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

Old Jan 5, 2024, 10:32 am
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Lounge newbie here. After decades of Citi cards, I accidentally landed in Platinum status and lifted a Basic Economy fare to Main Cabin Extra, then a free upgrade to First. Domestic, LAX to STL.

So, how does one Lounge? Just show up and show your boarding pass? (If there’s a Newbie’s Guide, please link me!)

Thanks!
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Old Jan 5, 2024, 10:40 am
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Originally Posted by atlauren
Lounge newbie here. After decades of Citi cards, I accidentally landed in Platinum status and lifted a Basic Economy fare to Main Cabin Extra, then a free upgrade to First. Domestic, LAX to STL.
So, how does one Lounge? Just show up and show your boarding pass? (If there’s a Newbie’s Guide, please link me!)
Thanks!
Welcome- Unfortunately domestic First this will not get you lounge access.

More information here:
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...es-2023-a.html
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Old Jan 5, 2024, 10:42 am
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Originally Posted by atlauren
Lounge newbie here. After decades of Citi cards, I accidentally landed in Platinum status and lifted a Basic Economy fare to Main Cabin Extra, then a free upgrade to First. Domestic, LAX to STL.

So, how does one Lounge? Just show up and show your boarding pass? (If theres a Newbies Guide, please link me!)

Thanks!
Domestic First on two-class aircraft does not get you lounge access. You would need either Admirals Club access through a paid membership or a high-annual-fee AAdvantage credit card, or oneworld Sapphire or Emerald status via a foreign FFP (e.g., BA, IB, etc )
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Old Jan 5, 2024, 10:42 am
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Ah ha! Thank you!
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Old Jan 5, 2024, 4:19 pm
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Originally Posted by atlauren
Lounge newbie here. After decades of Citi cards, I accidentally landed in Platinum status and lifted a Basic Economy fare to Main Cabin Extra, then a free upgrade to First. Domestic, LAX to STL.

So, how does one Lounge? Just show up and show your boarding pass? (If theres a Newbies Guide, please link me!)

Thanks!
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I think you get no access unless its a qualified international flight, or with the executive card. Here is a link with the details:

https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/...lub-access.jsp

On a side note, I don't think Priorit Pass will offer much help with those airports either.
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Old Jan 6, 2024, 8:17 am
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Kinda of a newbie question
Just booked ARN-LHR-DFW land at 6:30 pm - return home trip so will check luggage
Next day 8:30 AA51 to DFW (found J 57.5k + $100), couple of questions please
will we have to touch our bags at LHR?
HGI at Hatton Cross is only 30k, can we use the tube from T5 without an oyster card?
the am walk to T3 looks easy, leave the hotel at 6:30 am?
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Old Jan 6, 2024, 3:06 pm
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Originally Posted by kmandrew
Kinda of a newbie question
Just booked ARN-LHR-DFW land at 6:30 pm - return home trip so will check luggage
Next day 8:30 AA51 to DFW (found J 57.5k + $100), couple of questions please
will we have to touch our bags at LHR?
HGI at Hatton Cross is only 30k, can we use the tube from T5 without an oyster card?
the am walk to T3 looks easy, leave the hotel at 6:30 am?
You do not need to see your bags at LHR, they can be checked through as long as the flights are on one PNR.
You can use the tube with a contactless card just as if it is an Oyster card however not all US cards work and I am not sure that anyone has figured out which do and which don't! Each person will need their own card.
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Old Jan 6, 2024, 6:36 pm
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Are there any good routes from the US to Europe in business for 30-40-50k miles that arent through British Airways and their crazy Fuel Surcharges? If so, to where?
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Old Jan 6, 2024, 6:57 pm
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Originally Posted by kromix
Are there any good routes from the US to Europe in business for 30-40-50k miles that arent through British Airways and their crazy Fuel Surcharges? If so, to where?
Here you go:











​​​​​​The only Business Class awards to Europe which might price at less than 57.5K miles one way would be those on all-AA metal. And I would be surprised to find any such awards pricing much less than 57.5K.
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Old Jan 6, 2024, 8:26 pm
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Ty! building trip now!
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Old Jan 7, 2024, 5:39 am
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
Yes, if you upgrade just the second segment you still get the business baggage allowance and can use the business class check-in. Keep an eye on the upgrade offer for the first flight as it might drop.
to piggy back on this for my return flight in a few weeks, would I have to mention anything specific to the check in desk in GYE? Like tell them oh Im flying business from Miami back to New York, so Im allowed X amount of bags to check in for free?
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Old Jan 7, 2024, 6:22 am
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Originally Posted by michael1023
to piggy back on this for my return flight in a few weeks, would I have to mention anything specific to the check in desk in GYE? Like tell them oh Im flying business from Miami back to New York, so Im allowed X amount of bags to check in for free?
You shouldn't have to mention anything, but when you're checking your bags if they were to try and charge you then just mention it then.
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Old Jan 8, 2024, 10:46 am
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Trying to find a decent points deal to fly DC area to NAP in May or June

Originally Posted by EZTraveler
Just for fun I took a look at the BA Avois option. It was painful:
Do you feel like looking up something else? $ for these AerLingus flights are pretty low - just curious what it would cost in Avios + fees? TIA!
EI IAD - NAP May 7
EI NAP - IAD May 15
(I tried submitting a screenshot but I'm such a newbie that I need 5 posts before I can include a pic.)
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Old Jan 8, 2024, 1:59 pm
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Hi - have PHX-PVT (Puerto Villarta, Mexico) awards in Business/Fist (on a 738) booked in a few week. Do these come with lounge access? Website says US-Mexico flights do, but wondering if that's the case as this is a narrow body flight with no actual international Business class.
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Old Jan 8, 2024, 2:06 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyinMike
Hi - have PHX-PVT (Puerto Villarta, Mexico) awards in Business/Fist (on a 738) booked in a few week. Do these come with lounge access? Website says US-Mexico flights do, but wondering if that's the case as this is a narrow body flight with no actual international Business class.
Yes, any international business class (including short haul destinations like Mexico, the Caribbean, etc.) come with access to the Admirals Clubs.
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