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

Old Apr 17, 2024, 3:09 am
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Loyalty Point earning Q....

Can somebody explain ... happened here? I'm Plat Pro.. Just flew DFW-DEL last week and this is what posted. It seems massively low given it's 8600 miles and a $1200 ticket. DFW-JFK I got... 81 LP's???

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Old Apr 17, 2024, 5:22 am
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Originally Posted by bbriscoe34
I'm EXP and my P2 has no status. However, we each have several hundred K miles. We are looking at a one way flight DEN-PHL-ZRH in J together. I would like to save more of my miles for future trips since I do more traveling. What are the advantages of booking J award tickets either seperately or both on her account using her miles? Since we are already in the highest cabin, would it even make any difference as to the status of the booking account?
It makes zero difference which account you book the tickets from. This is the case for both award and paid tickets.

As long as you are a pax and your AA# is in the reservation then you will receive all of your normal status benefits and such no different than if you made the reservation using your miles.
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Old Apr 17, 2024, 5:47 am
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Originally Posted by Umrswimr
Can somebody explain ... happened here? I'm Plat Pro.. Just flew DFW-DEL last week and this is what posted. It seems massively low given it's 8600 miles and a $1200 ticket. DFW-JFK I got... 81 LP's???
For an international itinerary like this it's common for the domestic connecting segment to earn a low amount of LP's as a majority of the fare breakout is placed on the long haul segment.

As a PLT Pro you earn 9 LP's per dollar for AA flights (total fare minus taxes and some fees). The fact that it was 8,600 miles flight distance is irrelevant. For a $1200 fare to DEL I would expect you to earn around 10,350 LP's ($1150 9).

Was the $1200 a one-way or roundtrip? If roundtrip, then the remaining LP's should be posted once you fly the return segments.

But if it was a one-way then it does seem low. To get it fixed call AAdvantage Customer Service (800-882-8880, not the usual reservations number) and tell them your miles and LP earning for a recent trip was off.
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Old Apr 17, 2024, 6:31 am
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
For an international itinerary like this it's common for the domestic connecting segment to earn a low amount of LP's as a majority of the fare breakout is placed on the long haul segment.

As a PLT Pro you earn 9 LP's per dollar for AA flights (total fare minus taxes and some fees). The fact that it was 8,600 miles flight distance is irrelevant. For a $1200 fare to DEL I would expect you to earn around 10,350 LP's ($1150 9).

Was the $1200 a one-way or roundtrip? If roundtrip, then the remaining LP's should be posted once you fly the return segments.

But if it was a one-way then it does seem low. To get it fixed call AAdvantage Customer Service (800-882-8880, not the usual reservations number) and tell them your miles and LP earning for a recent trip was off.
$1200 was RT...
Has it always been fare based or is that a new change? In Feb I flew DFW-STL (1100 miles) for $728. I earned 5800 LP's for that trip. But I fly halfway around the world and only earn 10k?? That's absolutely absurd.


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Old Apr 17, 2024, 6:47 am
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Originally Posted by Umrswimr
$1200 was RT...
Has it always been fare based or is that a new change? In Feb I flew DFW-STL (1100 miles) for $728. I earned 5800 LP's for that trip. But I fly halfway around the world and only earn 10k?? That's absolutely absurd.
Since the $1200 was roundtrip you will see your remaining LP's post once you fly the return portion.

Absurd or not, for AA flights distance no longer matters when it comes to the miles and LP's you earn. Everything is based on how much you spend. It's been this way for at least 6 or 7 years now. A $700 flight to STL will earn the same as a $700 flight to DEL.
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Old Apr 17, 2024, 7:08 am
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
Since the $1200 was roundtrip you will see your remaining LP's post once you fly the return portion.

Absurd or not, for AA flights distance no longer matters when it comes to the miles and LP's you earn. Everything is based on how much you spend. It's been this way for at least 6 or 7 years now. A $700 flight to STL will earn the same as a $700 flight to DEL.
TY sir. I guess this is the first year I've actually travelled since before Covid when status was mileage-based. 2 flights to India back then was basically PLAT status. Now it's worth... halfway to Gold?

Actually, what's more absurd is the fact that I earned 8k LP for my $100 subscription to MotleyFool- about the same as spending $1200 and 40 hours on AA metal. I really cannot comprehend how this is a loyalty plan for frequent flyers anymore....

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Old Apr 17, 2024, 10:41 am
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Originally Posted by Umrswimr
Actually, what's more absurd is the fact that I earned 8k LP for my $100 subscription to MotleyFool- about the same as spending $1200 and 40 hours on AA metal. I really cannot comprehend how this is a loyalty plan for frequent flyers anymore....
It is a loyalty plan for spenders on AA cards. Whether flying on AA metal or buying something else.
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Old Apr 17, 2024, 1:24 pm
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When the aircraft is 772-Boeing 777, which 777 is that (DFW-FCO)? I’m just wanting to see what J looks like or read a review. The other option (but not my ideal date) is the 787.

And for the 777, would two middles or two windows or aisle and window be best for couples?

