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

Old Jan 8, 2024, 8:07 pm
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Originally Posted by mbbarron
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.)
I am hanging my hat on the flame free qualifier here as this is not an AA booking but a lot of substance for AA newbies in learning how to make partner currencies dance for you. Having said that, I am wondering how a direct Aer Lingus booking with avois would price out, rather than booking through the partner BA. I know I saw some bang out off peak Avios fares to Ireland. Maybe worth a try. I have never done an Avios.com booking myself. The website is pretty flakey. But sometimes that incredible deal is just one extra step away.



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Old Jan 9, 2024, 10:48 am
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Jokes aside, actually asking for a friend here. She's a UA Plat interested in the status match with AA and wants to know if she can only match into AA Plat pro with the status challenge, or if they'd offer higher quarterly thresholds for Exec Plat as well. Oh also, is early a Feb a good time to request the challenge?
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Old Jan 9, 2024, 4:11 pm
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Hey FT fam, a little help is needed. I think I might be rebooking my flight to GYE. It seems a little unstable right now and will rebook to a few months out. Maybe May. Should I call for this? I initially booked first/business on the outbound, and economy on the inbound. While also upgrading the second leg of the inbound to business class. Is this easier online or a call? Thank you
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Old Jan 10, 2024, 12:49 am
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Is [Middle East]-[Asia 2]-[Asia 1] a valid AAdvantage through award routing? I haven't seen this particular scenario in the list of "third region" exceptions, but some economy routings seem to price (like DOH-xMNL-HND). I'm interested in something but it's in premium cabins and it's not all showing at AA.com so before I call up I'd like to know if it's possible.
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Old Jan 10, 2024, 4:37 am
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Hi all, I am newbie and I am looking for cheap flight from Poland. Can you let me know if FD still works? Additionally, which price is "fine" for BKK or another asia countries from Poland?

thank you in advance for your support here!
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Old Jan 10, 2024, 6:00 am
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Originally Posted by BernardBlack
Is [Middle East]-[Asia 2]-[Asia 1] a valid AAdvantage through award routing? I haven't seen this particular scenario in the list of "third region" exceptions, but some economy routings seem to price (like DOH-xMNL-HND). I'm interested in something but it's in premium cabins and it's not all showing at AA.com so before I call up I'd like to know if it's possible.
That should be ok, AFAIK. AA.com often won't show complex routings like that, so not surprising it's not showing up. If youbsee award availability on each of your segments then give AA a call and see how it prices out.
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Old Jan 10, 2024, 8:05 am
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Originally Posted by EZTraveler
I am hanging my hat on the flame free qualifier here as this is not an AA booking but a lot of substance for AA newbies in learning how to make partner currencies dance for you. Having said that, I am wondering how a direct Aer Lingus booking with avios would price out, rather than booking through the partner BA. I know I saw some bang out off peak Avios fares to Ireland. Maybe worth a try. I have never done an Avios.com booking myself. The website is pretty flakey. But sometimes that incredible deal is just one extra step away.
Originally Posted by EZTraveler
I am hanging my hat on the flame free qualifier here as this is not an AA booking but a lot of substance for AA newbies in learning how to make partner currencies dance for you. Having said that, I am wondering how a direct Aer Lingus booking with avios would price out, rather than booking through the partner BA. I know I saw some bang out off peak Avios fares to Ireland. Maybe worth a try. I have never done an Avios.com booking myself. The website is pretty flakey. But sometimes that incredible deal is just one extra step away.
Thank you for checking and yes I realized after I posted that I'm probably in the wrong section of the forum for that question. So TY for the flame free pass!

I'm just trying to find the best deal for me (cheapest with good flight times) to fly 2pp from the East Coast to NAP on either May 7-May 15 or June 10-19. Home airport is BWI but PHL, IAD, DCA, (even NYC airports if it's compelling with total travel time) all work. I will have approx 80K AA miles once bonus is deposited in about 4 weeks. Looking for ideas from the experts. The most compelling flight is the direct on AA from PHL (which is a new segment that starts early June). So right now I'm leaning toward one person with points (72.5K rt Main cabin) and the other with $, but the cost is outrageous for economy $1,556. Would we even be able to sit together?

Hubby is trying to convince me to go in May instead (our 25th anniversary is in mid June) and just pay for the AerLingus flight from IAD and save the points. Doesn't seem compelling to me.

Open to any and all suggestions! TIA!
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Old Jan 10, 2024, 7:12 pm
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
That should be ok, AFAIK. AA.com often won't show complex routings like that, so not surprising it's not showing up. If youbsee award availability on each of your segments then give AA a call and see how it prices out.
After a 30-minute hold, the AAgent managed to get it priced with a minimum of fuss, and it prices the same as a nonstop itinerary. So I have DOH-xBKK-HND in F the whole way (QR then JL), for 50k AAdvantage miles and negligible taxes.

