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Old Jun 4, 19, 7:26 pm
  #924  
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
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Is it possible that I can get lounge access in PHL when arriving on AA international business? Itíll be a 2-3 hour layover. Last time I tried this was when the flagship lounge just opened up in ORD and I had a layover after an international (Asia) first class flight.
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Old Jun 4, 19, 7:30 pm
  #925  
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Originally Posted by ajumbaje View Post
Is it possible that I can get lounge access in PHL when arriving on AA international business? Itíll be a 2-3 hour layover. Last time I tried this was when the flagship lounge just opened up in ORD and I had a layover after an international (Asia) first class flight.
As long as you are continuing on on a oneworld carrier, you will have lounge access based on your arrival on an international J ticket.
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Old Jun 4, 19, 7:41 pm
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Originally Posted by guv1976 View Post
As long as you are continuing on on a oneworld carrier, you will have lounge access based on your arrival on an international J ticket.
got it. Next flight is just a short regional flight. Still aa though.
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Old Jun 4, 19, 7:52 pm
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Join Date: Jan 2012
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Originally Posted by penguintalk View Post
What is the easiest way to search reward travel for specific dates? ie, I have 98k points and just want to see where I could fly to and from for free on a given set of dates when I can squeeze a vacation in at work. Going destination by destination is tiring.
As far as I know, there's no quick way to see destinations with award availability for a particular set of dates.

The good thing is that it sounds like you're wiling to go pretty much anywhere.

AA awards are zone-based, so I'd start with figuring out where you can go with the miles you have. Basically, if you're looking for economy, you can go pretty much anywhere in the world with 98k miles; if you're looking for business, you can go anywhere in the US, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, and South America 1 (which includes Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru).

Then I'd rank your particular destinations in order of interest and search them.

There are also award booking services that I'm sure would be happy to do the searching for you for a fee (although you'd probably have to give them some parameters).
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Old Jun 4, 19, 10:36 pm
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Join Date: Aug 2018
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So I just got targeted for Platinum Pro status - 20k EQM and 2400 EQD. I have until Sept 25th. I have no upcoming flights planned. Can anyone come up with the best way for me to achieve this? I live in Wyoming - fly out of Billings on AA. But basically NW united states. A little confused on how EQM are calculated
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Old Jun 4, 19, 11:40 pm
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Originally Posted by NYC Flyer View Post
Everyone in the same reservation will get one free checked bag. The bag perks across elite and credit card programs all entitle each passenger to one bag, but they do not accumulate. You can board with group 4, and your companion will likely be permitted to join you.

You can choose your own seats for a fee, or accept auto-assigned seats at check-in.

Assuming your PHL-SFO is NOT on AA, you should not have a problem. If you're booked for both PHL-BOS and PHL-SFO on AA on the same day, you may have a duplicate reservaton issue, however.
Is GOLD status allowed 1 checked bag even when flying to Europe on BASIC ECONOMY?

Operated by Iberia PHL-MAD AA 8640 330-Airbus A330
MAD-PHL AA 741 332-Airbus A330

Please help.
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Old Jun 5, 19, 5:13 am
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Originally Posted by alaskaforlife View Post
Is GOLD status allowed 1 checked bag even when flying to Europe on BASIC ECONOMY?

Operated by Iberia PHL-MAD AA 8640 330-Airbus A330
MAD-PHL AA 741 332-Airbus A330

Please help.
Yes, elite members still get their checked baggage allowance even when flying on Basic Economy fares. FYI, AA 8640 is BOS-MAD.
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