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davelip May 7, 19 12:28 pm

AA operated IB marketed codeshare - Basic Economy - AA Gold Status?
 
Hello, I got myself into a bind and looking for advice. I booked a flight, LAX - LHR, returning EDI - PHL, using Priceline. AA flight quoted at $4.5K, and Iberia was quoted $800. I obviously booked the IB codeshare fare. After booking the flights I saw "ECONOMY CLASS" on the Priceline receipt,

Once I received a AA flight record locator 24 hours later, I logged into AA to select seats and to my horror, saw my ticket was booked as Basic Economy. Speaking to a rep at AA, I was told even though it is an AA operated flight, it is an Iberia codeshare flight that I booked through Ibera, and I am under Iberia's rules, not AA, regardless of my Gold status, so no seat selection, no checked bags (regardless of also having the AA credit card). Iberia customer service is useless as well.

I then learned that Priceline does not show the correct fare class when making your selection when booking Iberia flights, at least I was not made aware of it. If I had gone to the Iberia page when booking, it would have been obvious my ticket class was "BASIC" and not "Economy." Sadly, Iberia's next class which includes baggage and seats would have only been $125 more, which I would have gladly paid had I known.

Can anyone give some guidance as to how this will play out at the airport? I will still go to the AA counter to check in, and show my gold status card and AA credit card, or does none of that matter regarding the baggage.

jpschoubert May 7, 19 12:41 pm

Yup do it very often - AA metal, I am Gold status, code share IB ticket. You go to Priorirty check, since you also have a AA card, luggage allotment is 1 piece 50lbs, board zone 5 possibly even 4. All good except seat selection, will have to be at airport unless you want to pay. Hope this helps

wrp96 May 7, 19 12:52 pm

The credit card luggage allowance is only valid on domestic flights so wouldn't apply here anyways. You will still get the Gold status luggage allowance though as long as your AA number is in your reservation. You shouldn't need to show your card.

jpschoubert May 7, 19 1:04 pm


Originally Posted by wrp96 (Post 31076763)
The credit card luggage allowance is only valid on domestic flights so wouldn't apply here anyways. You will still get the Gold status luggage allowance though as long as your AA number is in your reservation. You shouldn't need to show your card.

I stand corrected wrp96 is right - Domestic only but status kicks in
Thanks

davelip May 8, 19 3:09 pm

Ok, thank you regarding luggage! Yes my AA Gold status was always in the original reservation. I'm not sure why I was getting conflicting, short terse responses to my questions from AA customer service. I'm debating on whether to purchase seats now, or risk seeing what seats are open 24 hrs prior to the flight departure.

JDiver May 8, 19 3:18 pm


Originally Posted by davelip (Post 31080929)
Ok, thank you regarding luggage! Yes my AA Gold status was always in the original reservation. I'm not sure why I was getting conflicting, short terse responses to my questions from AA customer service. I'm debating on whether to purchase seats now, or risk seeing what seats are open 24 hrs prior to the flight departure.

Thatís a cost-benefit decision and risk assessment youíll have to make. Date, day of week, etc. come into consideration.


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