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

Old Jun 17, 2024, 8:43 am
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Originally Posted by myeurocrush
Hi everyone. It's my first time using my new AA aviator card to book a flight (I don't fly domestic that often) and it says my companions and I should get a free checked bag. Does anyone know if I have to purchase econ basic or main cabin for this benefit? And how do I get the free bag? I don't see an option for adding a free one when booking online so do I just show up at the airport with my bag and they will check it for free? Thank you.
The free checked bag benefit applies to both basic economy and main cabin. As long as your AA# is on the reservation and your AA account is noted as an AAdvantage cardmember then there's nothing you need to do during booking or otherwise. You just show up at the airport, check-in, drop your bag, and the agent will see that you're a cardmember and waive the bag fee for you and your companions on the same reservations.
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Old Jun 18, 2024, 10:04 am
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I am Executive Platinum now but will not even fulfill the AA Gold Status by next March.

I have two international round trips booked for next year. One starts in March (AA+QR) and returns in April (QR+AA). Another has the whole trip in May (AA+CX, JL+AA). The all AA segments are domestic.

Will I enjoy any status privilege (OneWorld or AA)? Any soft landing of AA status will happen?
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Old Jun 18, 2024, 10:32 am
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Originally Posted by samwkchan
I am Executive Platinum now but will not even fulfill the AA Gold Status by next March.

I have two international round trips booked for next year. One starts in March (AA+QR) and returns in April (QR+AA). Another has the whole trip in May (AA+CX, JL+AA). The all AA segments are domestic.

Will I enjoy any status privilege (OneWorld or AA)? Any soft landing of AA status will happen?
No, status at the time of the trip is what matters, not status at the time of booking. No soft landings with AA.

That said, for baggage benefits AA policy is that the higher status at travel or booking is what determines your allowance, so in theory you should get your EXP allowance on the flights where you check in with AA, but you may have to argue for it.

Also sometimes with AA flights status can "stick" in the system even after you've changed levels (or dropped to no status at all), so there's a small chance you still might show up as an EXP, at least for the AA flights, but not something you can ever count on.
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Old Jun 18, 2024, 5:46 pm
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Hello!

May I check if I would get more miles in the upgraded class for AA paid upgrade or on the original ticketed class? I read somewhere about that depends if the upgrade is done at airport or via app as it would affect the ticketed class?
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Old Jun 18, 2024, 10:34 pm
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Hi. I've got a late-night main cabin flight on AA tomorrow, and I'm going to want to buy an adult beverage or two. I know on UA, another airline I fly often, you can't use your card on board but instead need to have a card on your profile? Does AA take credit cards or do they have anything similar to the UA system of needing to get a card in your profile?

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Old Jun 18, 2024, 11:37 pm
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Originally Posted by FullTimeFlyer
Hi. I've got a late-night main cabin flight on AA tomorrow, and I'm going to want to buy an adult beverage or two. I know on UA, another airline I fly often, you can't use your card on board but instead need to have a card on your profile? Does AA take credit cards or do they have anything similar to the UA system of needing to get a card in your profile?

Thanks,
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Why buy something that's free? Your FT profile says that you're AAdvantage LTG. That means that you can select a Main Cabin Extra seat for no charge starting 24 hours before departure. Alcoholic beverages are free for passengers seated in MCE.
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Old Jun 19, 2024, 9:46 am
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Originally Posted by FullTimeFlyer
Does AA take credit cards or do they have anything similar to the UA system of needing to get a card in your profile?
American accepts credit card on board, there is no need to have a card in your profile; flight attendants have credit card readers attached to their company issued phablets.
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Old Jun 19, 2024, 10:22 am
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Originally Posted by TWA884
company issued phablets.
Donít know if you created that or not, but love the termÖ.
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Old Jun 19, 2024, 12:31 pm
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Do in-app or website paid upgrade offers appear on Basic Economy tickets? Looking at a Europe to USA flight and wondering whether AA will show me paid upgrade offers to premium economy and/or business on the app
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Old Jun 19, 2024, 1:42 pm
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Originally Posted by salut0
Do in-app or website paid upgrade offers appear on Basic Economy tickets? Looking at a Europe to USA flight and wondering whether AA will show me paid upgrade offers to premium economy and/or business on the app
I don't believe so.
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Old Jun 19, 2024, 2:33 pm
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Originally Posted by CMTinPHL
Donít know if you created that or not, but love the termÖ.
At the risk of going OT ...... ya, that term's been around since the huge mobiles approaching the size of a small tablet were introduced. I don't hardly reach for my tablet anymore (but still prefer to view FT on my desktop )
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Old Jun 20, 2024, 8:11 am
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Originally Posted by guv1976
Why buy something that's free? Your FT profile says that you're AAdvantage LTG. That means that you can select a Main Cabin Extra seat for no charge starting 24 hours before departure. Alcoholic beverages are free for passengers seated in MCE.
Originally Posted by TWA884
American accepts credit card on board, there is no need to have a card in your profile; flight attendants have credit card readers attached to their company issued phablets.
Ha, guv1976 - as if AA's MCE section was big enough to allow that. It'd been sold out for 2 days when I asked. But yes, it's what I would have preferred, all the more since I'm tall and could use the extra leg room. And thanks, TWA884, for that. In the end, funny enough, the FA handed me a scotch, said he'd be back to charge me, and never came back. So it ended up being a main cabin non-extra freebie. Fly safe, everyone.

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Old Jun 20, 2024, 8:42 am
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Originally Posted by FullTimeFlyer
Ha, guv1976 - as if AA's MCE section was big enough to allow that. It'd been sold out for 2 days when I asked.
Ah, OK.

If First Class still had unassigned seats when you checked, it's always worth double-checking at T-24 (which is the earliest that Golds get to select MCE seats anyway) to see if anything has opened up. Higher-level elites get free MCE seats at booking; higher-level AAdvantage elites get free upgrades, so it's possible that some elites occupying MCE seats will get upgraded at or after T-24. It therefore pays to check not only at T-24, but also periodically thereafter. (Some people already occupying MCE or First Class might even change or cancel their flights.) No guarantees, of course.
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Old Jun 20, 2024, 9:16 am
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Lisbon trip planned for May, J awards are high 250k, cash r/t around $4200
Couple of choices, simply book economy 95k pp r/t - then watch it every day
J over then PE or economy home would be ok for us, decent status for choosing seats.
Cash PE runs around $2000; now days is the 25k + $350 even a viable option for the outbound, is economy to J bookable or must it be PE to J?
How can I look at the upgrade eligible class?
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Old Jun 20, 2024, 9:28 am
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I've heard of FA's telling you to keep the window shade up if you are in the exit row. This is typically so they can quickly see if there's a fire outside.

Well, on some recent flights, I now hear the opposite. Close the window shade during taxi/takeoff/landing if in the exit row.
Anyone hear this one or know the reason?
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