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Keep cleared AA upgrades after crediting flight to Alaska?

Old Sep 27, 20, 7:34 pm
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Keep cleared AA upgrades after crediting flight to Alaska?

If I clear the upgrade list at T48 and then call to credit my flight to Alaska before the flight will I loose my upgrade? I donít have status with Alaska just AA.
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Old Sep 27, 20, 7:49 pm
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If I clear the upgrade list at T48 and then call to credit my flight to Alaska before the flight will I loose my upgrade? I donít have status with Alaska just AA.
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Old Sep 27, 20, 9:03 pm
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The OP is asking will he loose his upgrades not the rules. I think the OP will not loose the upgrade. I still would not chance it in case the computer has to do a sweep again if there was IROP etc.
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Old Sep 27, 20, 9:12 pm
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The OP is asking will he loose his upgrades not the rules. I think the OP will not loose the upgrade. I still would not chance it in case the computer has to do a sweep again if there was IROP etc.
Doing so might risk that benefit (e.g. upgrade).
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Old Sep 27, 20, 9:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi View Post
Also, given AA's recent emphasis on account shenanigans crackdown, there's an added risk of doing it too many times.
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Old Sep 28, 20, 12:12 am
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Also, given AA's recent emphasis on account shenanigans crackdown, there's an added risk of doing it too many times.
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So this will probably be my last flying for 5-6 months and the legs from HNL-LAX-CLT are wide open at the moment. It says I could lose the upgrade and be bumped back to economy. Which Iím fine with because currently there are 23, 23! Seats taken on 32Q. As long as they donít pull my status for doing it once Iím good with that.
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Old Sep 28, 20, 12:21 am
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So this will probably be my last flying for 5-6 months and the legs from HNL-LAX-CLT are wide open at the moment. It says I could lose the upgrade and be bumped back to economy. Which Iím fine with because currently there are 23, 23! Seats taken on 32Q. As long as they donít pull my status for doing it once Iím good with that.
This is something that would be easy for AA to automatically flag and go after at any point in the future. I wouldnít do this unless you never plan to acquire AA miles or status again.
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Old Sep 28, 20, 2:55 am
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Donít call to make the change. Do it at the gate. Chances of negative repercussions are close to zero.
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Old Sep 28, 20, 3:25 am
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Donít call to make the change. Do it at the gate. Chances of negative repercussions are close to zero.
Gate or check in?
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Old Sep 28, 20, 8:25 am
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Actually you do run the risk of them taking the miles from your account for the upgrade if you switch it to another program after the upgrades have cleared. Iíve seen that happen before.
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Old Sep 28, 20, 8:47 am
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Originally Posted by hawkfan7314 View Post
So this will probably be my last flying for 5-6 months and the legs from HNL-LAX-CLT are wide open at the moment. It says I could lose the upgrade and be bumped back to economy. Which Iím fine with because currently there are 23, 23! Seats taken on 32Q. As long as they donít pull my status for doing it once Iím good with that.
Will they pull your status, probably not, but as it is a violation of the terms and conditions of the program, they could do this now or in the future.
You are not entitled to the upgrade if you are not flying based on your AA membership.
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Old Sep 28, 20, 9:18 am
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Nobody here can advise on this beyond telling you what the rules are.

The same people who would have laughed at the prospect of account closings over credit card bonuses or repricing hidden city tickets and then settling in order for the passenger to retain his account, now know that it's in the cards.

Will it work? What are the consequences? Those are giant if's. I would only do this if I didn't care about being bounced to a lousy seat in Y and don't care about the AA account. But, I'm not a risk taker.
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Old Sep 28, 20, 9:55 am
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Originally Posted by hawkfan7314 View Post
Gate or check in?
I would suspect the gate agent would be more likely to know and notice the passenger is no longer entitled to the upgrade

One question, since you have mentioned this will be your last flight for 5 or 6 months.
Does this get you AS status?

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Old Sep 28, 20, 10:03 am
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Originally Posted by mvoight View Post
I would suspect the gate agent would be more likely to know and notice the passenger is no longer entitled to the upgrade
Theoretically, yes. But I've had GAs that made colossal messes of run-of-the-mill upgrades, so its possible that an out of the ordinary situation goes by unnoticed.

Regardless, this seems like a higher than 0 risk and low reward proposition.
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Old Sep 28, 20, 1:23 pm
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Originally Posted by mvoight View Post
I would suspect the gate agent would be more likely to know and notice the passenger is no longer entitled to the upgrade

One question, since you have mentioned this will be your last flight for 5 or 6 months.
Does this get you AS status?
No, Iím trying to get enough Alaska miles for my next trip to the Maldives so Iíve been crediting my flights to them.
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