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

Old May 4, 2024, 10:40 am
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Originally Posted by Dad to Rei
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.
Yea, upgrading with AA miles (or a SWU) requires the ticket to be issued by AA.
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Old May 4, 2024, 11:53 am
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Originally Posted by Dr. HFH
A much better use of SWUs would be on your flight to Japan.
Yes, good point. But we're flying on United to Japan, so they wouldn't work there unfortunately.
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Old May 5, 2024, 1:25 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.
Thanks for the response. I'll give it a go at JFK. Hopefully, there are seats available within a reasonable price point
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Old May 5, 2024, 9:21 am
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How do we merge our business and personal accounts, I remember seeing one of the bloggers show a step by step process, but for the life of me I cannot find it?
Might be worth putting as a sticky (unless it already is and I simply am blind and can't find it)
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Old May 5, 2024, 4:53 pm
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A friend is on AA 2220 SCL-ORD today scheduled for 1:34p, delayed and rescheduled for 11:50p. Would you know what her food voucher options etc are?
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Old May 5, 2024, 5:49 pm
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Originally Posted by vanillabean
A friend is on AA 2220 SCL-ORD today scheduled for 1:34p, delayed and rescheduled for 11:50p. Would you know what her food voucher options etc are?
Inquire with the gate agent. Food vouchers are $20. A hamburger and a drink on a good day. As to the "etc", email AA and reqest compensation if 2500 airline miles are of value. Otherwise, find a comfortable place to relax.
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Old May 7, 2024, 11:00 am
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Originally Posted by anc-ord772
Hi folks, another newbie question. Can I change my AA number to BAEC after online check-in, ie at airport check-in? I am not entirely convinced that AA twitter team made the change successfully (not for lack of heart!), and I don't want to do online check-in if I lose the ability to make changes after the fact. Thanks!
Just a follow up to close the loop, in case it is helpful for anyone else. The twitter team did enter my BAEC#, and I confirmed with the checked-in agent at the airport. My BP showed my BAEC# and AA platinum above my name which was interesting, but as a first timer, I thought that might be how the system just maps my status. Ultimately the first segment posted to AA and second segment posted to BA. I followed up with the twitter folks to learn how to avoid this situation in the future. They said have agents review and delete all references to my AA# in the passenger information section. Going forward I'll just book as a guest and provide my BAEC# from the start. As an aside on a subsequent trip with only my BAEC# entered, it showed Oneworld Sapphire above my name instead of platinum.

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Old May 7, 2024, 2:37 pm
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Hello. I've got a multi-part question about lounge access on arrivals to JFK. I'm flying a transcon redeye LAX-BOS-JFK on a business award ticket, landing at 9:30 a.m. on a Thursday. I'll be able to access the lounge on arrival at JFK, right? Which one? Greenwich? (I'm only AA Gold these days, so status doesn't matter.) Also, I'm flying back to LAX the next day at 6 a.m. on a Friday on basic economy ticket. When does the arrivals lounge access clock reset? I'm assuming when the lounge closes on Thursday, but maybe it's 24 hours? If I scan in my ticket from the day before at 4:15 a.m. when the lounge opens, would I possibly still have access? Thanks!
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Old May 7, 2024, 3:45 pm
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Originally Posted by martinidrinker
Hello. I've got a multi-part question about lounge access on arrivals to JFK. I'm flying a transcon redeye LAX-BOS-JFK on a business award ticket, landing at 9:30 a.m. on a Thursday. I'll be able to access the lounge on arrival at JFK, right? Which one? Greenwich? (I'm only AA Gold these days, so status doesn't matter.) Also, I'm flying back to LAX the next day at 6 a.m. on a Friday on basic economy ticket. When does the arrivals lounge access clock reset? I'm assuming when the lounge closes on Thursday, but maybe it's 24 hours? If I scan in my ticket from the day before at 4:15 a.m. when the lounge opens, would I possibly still have access? Thanks!
Yes you can access Greenwich on arrival at JFK. I flew that exact same itinerary back in December. Arrivals access is only the same day, you can of course try scanning your ticket and see if by chance they let you in, but by the rules you don't have access.
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Old May 7, 2024, 4:42 pm
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I'm sure this has been asked a million times but we are flying LAX to SYD in business class. Is the check in Terminal 4 even if we are flying out of TBIT?

And what has the quickest security lanes on Monday evenings.
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Old May 7, 2024, 4:48 pm
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Originally Posted by guv1976
Getting a Main Cabin Extra seat or a Barclays or Citi AAdvantage credit card would give you Group 5 boarding. Group 4 boarding can be purchased at check-in, either online or at the airport.
just checked in! although it didn't ask me or give me the option for purchasing early boarding. hmm...
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Old May 7, 2024, 5:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Le_Champion
I'm sure this has been asked a million times but we are flying LAX to SYD in business class. Is the check in Terminal 4 even if we are flying out of TBIT?

And what has the quickest security lanes on Monday evenings.
Yes check-in with AA in T4.
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Old May 7, 2024, 5:34 pm
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
Yes check-in with AA in T4.
Thanks! Is it better to exit and go through TBIT TSA or stay in T4?
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Old May 7, 2024, 5:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Le_Champion
Thanks! Is it better to exit and go through TBIT TSA or stay in T4?
If you're already in T4 then there's no reason not to go through security there unless the lines are just crazy long. Especially considering you're probably just going to go to the Flagship Lounge in T4 after you're airside.
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Old May 7, 2024, 11:23 pm
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Originally Posted by Le_Champion
Thanks! Is it better to exit and go through TBIT TSA or stay in T4?
Note that SYD flight sometimes departs out of gates 41 or 43, at least when Iíve taken it.
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