Upgrades to MEX

Old Dec 2, 2022, 10:20 pm
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Upgrades to MEX

i'm curious about MEX upgrades. Since it is degraded via lounge access for PP and EP, and it usually requires a SWU to get upgraded. Do they ever upgrade PP and EP elites as a matter of courtesy?
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Old Dec 2, 2022, 11:52 pm
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Flights from the US to Mexico qualify for complimentary upgrades. In my experience, it rarely requires an SWU to secure an upgrade from DFW to MEX, though its certainly tougher to secure one if the flight's operated by an A319 as those only have 8 F seats.

Upgrades on American are valid on American marketed and operated flights, within and between the U.S. (including Hawaii) and between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Central America (based on availability). Upgrades are valid from the Main Cabin to the next class of service.
https://www.aa.com/i18n/aadvantage-p...y-upgrades.jsp
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Old Dec 3, 2022, 9:37 am
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MEX is not a SWU destination, it's "domestic." The lounge access exception is separate. That said, upgrades to/from MEX can be very hard. I live here, and can often not even buy full J a week in advance. For whatever reason, the ~7pm DFW-MEX is probably your best bet at an upgrade. Since CLT/PHX/LAX are once per day with small J cabins, chances are very low. The new JFK flight is at such bad times, it might be a decent upgrade flight.
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Old Dec 3, 2022, 10:05 am
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Thank you both.
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Old Dec 3, 2022, 10:30 am
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Is MEX lounge access degraded? I thought it was given AC access, not FL. The AC access was an upgrade from other Mexico destinations.
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Old Dec 3, 2022, 10:38 am
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Originally Posted by Catbert10
Is MEX lounge access degraded? I thought it was given AC access, not FL. The AC access was an upgrade from other Mexico destinations.
It used to be FL eligible until a year or 2 ago. Then it became AC only along with the near south America routes (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela).

However, all international routes got AC access in April 2021 in J. So MEX is just like any other airport in Mexico, Caribbean etc.
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Old Dec 3, 2022, 10:44 am
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Humphh. I flew to MEX a couple of times just before COVID and the access changes and used the AC instead of the FL not knowing any better.
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Old Dec 3, 2022, 11:06 am
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So, to MEX:
  • J, no status, AC
  • EXP would be FL (because it's OW "non-North American itin")
I think that's right?
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Old Dec 3, 2022, 11:21 am
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Originally Posted by BlooJoo
So, to MEX:
  • J, no status, AC
  • EXP would be FL (because it's OW "non-North American itin")
I think that's right?
No, its AC either way. MEX is North America in the AA world.
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Old Dec 3, 2022, 11:26 am
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Originally Posted by asnovici
No, its AC either way. MEX is North America in the AA world.
Weird, they are more restrictive than the non-AA OW lounges, but I guess there's "consistency" there.
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Old Dec 3, 2022, 12:49 pm
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Originally Posted by BlooJoo
The new JFK flight is at such bad times, it might be a decent upgrade flight.
Ive taken AA2995 (JFK-MEX) twice and I can confidently say nearly half the pax in the J cabin both times were non-revs, so Id wager getting an upgrade on that route wouldnt be too tough. I havent taken 2996, due to the god awful timing, but Id imagine it to be even easier.
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Old Dec 3, 2022, 1:04 pm
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Originally Posted by asnovici
No, its AC either way. MEX is North America in the AA world.
MEX is North America in general
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Old Dec 3, 2022, 2:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Antarius
MEX is North America in general
Agree!
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Old Dec 3, 2022, 6:25 pm
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Originally Posted by asnovici
No, its AC either way. MEX is North America in the AA world.
AC or non-Flagship OW lounges (Alaska, Qantas, BA, etc), actually.

MEX is still considered an exception to AAdvantage North America OW lounge access rules. While Flagship lounges now exclude MEX, you can still access other non-Flagship OW lounges with your class of service or AAdvantage status.

From https://www.oneworld.com/airport-lounges
"American Airlines AAdvantage members, regardless of their tier status or class of travel, are not eligible for access to oneworld member airline lounge when travelling solely on North American flights between the U.S., Canada, Mexico (except Mexico City), the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean."

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Old Dec 3, 2022, 7:40 pm
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Perhaps I've just been lucky, but I've never missed an upgrade DFW-MEX-DFW as a platinum pro. All of my flights have been on 737. I've been in Platinum Pro since 2019, and I take three round trips per year.
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