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

Old Apr 3, 2024, 7:55 am
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Originally Posted by gegarrenton
Thanks, my searching ineptitude on full display! Appreciate it.
More like FT's search engine is not the best, rather than you lacking in skills.
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Old Apr 3, 2024, 8:01 am
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Originally Posted by wrp96
More like FT's search engine is not the best, rather than you lacking in skills.
Yeah, it definitely leaves something to be desired. I used to resort to Google to search FT.
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Old Apr 5, 2024, 9:48 am
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Platinum Select Mastercard Benefits question

I have the Citi AA Plat Select WorldElite MC, and no status with AA. In order to get the card benefit of a free checked bag and/or preferred boarding on a domestic AA flight, is it sufficient to simply be a cardholder, or is it necessary to actually pay for the ticket using the card?

TIA for any info.
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Old Apr 5, 2024, 10:55 am
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Originally Posted by bob12403
I have the Citi AA Plat Select WorldElite MC, and no status with AA. In order to get the card benefit of a free checked bag and/or preferred boarding on a domestic AA flight, is it sufficient to simply be a cardholder, or is it necessary to actually pay for the ticket using the card?

TIA for any info.
Simply having the card is all that's needed.
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Old Apr 5, 2024, 9:25 pm
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Hi All

Im trying to travel NBO-USA on an award in J. I see lots of flights NBO-DOH as well as DOH-Europe-USA but the total routing is never given as an option unless booked as multicity. Is there a routing rule/program rule that prevents me from calling up AA and requesting the normal 75k miles price for this routing as opposed to paying for each award separately?
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Old Apr 5, 2024, 9:39 pm
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Originally Posted by kq747
Hi All

Im trying to travel NBO-USA on an award in J. I see lots of flights NBO-DOH as well as DOH-Europe-USA but the total routing is never given as an option unless booked as multicity. Is there a routing rule/program rule that prevents me from calling up AA and requesting the normal 75k miles price for this routing as opposed to paying for each award separately?
On an award between Africa and North America, AA permits routing via the Middle East or Europe, but not both.
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Old Apr 6, 2024, 3:55 am
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Originally Posted by guv1976
On an award between Africa and North America, AA permits routing via the Middle East or Europe, but not both.
thanks!
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Old Apr 7, 2024, 1:41 pm
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I have Platinum status with American, and looking to fly the family to Europe in the fall (2 adults + 3 kids). The fare difference between Basic Economy and Main is a few hundred/ticket, so we would save close to $1500 buying Basic Economy. I've never flown BE before, and the articles about BE online tend to only include a handful of sentences about how BE works with status. They all mention things like our normal boarding group, standard checked baggage allowance, complementary preferred/main extra seats. But I'm still uncertain for things like:
  • Can we select our own seats at booking (including preferred/main) because of the status? Or is there no seat selection until X days before the flight w/ BE?
  • If there is no seat selection, are there any guarantees we would be sitting next to each other on BE?
  • Would the seat selection and standard baggage allowance only apply to me as the one with status, or to everyone?
  • I also have ~$1,800 across four separate Trip Credits. I assume those could be used for five tickets on BE?
  • If seat selection and baggage allowance are standard because of the status, what are the biggest drawbacks of booking BE?

Thanks in advance!
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Old Apr 7, 2024, 1:52 pm
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Originally Posted by sloatc4
I have Platinum status with American, and looking to fly the family to Europe in the fall (2 adults + 3 kids). The fare difference between Basic Economy and Main is a few hundred/ticket, so we would save close to $1500 buying Basic Economy. I've never flown BE before, and the articles about BE online tend to only include a handful of sentences about how BE works with status. They all mention things like our normal boarding group, standard checked baggage allowance, complementary preferred/main extra seats. But I'm still uncertain for things like:
  • Can we select our own seats at booking (including preferred/main) because of the status? Or is there no seat selection until X days before the flight w/ BE?
  • If there is no seat selection, are there any guarantees we would be sitting next to each other on BE?
  • Would the seat selection and standard baggage allowance only apply to me as the one with status, or to everyone?
  • If seat selection and baggage allowance are standard because of the status, what are the biggest drawbacks of booking BE?
Thanks in advance!
With AAdvantage Platinum status, you can select seats -- including Main Cabin Extra seats -- at time of booking for you and those traveling with you. Each of you will also get your free-checked-baggage allowance.

The disadvantages of Basic Economy tickets are: lower AAdvantage earnings rate, and no future travel credit if you cancel. (AA now offers future travel credit for Basic Economy cancellations for a fee, but that appears to be limited to wholly domestic travel on AA. Details here: https://www.aa.com/i18n/customer-ser...elbasiceconomy. )

Also, I'm not sure if your AA credits can be redeemed for BE tickets.

