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

Old Mar 30, 2024, 8:51 pm
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Status good for international travel?

Hi so Iím super new to status in general and trying to figure out the value proposition as someone interested in upgrades without overspending

it seems to me the value is mostly there for domestic only since at best youíd get economy plus on international flights right? Lie flat seats on long haul flights arenít ever a result of status based upgrades, true?
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Old Mar 31, 2024, 12:05 am
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Originally Posted by Whats The Points
Hi so Iím super new to status in general and trying to figure out the value proposition as someone interested in upgrades without overspending

it seems to me the value is mostly there for domestic only since at best youíd get economy plus on international flights right? Lie flat seats on long haul flights arenít ever a result of status based upgrades, true?
Upgrades really only go to those who have heavy CC spend or fly a ton - read through the upgrade thread where people post about it.

For long haul international you are correct, the best is MCE without using an SWU (PPro and EP).

Status is best for comp MCE seats, lounge access on international itineraries (Plat and above) and comp checked bag.
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Old Mar 31, 2024, 5:44 am
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Originally Posted by Whats The Points
Hi so Iím super new to status in general and trying to figure out the value proposition as someone interested in upgrades without overspending

it seems to me the value is mostly there for domestic only since at best youíd get economy plus on international flights right? Lie flat seats on long haul flights arenít ever a result of status based upgrades, true?
Yep, for flights within North America every AA elite is automatically added to the upgrade list. If there are seats left up front then AA will go down the upgrade list and hand out complimentary upgrades until they fill the cabin.

But this kind of upgrade does not exist for long haul flights outside of North America. If you want to upgrade these flights to business class, then you must pay with either $$ or some kind of instrument, like a SWU or miles/copay.
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Old Apr 1, 2024, 11:56 am
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Did u contact American?

iirc, it starts as a credit and then becomes a refund



Originally Posted by patriotPHL1
Cancelled an international basic economy within the 24hr window, March 27 2024 (yes, more than 2 days before departure). As I understand it, AA is supposed to refund to the original form of payment, which in this case was my credit card. However, I instead see a Flight Credit with the corresponding ticket number in my account, instead of a refund to my credit card. Am I misinterpreting the rules and regulations?
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Old Apr 1, 2024, 12:17 pm
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I did, and you are correct, thank you. Started as credit in account, that disappeared, and now notice the full refund to credit card. Interesting process. Thanks for the insight - will note for future.
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Old Apr 1, 2024, 4:37 pm
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Booked myself in J and now need to book my 15 year old in Y on same flight but can’t on website bc <16. Tried calling twice today and hold time before I finally hung up was 45-60 minutes. Is there any workaround here? Better number? Way to book attached to mine?
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Old Apr 1, 2024, 4:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Stgermainparis
Booked myself in J and now need to book my 15 year old in Y on same flight but canít on website bc <16. Tried calling twice today and hold time before I finally hung up was 45-60 minutes. Is there any workaround here? Better number? Way to book attached to mine?
Do you speak any foreign language well enough to navigate a phone tree in that language? You would then be connected to a bilingual AA agent, and you could converse in English, if you prefer.

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Old Apr 1, 2024, 11:06 pm
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Originally Posted by guv1976
Do you speak any foreign language well enough to navigate a phone tree in that language? You would then be connected to a bilingual AA agent, and you could converse in English, if you prefer.

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Wow. Yes, I speak French. I will try this tomorrow. Thank you!
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Old Apr 2, 2024, 8:50 am
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Originally Posted by Stgermainparis
Wow. Yes, I speak French. I will try this tomorrow. Thank you!
Although there is no guarantee that you will experience a shorter wait time on one of the foreign-language lines, it at least gives you an alternative to try.
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Old Apr 2, 2024, 10:52 am
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Been a long time since my ExPlat days where I would regularly avail myself to AA, I seem to remember there was a wiki here with all the 777 Cabin info? Can't seem to find it, any help much appreciated!
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Old Apr 2, 2024, 4:14 pm
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Originally Posted by gegarrenton
Been a long time since my ExPlat days where I would regularly avail myself to AA, I seem to remember there was a wiki here with all the 777 Cabin info? Can't seem to find it, any help much appreciated!
This one?
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Old Apr 2, 2024, 8:20 pm
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Will AA email me a month or two before my miles expire? I have setup a google reminder to remind me about that. But sometimes I miss those. Was hoping AA does some reminder as well , but perhaps wishful thinking....
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Old Apr 2, 2024, 9:22 pm
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Originally Posted by show_me_the_points
Will AA email me a month or two before my miles expire? I have setup a google reminder to remind me about that. But sometimes I miss those. Was hoping AA does some reminder as well , but perhaps wishful thinking....
Take a look at this thread:
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Old Apr 2, 2024, 9:59 pm
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Originally Posted by Stgermainparis
Booked myself in J and now need to book my 15 year old in Y on same flight but canít on website bc <16. Tried calling twice today and hold time before I finally hung up was 45-60 minutes. Is there any workaround here? Better number? Way to book attached to mine?
I am updating my own post. I was going to call the French line but ended up giving the main US line one last try again. During rush hour on my phone. Selecting ďchange an existing rezĒ (before I selected ďmake a new rezĒ). Agent picked up in 5 min. I donít know if it was rush hour or the way the menu routed me, but I got the rez done.
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Old Apr 3, 2024, 7:51 am
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Thanks, my searching ineptitude on full display! Appreciate it.
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