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

Old May 14, 2024, 9:34 am
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Originally Posted by anotherATLelite
G'day...longtime DL elite, first-time AA elite due to some weird flying patterns in the last 6 months. I am PP now and en route to EP. My question, which I couldn't find an answer to in the forums or on the AA website, is about upgrading international itineraries with miles. Is it possible to buy a Y fare for say a flight BOS-ATH, and then use miles to upgrade to J. The AA website just takes you directly to award search. Thanks for any info.
Yes it is possible to upgrade using miles on AA international flights.
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Old May 14, 2024, 9:45 am
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Originally Posted by wrp96
Yes it is possible to upgrade using miles on AA international flights.
Thanks. Do you have to call AA customer service to do this?
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Old May 14, 2024, 3:44 pm
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Originally Posted by anotherATLelite
Thanks. Do you have to call AA customer service to do this?
Yes. Cannot be done online….
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Old May 14, 2024, 10:08 pm
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Originally Posted by dfwrob
Is this the right place to ask this question? Flying from JNB-BOS on AA ticket stock operated by QR. I would love to upgrade the 2 legs using Avios, but I do not know if this is possible. I know I can't use my AA miles. Any suggestions?
I would just search and/or ask over on the QR forum since the flights are operated by QR, however I suspect the flights being ticketed by AA may cause issues when trying to upgrade with avios.
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Old May 15, 2024, 6:13 am
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Originally Posted by CMTinPHL
Yes. Cannot be done online….
thank you.
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Old May 15, 2024, 7:17 pm
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How to manage status with multiple oneworld partners?

80% of my flying each year is domestic on AA. I keep Gold status pretty easily and purchase a lounge membership, so my experience is pretty easy on board and I use the Admirals Club everywhere I go.

20% of my flying ends up being European each year, so I book through AA usually ending up on BA laying over through Heathrow T5. I've done the jump over to T3 a few times, but its always a gamble how much I'll have to debate with the T3 security to get them to let me in. I really wish I could just access the BA lounges in T5.

I'm not necessarily sensitive to cost / paying a bit for it, so I am considering the new Qatar Airways Privilege Club Infinite card, since it comes with equivalent oneworld Sapphire status which should get me into the T5 BA lounges. I'd rather pay that $500 annual fee instead of the business class ticket I'd normally need.

My question though, is: can I use this status while flying on a ticket I'm booking through and crediting to my AA frequent flyer account? It's seems to easy to book as I've type of oneworld flyer and then using that boarding pass with a different oneworld airline status to get into the lounge.

I would appreciate any insight or advice!
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Old May 16, 2024, 9:50 am
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Earn points from a partner airline which is operated by a non-partner airline?

I feel like I should know this, but I am not sure...
I am looking at purchasing a ticket from KGL-DOH-USA directly through Qatar Airways. The first leg is listed as Qatar Airways 6395 (operated by Rwandair). Since these flights are both marketed by QR, will I get AA credit (mileage-based) on both legs? (Rwandair is not a OW partner)

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Old May 16, 2024, 3:12 pm
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Trying to book a r/t on AA from JFK to CDG.
AA 44 on 7/3, return AA 45 on 7/15.
I would like the outbound in Y, and inbound in J.
Plenty of J fare availables (J7 on Expert Flyer).
However, on AA.com it does not let me know that Y fare outbound and J inbound.
I could book PE on JFK-CDG and J on CDG-JFK, but it is a bit more $$$.

Any workaround?
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Old May 17, 2024, 2:00 am
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Originally Posted by WannaTheater
I feel like I should know this, but I am not sure...
I am looking at purchasing a ticket from KGL-DOH-USA directly through Qatar Airways. The first leg is listed as Qatar Airways 6395 (operated by Rwandair). Since these flights are both marketed by QR, will I get AA credit (mileage-based) on both legs? (Rwandair is not a OW partner)
No credit for the Rwandair Flight:
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Old May 17, 2024, 7:57 am
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Originally Posted by zip10001
Trying to book a r/t on AA from JFK to CDG.
AA 44 on 7/3, return AA 45 on 7/15.
I would like the outbound in Y, and inbound in J.
Plenty of J fare availables (J7 on Expert Flyer).
However, on AA.com it does not let me know that Y fare outbound and J inbound.
I could book PE on JFK-CDG and J on CDG-JFK, but it is a bit more $$$.