Edited to add: Make sure that you are flying on AA metal, or you might find that your baggage and seating benefits will not be what you were expecting.
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Old Apr 7, 2024, 2:55 pm
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Sorry, not sure how to formulate a search query for this to narrow it down enough:

If I book a trip with my AAdvantage miles, and am MVP Gold on Alaska (OneWorld Sapphire): how do I get AA to recognize my Sapphire status (extra checked bag, premium economy seat) given that I'll be using my no-status AAdvantage number to book?
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Old Apr 7, 2024, 3:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Mehdron
Sorry, not sure how to formulate a search query for this to narrow it down enough:

If I book a trip with my AAdvantage miles, and am MVP Gold on Alaska (OneWorld Sapphire): how do I get AA to recognize my Sapphire status (extra checked bag, premium economy seat) given that I'll be using my no-status AAdvantage number to book?
You will need to get your AAdvantage number removed from the PNR, and then have your MVP number added. You can try doing this at the Finnair website through the "Manage My Booking" function, or you can try calling American to at least get your AAdvantage number removed.
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Old Apr 7, 2024, 5:50 pm
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Originally Posted by sloatc4
I have Platinum status with American, and looking to fly the family to Europe in the fall (2 adults + 3 kids). The fare difference between Basic Economy and Main is a few hundred/ticket, so we would save close to $1500 buying Basic Economy. I've never flown BE before, and the articles about BE online tend to only include a handful of sentences about how BE works with status. They all mention things like our normal boarding group, standard checked baggage allowance, complementary preferred/main extra seats. But I'm still uncertain for things like:
  • Can we select our own seats at booking (including preferred/main) because of the status? Or is there no seat selection until X days before the flight w/ BE?
  • If there is no seat selection, are there any guarantees we would be sitting next to each other on BE?
  • Would the seat selection and standard baggage allowance only apply to me as the one with status, or to everyone?
  • I also have ~$1,800 across four separate Trip Credits. I assume those could be used for five tickets on BE?
  • If seat selection and baggage allowance are standard because of the status, what are the biggest drawbacks of booking BE?

Thanks in advance!
Originally Posted by guv1976
With AAdvantage Platinum status, you can select seats -- including Main Cabin Extra seats -- at time of booking for you and those traveling with you. Each of you will also get your free-checked-baggage allowance.

The disadvantages of Basic Economy tickets are: lower AAdvantage earnings rate, and no future travel credit if you cancel. (AA now offers future travel credit for Basic Economy cancellations for a fee, but that appears to be limited to wholly domestic travel on AA. Details here: https://www.aa.com/i18n/customer-ser...elbasiceconomy. )

Also, I'm not sure if your AA credits can be redeemed for BE tickets.

Edited to add: Make sure that you are flying on AA metal, or you might find that your baggage and seating benefits will not be what you were expecting.
As a supporting DP- I had a very similar trip last summer. 5 travelers on a single booking, 1 AA Plat in the group, we were BE on an AA domestic flight. My boarding pass said priority and group 3, everyone else was group last. At check in the agent advised we would all be able to take advantage of the platinum benefits but we just had to advise we were in the group with a platinum. We don't check bags. Everything was as Guv said, plus what I added. I cannot remember if the same day standby options were available or not for BE, I am guessing no but I have never used them anyway. I normally fly award flights so I felt a little vulnerable not having a cancellation option and I always worry about bookings with third party travel agencies, especially with flights outside normal business hours, but everything worked very well with no surprises. For whatever it is worth, with 5 travelers, we used the heck out of the Admirals Club benefits on the executive card. After that trip, there was ZERO debate on renewing it even with the big fee. I hope this helps fill in some of the gaps.
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Old Apr 7, 2024, 11:11 pm
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Hi guys, not sure who you can contact when AA credited me in the wrong cabin.
I flew CZ in D class 2 months ago, and after 1 month of non-activity, I decided to submit the form to request mileage credit for missing flights, and I got a credit a few days later: in H class, which earns only 50%. Is there any way I can contact someone to fix this? Or should I submit the form again which I believe would likely not work?
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Old Apr 8, 2024, 3:01 am
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Originally Posted by beyounged
Hi guys, not sure who you can contact when AA credited me in the wrong cabin.
I flew CZ in D class 2 months ago, and after 1 month of non-activity, I decided to submit the form to request mileage credit for missing flights, and I got a credit a few days later: in H class, which earns only 50%. Is there any way I can contact someone to fix this? Or should I submit the form again which I believe would likely not work?
Call AAdvantage Customer Service (not the usual reservations number, 800-882-8880).
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