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

Old May 3, 2024, 2:21 pm
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I tried glancing through the FAQ's but could not find definitely answers on baggage policy when:
- Award ticket bought from BA using avios, AA metal and AA code
- tickets state not bag allowance
- I have OWE and my wife OWS

https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/...age-policy.jsp

-> So am I right to assume, effectively we would have 3+2 bags on those flight (US domestic) via OW status. Not planning to use such but wanting to verify whether quota is really so high.
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Old May 3, 2024, 2:33 pm
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How does one determine whether pajamas are offered in Business upon a particular AA flight? (I'm looking at AA 281 -- DFW to ICN.)

Tnx!
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Old May 3, 2024, 2:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Post Scriptum
I tried glancing through the FAQ's but could not find definitely answers on baggage policy when:
- Award ticket bought from BA using avios, AA metal and AA code
- tickets state not bag allowance
- I have OWE and my wife OWS

https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/...age-policy.jsp

-> So am I right to assume, effectively we would have 3+2 bags on those flight (US domestic) via OW status. Not planning to use such but wanting to verify whether quota is really so high.
To get baggage (and seating) benefits, the FFNs which have status would have to be in the PNR. If you booked these awards with a non-status BAEC number, you would have to replace it with your AY FFN -- perhaps through Finnair's "Manage Booking" function.

If both award tickets are on a single PNR, then only the OWE traveler's number needs to be in the PNR for both passengers to get three checked bags and Main Cabin Extra (extra-leg-room) seats. But there's nothing wrong with putting both passengers' AY FFN in the record.
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Old May 3, 2024, 2:36 pm
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My flight AA 24 (LAX-MIA) has been delayed 3 hours. Is there any chance that we could get another aircraft and depart on time or with less delay or will I be able to go to the airport later?
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Old May 3, 2024, 2:56 pm
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Originally Posted by travelingDoc
How does one determine whether pajamas are offered in Business upon a particular AA flight? (I'm looking at AA 281 -- DFW to ICN.)

Tnx!
Unfortunately, I donít believe AA has been consistent with the PJs. My experience has been flights over 12 hours will have them, which AA 281 is. The grey area for me has been the flights that are between 10-12 hours - sometimes they have them, sometimes they donít.
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Old May 3, 2024, 3:12 pm
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Originally Posted by guv1976
To get baggage (and seating) benefits, the FFNs which have status would have to be in the PNR. If you booked these awards with a non-status BAEC number, you would have to replace it with your AY FFN -- perhaps through Finnair's "Manage Booking" function.

If both award tickets are on a single PNR, then only the OWE traveler's number needs to be in the PNR for both passengers to get three checked bags and Main Cabin Extra (extra-leg-room) seats. But there's nothing wrong with putting both passengers' AY FFN in the record.
I have already my AY FFN in the booking and was able to book MCE, but can not see any baggage allowance as such. The ticket from BA clearly states no allowance but yes, that was done on my pleb-BAEC account.
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Old May 3, 2024, 3:19 pm
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Originally Posted by Post Scriptum
I have already my AY FFN in the booking and was able to book MCE, but can not see any baggage allowance as such. The ticket from BA clearly states no allowance but yes, that was done on my pleb-BAEC account.
Your ticketed baggage allowance is zero. But you are entitled to free checked bags because of your oneworld status:




Source:

https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/...age-policy.jsp

(Scroll down and click on "Complimentary bags.")
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Old May 3, 2024, 3:45 pm
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Hello FT. Just wanted to confirm something here please. My soon-to-be wife and I will be flying down to Cancun on our honeymoon in a little over 2 weeks. We're heading down to Mexico and then spending a week+ in Japan! We're very excited.

My question is about SWU's. If I am able to find a friend who can give 2 system-wide upgrades for our AA fare from RDU down to Cancun (which we paid for / is not an award flight), would 2 SWU's allow us to upgrade from Economy to J class? I searched on AA's website and there is award availability on the flight within business class to upgrade.

