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Old Jan 1, 20, 8:58 am
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Arrow NEWBIE LOUNGE 2020: Ask "Newbie" AA Questions Here (flame free)

Quick question - I took a Cathay Pacific fight on 12/27 in Premium Economy which is not shown on my AA account yet...
This flight will push me to Exec Platinum... I wonder if this flight is shown in a week (e.g. Jan 5th) - will I still qualify Exec Platinum for 2019?
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Old Jan 1, 20, 9:37 am
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Originally Posted by Tommys888 View Post
Quick question - I took a Cathay Pacific fight on 12/27 in Premium Economy which is not shown on my AA account yet...
This flight will push me to Exec Platinum... I wonder if this flight is shown in a week (e.g. Jan 5th) - will I still qualify Exec Platinum for 2019?
Yes, the date of the flight is what counts, not the date the miles actually post.
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Old Jan 2, 20, 1:44 am
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Hi ... I am an AA newbie based in New Zealand. I put an award flight on hold for flights AKL/SYD/KIX on QF in April. When I came to pay for it the system would not allow me to change the Region/Country of my credit card to be used for the taxes. I called Reservations and the agent said my booking was incorrectly in the US version of the site rather than NZ, even though I know I started in the NZ site. She said she could fix it, but I would have to pay the Reservations' service charge to do so. This seemed unfair as I felt that if I ended up in the wrong version of the site then that was a fault of their system. She was unable to waive the fee but suggested calling the web help desk, which I did and they were able to accept payment without a service fee.

So, everything was OK in the end, but I am wondering what I might have done wrong in the first place, or is this a known problem?

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Old Jan 2, 20, 9:13 am
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Biz Class MileSaaver to Australia from DFW in Nov

Hi looking to spend my 40th bday in Oz. I’m not seeing any decent options mileage exchange wise on AA. When is the best time to look for that? Is it better to look at Qantas and if so how do you see availability, what is the exchange rate in miles, and how do you book? Again looking for biz class since I’m 6’7” and that long a flight in coach would probably be the end of me. Lol.

Thanks in advance
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Old Jan 2, 20, 9:36 am
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Originally Posted by TrvlAggie View Post
Hi looking to spend my 40th bday in Oz. I’m not seeing any decent options mileage exchange wise on AA. When is the best time to look for that? Is it better to look at Qantas and if so how do you see availability, what is the exchange rate in miles, and how do you book? Again looking for biz class since I’m 6’7” and that long a flight in coach would probably be the end of me. Lol.

Thanks in advance
Start by reading the Wikiposts and posts in AA MileSAAver award to / from Australia, New Zealand (master thread). Subscribe to and set alerts on ExpertFlyer. Do consider Air Fiji, etc.

We’ve used several MileSAAver awards to and from Australia for ourselves and friends, so it can be done.
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Old Jan 2, 20, 9:40 am
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Originally Posted by TrvlAggie View Post
Hi looking to spend my 40th bday in Oz. I’m not seeing any decent options mileage exchange wise on AA. When is the best time to look for that? Is it better to look at Qantas and if so how do you see availability, what is the exchange rate in miles, and how do you book? Again looking for biz class since I’m 6’7” and that long a flight in coach would probably be the end of me. Lol.

Thanks in advance
AA.com displays award space on both AA and QF, just search there. Keep in mind premium award space between the US-Australia/NZ is some of the hardest in the universe to find, so it's not surprising you're not seeing anything now for a trip in November. There's no magic formula about the best time to search or anything like that, you just need to be persistent and do your research, etc.

In addition to the master thread mentioned above here's another re: awards on QF...

AA miles awards: using / redeeming AA miles on Qantas (QF) & related (consolidated)
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Old Jan 2, 20, 9:48 am
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Originally Posted by minz56 View Post
Hi ... I am an AA newbie based in New Zealand. I put an award flight on hold for flights AKL/SYD/KIX on QF in April. When I came to pay for it the system would not allow me to change the Region/Country of my credit card to be used for the taxes. I called Reservations and the agent said my booking was incorrectly in the US version of the site rather than NZ, even though I know I started in the NZ site. She said she could fix it, but I would have to pay the Reservations' service charge to do so. This seemed unfair as I felt that if I ended up in the wrong version of the site then that was a fault of their system. She was unable to waive the fee but suggested calling the web help desk, which I did and they were able to accept payment without a service fee.

So, everything was OK in the end, but I am wondering what I might have done wrong in the first place, or is this a known problem?
It’s a known issue, and AA seem reluctant or unable to deal with it. It appears aa. sites where Amadeus is in use may offer better usability and work-arounds. See Booking with non-US credit card for payment on aa.com and other AA sites
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Old Jan 2, 20, 11:26 am
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I'm looking at booking an award seat with a long (6 hour) connection. There are earlier connecting flights available, but those itineraries cost more miles. If I book an award seat, can I try to fly standby on one of the earlier connecting flights? Would there be a fee to fly standby? Does it make a difference if my award seat is first class vs coach? All of my bags will be carry-ons. I tried to Google this, but found myself utterly confused. Many thanks!
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Old Jan 2, 20, 12:08 pm
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Gold privelges for other travellers - does it matter who books?

