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

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Old Jan 16, 22, 5:51 pm
  #91  
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Originally Posted by geckoflyer View Post
The AA website is confusing me a tad bit. Iím flying CHS-MIA in F followed by MIA-LIR (Costa Rica) in J. Will I have access to any lounges in MIA? If so, which one is best?
You will have access to the Admirals Club. I don't know if both of them are open but there's not much difference between the two.
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Old Jan 16, 22, 7:20 pm
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I know from personal experience that Basic Economy fares are upgradeable. I also remember that I couldn't do it online with the app but I was able to do it using the computer. You may want to spend time on making a phone call to AA if the issue continues.
will do! Thanks. Will save me $85 i can use on something else for my trip.
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Old Jan 16, 22, 8:01 pm
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Executive Platinum qualification

Hello, I reached EP renewal last year but now Iím close to hitting actual EP for the 2020 qualifications ( it still shows that qualification on my app)
will I get the elite choice award for EP if I hit the actually qualification before end of January?
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Old Jan 16, 22, 8:15 pm
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Originally Posted by arablife77 View Post
Hello, I reached EP renewal last year but now Iím close to hitting actual EP for the 2020 qualifications ( it still shows that qualification on my app)
will I get the elite choice award for EP if I hit the actually qualification before end of January?
Yes. Even if you hit it before the end of February.
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Old Jan 16, 22, 8:16 pm
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Originally Posted by vasantn View Post
Yes. Even if you hit it before the end of February.
oh thatís amazing! Gonna pay for that first class upgrade I guess to get the EP choice!
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Old Jan 17, 22, 10:59 am
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SWUs expiring July 31, 2022.

Per title, before calling AA again (tried that, long wait time, despite AA said it will call back in vain), does anyone know or have experienced with SWU expiration date extended? I still have 8.
Appreciate your help. Thanks!
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Old Jan 17, 22, 11:18 am
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Originally Posted by allset2travel View Post
Per title, before calling AA again (tried that, long wait time, despite AA said it will call back in vain), does anyone know or have experienced with SWU expiration date extended? I still have 8.
Appreciate your help. Thanks!
Unless you happen to be a very high value customer AA is not going to just extend the expiration date of your SWU's by calling and asking. Otherwise, everyone would be doing that.

And no one here will know whether AA might extend the expiration date again on the 7/31/22 expiring SWU's, but I would highly doubt it, given that they've already extended them 2 or 3 times over the past 2 years.
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Old Jan 17, 22, 11:28 am
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Originally Posted by geckoflyer View Post
The AA website is confusing me a tad bit. Iím flying CHS-MIA in F followed by MIA-LIR (Costa Rica) in J. Will I have access to any lounges in MIA? If so, which one is best?
FYI - The D15 lounge was "temporarily closed" when I was there on Saturday evening, and everyone was crowded into the D30 lounge.
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Old Jan 17, 22, 5:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Hoi polloi View Post
FYI - The D15 lounge was "temporarily closed" when I was there on Saturday evening, and everyone was crowded into the D30 lounge.
Thanks for the heads-up!
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Old Jan 18, 22, 12:43 pm
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I'm trying to book a work trip and have to use Concur. I'm looking at an IHG hotel and want to attach my AA account. Is there a way to do this on Concur so I can get the AA LoyaltyPoints? Or do I just attach my AA account to my IHG account on the IGH site?
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Old Jan 18, 22, 2:25 pm
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Originally Posted by LeastP View Post
I'm trying to book a work trip and have to use Concur. I'm looking at an IHG hotel and want to attach my AA account. Is there a way to do this on Concur so I can get the AA LoyaltyPoints? Or do I just attach my AA account to my IHG account on the IGH site?
That wouldn't have anything to do with Concur, other than making sure your IHG number is correct and on the reservation. Just make sure your IHG account is setup to credit AA miles (on the IHG site).
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Old Jan 19, 22, 1:26 pm
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I am AS MVP so when booking on AA I get MCE for free at check-in. If I book an AA flight operated by JetBlue Airways, would I be able to get their "Even More Space" seats for free at check-in?

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Old Jan 19, 22, 6:17 pm
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I am looking to book an award flight to maui, hi in december 2022 or February 2023, the first week of December is pricing out at 50k one way for economy. For comparison winter/spring 2022 has 20 or 22.5 one way, is this a new pricing structure or inflated prices as we are over 300 days out?
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Old Jan 19, 22, 11:36 pm
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How fast does AA apply status? If I fly on Friday morning to push me over my EQD (2021) limit, will I show as Gold by Sunday at noon to try and use some stickers for an upgrade, and check a bag?

Thanks! Not quite a newbie but it's been a while.
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Old Jan 20, 22, 12:19 am
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I looked into the new AA loyalty program and am confused on how it works. I'm currently a gold member and have the platinum select credit card. I think that miles and loyalty points are earned by spend both on flights and regular spend but how much is required for each section now? And since I have the platinum select are gas and restaurant purchases doubled still?

Thanks for the clarification!
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