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

Old Mar 7, 2024, 12:34 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?
Redemptions on AA's foreign partner carriers are static: the redemption rates will always be the same.

Redemptions on AA are dynamic: redemption rates can go up or down from one day to the next. But all AAdvantage flight awards are now fully refundable up to date of departure, so if the redemption rate goes down after you book something, you can always rebook at the lower rate, and cancel the original award.
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Old Mar 7, 2024, 7:59 pm
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Is there a way to check for cheap awards miles flights from the entire continent of Europe to a specific USA city? When I search on the AA miles rewards map, it lets me search for round trip from a specific city to Europe, but I am wanting to search for return flights only from anywhere in Europe, to one specific US city only. I haven't found a way to do this easily on AA. Any suggestions or 3rd party sites that offer this? Thanks!
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Old Mar 8, 2024, 7:20 am
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Can someone explain to me how these points bonuses work? If I wanted to book this flight using 16K Amex points, would I need to transfer them to Citi and then transfer them again to Virgin Atlantic?
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Old Mar 8, 2024, 8:06 am
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Originally Posted by mbbarron
Can someone explain to me how these points bonuses work? If I wanted to book this flight using 16K Amex points, would I need to transfer them to Citi and then transfer them again to Virgin Atlantic?
If you want to book that flight with Amex points then it will cost 20k. If you have Citi points then it will cost 16k. In either case you transfer points directly from Amex or Citi to Virgin then make the booking with Virgin.

If you only have Amex points then your only option is to spend 20k. You cannot transfer Amex points to Citi.

Also this is the AA forum...
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Old Mar 8, 2024, 9:05 am
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Not really a question, but more of a public service announcement. Perhaps this is only impacting me based on timing, or this is a new change to the AA website impacting everyone. I am not sure if there is a better place to post this.

I am looking to book a revenue ticket for Sunday morning. Often times I need to put tickets on hold, while I shore up several other aspects of the trip, before purchasing. This historically has been done by finding flights, and going through the checkout process, but instead of paying, just selecting to complimentary hold for 24 hours. Then I pay either later in the day, or the following day.

Today I tried to do the same. But there was no option to hold the reservation. Since I wasn't ready to purchase, I just closed the browser. I did a few more searches, got to the point of purchase, and again, no option to hold the reservation- closed the browser again.

So fast forward 30 minutes to when I went to actually purchase the ticket I needed, I performed the search, and the ticket price went up about $60. Since there was only one seat left at this price, I booked and paid for the ticket.

I just looked at my "Upcoming Trips" in my AA account. There is the trip that I ticketed, and also two separate trips "Held until 03/08/24." It looks like even though I did not request to hold the tickets, this was done automatically. So basically I took 2 seats out of inventory, which made the flights I purchased more expensive. I have a call in to AA to correct.

And even more comical, is that complimentary upgrades got confirmed for the flights on hold, but not for the flights I ticketed.

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Old Mar 8, 2024, 9:19 am
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Originally Posted by WannaTheater
Not really a question, but more of a public service announcement. Perhaps this is only impacting me based on timing, or this is a new change to the AA website impacting everyone. I am not sure if there is a better place to post this.

I am looking to book a revenue ticket for Sunday morning. Often times I need to put tickets on hold, while I shore up several other aspects of the trip, before purchasing. This historically has been done by finding flights, and going through the checkout process, but instead of paying, just selecting to complimentary hold for 24 hours. Then I pay either later in the day, or the following day.

Today I tried to do the same. But there was no option to hold the reservation. Since I wasn't ready to purchase, I just closed the browser. I did a few more searches, got to the point of purchase, and again, no option to hold the reservation- closed the browser again.

So fast forward 30 minutes to when I went to actually purchase the ticket I needed, I performed the search, and the ticket price went up about $60. Since there was only one seat left at this price, I booked and paid for the ticket.

I just looked at my "Upcoming Trips" in my AA account. There is the trip that I ticketed, and also two separate trips "Held until 03/08/24." It looks like even though I did not request to hold the tickets, this was done automatically. So basically I took 2 seats out of inventory, which made the flights I purchased more expensive. I have a call in to AA to correct.
Originally Posted by WannaTheater
And even more comical, is that complimentary upgrades got confirmed for the flights on hold, but not for the flights I ticketed.
Once you click through on flights like that aa.com automatically creates a PNR in the background, even if you don't end up purchasing the flight or putting it on hold. These will typically expire quickly though, usually within a matter of minutes although sometimes they will hang around longer.

