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Old Oct 9, 21, 12:50 am
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skd changes for AA and BA don’t happen on the same day. Perfectly “normal”. Lots of skd changes! And generally, it will say on request for partners until ticketed

Originally Posted by nas6034 View Post
I called in and booked an award ticket yesterday with partner RJ. The ticket is still "on request." Today I called in to update another award ticket that lost a segment due to AA flight cancellation. The new flight is short leg on BA and overwater on AA. That ticket the ticketing desk had to open up J space. Even that ticket is still "on request." Anyone have any idea why that would happen. If it was for one ticket, I get it. But it's an issue for two award tickets within the last 2 days.

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Old Oct 9, 21, 7:19 am
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Originally Posted by AAExecPlatFlier View Post
skd changes for Aaa and BA don’t happen on the same day. Perfectly “normal”. Lots of skd changes! And generally, it will say on request for partners until ticketed
Yes, but how long should tickets be "on request" The reservations have been on request for a couple of days. It shouldn't take that long to ticket. If this was a cash fare you think it would take 3+ days to issue a ticket number? This is not one but two tickets with two separate carriers (one is strictly RJ, other is BA connecting to AA).
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Old Oct 10, 21, 2:24 am
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My history is that they ticket within hours, although others have reported it taking days. U might want to call or tweet AA and ask if there is any issues with the reservation or ticketing process.

Originally Posted by nas6034 View Post
Yes, but how long should tickets be "on request" The reservations have been on request for a couple of days. It shouldn't take that long to ticket. If this was a cash fare you think it would take 3+ days to issue a ticket number? This is not one but two tickets with two separate carriers (one is strictly RJ, other is BA connecting to AA).
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Old Oct 10, 21, 5:50 am
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I'll likely be flying from LA to London in J sometime over the next few months -- obviously things are still subject to change, but is anyone able to compare the current service standards between AA and BA? (It has to be Oneworld so VS/UA are out of the picture).
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Old Oct 10, 21, 2:37 pm
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Not at all an AA newbie, but can’t find an answer anywhere. When did EXP start getting three checked bags up to 70 pounds (instead of 50) regardless of cabin? Pre-Covid, I know I sweated upgrades clearing a few times when I knew my bag was over 50, so it seems like I missed an announcement sometime in the past 20 months. Thanks.
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Old Oct 10, 21, 6:14 pm
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I'm new to AA and in the process of making my way to Emerald through BA.
As I couldn't find anything regarding this (maybe I'm just very bad at searching), I thought I'd ask here.
Other than the risk of missing connections, are there any major issues with booking a direct turnaround (on separate tickets)?
The conditions of carriage don't seem to explicitly cover that case, at least based on my reading.
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Old Oct 11, 21, 12:23 am
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Maybe 10 or 15 years ago?

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Not at all an AA newbie, but can’t find an answer anywhere. When did EXP start getting three checked bags up to 70 pounds (instead of 50) regardless of cabin? Pre-Covid, I know I sweated upgrades clearing a few times when I knew my bag was over 50, so it seems like I missed an announcement sometime in the past 20 months. Thanks.
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Old Oct 11, 21, 6:58 am
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Originally Posted by Chiller3333 View Post
I'm new to AA and in the process of making my way to Emerald through BA.
As I couldn't find anything regarding this (maybe I'm just very bad at searching), I thought I'd ask here.
Other than the risk of missing connections, are there any major issues with booking a direct turnaround (on separate tickets)?
The conditions of carriage don't seem to explicitly cover that case, at least based on my reading.
No issues whatsoever. If you want to fly somewhere and turn right back around and fly back, AA will be happy to take your money
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Old Oct 11, 21, 7:52 am
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Originally Posted by AAExecPlatFlier View Post
Maybe 10 or 15 years ago?
Are you sure? I could have sworn the 50 pounds vs. 70 pounds was entirely based on cabin as recently as early 2020.
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Old Oct 11, 21, 11:27 am
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Originally Posted by js1993 View Post
Not at all an AA newbie, but can’t find an answer anywhere. When did EXP start getting three checked bags up to 70 pounds (instead of 50) regardless of cabin? Pre-Covid, I know I sweated upgrades clearing a few times when I knew my bag was over 50, so it seems like I missed an announcement sometime in the past 20 months. Thanks.
I think I read about the 3 bags (at 70 lbs) on here a few years ago.
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Old Oct 11, 21, 11:53 am
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I just checked my 2019 and 2020 AA email receipts for Y bookings and every one of them, through June 2020, says “1st bag: Free, 2nd bag: Free, Maximum weight: 50 pounds.” There’s a footnote that says “additional allowances might apply,” but it seems weird that it wouldn’t have specifically said “70 pounds” as the allowance if that was the standard EXP allowance. (I was EXP at the time of all 2019 and 2020 bookings.) Maybe some other EXP can check some post-June 2020 Y bookings and see what their receipts say. Thanks.
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Old Oct 11, 21, 5:19 pm
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Originally Posted by js1993 View Post
I just checked my 2019 and 2020 AA email receipts for Y bookings and every one of them, through June 2020, says “1st bag: Free, 2nd bag: Free, Maximum weight: 50 pounds.” There’s a footnote that says “additional allowances might apply,” but it seems weird that it wouldn’t have specifically said “70 pounds” as the allowance if that was the standard EXP allowance. (I was EXP at the time of all 2019 and 2020 bookings.) Maybe some other EXP can check some post-June 2020 Y bookings and see what their receipts say. Thanks.
My most recent booking email still says 50LB limit.
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Old Oct 11, 21, 5:24 pm
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Originally Posted by S80 View Post
My most recent booking email still says 50LB limit.
Thanks. Looks like sloppy information being provided by AA. Shocker.
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Old Oct 11, 21, 5:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Chiller3333 View Post
I'm new to AA and in the process of making my way to Emerald through BA.
As I couldn't find anything regarding this (maybe I'm just very bad at searching), I thought I'd ask here.
Other than the risk of missing connections, are there any major issues with booking a direct turnaround (on separate tickets)?
The conditions of carriage don't seem to explicitly cover that case, at least based on my reading.
I believe the term you want to look for is 'self-connecting', but it looks like it's more frequently used with connecting between different airlines to snag a cheaper fare.
Originally Posted by JJeffrey View Post
No issues whatsoever. If you want to fly somewhere and turn right back around and fly back, AA will be happy to take your money
Typically same day-round trips price out at the same price as two one ways (given same origin/destination), but can actually price out cheaper (aka a roundtrip AAA-BBB-ZZZ-CCC-AAA bought separately would price as two one ways (AAA-ZZZ and ZZZ-AAA), but may be cheaper when a one way AAA-CCC via ZZZ and then the nonstop return). I've done both (two one ways, and a same day round trip), but haven't experienced any delays on the outbound that have caused me to misconnect, so I unfortunately can't speak from experience. I have gotten a few comments about the same day return from agents when rebooking the return due to misconnections there, but that's because they fly for free and don't have to worry about the milage run game. As JJeffrey said, AA will happily take your money, however you decide to book.
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Old Oct 11, 21, 6:17 pm
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey View Post
No issues whatsoever. If you want to fly somewhere and turn right back around and fly back, AA will be happy to take your money
And I'm happy to pay for it:P

Originally Posted by S80 View Post
I believe the term you want to look for is 'self-connecting', but it looks like it's more frequently used with connecting between different airlines to snag a cheaper fare.
Ah, that makes sense. That definitely was outside my dictionary till now.

Thanks so much to the two of you!
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