Thanks in advance!
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Old May 4, 2024, 12:21 am
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Originally Posted by guv1976
Your ticketed baggage allowance is zero. But you are entitled to free checked bags because of your oneworld status:




Source:

https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/...age-policy.jsp

(Scroll down and click on "Complimentary bags.")
Yeah, I was reading that and just could not believe US carrier could have such superior benefits vs. BA that even strips OWE benefit away from HBO-fares or AY that just gives one bag for their highest tier (well, yea, 1+sport equipment). So, I'm positively surprised.
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Old May 4, 2024, 2:07 am
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Originally Posted by Post Scriptum
Yeah, I was reading that and just could not believe US carrier could have such superior benefits vs. BA that even strips OWE benefit away from HBO-fares or AY that just gives one bag for their highest tier (well, yea, 1+sport equipment). So, I'm positively surprised.
Yes, and that oneworld elite baggage allowance -- and the free Main Cabin Extra seats -- even apply to AA's cheaper "Basic Economy" cash fares!
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Old May 4, 2024, 6:25 am
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Originally Posted by rbrad
Hello FT. Just wanted to confirm something here please. My soon-to-be wife and I will be flying down to Cancun on our honeymoon in a little over 2 weeks. We're heading down to Mexico and then spending a week+ in Japan! We're very excited.

My question is about SWU's. If I am able to find a friend who can give 2 system-wide upgrades for our AA fare from RDU down to Cancun (which we paid for / is not an award flight), would 2 SWU's allow us to upgrade from Economy to J class? I searched on AA's website and there is award availability on the flight within business class to upgrade.

Thanks in advance!
Yes, using SWU's would upgrade you from economy to business.

But as was noted in the other thread, just because you see business award space on your flights does not mean that there is also SWU upgrade space.
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Old May 4, 2024, 8:05 am
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Originally Posted by rbrad
Hello FT. Just wanted to confirm something here please. My soon-to-be wife and I will be flying down to Cancun on our honeymoon in a little over 2 weeks. We're heading down to Mexico and then spending a week+ in Japan! We're very excited.

My question is about SWU's. If I am able to find a friend who can give 2 system-wide upgrades for our AA fare from RDU down to Cancun (which we paid for / is not an award flight), would 2 SWU's allow us to upgrade from Economy to J class? I searched on AA's website and there is award availability on the flight within business class to upgrade.

Thanks in advance!
A much better use of SWUs would be on your flight to Japan.
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Old May 4, 2024, 9:35 am
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AA Cash upgrade possibility on AY ticket

First time post here but been lurking around without an account for almost 2 years now. Iíve been a Finnair Plus Gold member for a few years as I didnít fly too much (2-3 business J trips per year plus personal trips) meant I could maintain the gold status easily.

Iím asking the question because I know it is not possible to upgrade a code-share flight from Finnair, however Iím curious if itís possible to pay for the upgrade via cash/card to AA?

Reason I ask is because I have an upcoming trip to Brazil HEL-JFK-GRU. I got the HEL-JFK leg upgraded to J with my Finnair upgrade benefit and would not mind paying something up to 350/400 in order to upgrade the JFK-GRU leg to J as well. Any advice on how to get this with AA or do I just try to do it at the airport when Iím transiting?

Pardon me if similar questions have been answered before. I did a lot of searching on the threads but didnít manager to find an answer hence this post. Iíve also posted this in the Finnair thread but cross posting here as well for visibility
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Old May 4, 2024, 10:23 am
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Originally Posted by expensivestephen
Iím asking the question because I know it is not possible to upgrade a code-share flight from Finnair, however Iím curious if itís possible to pay for the upgrade via cash/card to AA?

Reason I ask is because I have an upcoming trip to Brazil HEL-JFK-GRU. I got the HEL-JFK leg upgraded to J with my Finnair upgrade benefit and would not mind paying something up to 350/400 in order to upgrade the JFK-GRU leg to J as well. Any advice on how to get this with AA or do I just try to do it at the airport when Iím transiting?
AA offers paid upgrades when you pull up your reservation at aa.com or in the AA app. However I believe these are only offered when the ticket is issued by AA. So if you don't see any offers when you pull up your reservation, the only other way is to just ask at the airport at JFK. Try at check-in, you can also try pulling up your reservation on one of the kiosks at JFK and see if anything is offered.
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Old May 4, 2024, 10:35 am
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
AA offers paid upgrades when you pull up your reservation at aa.com or in the AA app. However I believe these are only offered when the ticket is issued by AA. So if you don't see any offers when you pull up your reservation, the only other way is to just ask at the airport at JFK. Try at check-in, you can also try pulling up your reservation on one of the kiosks at JFK and see if anything is offered.
I think you can do it if you have AA miles as well (I dont know if you need AA status too). For a 350 Co-pay + 25K miles if C space (SWU bucket, not regular Sale C-space) opens up you can use that to upgrade.

To see if that's available you will need to call, or use expert flyer or have an SWU in your account and be logged in.

It also may only work for an AA ticketed flight.
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