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Old Aug 7, 19, 7:17 am
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Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer View Post
Newbie AA SWU question. Sorry if this is very obvious.

If I am booked on AA metal with a JL code, can a friend still apply an SWU to my booking?
Short answer is no, must be AA metal and AA flight number.
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Old Aug 7, 19, 7:22 am
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey View Post
Short answer is no, must be AA metal and AA flight number.
​​​​​​Thank you for the quick answer.

Not the best of answers from my perspective. But hey, will know to book an AA code next time..
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Old Aug 7, 19, 12:10 pm
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Hi everyone - I知 usually on BA but tomorrow night (Thursday) taking LAX-LHR on AA136. I知 in premium economy and would like to purchase an upgrade to business if available. BA allow this, but I知 unsure if this is something you can do on AA at the airport (maybe at the lounge)? Any advice welcome and thank you
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Old Aug 7, 19, 12:16 pm
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Originally Posted by peck View Post
Hi everyone - I知 usually on BA but tomorrow night (Thursday) taking LAX-LHR on AA136. I知 in premium economy and would like to purchase an upgrade to business if available. BA allow this, but I知 unsure if this is something you can do on AA at the airport (maybe at the lounge)? Any advice welcome and thank you
when you check in online you might be prompted to get upgrade for 500-700 dollars. If it痴 not offered you can ask at the airport check in desk or lounge. It shows J5 F2 right now so maybe you will have a chance to upgrade. Also you can call AA now and ask to upfare but it will probably be expensive
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Old Aug 7, 19, 12:18 pm
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Originally Posted by gateH15 View Post

when you check in online you might be prompted to get upgrade for 500-700 dollars. If it痴 not offered you can ask at the airport check in desk or lounge. It shows J5 F2 right now so maybe you will have a chance to upgrade. Also you can call AA now and ask to upfare but it will probably be expensive
Thank you gateh15 this is very useful. I will hope it is offered and report back later.
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Old Aug 7, 19, 1:31 pm
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Is there any deadline for requesting original routing credit?

I had a three segment itinerary that got shortened to two segments due to IROPS, but in the process one of my upgraded segments got rebooked in Full J (so more EQM). I think that i will probably re-qualify on segments however instead of miles, but I would hate to come up short at 29 segments at the end of the year. Most of my flights for the rest of the year are probably three segments each way so ending the year at 29 is a possibility. On the other hand I don't want to give back any EQM if I don't have to.

So if come December it looks like I would be at 29 segments would they go back to a flight in july and grant ORC?
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Old Aug 7, 19, 2:29 pm
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Originally Posted by nitzuga View Post
On a recent JFK-SFO flight in Basic Economy, I noticed that I could not only pay to choose a regular seat (for $9 iirc), but also pay for a preferred or MCE seat for significantly more ($70-100). I'm wondering if elite status benefits reduce the cost of choosing those preferred/ MCE seats. For example, if I had Platinum status, would the preferred and MCE seats also have shown up as costing $9?
I have mixed luck flying as gold on BE. Gate agents will not give you MCE for free like you can with regular economy, you also cannot fly standby for free or even pay the fee if you want to. In the beginning I used to have some luck at the admirals club asking to move to MCE, but I believe the last time they told me their system no longer allows them to.
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Old Aug 7, 19, 5:56 pm
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Old Aug 8, 19, 4:07 am
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confused as aa.com says...
  • Customers on Basic Economy fares don't receive elite status same-day change / standby benefits


Originally Posted by guv1976 View Post
All AA elites get free same-day standby on Basic Economy fares; they are not entitled to same-day confirmed flight change -- even for a fee.
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Old Aug 8, 19, 7:40 am
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Originally Posted by 777lover View Post
confused as aa.com says...
  • Customers on Basic Economy fares don't receive elite status same-day change / standby benefits


aa.com is correct
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Old Aug 8, 19, 10:46 am
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Originally Posted by 777lover View Post
confused as aa.com says...
  • Customers on Basic Economy fares don't receive elite status same-day change / standby benefits


Mea culpa. The aa.com website is correct. I was confusing BE tickets with Economy Web Special awards which do qualify for same-day standby. I've deleted my erroneous post.

(With all the new fare and award offerings, it's getting so that one really needs a scorecard!)

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Old Aug 8, 19, 11:22 am
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I know that this is a wildly open-ended question (hence me posting it here), but does anyone have any feel whatsoever as to at what point AA will announce a delay on a flight due to a delayed inbound these days? They've always been horrible about it, but as of right now I'm looking at a flight where the inbound is scheduled to arrive 3 hours after the planned departure of my flight, but mine is still showing on time. Is that indicative of a hope that they might grab another plane, or is that just a new low point for me in the state of AA's IT and scheduling? Curious because of course it would be ideal to make alternate plans earlier rather than later...
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Old Aug 8, 19, 11:36 am
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Originally Posted by arlflyer View Post
I know that this is a wildly open-ended question (hence me posting it here), but does anyone have any feel whatsoever as to at what point AA will announce a delay on a flight due to a delayed inbound these days? They've always been horrible about it, but as of right now I'm looking at a flight where the inbound is scheduled to arrive 3 hours after the planned departure of my flight, but mine is still showing on time. Is that indicative of a hope that they might grab another plane, or is that just a new low point for me in the state of AA's IT and scheduling? Curious because of course it would be ideal to make alternate plans earlier rather than later...
If you are currently at a hub, they can always change which flight is your incoming. If you are not at an AA hub then the odds of them switching aircraft is rather low. Unfortunately until a delay is published there isn't much you can do usually.
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Old Aug 8, 19, 11:38 am
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Originally Posted by arlflyer View Post
I know that this is a wildly open-ended question (hence me posting it here), but does anyone have any feel whatsoever as to at what point AA will announce a delay on a flight due to a delayed inbound these days? They've always been horrible about it, but as of right now I'm looking at a flight where the inbound is scheduled to arrive 3 hours after the planned departure of my flight, but mine is still showing on time. Is that indicative of a hope that they might grab another plane, or is that just a new low point for me in the state of AA's IT and scheduling? Curious because of course it would be ideal to make alternate plans earlier rather than later...
Unfortunately, I have had the same experience and it's not because of a hope for a new plane. It's just how truly bad they are at being proactive with delays.
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Old Aug 8, 19, 11:44 am
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Originally Posted by MathMusic View Post
If you are currently at a hub, they can always change which flight is your incoming. If you are not at an AA hub then the odds of them switching aircraft is rather low. Unfortunately until a delay is published there isn't much you can do usually.
Originally Posted by zpaul View Post
Unfortunately, I have had the same experience and it's not because of a hope for a new plane. It's just how truly bad they are at being proactive with delays.
Thank you. I am indeed at a hub, but one where there were IRROPs recently. So I don't have much hope. Just wondering at what point they'd post the delay...
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