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NEWBIE LOUNGE 2024: Ask AA newbie questions here - flame-free thread

Old Feb 29, 2024, 11:36 am
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Originally Posted by Fluffhead
Requested a Mileage Award upgrade (15k + $75) for a flight in April. When I called to put the request in, the agent said the upgrade request was noted and would be processed soon. No AA status.

When will my upgrade clear?
If it clears, it could be anytime between now and boarding the plane.
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 8:14 am
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
No, see the warning message across the top of the screen at Expertflyer. To see the true availability you must search segment by segment. So search just JFK-DEL and see what it says.
Thanks. Now it says C=0 unless I fly the middle of the week which isn't doable. J is only half full. Do they hold off on releasing C allocation until closer to the 4/12 departure? Or should I assume this means I'm doomed to ride 16 hours in coach?
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 8:25 am
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Originally Posted by Umrswimr
Thanks. Now it says C=0 unless I fly the middle of the week which isn't doable. J is only half full. Do they hold off on releasing C allocation until closer to the 4/12 departure? Or should I assume this means I'm doomed to ride 16 hours in coach?
AA will definitely release C space if there are business seats remaining. But on a route like JFK-DEL, unless you can find C space available at booking, any additional C space will probably not be released until about 24-48 hours before the flight.

So with the cabin only half full you certainly have a decent chance, but you won't know until 1 or 2 days before the flight.
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 9:52 am
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Is there anyway to upgrade a basic economy fair without status? I was booked BE for a NY to LA flight coming up for an event. I would really prefer first, but from my searching/calls it seems like this is impossible (even if willing to pay?)

Is there any hope for an option at check in or asking at the counter? Willing to pay for the upgrade with points or cash
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 12:06 pm
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
AA will definitely release C space if there are business seats remaining. But on a route like JFK-DEL, unless you can find C space available at booking, any additional C space will probably not be released until about 24-48 hours before the flight.

So with the cabin only half full you certainly have a decent chance, but you won't know until 1 or 2 days before the flight.
Appreciate it. Time to fire up the ExpertFlyer notifications!
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 9:49 pm
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JFK-DEL SWU Taxes

Any chance any one knows how much the taxes are if SWU clears? Thanks.
 
Old Mar 2, 2024, 4:57 am
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Originally Posted by cblaisd
I have a three-segment itinerary next month that was booked with Alaska miles: the first and third segments booked into F and the second into Y (although it let me grab an MCE seat for free). If I check in online, will I be given an opportunity to buy up the second segment in to F? If so, only online or via the app too?
no.
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Old Mar 2, 2024, 7:47 am
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Originally Posted by raghavchadha
Any chance any one knows how much the taxes are if SWU clears? Thanks.
There are no additional taxes due. The US does not charge different departure taxes based on class of service.
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Old Mar 2, 2024, 6:52 pm
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Oneworld lounge access at FCO?

AA exec platinum and admirals club access. Traveling DFW-FCO on AA, premium economy with family (spouse and 2 children). Trying to understand what lounges I can access at DFW and at FCO. It appears there is a OneWorld lounge at FCO. What do I have to show to get in to a oneworld lounge when flying on AA (if I can)? I dont travel international much, so Thank you!
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Old Mar 2, 2024, 7:20 pm
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Originally Posted by Shadetree
AA exec platinum and admirals club access. Traveling DFW-FCO on AA, premium economy with family (spouse and 2 children). Trying to understand what lounges I can access at DFW and at FCO. It appears there is a OneWorld lounge at FCO. What do I have to show to get in to a oneworld lounge when flying on AA (if I can)? I don’t travel international much, so Thank you!
According to the oneworld lounge directory, you'll have access to the Prima Vista lounge in Terminal 3, Pier E, Satellite Area. Showing your boarding pass should suffice.
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Old Mar 3, 2024, 5:56 am
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Long haul on a 772... looks like 17J & L are blocked in advance. When do those open up? Is it 12 hours in advance? or 24? Or does it vary?

For some reason I thought things opened 12 hours out, but checking some flights for tonight that are 12+ hours those seats are already open.
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Old Mar 3, 2024, 8:58 am
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(Not a newbie, bur a newbie-ish question that I'm not sure of terms to search for)

Roundtrip flights, UK-USA, both directions are nonstop on BA metal. Paid business class.

Passenger has AA Gold and wants to credit this trip to AA.

Is it better to buy the ticket from BA, or from AA? Any differences in miles earned or seat selection times, or anything else to consider??
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Old Mar 3, 2024, 9:19 am
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How Does the Upgrade System Work? Concierge Pax... What's that?

I just flew from LAX/DCA on Friday morning to complete my business trip. Flight was on an A321Neo with 20 seats in First. As I was sitting in the departure gate area, I noticed there were 55 pax on the upgrade to F list. Given that I upgraded my trip by paying $213 to upgrade to F days before, I wondered how many were offered this opportunity and did they refuse deciding instead to roll the dice. With only 20 seats in F, wouldn't it make better sense to just pay the extra couple of hundreds...

How does the upgrade work? Do you have to call or go online to make the request for an upgrade or is it done automatically without a pax' intervention.
If the list clears at boarding time, how do you know? Do you get called by the gate agent? Does your BP automatically change?

I was expecting to board first as I was in group 1, but they called for Concierge pax to board before first class. This is the first time I have ever seen such. Is this a new class? Interestingly, they all were seated in coach, so I don't understand what went on there.

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Old Mar 3, 2024, 9:41 am
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Originally Posted by swag
(Not a newbie, bur a newbie-ish question that I'm not sure of terms to search for)

Roundtrip flights, UK-USA, both directions are nonstop on BA metal. Paid business class.

Passenger has AA Gold and wants to credit this trip to AA.

Is it better to buy the ticket from BA, or from AA? Any differences in miles earned or seat selection times, or anything else to consider??
No difference in terms of miles earned: in either case, miles and LPs earned will be based on pre-tax fare and AAdvantage status.

​​​​​Note that when traveling on BA, AAdvantage Golds only get free seat selection starting at seven days before departure.
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Old Mar 3, 2024, 9:49 am
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Originally Posted by AJNEDC
I was expecting to board first as I was in group 1, but they called for Concierge pax to board first. This is the first time I have ever seen such. Is this a new class? Interestingly, they all were seated in coach, so I don't understand what went on there.
That would be Concierge Key - the invite-only, non-published status level that is above Executive Platinum.

AA Page on the complimentary upgrade program here: https://www.aa.com/i18n/aadvantage-p...y-upgrades.jsp

Flytertalk thread and wiki on upgrades here: Chance of Upgrade Clearing and Availability (2023 Master Thread)
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