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can I claim mileage difference if schedule change happens....?

can I claim mileage difference if schedule change happens....?

Old May 5, 21, 7:48 pm
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Post can I claim mileage difference if schedule change happens....?

I purchased a EZE-DFW-MIA and return ticket for outbound travel on June 6th. There is a possibility that the Argentine FAA will decide to not grant operating rights for that flight, as due to the current CoVid situation Argentina has decided to approve flights on a monthly basis. For May, the DFW-EZE flight was granted only 1X Week landing rights, but despite this AA has been selling that route for June under the assumption that they will be granted approval for operating that route at least 3-4X a week (I dont know all the exact details).

So then.... if the Argentine FAA ends up forcing AA to cancel that flight, I know that AA will "protect" me in whichever way possible to get me to MIA... so here is my question. If AA ends up changing me to the EZE-MIA flight, I will be flying less miles that on my originally ticketed itinerary. Once I have completed travel, do I have a case to request AA still credit me for my original itin which was supposed to be EZE-DFW-MIA...?

The reason Im interested in getting my original mileage credit is simple... Im looking to complete a Platinum Challenge, and therefore would want to try to get the mileage that comes with my original itinerary to ensure I can meet the requirements of the Challenge.

Thanks for your insights.

Cheers from EZE,
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Old May 5, 21, 8:57 pm
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As a general rule, in the case of irregular operations (IRROPS) you can request "Original Routing Credit" and you will get it without much argument. After the flight write to them and ask for Original Routing Credit - give the confirmation number and/or ticket number.
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Old May 5, 21, 9:02 pm
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If this change happens in advance, it will be a schedule change and not technically IRROPS. ORC may not apply. I've only ever been able to get ORC for actual IRROPS, not due to schedule changes.
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Old May 5, 21, 9:04 pm
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The issue here is that this wouldn't be considered irrops but rather a schedule change in advance, assuming the flight is canelled at least a few days in advance. So it might be a battle to get ORC but still worth a shot.
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Old May 5, 21, 9:08 pm
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Agree with the above posts. It's not as clear-cut in this case as in most. But they're accustomed to giving ORC. Since it doesn't even mean giving extra redeemable miles since those are dollar-based, they probably care even less than usual. Most status-chasers are chasing EQD, not EQM.
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Old May 6, 21, 5:31 am
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FWIW - DFW to EZE is 5286 miles, via DFW-MIA-EZE is 5527
I believe PLT challenge requires 12500 EQM
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Old May 6, 21, 6:16 am
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Thanks to all for the exact definition of IRROPS vs. Schedule Change. I thought that a schedule change was defined as changes made by the airline itself... in the case Im working with here, American has no interest in making the schedule change, its the local regulator that may FORCE it to cancel flights because they will pull landing rights - so my interpretation was that this would be considered IRROPS... guess its kind of a grey area...?

In any event, I will go ahead and write them once my outbound leg is completed and see what they tell me.

Thanks !!
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Old May 6, 21, 6:18 am
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Yes, I have a couple of additional flights after the EZE to MIA and back, so I will be well above the 12500 EQM. I wish they offered a Platinum Pro Challenge, but apparently that is not the case.

Thanks for the heads up !!

Originally Posted by mvoight View Post
FWIW - DFW to EZE is 5286 miles, via DFW-MIA-EZE is 5527
I believe PLT challenge requires 12500 EQM
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Old May 6, 21, 6:38 am
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Originally Posted by Gaucho100K View Post
Thanks to all for the exact definition of IRROPS vs. Schedule Change. I thought that a schedule change was defined as changes made by the airline itself... in the case Im working with here, American has no interest in making the schedule change, its the local regulator that may FORCE it to cancel flights because they will pull landing rights - so my interpretation was that this would be considered IRROPS... guess its kind of a grey area...?

In any event, I will go ahead and write them once my outbound leg is completed and see what they tell me.

Thanks !!
IRROPS would generally be considered things that happen on the day of departure (or within about 24 hrs), mechanical delays, weather, etc.

But if AA cancels a flight days/weeks before departure due to government regulations, that would be a schedule change, even though it's also out of AA's control.
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Old May 7, 21, 5:03 am
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Thank you !!!!
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