If you can still access one of your cheaper on hold reservations (that is already upgraded) then I would see if you can actually purchase it online. Then just cancel the other one that you actually purchased, should be within 24 hrs so full refund. The other reservation that is "on hold" will just fall off shortly.
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Old Mar 8, 2024, 9:32 am
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
Once you click through on flights like that aa.com automatically creates a PNR in the background, even if you don't end up purchasing the flight or putting it on hold. These will typically expire quickly though, usually within a matter of minutes although sometimes they will hang around longer.

If you can still access one of your cheaper on hold reservations (that is already upgraded) then I would see if you can actually purchase it online. Then just cancel the other one that you actually purchased, should be within 24 hrs so full refund. The other reservation that is "on hold" will just fall off shortly.
Yup- They both fell off. Historically, I do not recall seeing anything show up as "Held" unless I specifically requested for it to be held.
The fare is now again down to the initial price ($60 less than I paid). I will have AA work this out when they call me back. Perhaps they can access the old PNR with the cheaper price, and the confirmed upgrade.

In speaking with AA, indeed a change was made. You can now only formally put a ticket on a 24-hour hold through the website if you are booking outside of 7 days.
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Old Mar 8, 2024, 11:21 am
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I've seen this somewhere on here before, but can't locate.

How do you determine the reason for a delay? I'm looking at AA 2512 today from DFW to TPA. The plane has been in DFW since last night, and there doesn't appear to be any weather issues in Dallas. So, why a 27 minute delay on a plane sitting in their hub four hours from taking off.
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Old Mar 8, 2024, 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by redfrog
Is there a way to check for cheap awards miles flights from the entire continent of Europe to a specific USA city? When I search on the AA miles rewards map, it lets me search for round trip from a specific city to Europe, but I am wanting to search for return flights only from anywhere in Europe, to one specific US city only. I haven't found a way to do this easily on AA. Any suggestions or 3rd party sites that offer this? Thanks!
seats.aero will let you do this. I can't recall whether the function you are referencing requires a paid subscription or not.
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Old Mar 8, 2024, 11:37 am
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Originally Posted by txpenny
I've seen this somewhere on here before, but can't locate.

How do you determine the reason for a delay? I'm looking at AA 2512 today from DFW to TPA. The plane has been in DFW since last night, and there doesn't appear to be any weather issues in Dallas. So, why a 27 minute delay on a plane sitting in their hub four hours from taking off.
ExpertFlyer is the only way I'm aware of. Looking at AA2512 today it does in fact appear to be weather related.

DFW 331P
TPA F78 649P 742P F78
DFW C12 940P
3DFW/ETD1553 CAC-ARRIVAL CONTROL WEATHER DELAY-I *1157
3TPA/ETD2000 CAC-ARRIVAL CONTROL WEATHER DELAY-I *1156
2TPA/PRE1911 *1157
2DFW*/PRE2158 *1156
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Old Mar 9, 2024, 11:14 am
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Sorry, for posting in the wrong forum! I have Capital one points so I guess it's still 20K. Was wondering if I could transfer Cap One points to Citi and then transfer again to take advantage of the bonus. But now I'm looking at an AA flight that I can book on Alaska mileage program for 22.5K points and only $95 in tax/fees instead of 20K + $306 in fees. Day before my ideal day of travel though so not sure it's worth it.
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Old Mar 9, 2024, 1:00 pm
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Originally Posted by mbbarron
Was wondering if I could transfer Cap One points to Citi
No, you can't.
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Old Mar 9, 2024, 4:49 pm
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How do you know the cancellation policies on a domestic award ticket (specifically the 500k 5k mile award seats promo)?
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Old Mar 9, 2024, 4:53 pm
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Originally Posted by HotelAspiration
How do you know the cancellation policies on a domestic award ticket (specifically the 500k 5k mile award seats promo)?
All AAdvantage flight awards -- even those on partner airlines -- are fully refundable, up to date of departure.
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 3:06 am
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Quick one here involving a form of "skiplagging" but not really, maybe?:

My wife and I are currently in Thailand. We have Award flights booked back to the US, its booked as a single PNR through AA. BKK-NRT on JAL, HND-LAX on AA, LAX-PHX on AA - All Economy.

A cheap Business Award just popped up for NRT-SFO on JAL, but there is currently no award inventory available for BKK-NRT (or HND for that matter). As our return is a single PNR, I can't just cancel the HND-LAX/LAX-PHX portions and keep the BKK-NRT.
We are considering just booking the NRT-SFO Business award, taking our BKK-NRT flight and skipping out on the NRT-LAX/LAX-PHX legs. Luggage is not an issue since we have to transfer airports anyway and would have to collect at NRT no matter what.

However, since this is technically skiplagging would AA take action against my account?
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