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

Old May 18, 2024, 10:10 am
  #691  
 
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Originally Posted by guv1976
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.
Thank you, succinct and to the point…unlike AA and BA’s rambling missives on these things. I agree on AA miles vs Avios, but BAEC Sliver is generally miles (and dollars) more achievable than AA Plat for me, other than the 4 segment matter.
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Old May 18, 2024, 10:11 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?
The TLDR: Non AA/AS sapphire/emerald gets lounge access on domestic US itineraries, and AA/AS.status gets upgrades on domestic US itineraries.

Lounge access is the one where it doesn't matter where you're crediting.
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Old May 18, 2024, 10:14 am
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Originally Posted by TxDucky
Thank you, succinct and to the point…unlike AA and BA’s rambling missives on these things. I agree on AA miles vs Avios, but BAEC Sliver is generally miles (and dollars) more achievable than AA Plat for me, other than the 4 segment matter.
Check out the Iberia Plus program then. Iberia does not require any flights on its own metal to attain status.
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Old May 18, 2024, 10:30 am
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TxDucky , note that when crediting to BA (or IB), AS First Class -- and AA First Class on two-class flights -- earn Tier Points/Elite Points as Business Class flights, not as First Class flights.
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Old May 18, 2024, 12:01 pm
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Thanks, JJeffrey.

To close the loop on this- I did try to call again and once again no luck adding the HEL-CDG leg. I then cancelled my CLT-DFW-HEL reservation and noticed that it immediately went back into inventory. I then called AA back and had them try to book the entire trip CLT-DFW-HEL-CDG, which they did no problem.
While I am sure I would have eventually got an agent who could help add the HEL-CDG- I didn't feel like spending my day on the phone with AA.
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Old May 18, 2024, 12:37 pm
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hello everyone, i have a QUICK question
I have some AA miles from many years. Now i need to buy an award ticket from FCO to MAD which is 12.5k miles plus taxes
but because the flight is in december, lots of things can change
I don't fly neither earn AA miles since many years, so i have no status
If i cancel the award, will be totally refunded (miles+taxes) or only taxes?
thanks!!
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Old May 18, 2024, 12:47 pm
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Originally Posted by itamex
hello everyone, i have a QUICK question
I have some AA miles from many years. Now i need to buy an award ticket from FCO to MAD which is 12.5k miles plus taxes
but because the flight is in december, lots of things can change
I don't fly neither earn AA miles since many years, so i have no status
If i cancel the award, will be totally refunded (miles+taxes) or only taxes?
thanks!!
If you have neither earned nor redeemed AAdvantage miles in many years, then I expect that all of those miles have already expired.

But to answer your specific question, yes: all AAdvantage flight awards -- even those on partner carriers -- are now fully refundable with no fee, up until scheduled departure time.
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Old May 18, 2024, 12:54 pm
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Originally Posted by guv1976
If you have neither earned nor redeemed AAdvantage miles in many years, then I expect that all of those miles have already expired.

But to answer your specific question, yes: all AAdvantage flight awards -- even those on partner carriers -- are now fully refundable with no fee, up until scheduled departure time.
thank you for the quick info!
every 18th months i did a donation to cancer research and kept my miles alives
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Old May 18, 2024, 1:10 pm
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Originally Posted by itamex
thank you for the quick info!
every 18th months i did a donation to cancer research and kept my miles alives
Ah, very good. AAdvantage miles now expire after 24 months of non-activity. More importantly, redeeming for an award counts as activity, as does subsequently cancelling the same award and having the miles redeposited to your account.

By the way, if you have any Avios -- or credit-card points which can be converted to Avios -- the same flight which would cost 12,500 AA miles would cost just 7,500 Avios; cash component would be identical. The downside would be that both BA and IB charge fees for cancellation, so the higher-priced AAdvantage award gets you greater flexibility.
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Old May 18, 2024, 1:28 pm
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tried many times buyng the award, i put italian website in italy, i do login in italian website but then when need credit card address, it says usa region, i click change to italy region and it all stars over again redirecting me to english website, doing login again ... tried on a pc from mexico and my other desktop remotly located in italy, same problem
i gave up
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Old May 18, 2024, 1:29 pm
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Originally Posted by S80
The TLDR: Non AA/AS sapphire/emerald gets lounge access on domestic US itineraries, and AA/AS.status gets upgrades on domestic US itineraries.

Lounge access is the one where it doesn't matter where you're crediting.
Thanks for this information. I'm trying it out the next time. Last time in Seattle AS didn't allow me let into the lounge with the domestic ticket. As I shown the international ticket from the flight before they let me in.
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Old May 18, 2024, 1:43 pm
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Originally Posted by itamex
tried many times buyng the award, i put italian website in italy, i do login in italian website but then when need credit card address, it says usa region, i click change to italy region and it all stars over again redirecting me to english website, doing login again ... tried on a pc from mexico and my other desktop remotly located in italy, same problem
i gave up
What country issued your credit card? If necessary, you can always call AA and have the award ticketed over the phone.
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Old May 18, 2024, 1:45 pm
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Originally Posted by Kusi
Thanks for this information. I'm trying it out the next time. Last time in Seattle AS didn't allow me let into the lounge with the domestic ticket. As I shown the international ticket from the flight before they let me in.
I think that AS now requires that the foreign FFP number be in the PNR to get AS lounge access on wholly domestic itineraries. AA seems to have a more liberal policy.
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Old May 18, 2024, 1:49 pm
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Originally Posted by guv1976
What country issued your credit card? If necessary, you can always call AA and have the award ticketed over the phone.
italy, i am italian so all my cards are italy issued
but when buying award it redirects me to the USA AA.com , then i have to change region for my credit card italy and it all starts over and over
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Old May 18, 2024, 1:52 pm
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Originally Posted by itamex
italy, i am italian so all my cards are italy issued
but when buying award it redirects me to the USA AA.com , then i have to change region for my credit card italy and it all starts over and over
Same issue on both the AA app, as well as on aa.com? How about with an incognito browser?

If worse comes to worst, you may have to call AA's Italy reservations phone number.
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