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Old Apr 13, 2024, 8:41 am
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How does one add a lap infant on AA award on JL metal? Contact AA or JL?
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Old Apr 13, 2024, 8:59 am
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Originally Posted by TOMFORD
How does one add a lap infant on AA award on JL metal? Contact AA or JL?
I believe you have to call JL. See here for more info: Does jal allow children on biz award redemptions using aa?
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Old Apr 13, 2024, 4:37 pm
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Travel alerts and award reservations

Recently canceled an award flight SMF/DFW due to a travel alert AND food poisoning. AA agent would not rebook, said all I could do was cancel and book a new reservation. Booked the same flight for a couple of days later. The additional miles required were a total of 10,500. Is it possible to request a reimbursement?
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Old Apr 13, 2024, 5:02 pm
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Originally Posted by ridge4
Recently canceled an award flight SMF/DFW due to a travel alert AND food poisoning. AA agent would not rebook, said all I could do was cancel and book a new reservation. Booked the same flight for a couple of days later. The additional miles required were a total of 10,500. Is it possible to request a reimbursement?
https://www.aa.com/i18n/aadvantage-p...conditions.jsp
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Old Apr 13, 2024, 6:58 pm
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So exceptions are made for paid tickets for travel alerts but not awards. I suspected as much.
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Old Apr 13, 2024, 9:21 pm
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Booked OMA-OSL May 15 for 60k + $758 in J a few months ago - trying to save a little money
Just found OMA-LHR J May 14 for 62k + $22, put on hold, arrives at 8 am
OMA-OSL says zippo for May14 and 15
Looked up LHR-OSL May 15 AA award available 12.5 for the late, 2020, flight
2 questions
would my AA status allow a BA seat selection + overhead 22” and under the seat backpack?
Could AA somehow attach the 2 tickets?

Finally since we would arrive from BOS at 8am, would we have access to an AA arrivals lounge or any of the BA lounges;
11 hour layover?
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Old Apr 13, 2024, 10:48 pm
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Originally Posted by kmandrew
Booked OMA-OSL May 15 for 60k + $758 in J a few months ago - trying to save a little money
Just found OMA-LHR J May 14 for 62k + $22, put on hold, arrives at 8 am
OMA-OSL says zippo for May14 and 15
Looked up LHR-OSL May 15 AA award available 12.5 for the late, 2020, flight
2 questions
would my AA status allow a BA seat selection + overhead 22 and under the seat backpack?
Could AA somehow attach the 2 tickets?

Finally since we would arrive from BOS at 8am, would we have access to an AA arrivals lounge or any of the BA lounges;
11 hour layover?
Your oneworld Sapphire status would give you free seat selection on your AAdvantage Economy award flight on BA. Even non-status passengers traveling on such an award would get a free checked bag, and a free carry-on bag and personal item.

Since you did not put both awards on a held multi-city itinerary, your only chance now of getting the two awards on a single PNR is not to put LHR-OSL on hold, but rather to call AA and ask an agent to ticket the held OMA-LHR award and the new LHR-OSL award on the same PNR. I'm not sure if that can be done now, since the held award already has its own PNR, but it's the only possibility that comes to mind -- unless the another seat on the held OMA-LHR award becomes available again for booking.

I would think that you'd have access to the Arrivals Lounge if you go through Immigration. Your oneworld status would give you access to all of the oneworld Business Class lounges in your departure terminal at LHR.
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Old Apr 14, 2024, 5:49 am
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Originally Posted by kmandrew
Booked OMA-OSL May 15 for 60k + $758 in J a few months ago - trying to save a little money
Just found OMA-LHR J May 14 for 62k + $22, put on hold, arrives at 8 am
OMA-OSL says zippo for May14 and 15
Looked up LHR-OSL May 15 AA award available 12.5 for the late, 2020, flight
2 questions
would my AA status allow a BA seat selection + overhead 22 and under the seat backpack?
Could AA somehow attach the 2 tickets?

