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

Old Sep 29, 22, 8:50 pm
  #1426  
 
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I am AA gold, with 1300 LP to go until Platinum. I want to book tickets at the 30 day mark for pricing reasons. I have at least 1300 LP pending which should post in about a week, but after the 30 day purchase mark, to push me to platinum. Should I book now at the price I like and then try online/call to get MCE? Or is it better to wait until status hits then purchase for MCE/upgrade reasons?

Thanks,
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Old Sep 29, 22, 9:15 pm
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Mileage J tickets LAX to South America - Lounge Access?

We have J tickets acquired via mileage redemption from LAX to South America. I haven't been able to figure out if these get us Flagship Lounge - a cash purchase would have been labeled as a Flagship flight, but I am not sure about mileage tickets as it doesn't reference Flagship. Our outbound flight has a stop at JFK and our inbound stops in DFW. If it doesn't get us Flagship, does it get us the minimal Admirals club? Thanks so much!
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Old Sep 29, 22, 9:20 pm
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Originally Posted by Bradhattan View Post
I am AA gold, with 1300 LP to go until Platinum. I want to book tickets at the 30 day mark for pricing reasons. I have at least 1300 LP pending which should post in about a week, but after the 30 day purchase mark, to push me to platinum. Should I book now at the price I like and then try online/call to get MCE? Or is it better to wait until status hits then purchase for MCE/upgrade reasons?

Thanks,
I would book the tickets as soon as you wish, without logging into your AAdvantage account and without entering your AAdvantage number. Then, once your AAdvantage account reflects your new Platinum status, go back into the reservation record and enter your AAdvantage number; you should then be able to select your MCE seats at no charge.
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Old Sep 30, 22, 2:18 am
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Originally Posted by HLU View Post
We have J tickets acquired via mileage redemption from LAX to South America. I haven't been able to figure out if these get us Flagship Lounge - a cash purchase would have been labeled as a Flagship flight, but I am not sure about mileage tickets as it doesn't reference Flagship. Our outbound flight has a stop at JFK and our inbound stops in DFW. If it doesn't get us Flagship, does it get us the minimal Admirals club? Thanks so much!
AA is horribly inconsistent with its "Flagship" marketing. Any long haul flight in business class = Flagship regardless of whether it's paid or award or what is displayed at aa.com.

So assuming your flights to South America are to/from a qualifying country (i.e. not Northern SA) you will have no problem accessing the Flagship Lounges at LAX, JFK, and DFW during your trip.
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Old Sep 30, 22, 2:25 am
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Originally Posted by allset2travel View Post
I want to fly on BA metal with BA flight #s. I also want to book these BA flights on AA web site. The web site kept on pushing AAxxxx codeshares. Is there a way with which I can get pure BA flight #s. OR, do I have to just book them on BA web site and plug in AA FF#?

Please advise! Thanks.
AA.com will typically not sell you a BA prime flight unless it's in conjunction with another AA flight. Is there any specific reason you want to book it at aa.com?
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Old Sep 30, 22, 8:47 am
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Originally Posted by HLU View Post
We have J tickets acquired via mileage redemption from LAX to South America. I haven't been able to figure out if these get us Flagship Lounge - a cash purchase would have been labeled as a Flagship flight, but I am not sure about mileage tickets as it doesn't reference Flagship. Our outbound flight has a stop at JFK and our inbound stops in DFW. If it doesn't get us Flagship, does it get us the minimal Admirals club? Thanks so much!

Where in South America are you flying? That will determine whether you get Flagship Lounge access (northern SA doesn't get Flagship access, deep SA does). No matter what, international business class gives you access to the Admirals Club. AA doesn't distinguish between paid J or mileage J when it comes to lounge access.
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Old Sep 30, 22, 9:32 am
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[QUOTE=wrp96;34643474]Where in South America are you flying? That will determine whether you get Flagship Lounge access (northern SA doesn't get Flagship access, deep SA does). No matter what, international business class gives you access to the Admirals Club. AA doesn't distinguish between paid J or mileage J when it comes to lounge access.[/QUO

Thank you both for the replies! Outbound is LAX to Rio, return is Buenos Aires to LAX. We will likely be waiting in Buenos Aires for a while as our flight is late and we have a charter flight in.
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Old Sep 30, 22, 9:41 am
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Originally Posted by HLU View Post
Thank you both for the replies! Outbound is LAX to Rio, return is Buenos Aires to LAX. We will likely be waiting in Buenos Aires for a while as our flight is late and we have a charter flight in.
Yes you will get Flagship Lounge access on this itinerary. Be aware that the check in desks at Buenos Aires won't open until maybe 3 hours before the first flight of the day. If you're going to have a long wait, you might want to see if you can get a tour that will take you and your bags.
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Old Sep 30, 22, 4:05 pm
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Newbie question…
We have flight in a few weeks. several schedule changes.
Now it is First in 2 cabin plane. MIA / LAX
On our flight details page there is an offer to purchase a day pass for lounge.
If purchased now, will it be accepted on day of travel?
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Old Sep 30, 22, 4:19 pm
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Originally Posted by pcoll View Post
Newbie question
We have flight in a few weeks. several schedule changes.
Now it is First in 2 cabin plane. MIA / LAX
On our flight details page there is an offer to purchase a day pass for lounge.
If purchased now, will it be accepted on day of travel?
If you're on the 321-T aircraft or a widebody aircraft, Flagship Lounge access is included in your ticket type: https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/...ontinental.jsp - no day pass needed.
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Old Sep 30, 22, 9:00 pm
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Hi everyone,

Flying LAX to Miami on Flight 362 787-800. Currently in Premium Economy. As an EXP with about 140K LP for this year, what are the chances of being bumped to Business class? Would it be worth it to use Points for upgrade? Unfortunately my last two SWU's expired in August before I could book the flight. Thanks!

Also, is there a thread that explains all the "TLA's" (three letter acronyms) everyone uses here? I've figured out a few, but some are puzzling. :-)
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Old Sep 30, 22, 9:02 pm
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Old-timer with a newbie question on an issue Ive never faced before.

Am currently holding award tickets (single PNR for O/W award) for me + DW on upcoming travel. It now appears I may need to travel earlier to the destination. Can AA change the award to remove me (and refund the miles) but leave my DWs ticket intact? Booking new would cost appreciably more.

Thanks.
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Old Sep 30, 22, 11:08 pm
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Originally Posted by RogueFlyerOne View Post
Hi everyone,

Flying LAX to Miami on Flight 362 787-800. Currently in Premium Economy. As an EXP with about 140K LP for this year, what are the chances of being bumped to Business class? Would it be worth it to use Points for upgrade? Unfortunately my last two SWU's expired in August before I could book the flight. Thanks!

Also, is there a thread that explains all the "TLA's" (three letter acronyms) everyone uses here? I've figured out a few, but some are puzzling. :-)
There are only 20 business class seats on the 787-8.

As far as acronyms are concerned, we have a Glossary.
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Old Oct 1, 22, 12:46 am
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Originally Posted by beltway View Post
Old-timer with a newbie question on an issue Ive never faced before.

Am currently holding award tickets (single PNR for O/W award) for me + DW on upcoming travel. It now appears I may need to travel earlier to the destination. Can AA change the award to remove me (and refund the miles) but leave my DWs ticket intact? Booking new would cost appreciably more.

Thanks.
Yes you can do that, but you have to call AA.
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Old Oct 1, 22, 6:54 am
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So the new program's earning period ends 2/28, loyalty points don't rollover or anything do they?

If I end the year with 90,000 loyalty points, I still start next year at 0?
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