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

Old Jan 13, 2024, 1:47 pm
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Originally Posted by synnyster
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?
I think you can change it. Not sure if you can do it online (just look and try), but if not contact AA. You could have provided the AS number when booking the flight with your AA miles, so they should allow you to use it.

No, you will not earn miles when flying an award ticket.
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Old Jan 13, 2024, 1:51 pm
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im confused. i rebooked my GYE flight to May. This time, out of LGA instead of JFK. I booked a flight at 5am out of LGA, to get to Miami by 8am. and then a flight around 10am to GYE. my question is, what time does TSA open at LGA terminal B? should i get to LGA around 2 or 3am? are check in's open?

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Old Jan 13, 2024, 1:59 pm
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Originally Posted by HawaiiO
Any idea if AA going to devalue miles soon?

When was the last time AA miles were devalued?

Tks
AA switched to dynamic awards several years ago. Some redemption values change drastically from day to day.
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Old Jan 13, 2024, 3:05 pm
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Originally Posted by michael1023
im confused. i rebooked my GYE flight to May. This time, out of LGA instead of JFK. I booked a flight at 5am out of LGA, to get to Miami by 8am. and then a flight around 10am to GYE. my question is, what time does TSA open at LGA terminal B? should i get to LGA around 2 or 3am? are check in's open?

thank you
The AA ticket counter at LGA opens at 3:00 am daily:

https://www.aa.com/i18n/travelInform...ga-airport.jsp
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Old Jan 14, 2024, 6:13 am
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Looking at award flight in business from GIG-JFK (overnight) with all day layover at JFK and then JFK-BOS in the evening. All same ticket. My plan would be to recheck my checked bag after passing through customs, clear security, head to Greenwich lounge to shower, then leave the terminal to go into the city. Later in the day I would return to JFK, reclear security, reenter Greenwich lounge. Is this going to cause any problems? I don't think it should, but I know at LHR if you enter the terminal twice using the same BP it flags you and causes some hassle.
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Old Jan 14, 2024, 7:36 am
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Originally Posted by SCS
Looking at award flight in business from GIG-JFK (overnight) with all day layover at JFK and then JFK-BOS in the evening. All same ticket. My plan would be to recheck my checked bag after passing through customs, clear security, head to Greenwich lounge to shower, then leave the terminal to go into the city. Later in the day I would return to JFK, reclear security, reenter Greenwich lounge. Is this going to cause any problems? I don't think it should, but I know at LHR if you enter the terminal twice using the same BP it flags you and causes some hassle.
Nope, no problem whatsoever.

I did something similar last month, arrived from LAX in the morning and went straight to Greenwich for a bit. I then left for about 2 hours to head over to T4 for my Global Entry renewal interview, then headed back to T8 and spent another hour in Greenwich before my flight to RDU.
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Old Jan 14, 2024, 6:48 pm
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Where's a glossary?

Can someone point me to a glossary of all the acronyms used in the forums? I'm not new but I cannot remember where the glossary is and I can't remember everyone's coded ABC talk. Thanks.
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Old Jan 14, 2024, 6:52 pm
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Originally Posted by MountMike
Can someone point me to a glossary of all the acronyms used in the forums? I'm not new but I cannot remember where the glossary is and I can't remember everyone's coded ABC talk. Thanks.
Top left hamburger menu (3 bars) -> Help -> Glossary

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/glossary.php
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Old Jan 15, 2024, 11:11 pm
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Status via Miles/Loyalty Points

AA's website is not terribly helpful. I've got about 140K miles but only 11K loyalty points. My current Gold status expires in March. I've been told that miles do not convert to points. So the only use of them is to redeem for flights? The website did state that only Gold status holders will be able to buy a day pass to the lounge, which is a problem for me.
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Old Jan 15, 2024, 11:39 pm
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Originally Posted by DaylilyFan
So the only use of them is to redeem for flights? The website did state that only Gold status holders will be able to buy a day pass to the lounge, which is a problem for me.
The most common use of miles is redeeming them for flights. But there are other uses - for instance, while you still have Gold status, you should be able to purchase day passes using miles. The passes will reman valid for up to a year.
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Old Jan 16, 2024, 6:02 am
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Originally Posted by DaylilyFan
AA's website is not terribly helpful. I've got about 140K miles but only 11K loyalty points. My current Gold status expires in March. I've been told that miles do not convert to points. So the only use of them is to redeem for flights? The website did state that only Gold status holders will be able to buy a day pass to the lounge, which is a problem for me.
I think you are misinterpreting something there with regards to the day pass.

As the policy is now, anyone can buy a day pass. You do not need to have status or even be an AAdvantage member to buy one.

However, with the recently announced changes for 2024, AA did update this to say that sometime later in 2024 only AAdvantage members will be able to buy a day pass. But that is any member, you still will not need status to buy one.
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Old Jan 16, 2024, 9:42 am
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Anyone have experience with storing bags at LHR at something called Excess Baggage Company ?

I'm flying JFK-LHR overnight on AA metal and land in T3. I have a 7 hour before a connection at T5 on a different airline on a different carrier and different ticket, so I'd like to run into town for a few hours.
Is there another option to store bags for a day somewhere at LHR, preferably at T3?
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Old Jan 16, 2024, 10:01 am
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey
I think you are misinterpreting something there with regards to the day pass.

As the policy is now, anyone can buy a day pass. You do not need to have status or even be an AAdvantage member to buy one.

However, with the recently announced changes for 2024, AA did update this to say that sometime later in 2024 only AAdvantage members will be able to buy a day pass. But that is any member, you still will not need status to buy one.
You're rightI blame it on lack of sleep!
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Old Jan 16, 2024, 10:49 am
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Looking for help to book a reward flight to Croatia from PHX. Is this the best thread or are there other "help" threads that are better?

I can find paid flights from PHX to DBV if I do not select award travel, but if I do select award travel, the website returns "something went wrong". Is this a reward booking that I should be calling about instead of using the website?
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Old Jan 16, 2024, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by steamboatdevil
Looking for help to book a reward flight to Croatia from PHX. Is this the best thread or are there other "help" threads that are better?

I can find flights from PHX to DBV if I do not select award travel but if I select award travel, the website returns "something went wrong". Is this a reward booking that I should be calling about instead of using the website?
Any AAdvantage award involving travel on a partner carrier will only be available when all segments are available at the old "MileSAAver" award level; otherwise, there will be no award availability, even though seats will still be available for cash tickets. You might find more award availability -- at higher total redemption rates -- if you use the multi-city award-booking engine, searching for PHX-LON, and LON-DBV.

Here's an example of an available award redemption this Summer for PHX-DBV:



(The high cash component is attributable to BA being the trans-Atlantic carrier on this particular redemption.)
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