Finally since we would arrive from BOS at 8am, would we have access to an AA arrivals lounge or any of the BA lounges;
11 hour layover?
Good job on getting creative and finding a way around the BA surcharges

With 11 hrs at LHR I really wouldn't waste any time trying to get everything on the same ticket. It doesn't matter.

If it were me, I'd just book a separate ticket on SK, there's a 10:35am LHR-OSL flight. Currently $221 one-way for fully refundable "SK business" class.

And you can always book the late BA LHR-OSL flight as a backup, since all awards booked with AA miles are fully refundable. Once you're sitting at LHR T2 waiting for the SK flight, just pull up your BA LHR-OSL reservation at aa.com and cancel it.
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Old Apr 14, 2024, 7:40 am
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
Good job on getting creative and finding a way around the BA surcharges

With 11 hrs at LHR I really wouldn't waste any time trying to get everything on the same ticket. It doesn't matter.

If it were me, I'd just book a separate ticket on SK, there's a 10:35am LHR-OSL flight. Currently $221 one-way for fully refundable "SK business" class.

And you can always book the late BA LHR-OSL flight as a backup, since all awards booked with AA miles are fully refundable. Once you're sitting at LHR T2 waiting for the SK flight, just pull up your BA LHR-OSL reservation at aa.com and cancel it.
Like this idea, T3 8 am to T2 10:30 no problem?

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Old Apr 14, 2024, 11:19 am
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AA award operated by BA question

Couldn't find an answer to this:
If I cancel an AA award operated by BA (70K points and $561.20 in BA fees), does the fee get refunded back to original form of payment (credit card)? Or does it get pushed to a trip/flight credit?
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Old Apr 14, 2024, 11:43 am
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Originally Posted by WannaTheater
Couldn't find an answer to this:
If I cancel an AA award operated by BA (70K points and $561.20 in BA fees), does the fee get refunded back to original form of payment (credit card)? Or does it get pushed to a trip/flight credit?
Everything you paid for the award ticket gets refunded to the original form of payment.
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Old Apr 14, 2024, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by kmandrew
Like this idea, T3 8 am to T2 10:30 no problem?
Definitely no problem, done it many times connecting to separate tix on SAS to the nordics when the schedule and/or pricing is better than the BA options.

Like I mentioned you could book both the SK paid ticket and the later AA award flight on BA as a backup.

Once you arrive at LHR on time and make it to T2, pull up your AA award at aa.com and cancel it for a full refund.

If you book the fully refundable SK biz LHR-OSL ($221 not bad for that) and worst case scenario your AA flight to LHR gets massively delayed such that you'll miss it, just cancel that one for a refund and take your backup AA award flight later that evening.

Of course that all assumes no checked bags.
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Old Apr 14, 2024, 11:42 pm
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Basic question, but all the changes to the AAdvantage program have muddled my understanding. Flying AA metal, miles flown no longer matter, just dollars paid? Versus, say flying a OW partner like Alaska that awards based upon miles, but crediting to AA, it seems you’d get more loyalty points and miles from longer flights…or am I misunderstanding the way the programs interact.
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Old Apr 15, 2024, 5:19 am
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Originally Posted by TxDucky
Basic question, but all the changes to the AAdvantage program have muddled my understanding. Flying AA metal, miles flown no longer matter, just dollars paid? Versus, say flying a OW partner like Alaska that awards based upon miles, but crediting to AA, it seems you’d get more loyalty points and miles from longer flights…or am I misunderstanding the way the programs interact.
You are correct. Miles, now known as Loyalty points (LPs), for travel on AA purchased through AA are based on the price paid, the fare class, and your level in the AAdvantage program. Distance flown is not a factor.

More information can be found here:
https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/...n-airlines.jsp
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Old Apr 15, 2024, 10:45 am
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No MCE seats to choose from

An an EXP on a main fare, who could've picked an MCE seat if one was available, will FA charge me for a cocktail?
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