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Where is the SWU available? (Are SWU usable / useful?)

Old Apr 19, 19, 3:53 pm
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Question Where is the SWU available? (Are SWU usable / useful?)

I've got a few SWU on AA but cannot find anything outside of the US to use them. I cannot find ANYTHING and really hate wasting a SWU on a domestic flight! Help!!
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Old Apr 19, 19, 3:59 pm
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Old Apr 19, 19, 4:10 pm
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This again.

Currently - AA SWU advance inventory on international longhauls is very difficult (but not impossible) to find. Attempting to book a trip solely based on SWU availability in advance is likely to be a very frustrating experience. On the other hand: booking a trip someplace you want or need to go and then clearing a SWU off a waitlist is entirely possible.

Suggest OP read one of the other threads on this topic, starting with: FAQ: What's a Systemwide Upgrade / SWU / eVIP / VIP? (Master thread)
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Old Apr 19, 19, 11:22 pm
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AA's longest flight, AA125, from DFW to HKG has C5 on Sunday, how about that?

Otherwise, there are quite a bit availability to South America in August
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Old Apr 19, 19, 11:40 pm
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Originally Posted by WPHamilton View Post
I've got a few SWU on AA but cannot find anything outside of the US to use them. I cannot find ANYTHING and really hate wasting a SWU on a domestic flight! Help!!
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Please read FAQ: What's a Systemwide Upgrade / SWU / eVIP / VIP? (Master thread), particularly the Wikipost at the top of the page and recent posts.

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Old Apr 19, 19, 11:59 pm
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Originally Posted by shd9 View Post
AA's longest flight, AA125, from DFW to HKG has C5 on Sunday, how about that?
I'd be curious if that just popped up in the last day or two or has been out there for weeks/months. Have you been tracking that flight? Last time I took it, with two non-status friends, availability literally opened at the gate and they got the last two seats with a pair of my systemwides.
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Old Apr 20, 19, 12:02 am
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Originally Posted by shd9 View Post
AA's longest flight, AA125, from DFW to HKG has C5 on Sunday, how about that?


Whoa.
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Old Apr 20, 19, 2:25 am
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Originally Posted by shd9 View Post
AA's longest flight, AA125, from DFW to HKG has C5 on Sunday, how about that?

Otherwise, there are quite a bit availability to South America in August
Did that flight 3 times last year, used SWU to clear J to F at booking... even in F, its a very long flight... hate to think what passengers in Y are going thru
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Old Apr 20, 19, 5:02 am
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The last time this exact complaint came up a few weeks ago I found tons of SWU space to Europe in the fall on the first dates I checked.

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Old Apr 20, 19, 5:11 am
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Originally Posted by fotographer View Post
Did that flight 3 times last year, used SWU to clear J to F at booking... even in F, its a very long flight... hate to think what passengers in Y are going thru
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Old Apr 20, 19, 5:20 am
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Originally Posted by tom911 View Post
I'd be curious if that just popped up in the last day or two or has been out there for weeks/months.
I would suspect that Easter Sunday would be extremely unpopular flying day as you'd miss the holiday on both sides of the flight (and Easter is part of a 4 day weekend for HK). I'm trying to think of another holiday that would be equally unpopular and can only guess New Years Eve might be similar?
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Old Apr 20, 19, 7:21 am
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Originally Posted by shd9 View Post
AA's longest flight, AA125, from DFW to HKG has C5 on Sunday, how about that?
Figures. I am flying DEN-HKG on this Sunday - but purposefully booked the night flight thru LAX on 193 (12:55am departure on Monday) because it's usually better for upgrades. And it's not looking promising.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Old Apr 20, 19, 8:51 am
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CLT-LHR tends to have a decent bit. Believe RDU-LHR and JFK-LHR also does.

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Old Apr 20, 19, 12:16 pm
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Of course it came up at the last minute. Who are we kidding?
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Old Apr 20, 19, 1:39 pm
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Originally Posted by bse118 View Post
Figures. I am flying DEN-HKG on this Sunday - but purposefully booked the night flight thru LAX on 193 (12:55am departure on Monday) because it's usually better for upgrades. And it's not looking promising.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
HKG might have some backlog due to severe weather conditions in the last 48 hours. I guess some J might have been rebooked to Sat/Sun flights. Otherwise, LAX on non-peak is usually quite easy to clear.

PS: my own TATL flights both ways got cleared on T-2 and T-12, without using EF.
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