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

Old Mar 3, 2024, 9:59 am
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Originally Posted by bse118
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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Old Mar 3, 2024, 10:28 am
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Its very unlikely true CKs would be in coach unless they changed flights at the last moment. More likely you saw service members on active duty or those who "need extra time or assistance" who board before F.
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Old Mar 3, 2024, 10:34 am
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Originally Posted by bbriscoe34
Its very unlikely true CKs would be in coach unless they changed flights at the last moment. More likely you saw service members on active duty or those who "need extra time or assistance" who board before F.
No they were definitely Concierge. The extra needing assistance pax had already been called. Now that I think about it further, only one person from that Concierge category sat in F. It was that actor guy who was in the comedy show with Diana Ross' daughter.
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Old Mar 3, 2024, 10:36 am
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Originally Posted by bbriscoe34
Its very unlikely true CKs would be in coach unless they changed flights at the last moment. More likely you saw service members on active duty or those who "need extra time or assistance" who board before F.
what? CK's are routinely in the back now since AA started aggressively selling F to everyone (OP's post is the perfect example) until the last second.
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Old Mar 3, 2024, 12:31 pm
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Originally Posted by AJNEDC
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...
$213 is nothing to some people, and a lot to others. Especially if you are traveling with several in your party. Then it's $213 multiplied a few times over, unless one person wants to go it alone and leave their companions in coach (it happens). Other reason some of those 55 people on the waitlist didn't buy up could be they never logged into the app or web site since the ticket was purchased until they checked in, if at all (they could have just checked in at airport). Yet another reason could be they were given different (higher) offers than you. Or maybe no offer at all. So many variables. Me, personally, would think nothing of spending an extra $213 for a transcon. Just flew PHL-LAS and paid $240 about a month ago. The waitlist also had well over 50 on it. Everybody has status now(many mostly by spend and not butt in seat flying) with the LP program in force for over a year so the battlefield for upgrades has become much bigger.
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Old Mar 3, 2024, 1:13 pm
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Originally Posted by AJNEDC
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...
Personally, if I had a decent seat in the back, I would not pay $213 for an upgrade to F. It’s not that I cannot afford it. I just would spend that money on something I value higher.

I have paid for upgrades on international long haul, to J and to PE, on other airlines. Now, if I was somehow stuck in 37B, yeah, the credit card would come out with lightning speed…
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Old Mar 3, 2024, 3:04 pm
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Maybe they had multiple people in their party and didn't want to be split up then. I'm not sure what the complimentary upgrade limit is for extra pax on CK record locator. Its 2 for EXP.
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Old Mar 3, 2024, 3:43 pm
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Originally Posted by notquiteaff
Personally, if I had a decent seat in the back, I would not pay $213 for an upgrade to F. It’s not that I cannot afford it. I just would spend that money on something I value higher.

I have paid for upgrades on international long haul, to J and to PE, on other airlines. Now, if I was somehow stuck in 37B, yeah, the credit card would come out with lightning speed…
I’ll probably be banned from Flyertalk for saying this, but I probably wouldn’t pay to upgrade from coach to flat bed business flying on AA’s new YLW-SYD nonstop. I’ll certainly list for a complimentary upgrade if eligible on a transcon, but I wouldn’t pay $213 to sit up front. Plenty of other things I personally value more.
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Old Mar 4, 2024, 6:55 am
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Originally Posted by ashill
I’ll probably be banned from Flyertalk for saying this, but I probably wouldn’t pay to upgrade from coach to flat bed business flying on AA’s new YLW-SYD nonstop. I’ll certainly list for a complimentary upgrade if eligible on a transcon, but I wouldn’t pay $213 to sit up front. Plenty of other things I personally value more.
AA has a YLW-SYD nonstop??
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Old Mar 5, 2024, 7:34 am
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Originally Posted by notquiteaff
Personally, if I had a decent seat in the back, I would not pay $213 for an upgrade to F. It’s not that I cannot afford it. I just would spend that money on something I value higher.

I have paid for upgrades on international long haul, to J and to PE, on other airlines. Now, if I was somehow stuck in 37B, yeah, the credit card would come out with lightning speed…
Personally, I would not sit in the back as there are no decent seats there. As long as the upgrade to the front is reasonable, you cannot pay me enough to sit in the back based on length of trip.

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Old Mar 6, 2024, 7:33 pm
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Originally Posted by ashill
I’ll probably be banned from Flyertalk for saying this, but I probably wouldn’t pay to upgrade from coach to flat bed business flying on AA’s new YLW-SYD nonstop. I’ll certainly list for a complimentary upgrade if eligible on a transcon, but I wouldn’t pay $213 to sit up front. Plenty of other things I personally value more.
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Old Mar 7, 2024, 9:43 am
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If I check in on the app, can I still show up to the counter the next day to check my bag to get them to throw the priority tAAg on the luggage in the hopes that the "priority" tag actually does anything when I land in my destination? Is there any reason to actually check in on the app if I am going to the counter either way (including any change in how I am prioritized for complimentary upgrade to premium seats)? I am currently upgraded complimentary on 3 legs of the round trip flight but one of the legs tomorrow with 3 open premium seats is not upgraded yet.
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Old Mar 7, 2024, 10:10 am
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Originally Posted by Rossodio
If I check in on the app, can I still show up to the counter the next day to check my bag to get them to throw the priority tAAg on the luggage in the hopes that the "priority" tag actually does anything when I land in my destination? Is there any reason to actually check in on the app if I am going to the counter either way (including any change in how I am prioritized for complimentary upgrade to premium seats)? I am currently upgraded complimentary on 3 legs of the round trip flight but one of the legs tomorrow with 3 open premium seats is not upgraded yet.
Yes, if you check in on the App you can still go to the counter to check a bag, get a paper boarding pass…. I often do that. Time of check-in no longer matters in terms of upgrade priority, but that said I still often check in on the App rather than wait. It can’t hurt IMO.
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Old Mar 7, 2024, 12:25 pm
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How often do miles/rewards offers change? Like if I am trying to get a flight to/from Europe using miles only, is there any chance the miles needed to redeem a flight could go DOWN between now and then, or do they only typically increase in amount needed as time gets closer?
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Old Mar 7, 2024, 12:32 pm
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Originally Posted by redfrog
How often do miles/rewards offers change? Like if I am trying to get a flight to/from Europe using miles only, is there any chance the miles needed to redeem a flight could go DOWN between now and then, or do they only typically increase in amount needed as time gets closer?
AA metal awards are priced dynamically and change all the time. Unless you just snag a crazy deal it's equally likely that the price could go up or down. I frequently book awards then monitor the pricing, cancel and rebook when the price drops.
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