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Old Apr 17, 2024, 2:16 pm
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Originally Posted by Stgermainparis
When the aircraft is 772-Boeing 777, which 777 is that (DFW-FCO)? Im just wanting to see what J looks like or read a review. The other option (but not my ideal date) is the 787.

And for the 777, would two middles or two windows or aisle and window be best for couples?
The 772's have 2 different possible business configurations just like the 788's. You won't know which config you're getting until around 2 days before the flight and even then it can change.

For the purposes of looking up reviews and pics the seats and service on the 772 will be basically the same as the 787 (both configurations).

And for a couple the center seats are best and will allow you to converse. The only way you can see each other or converse with two windows or an aisle/window is to awkwardly lean out into the aisle or stand up and look over the seat etc.

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Old Apr 18, 2024, 2:37 pm
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I’m trying to book my meals for Trans-Atlantic J class. Every time I attempt to do it I get an error and asked to try again later. I’ve tried via both the website and the app on my phone. Any suggestions? I’m sat in the last row of J so I’d prefer to secure my meal Thanks.
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Old Apr 18, 2024, 2:45 pm
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Originally Posted by flyingbee
Im trying to book my meals for Trans-Atlantic J class. Every time I attempt to do it I get an error and asked to try again later. Ive tried via both the website and the app on my phone. Any suggestions? Im sat in the last row of J so Id prefer to secure my meal Thanks.
There have been reports of issues with the pre-ordering system recently. If you get close to your flight and still haven't been able to pre-order via the app or the website, then try calling in.
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Old Apr 19, 2024, 9:13 am
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I took advantage of British Airways recent status match challenge offer, mainly for AA lounge access for domestic flights. Matched UA Gold to BA Silver, took a few days, BA mobile app has a terrible reputation and its difficult (if not impossible) to add a BA Silver card to Apple Wallet, saved a copy of my (new) BA Silver card to iPhone photos. Im LT Plat on AA (HT BankDirect/Bask Bank and bunch of CC SUBs prior to 2012). My AA travel is predominantly AA award flights, mostly domestic econ, LHR biz 2-3 times annually, 1 or 2 long-haul international biz annually. BA congratulations email states Your Silver membership card is now purely digital. so no physical card available. On those rare occasions when I pay for an AA flight I like to have the RDMs credited to AA. I doubt Ill meet the requirements to extend BA status beyond 6 months.

How should I plan to attempt Admirals Club (AC) entry when flying domestic AA flights (for the next 6 months)? For an award ticket try to add BA number to record locator/boarding pass after award ticket issued? For a paid ticket use the BA number until AC entry and then change it (back) to AA number? Keep AA number on BP and show BA card image at AC? Something else? Thank you.

BREAK

AA website information regarding checked bag with limits are difficult to navigate and understand. Just read (on a blog) that BA Silver status allows up to 70lbs complimentary checked bag (for skiing I pack ski boots inside a 26 suitcase which invariably ends up weighing 51-53 lbs). Is that on BA or AA? Ive previously been told by AA check-in agents that (as Plat) Im limited to 50 lbs complementary (why I mostly fly UA for skiing, UA allows elites up to 70 lbs complimentary). Should BA status or AA status allow more than 50 lbs complimentary on AA US domestic flights?

Thanks very much again.

(Oh yeah, gotta add that Im highly prejudiced against BA due to their outrageous surcharges on award flights, particularly AA awards on BA metal. I have a 6 figure BA balance, all from CC SUBs, use BA miles mainly (? only) for short European flights after (usually) flying to LHR on AA award/metal.)
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Old Apr 19, 2024, 2:39 pm
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
Call AAdvantage Customer Service (not the usual reservations number, 800-882-8880).
Just to report back for posterity sake. This number is not the actual one, but the agent was nice enough to patch me through to the correct department.
He understood the problem, cancelled my original wrong crediting and then resubmitted a new one.
He asked me for my BP and wanted me to reply to his email immediately with a photo, but I did not have it with me, but he was nice and said it was just to be 100% sure I could get it. Call took about 25 minutes, in addition to the 25 minute hold.
The email of my submission came in before he hang up, and 3 days later the correct credit appears in my account, without submitting any material. After having dealt with many airlines such as AS not replying my email for missing credit after 1.5 months, SQ agent telling me B6 is not their partner out of sheer ignorance or lying, or multi-day adventures on AC phone lines, honestly AAdvantage is not bad.
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Old Apr 19, 2024, 3:42 pm
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Originally Posted by beyounged
Just to report back for posterity sake. This number is not the actual one, but the agent was nice enough to patch me through to the correct department.
800-882-8880 is definitely the correct number for AAdvantage Customer Service, but when you call you have to make sure to follow the correct menu prompts for AAdvantage account service, otherwise the phone system sends you to the normal reservations agents.
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Old Apr 19, 2024, 4:08 pm
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I understand that airlines do not always like you to combine round-trips; would the following combination of round-trip tickets be frowned upon by AA/ BA?
  1. The first ticket is on AA: RDU-> LHR in late June, return in August
  2. The second is on BA: LHR-> JNB->LHR, all in July
FWIW, the reason for the two tickets is because they're being billed to different sources (the price is not significantly cheaper than putting it all on one ticket.)

Thanks in advance
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