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Iím the guy with no status who was first on the upgrade list

Iím the guy with no status who was first on the upgrade list

Old Jun 1, 22, 8:57 pm
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Iím the guy with no status who was first on the upgrade list

Dear all,

So I was on a paid business class ticket Stl-dfw-lax today. I have no AA status. Dfw weather went down, and our Stl-dfw flight was cancelled.

the Stl team rebooked me via Phoenix all that was available was Y, but they coded it so I was top priority if F opened.

I remained at the top for both flights, and in both cases was the only one who cleared at the gate.

Without context, others might peek at my boarding pass and wonder how I skipped the queue. I was grateful to AA.

A couple of additional random thoughts:

1. I hadnít been through STL since 1996. The airport is truly a shadow of the TWA days. The main lobby is architecturally so interesting. But the rest of the airport truly needs updating. I had a nostalgic lump in my soul as I ascended the steps to the Ambassadors (I mean Admirals) Club.

2. I really liked the service from STL-PHX. The pretzel croissant with cheese and tomato was perfect for this vegetarian! and the cookie/brownie was yummy. I didnít expect a full dinner on the flight.

3. The AA app works well. Still not on par with DL or UA, but better than it used to be.
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Old Jun 1, 22, 9:05 pm
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Originally Posted by zrs70 View Post
Dear all,

So I was on a paid business class ticket Stl-dfw-lax today. I have no AA status. Dfw weather went down, and our Stl-dfw flight was cancelled.

the Stl team rebooked me via Phoenix all that was available was Y, but they coded it so I was top priority if F opened.

I remained at the top for both flights, and in both cases was the only one who cleared at the gate.

Without context, others might peek at my boarding pass and wonder how I skipped the queue. I was grateful to AA.

A couple of additional random thoughts:

1. I hadnít been through STL since 1996. The airport is truly a shadow of the TWA days. The main lobby is architecturally so interesting. But the rest of the airport truly needs updating. I had a nostalgic lump in my soul as I ascended the steps to the Ambassadors (I mean Admirals) Club.

2. I really liked the service from STL-PHX. The pretzel croissant with cheese and tomato was perfect for this vegetarian! and the cookie/brownie was yummy. I didnít expect a full dinner on the flight.

3. The AA app works well. Still not on par with DL or UA, but better than it used to be.
DSR > UPG.
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Old Jun 2, 22, 12:41 am
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If somebody was on a paid J/F ticket, I would never feel bad if they got "upgraded" ahead of me.
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Old Jun 2, 22, 1:56 am
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Originally Posted by zrs70 View Post
Dear all,

So I was on a paid business class ticket Stl-dfw-lax today. I have no AA status. Dfw weather went down, and our Stl-dfw flight was cancelled.

the Stl team rebooked me via Phoenix all that was available was Y, but they coded it so I was top priority if F opened.

I remained at the top for both flights, and in both cases was the only one who cleared at the gate.

Without context, others might peek at my boarding pass and wonder how I skipped the queue. I was grateful to AA.

A couple of additional random thoughts:

1. I hadnít been through STL since 1996. The airport is truly a shadow of the TWA days. The main lobby is architecturally so interesting. But the rest of the airport truly needs updating. I had a nostalgic lump in my soul as I ascended the steps to the Ambassadors (I mean Admirals) Club.

2. I really liked the service from STL-PHX. The pretzel croissant with cheese and tomato was perfect for this vegetarian! and the cookie/brownie was yummy. I didnít expect a full dinner on the flight.

3. The AA app works well. Still not on par with DL or UA, but better than it used to be.
STL is lucky it still has the AC. Glad to hear the new crop of agents there since the pandemic knew how to DSR you.

There is still a good amount of service to all AA hubs, many on mainline jets. I'm assuming you ended up on the A319 to PHX, which is a fairly nice ride up front (usually good service with just 8 J seats). Food service is coming back, and they're doing not doing a bad job compared to their other U.S. competition.

With respect to the airport, the issue at STL is that WN is the largest carrier, and many of the improvements have gone into T2 (where WN is located) vs. T1 (where most other airlines, including AA are located). However, STL recently announced plans to become a single terminal airport - it would seemingly be a big overhaul and will apparently take a decade to complete.
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Old Jun 2, 22, 8:19 am
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I've been in the same situation with no status after being downgraded because of IRROPS. I'd think somebody who was paid J/F and downgraded would trump status on the upgrade list for the new flight every time.

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Old Jun 2, 22, 8:25 am
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Congratulations on the upgrade.

Back in 2016 (or something) before I had status, there was some weather IRROPs, I got reticketed on a different connecting flight, and when I made my connection the boarding pass I had wouldn't scan and they handed one for F they had waiting for me. My two work colleagues I was travelling with didn't have an aadvantage account and ended up walking to some middle seats in the back. They both signed up for an account right after that.
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Old Jun 2, 22, 8:25 am
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This has happened to me a few times--being ousted as #1 on the list but then having the agent tell me it's for a connecting paid F customer. I'm glad to see AA accommodate as they should a paid F passenger.
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Old Jun 2, 22, 8:39 am
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Originally Posted by F16wannabe View Post
I've been in the same situation with no status after being downgraded because or IRROPS. I'd think somebody who was paid J/F and downgraded would trump status on the upgrade list for the new flight every time.
They do but it can be a good idea to check in with the Gate Agent to make sure you have been coded correctly.
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Old Jun 2, 22, 8:59 am
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Old Jun 2, 22, 9:40 am
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I don't understand. You weren't upgraded. You were properly accommodated ahead of upgraders. 🤷‍♂️
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Old Jun 2, 22, 12:50 pm
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You paid for the front cabin, and AAís list prioritizes this as designed (and when applied correctly by agents). Sounds like everything worked as it should. If you ever find yourself not on the list, or much lower than the very top, you should ask them to confirm you are listed as DSR.
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Old Jun 2, 22, 1:28 pm
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What does DSR stand for?
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Old Jun 2, 22, 1:33 pm
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Originally Posted by BlooJoo View Post
What does DSR stand for?
It's one of the priority codes used on the airport list (only visible internally):
  • DSR# = Standby First Class passenger, confirmed in Economy. Usually used for involuntary downgrades of paid First passengers.
Airport Upgrade and Standby Priority List (ďPALLĒ) Order (master thread)
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Old Jun 2, 22, 1:40 pm
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Originally Posted by javabytes View Post
It's one of the priority codes used on the airport list (only visible internally):
  • DSR# = Standby First Class passenger, confirmed in Economy. Usually used for involuntary downgrades of paid First passengers.
Airport Upgrade and Standby Priority List (ďPALLĒ) Order (master thread)
Thanks. I understood what it is, but was curious what it stood for, in case a particular agent didn't know about it. It's like the old UA FFCC list. Thank you, though,
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Old Jun 2, 22, 3:20 pm
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I believe SR = ďStandby RestrictionĒ Ö but donít know what ďDĒ stands for.
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