Now I just have to wait for it to ticket.

Is it safe to select seats at QR and JL sites while I wait, or should I not touch that until it's ticketed? I can see the reservation on both their apps.
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Old Jan 10, 2024, 9:04 pm
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Originally Posted by BernardBlack
After a 30-minute hold, the AAgent managed to get it priced with a minimum of fuss, and it prices the same as a nonstop itinerary. So I have DOH-xBKK-HND in F the whole way (QR then JL), for 50k AAdvantage miles and negligible taxes.

Now I just have to wait for it to ticket.

Is it safe to select seats at QR and JL sites while I wait, or should I not touch that until it's ticketed? I can see the reservation on both their apps.
You can select seats if it will let you. On some carriers you can't though until it fully tickets.
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Old Jan 11, 2024, 2:20 am
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OK, it was the case that I could see the seat maps but not choose seats before ticketing. But it's all ticketed now and I have selected seats.
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Old Jan 12, 2024, 8:53 am
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2 seperate tickets with irrop.

Did a little searching and I understand that they likely will be treated as separate flights (and are as such from a legal:regulatory standpoint) but was wondering if anyone had experience with AA when a member books a trip from City A to city B, and than has a seperate trip booked 2 days later from City B to City c. If the trip from A to B is cancelled or delayed for numerous days will they ever accommodate from city a to city c. The delay would be weather so out of the airlines hands. Essentially my spouse and I at going to Cancun but first we needed to drive my daughter back to Buffalo for college semester start. We had both planned on flying together from city b to city c (Buffalo to Cancun) but the weather in the Midwest put a stop to that since I had to leave earlier this week to beat the weather and she can’t leave until after work today. I saw this playing out last weekend so I booked my spouse a points ticket to Buffalo (and checked the weather in the connecting cities- so we avoided ord). If she can’t get to Buffalo any chance the airlines would book her to Cancun? I’m guessing not but wondered if anyone else had a similar experience. Hopefully she can still make her flight tomorrow and we can travel together but was looking at backup plans. (Before i booked her point flight I did looked at changing her ticket to leave from home to Cancun but it would have have doubled the cost of her ticket at this point and no point routings that didn’t involve 2 stops and all day travel
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Old Jan 13, 2024, 7:38 am
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Any idea if AA going to devalue miles soon?

When was the last time AA miles were devalued?

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Old Jan 13, 2024, 11:18 am
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Originally Posted by kklems
Did a little searching and I understand that they likely will be treated as separate flights (and are as such from a legal:regulatory standpoint) but was wondering if anyone had experience with AA when a member books a trip from City A to city B, and than has a seperate trip booked 2 days later from City B to City c. If the trip from A to B is cancelled or delayed for numerous days will they ever accommodate from city a to city c. The delay would be weather so out of the airlines hands. Essentially my spouse and I at going to Cancun but first we needed to drive my daughter back to Buffalo for college semester start. We had both planned on flying together from city b to city c (Buffalo to Cancun) but the weather in the Midwest put a stop to that since I had to leave earlier this week to beat the weather and she can’t leave until after work today. I saw this playing out last weekend so I booked my spouse a points ticket to Buffalo (and checked the weather in the connecting cities- so we avoided ord). If she can’t get to Buffalo any chance the airlines would book her to Cancun? I’m guessing not but wondered if anyone else had a similar experience. Hopefully she can still make her flight tomorrow and we can travel together but was looking at backup plans. (Before i booked her point flight I did looked at changing her ticket to leave from home to Cancun but it would have have doubled the cost of her ticket at this point and no point routings that didn’t involve 2 stops and all day travel
Short answer is, the waiver should be good for both flights, but they won’t treat it as one PNR, so your best recourse would be a refund and then booking a new flights, which is seems you did, but there isn’t anyway you’d get a discount/free destination change from it.
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Old Jan 13, 2024, 11:31 am
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Can I switch attached FF# for a reward flight?

I booked a reward flight for American Airlines to CDG for this summer a few months ago. I recently got MVP status for Alaska. Can I switch the attached FF# program for my ticket to Alaska for an award redemption flight? If I can, I'm assuming I'll get the OneWorld Ruby benefits then? Will I earn Alaska mileage for the flight?
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Old Jan 13, 2024, 1:44 pm
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Originally Posted by HawaiiO
Any idea if AA going to devalue miles soon?
Now that’s the million mile question. In general there are only three things that are certain in life: death, taxes and loyalty program devaluations.

No one knows, many speculate. I think conventional wisdom is that partner awards are “due” for a devaluation. Don’t save your miles for “fun travel after retirement“. Earn and burn.
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