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

Old Mar 10, 2024, 6:58 am
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Originally Posted by 0xBA1EE7ED
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?
I have never had AA take action in a situation such as yours, and as I posted in another thread a month or two back, Ive probably dropped the last leg on an award itinerary 4 times in the last 5 or 6 years. I did it last month on MLE-DOH-BOS-DCA-PHL where MLE-DOH was on QR and I dropped the AA legs BOS-DCA-PHL. I dont think it is an issue, but YMMV.
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 7:11 am
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Originally Posted by 0xBA1EE7ED
However, since this is technically skiplagging would AA take action against my account?
No, nothing "bad" will happen, AA isn't going to take any action on your account or anything like that.

Once you get to NRT, pull up your reservation at aa.com and cancel it. That will remove you from the HND-LAX-PHX segments and no will ever look at the record again. Then enjoy your flight to SFO in business.
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 8:53 am
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Standby on international flights?

I'm going to assume this is not possible nor likely to work out but asking just in case. Just main cabin, can I book the flight for 30k miles but fly standby for the direct flight that is currently 110k miles?

Or can anyone direct me to where I can book this direct flight on a partner airline for 50k miles or less? Willing to pay higher premium in taxes/fees/carrier charges.

This is the flight I want to book but don't want to pay those miles.

This is the flight I can pay the miles. Can I fly standby for the same day direct flight?

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Old Mar 10, 2024, 9:01 am
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You're missing too much information. Who is the operating carrier? It's possible that you may be able to book directly for fewer points but it would have to be on that airlines program, not AAdvantage. You'd also have to look at the standby options of that partner. AA wouldn't have anything to do with that. Are both of those on the same partner?
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 9:08 am
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Originally Posted by mbbarron
I'm going to assume this is not possible nor likely to work out but asking just in case. Just main cabin, can I book the flight for 30k miles but fly standby for the direct flight that is currently 110k miles?

Or can anyone direct me to where I can book this direct flight on a partner airline for 50k miles or less?
AA does not permit standby on international flights.

No AA partner will be able to book that nonstop for any amount of miles. Partner availability is limited to those AA flights where AA is offering the flights to their own members for low redemption rates (such as 30,000 miles in your case).
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 9:15 am
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Originally Posted by EAJuggalo
You're missing too much information. Who is the operating carrier? It's possible that you may be able to book directly for fewer points but it would have to be on that airlines program, not AAdvantage. You'd also have to look at the standby options of that partner. AA wouldn't have anything to do with that. Are both of those on the same partner?
No AA partner flies MAD-PHL nonstop. That's an AA-operated flight.
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 10:12 am
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mbbarron , if you can get yourself from Madrid to Barcelona early on March 24 (perhaps by train), you can get AA's BCN-PHL nonstop for 47K miles that day:




On the following day, March 25, the BCN-PHL nonstop is available for just 27K AA miles. Premium Economy and Business Class are also reasonably priced on the 25th:

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Old Mar 10, 2024, 10:30 am
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Flying Business MIA-MEX-MIA with our teens. For MIA-MEX, the premium meal options are the omelet with leek and mushrooms or smoked salmon (it is a breakfast flight). I have one picky teen that won't like ither one. Besides eating at the club before (it's a pretty early flight) - are there any of the special meals that might work? I was reading that the diabetic meal might work better (any experience on what a shorter business class diabetic breakfast meal could be?) . Thank you!
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 10:34 am
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Originally Posted by WAStraveller
Flying Business MIA-MEX-MIA with our teens. For MIA-MEX, the premium meal options are the omelet with leek and mushrooms or smoked salmon (it is a breakfast flight). I have one picky teen that won't like ither one. Besides eating at the club before (it's a pretty early flight) - are there any of the special meals that might work? I was reading that the diabetic meal might work better (any experience on what a shorter business class diabetic breakfast meal could be?) . Thank you!
I'd suggest taking a look at the below master meal threads.

2024 AA Domestic Meal / Meals - menu / photos / etc. (master thread)

Guide: AA SPML - Special Meal (vegetarian, gluten intolerant, child, etc.)
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Old Mar 11, 2024, 5:23 am
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Originally Posted by CMTinPHL
I have never had AA take action in a situation such as yours, and as I posted in another thread a month or two back, Ive probably dropped the last leg on an award itinerary 4 times in the last 5 or 6 years. I did it last month on MLE-DOH-BOS-DCA-PHL where MLE-DOH was on QR and I dropped the AA legs BOS-DCA-PHL. I dont think it is an issue, but YMMV.
Originally Posted by JJeffrey
No, nothing "bad" will happen, AA isn't going to take any action on your account or anything like that.

Once you get to NRT, pull up your reservation at aa.com and cancel it. That will remove you from the HND-LAX-PHX segments and no will ever look at the record again. Then enjoy your flight to SFO in business.
Thank you both for the words. Flight is booked and we are all set!
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Old Mar 11, 2024, 5:44 pm
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Normal AA practice?

(Moved to a more appropriate thread)

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Old Mar 11, 2024, 8:14 pm
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Can I see flights with open or avalible SWUs?

I'm a new EP.
I belevive that Expert Flyer has this ability. Is that true and how can I search for flights I can apply my SWUs?
Thanks
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Old Mar 11, 2024, 8:32 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyGirl001
I'm a new EP.
I belevive that Expert Flyer has this ability. Is that true and how can I search for flights I can apply my SWUs?
Thanks
Yes ExpertFlyer is the best/easiest way to search for SWU space. You must have a paid account.

Once you sign in, you search using the "Awards and Upgrades" function, and you must search segment by segment. You need C space to upgrade from economy to business.
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Old Mar 12, 2024, 6:24 am
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A non-status pax on a reservation with a different PNR than me who i designated for comp upgrade to first class got one on only one leg out of 4 on a domestic round trip ticket. Will that pax get 2 free checked bags on both the outbound and inbound, or just in the outbound where they have the upgrade?
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Old Mar 12, 2024, 6:27 am
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Originally Posted by Rossodio
A non-status pax on a reservation with a different PNR than me who i designated for comp upgrade to first class got one on only one leg out of 4 on a domestic round trip ticket. Will that pax get 2 free checked bags on both the outbound and inbound, or just in the outbound where they have the upgrade?
The outbound and return portion of an itinerary are always treated separately for baggage purposes. So they will get free bags on the outbound, but not on the return.
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