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Old Jan 11, 19, 6:24 am
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Originally Posted by wobbly wings View Post
Skipping one domestic segment in an international itinerary
I'll shortly be travelling internationally from Europe to the US. The return journey is 3 flights with 2 stops in the US before the international leg. I have now arranged to spend time close to the first of these stops and it would be convenient to start the return journey there. I assumed I'd have to get a one way flight to back to the origin of the return journey, and use all the vouchers in the ticket. Just to be sure: Is that really the case? Could I somehow liaise with AA and arrange to be no show on the first leg? If so, how would one do that? The ticket is AA stock mostly on AA metal but the leg I'd be interested in skipping is HA metal. Thanks.
No, if you skip a segment in the middle of your itinerary all remaining segments will be cancelled. There's no way to liaise with AA or anything like that. The only thing you can do is call AA and have them change your itinerary to drop the one segment, of course this will result in the whole itinerary being repriced and you'd have to pay any change fees as well. Or just get a separate ticket back to the start of your return, like you mentioned.
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Old Jan 12, 19, 12:18 am
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These crazy 500 mile certs....

So... long time Delta Gold making a transition due to a move to an AA hub. I'm scared!!!

Anyway, these 500 mile certificates.

Question one: It's not possible to use any less than 2 of them because you always get the first 500mi free... right? So I can either use ZERO for a 400 mile flight or TWO for an 800 mile flight. It's not possible to use just one... is that right?

Question two: make me love these things. I'm used to being upgraded for free about 50% of the time on Delta. Paying with these certs sounds horrible. Convince me I'm wrong!
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Old Jan 12, 19, 12:24 am
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Questions on Credit Cards....

Okay! Long time Delta Gold moving to an AA hub - quite nervous.

My primary concern is status and getting upgrades. I have had Delta Gold for ages, made possible mostly by the Delta Amex card which waives you the need for a minimum dollar spend with the airline and also gives bonus elite qualifying miles. No such thing on AA, so that has me quite concerned. Now even the Aviator card has killed their measly $3000 dollar bonus for AA.

Does anyone forsee any card emerging that will help achieve status on AA? The best I can find is the 10K EQM bonus on the mastercard with the insane $450 annual fee. Is that really it?
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Old Jan 12, 19, 1:31 am
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Originally Posted by milohoss View Post
So... long time Delta Gold making a transition due to a move to an AA hub. I'm scared!!!

Anyway, these 500 mile certificates.

Question one: It's not possible to use any less than 2 of them because you always get the first 500mi free... right? So I can either use ZERO for a 400 mile flight or TWO for an 800 mile flight. It's not possible to use just one... is that right?

Question two: make me love these things. I'm used to being upgraded for free about 50% of the time on Delta. Paying with these certs sounds horrible. Convince me I'm wrong!
One: for the elite flyer personally, yes, it'll either be zero or two-plus 500-mile upgrades (a/k/a "stickers") to upgrade (and as someone formerly based in STL, which is 550 miles from DFW and 1592 from LAX: ugh). Non-elite companions would burn one of the sponsor's stickers for a flight <500 miles. Back in the day, non-elites on full-fare tickets could also use stickers; not sure if that's the case anymore.

Two: theoretically, the benefit of sticker upgrades is that not EVERY elite in economy will be on the upgrade list--just those >=PRO and those who care enough to burn their ammo--so if an upgrade is important to you and not to those who'd otherwise be ahead of you, your chances are improved. Having never been based at a hub, I can't say firsthand what your upgrade chances would be at PLT level, but those tend to be AA elite-heavy markets and so competition for upgrades will be stiff, stickers or no stickers.
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Old Jan 12, 19, 8:06 am
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Originally Posted by milohoss View Post
So... long time Delta Gold making a transition due to a move to an AA hub. I'm scared!!!

Anyway, these 500 mile certificates.