Any workaround?
Just call AA, it is strange. I'd just put it on hold with the outbound in PE then call and ask an agent to change the outbound to economy.
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Old May 17, 2024, 9:36 pm
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I put an award reservation on hold from CLT-DFW-HEL in J with the DFW-HEL leg on Finnair for 57,500, the issue is my final destination is CDG. I thought that I could put the reservation on hold and then call an AAgent to have them add the HEL-CDG leg to my reservation without increasing the number of points needed (I can see availability for 22.500 on aa.com). I am being told that I need to either cancel the reservation and let them try and rebook with no guarantee the seats I release become available and the other option is to book the HEL-CDG leg separately. Is it possible for AA to add the HEL - CDG without increasing the number of miles (57,500) needed for redemption or do I have to either cancel or book the final leg separately? Thanks.
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Old May 18, 2024, 1:13 am
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Originally Posted by Smely
I put an award reservation on hold from CLT-DFW-HEL in J with the DFW-HEL leg on Finnair for 57,500, the issue is my final destination is CDG. I thought that I could put the reservation on hold and then call an AAgent to have them add the HEL-CDG leg to my reservation without increasing the number of points needed (I can see availability for 22.500 on aa.com). I am being told that I need to either cancel the reservation and let them try and rebook with no guarantee the seats I release become available and the other option is to book the HEL-CDG leg separately. Is it possible for AA to add the HEL - CDG without increasing the number of miles (57,500) needed for redemption or do I have to either cancel or book the final leg separately? Thanks.
Just HUCA, it is definitely possible to add a connecting flight to an on-hold itinerary. But a lot of agents are clueless these days.
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Old May 18, 2024, 7:17 am
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Originally Posted by 875jbbo2
80% of my flying each year is domestic on AA. I keep Gold status pretty easily and purchase a lounge membership, so my experience is pretty easy on board and I use the Admirals Club everywhere I go.

20% of my flying ends up being European each year, so I book through AA usually ending up on BA laying over through Heathrow T5. I've done the jump over to T3 a few times, but its always a gamble how much I'll have to debate with the T3 security to get them to let me in. I really wish I could just access the BA lounges in T5.

I'm not necessarily sensitive to cost / paying a bit for it, so I am considering the new Qatar Airways Privilege Club Infinite card, since it comes with equivalent oneworld Sapphire status which should get me into the T5 BA lounges. I'd rather pay that $500 annual fee instead of the business class ticket I'd normally need.

My question though, is: can I use this status while flying on a ticket I'm booking through and crediting to my AA frequent flyer account? It's seems to easy to book as I've type of oneworld flyer and then using that boarding pass with a different oneworld airline status to get into the lounge.

I would appreciate any insight or advice!
You can reliably use the qr status for lounge access if you have a different ff account on the ticket. You may also be successful in boarding in group 3 with AA by flashing the qr card although agents are probably not familiar with seeing non AA cards. Other benefits like MCE seats are not available unless you are crediting to QR..yes, people will tell you that it's possible to switch the ff number after getting the seat but you are playing with fire IMHO. Just keep it simple and you'll get your AA miles.
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Old May 18, 2024, 8:54 am
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Can someone explain the permutations of OW Sapphine AA vs non-AA in a manner that makes sense? I’ve read a number of “explanations”, and am trying to balance the question of AA Plat vs BA Silver. Based in the U.S., so the 4 segments come into play, but the TP appear easily reachable with a couple of AS F jaunts. Am I correct in understanding that a domestic trip with an AA FF# wouldn’t impede use of the OWS from BA for lounge access?
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Old May 18, 2024, 10:00 am
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Originally Posted by TxDucky
Can someone explain the permutations of OW Sapphine AA vs non-AA in a manner that makes sense? I’ve read a number of “explanations”, and am trying to balance the question of AA Plat vs BA Silver. Based in the U.S., so the 4 segments come into play, but the TP appear easily reachable with a couple of AS F jaunts. Am I correct in understanding that a domestic trip with an AA FF# wouldn’t impede use of the OWS from BA for lounge access?
AAdvantage Platinum and BAEC Silver (and Iberia Plus Oro, for that matter) all get you free checked baggage on AA, free Main Cabin Extra seats on AA, access to Business Class check-in desks, and priority boarding. BAEC Silver and Iberia Oro would also give you access to Admirals Club lounges when flying domestically in the U.S. AAdvantage Platinum would give you a chance at free upgrades when flying AA in Economy; how much of a chance would depend on the particular route, date, etc. Potential upgrades, of course, are irrelevant if you always buy F.

Reports indicate that even with an AAdvantage number in your PNR, you should be able to access Admirals Club lounges by showing your BAEC Silver (digital?) card.

Many U.S.-based travelers consider AAdvantage miles more valuable than Avios.
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