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NEWBIE LOUNGE 2022: Ask AA newbie questions here - flame-free thread

NEWBIE LOUNGE 2022: Ask AA newbie questions here - flame-free thread

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Old Jun 23, 22, 9:14 am
  #886  
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
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Originally Posted by debeaumarchais View Post
Thanks, Iíll definitely do that - is there anyway to do this online/via the chat or do I need to just call in?
Not online but chat may be able to do it. Otherwise by phone or at the airport.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 4:02 pm
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I'm not a newbie but this may be a newbie question (new to me, anyway ). I'm flying from PHX to MCI tomorrow. I'll land at MCI at 4:51 then fly out of MCI back to PHX at 6:40 (won't even leave the airport - long story) - flights booked as round trip. I checked in already for the PHX to MCI flight (leaves PHX at 12:15) - will I need to check in for the MCI to PHX flight as well? Also, once I land in MCI, do I need to leave the post-security area and then go back through security? Thanks in advance (and, yes, I know I should have thought of these questions way before the day before the flights)!
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Old Jun 23, 22, 6:11 pm
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Originally Posted by RaindropT View Post
I'm not a newbie but this may be a newbie question (new to me, anyway ). I'm flying from PHX to MCI tomorrow. I'll land at MCI at 4:51 then fly out of MCI back to PHX at 6:40 (won't even leave the airport - long story) - flights booked as round trip. I checked in already for the PHX to MCI flight (leaves PHX at 12:15) - will I need to check in for the MCI to PHX flight as well? Also, once I land in MCI, do I need to leave the post-security area and then go back through security? Thanks in advance (and, yes, I know I should have thought of these questions way before the day before the flights)!
You can check in with any agent airside, or even online.
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Old Jun 25, 22, 9:10 am
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If youíre a gold and a non-gold is on your PNR, would you both be upgraded to first if thereís space available? Or would the non-gold make the gold ineligible for an upgrade? Or would just the gold get it? Thanks!
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Old Jun 25, 22, 11:49 am
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Originally Posted by DCBound2016 View Post
If youíre a gold and a non-gold is on your PNR, would you both be upgraded to first if thereís space available? Or would the non-gold make the gold ineligible for an upgrade? Or would just the gold get it? Thanks!
Yes, no, and no.
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Old Jun 26, 22, 7:20 am
  #891  
 
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Recently earned platinum status and flying with a non status companion. I do not have any 500mi upgrades currently and have requested upgrades on the booking. Do I need to have 500mi upgrades in my acct in order for the companion upgrade to clear or can I purchase after it clears?

We are flying over the July 4th weekend and I'd rather not buy additional upgrades I may never need (if the upgrade doesn't clear) given the upcoming policy change and elimination of the 500mi upgrades
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Old Jun 26, 22, 2:43 pm
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Flying Flagship Business, on a 777-300, LAX-MIA. Can I use the FF check in at LAX? It appears I can after reading the AA site. But it did say Flagship Business Plus, whatever that is
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Old Jun 26, 22, 2:59 pm
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We bought business class tickets from JFK-BOS-NRT-CGK on JAL with JFK-BOS flown by AA in first class.
What lounges do we have access to at JFK terminal 8? Flagship First?
Thanks in advance.
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Old Jun 26, 22, 4:21 pm
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Originally Posted by night718 View Post
We bought business class tickets from JFK-BOS-NRT-CGK on JAL with JFK-BOS flown by AA in first class.
What lounges do we have access to at JFK terminal 8? Flagship First?
Thanks in advance.
Youíll have access to the Flagship Lounge but not the Flagship First dining.
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Old Jun 27, 22, 12:41 am
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Originally Posted by night718 View Post
We bought business class tickets from JFK-BOS-NRT-CGK on JAL with JFK-BOS flown by AA in first class.
What lounges do we have access to at JFK terminal 8? Flagship First?
Thanks in advance.
While the A321T is a three-cabin aircraft, when flown JFK<->BOS, it is sold as a two-cabin. Flagship F becomes Domestic F & Flagship Business becomes MCE.

Without the onward international business class flight, or connecting to a BOS-LAX Flagship flight, the JFK-BOS flight alone would not grant any lounge access just like any other non-Flagship domestic flight in F.

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Old Jun 27, 22, 6:30 am
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Originally Posted by Flying for Fun View Post
While the A321T is a three-cabin aircraft, when flown JFK<->BOS, it is sold as a two-cabin. Flagship F becomes Domestic F & Flagship Business becomes MCE.

Without the onward international business class flight, or connecting to a BOS-LAX Flagship flight, the JFK-BOS flight alone would not grant any lounge access just like any other non-Flagship domestic flight in F.

James
We have onward international business class flights on JAL from BOS-NRT-CGK. It's all on 1 PNR JFK-BOS-NRT-CGK.

Do we get access to the flagship lounge or any lounge at JFK?

Thanks in advance.
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Old Jun 27, 22, 6:36 am
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Originally Posted by night718 View Post
We have onward international business class flights on JAL from BOS-NRT-CGK. It's all on 1 PNR JFK-BOS-NRT-CGK.

Do we get access to the flagship lounge or any lounge at JFK?

Thanks in advance.
Again the international business class flights on JAL will get you access to the Flagship Lounge, just not Flagship First dining.
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Old Jun 27, 22, 12:59 pm
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Originally Posted by jsteinberg View Post
Recently earned platinum status and flying with a non status companion. I do not have any 500mi upgrades currently and have requested upgrades on the booking. Do I need to have 500mi upgrades in my acct in order for the companion upgrade to clear or can I purchase after it clears?

We are flying over the July 4th weekend and I'd rather not buy additional upgrades I may never need (if the upgrade doesn't clear) given the upcoming policy change and elimination of the 500mi upgrades
I have the same question. Anybody know the answer? This will all become irrelevant in a few months but we have no way to know precisely when sticker system will go away.
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Old Jun 27, 22, 1:55 pm
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I was supposed to be on QR from JFK to DOH, but they have moved me over to AA.

Will AA allow me to check in many hours early, and offload my baggage? The flight is at 0:55. There must be AA flights the whole day long, but I donít know whether theyíll let me check in 8 or 12 hours early.

The idea would be to bug off into Manhattan for a bit and actually do something fun and/or interesting, rather than sitting an airport all day.
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Old Jun 28, 22, 9:25 pm
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Is there any way to find out what my ticket number is if I only have the record locator? Itís a future flight.

I want to send myself a receipt for the flight but I donít have the ticket number, only the record locator.

Long story short, the airfare was purchased through a cruise line so all they provide is the record locator. The reservation has been ticketed and shows in my AAvantage account just fine under my trips.
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