Question one: It's not possible to use any less than 2 of them because you always get the first 500mi free... right? So I can either use ZERO for a 400 mile flight or TWO for an 800 mile flight. It's not possible to use just one... is that right?

Question two: make me love these things. I'm used to being upgraded for free about 50% of the time on Delta. Paying with these certs sounds horrible. Convince me I'm wrong!
You'll never use just one to upgrade yourself. But if you're traveling with a non-elite companion on a short flight, and upgrading you both with your status, then their upgrade won't be complimentary, so that will cost you one upgrade.
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Old Jan 12, 19, 8:32 am
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Question about economy service onboard PHX-SJO

Quick question re economy service on flights PHX-SJO and return: on our AA itinerary it says "Lunch" (PHX-SJO) and "Breakfast" (SJO-PHX) but on the aa website it only mentions "for sale" food in economy (except for Hawaii and Trans-continental) - are lunch and breakfast served free on these flights in economy or only for sale?
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Old Jan 12, 19, 4:17 pm
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AA SWU

When does AA typically release SWUs on flights?
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Old Jan 12, 19, 7:56 pm
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Pretty much anytime. U didn’t say what route u were looking at, but the internationals — depending on loss — have. A history of opening around 35-24 hours out. But this is by no means guaranteed

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When does AA typically release SWUs on flights?
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Old Jan 12, 19, 9:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Jbro121 View Post
When does AA typically release SWUs on flights?
Sometimes, far out. If one books then, one can secure a seat and upgrade.

Often, revenue management determines the release of award seats and it can occur anytime up to boarding - it’s a dynamic process that depends on historic and actual sales, etc.

FAQ: What's a Systemwide Upgrade / SWU / eVIP / VIP? (Master thread)

Upgrade Priority: Status, Upgrade Type, Rolling 12 Month EQD Spend
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Old Jan 13, 19, 2:20 am
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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.
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Old Jan 13, 19, 9:59 am
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Thread regarding award availability tricks through hubs?

I recall seeing a thread describing award availability for flights connecting through an AA hub, but no O&D, success holding such an itinerary, having the unwanted removed prior to booking. I have searched high and low, unable to locate it. Perhaps a sticky, wiki link, ... ?
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Old Jan 13, 19, 11:37 am
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I recall seeing a thread describing award availability for flights connecting through an AA hub, but no O&D, success holding such an itinerary, having the unwanted removed prior to booking. I have searched high and low, unable to locate it. Perhaps a sticky, wiki link, ... ?
More award availability restricted by married segments / connections perhaps?
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Old Jan 13, 19, 2:00 pm
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Originally Posted by beagleflyer1977 View Post
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.
A popular and very hard award to get. 2 biz award seats on the same flight--->3 times as hard.
BNE has been reported as a little easier. Also consider HA (Hawaiian) & FJ (Fiji). AA fly LAX - SYD & LAX-AKL (NZ)

HELP DESK: MileSAAver / SAAver award questions, assistance

AA oneworld & Other Airline Partner Award information, rules (master thd)

AA forum [Australia New Zealand] --->AAdvantage award to / from Australia, New Zealand (master thread)

QF---> AA miles awards: using / redeeming AA miles on Qantas (QF) & related (consolidated)
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Old Jan 13, 19, 5:20 pm
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Hello everyone, I have a question. I am doing the AA challenge and I booked my ticket with AA but the flight is a BA plane. I am flying Premium economy (which is BA World Traveler +). My question is if I decide to buy a day of flight upgrade to BA business how will my EQD be calculated. The reason why I ask is because I bought my ticket with AA so AA calculates it buy how much I spent not including taxes and if I pay for a day of upgrade with BA then they calculate it my 25% of the miles flown, I think.

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Old Jan 13, 19, 5:26 pm
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Hello FT: I am new EXP. I have a couple award tickets booked. I found better flights and put those on 5 day hold. Should I book the tickets on hold and then cancel the other award tickets? As EXP there is no cost, correct?

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