I am travelling with my wife and sister and plan to book tickets for all of us. My sister is AA Gold.
1) For seat selection privileges, does is matter who books it? If I (no status) book, but make sure put sister's FF# in her info, can we select seats according to her privileges? Does she need to do the selection?
2) Can we all board with here group?
3) Is there any reason at all why she should do the booking rather than me?

Thanks!
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Old Jan 2, 20, 1:20 pm
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Originally Posted by iujen94 View Post
I'm looking at booking an award seat with a long (6 hour) connection. There are earlier connecting flights available, but those itineraries cost more miles. If I book an award seat, can I try to fly standby on one of the earlier connecting flights? Would there be a fee to fly standby? Does it make a difference if my award seat is first class vs coach? All of my bags will be carry-ons. I tried to Google this, but found myself utterly confused. Many thanks!
Fees, and those passengers/ticket types exempt from the fees, are all listed here:

https://www.aa.com/i18n/plan-travel/...day-travel.jsp
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Old Jan 2, 20, 2:26 pm
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Originally Posted by iujen94 View Post
I'm looking at booking an award seat with a long (6 hour) connection. There are earlier connecting flights available, but those itineraries cost more miles. If I book an award seat, can I try to fly standby on one of the earlier connecting flights? Would there be a fee to fly standby? Does it make a difference if my award seat is first class vs coach? All of my bags will be carry-ons. I tried to Google this, but found myself utterly confused. Many thanks!
Additionally, I’m not sure that’s possible, as domestic connections (except Hawai’i, 18 hours - international’s 24) must be under four hours, unless it’s a LIFO (last in first out) situation or AA issues you a lengthy connection because it’s inconvenient.

In the latter case you can try standing by, and it might be granted - though technically, iirc it’s only supposed to be if there’s award availability on the earlier flight. (As JJeffrey says, there are conditions.)
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Old Jan 2, 20, 3:06 pm
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Originally Posted by gregas View Post
I am travelling with my wife and sister and plan to book tickets for all of us. My sister is AA Gold.
1) For seat selection privileges, does is matter who books it? If I (no status) book, but make sure put sister's FF# in her info, can we select seats according to her privileges? Does she need to do the selection?
2) Can we all board with here group?
3) Is there any reason at all why she should do the booking rather than me?

Thanks!
1) It makes no difference who books it, as long as you put her AA # in the reservation, then you can select seats based on her GLD status.

2) You will have a different boarding group on your boarding pass, however its typically never a problem to board together, just tell the GA you're all together.

3) Again it makes no difference.
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Old Jan 2, 20, 3:33 pm
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post
Additionally, I’m not sure that’s possible, as domestic connections (except Hawai’i, 18 hours - international’s 24) must be under four hours, unless it’s a LIFO (last in first out) situation or AA issues you a lengthy connection because it’s inconvenient.

In the latter case you can try standing by, and it might be granted - though technically, iirc it’s only supposed to be if there’s award availability on the earlier flight. (As JJeffrey says, there are conditions.)
AA abandoned the four-hour domestic connection maximum some time ago, so that they can claim that they are now offering more SAAver awards -- even if that means sitting in Philadelphia for 12 hours.

And no, for same-day standby, there's no requirement that there be SAAver award availability. If such availability existed, one could just call AA and change the award at no charge (assuming no married-segment issues).
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Old Jan 2, 20, 5:37 pm
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Hi there, looked for the help desk thread on lounge access but couldn't find it. I'm exec plat so for lounges I can access:

Admirals if I am traveling internationally regardless of cabin
Flagship if I am traveling internationally in business or first
Oneworld lounges in international locations if I am travelling on oneworld flights regardless of cabin

If I am flying domestically only if am flying transcontinental on a 3 cabin flight am I allowed flagship access.


Is my understanding correct on the above? Thanks for your help!
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Old Jan 2, 20, 7:21 pm
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Originally Posted by ZBigFam View Post
Hi there, looked for the help desk thread on lounge access but couldn't find it. I'm exec plat so for lounges I can access:

Admirals if I am traveling internationally regardless of cabin
Flagship if I am traveling internationally in business or first
Oneworld lounges in international locations if I am travelling on oneworld flights regardless of cabin

If I am flying domestically only if am flying transcontinental on a 3 cabin flight am I allowed flagship access.


Is my understanding correct on the above? Thanks for your help!
As an EXP you can access Flagship Lounges on qualifying int'l flights regardless of cabin. So flying DFW-LHR in economy you can use the Flagship Lounge, for example.
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