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

Old Jan 18, 2024, 11:54 am
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Originally Posted by pharmflyer
Sorry to piggyback off this - but are the AC guests "stackable"? E.g I'm PPro and flying ORD-CUN in MCE with myself + 3 others (no one else w/AA Status). If I have an AC membership I know that's +2 guests but then don't I also get +1 for being able to access as PPro on a "qualifying international itinerary"? Or is it just that the the greater of the 2 apply so would still need to pay for the last one?

Hope this make sense - thanks in advance
AFAIK guest benefits are not stackable, however in your case I would for sure try since, if they were, you could get everyone in.

So you show up to the AC with everyone and let the agent scan your BP, they see you're an AC member and say they have to charge you for one guest. You then say "oh, don't I also get one guest for being a PLT Pro flying to Mexico?" YMMV, they might still charge for one or they might say yes and let all of you in.
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Old Jan 18, 2024, 2:55 pm
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Long time AAdvantage member - first time FT poster! Many years ago we signed up for AAdvantage accounts for our young children and we received hard copies of their AAdvantage membership cards with the numbers printed on them, which we still have, and for a time I received their AA emails for mileage updates since they were too young for email. Recently one of our children who is now an adult flew AA and presented his card and they said it wasn't in the system. Is it possible AA cancelled his account since he hadn't flown American for years? (We mainly fly DL now due to DH's status). Just wondering if he should register for a new account or if anyone knows if AA tends to recycle numbers due to lack of activity.
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Old Jan 19, 2024, 12:20 pm
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Two Tickets -- Check Bag Through to Final Destination

I'm purchasing a ticket on AA.com from MCI to DFW (AA) to HEL (Finnair). And then a separate ticket on Finnair.com for a flight from HEL to TLL (Nordic Reg for Finnair). It's substantially cheaper to book the ticket to Tallinn separately. Will I be able to check my bag at MCI all the way through to TLL? Or, will I need to collect my bag in HEL and then re-check the bag for the flight to TLL?
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Old Jan 19, 2024, 1:50 pm
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Originally Posted by mjz
I'm purchasing a ticket on AA.com from MCI to DFW (AA) to HEL (Finnair). And then a separate ticket on Finnair.com for a flight from HEL to TLL (Nordic Reg for Finnair). It's substantially cheaper to book the ticket to Tallinn separately. Will I be able to check my bag at MCI all the way through to TLL? Or, will I need to collect my bag in HEL and then re-check the bag for the flight to TLL?
AA will not check bags across separate tickets like that, even AA to AA. So you need to plan enough time at HEL to grab your bag and check it in again.
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Old Jan 19, 2024, 4:52 pm
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Hi everyone

I'm new to the AA forum as I live in the UK and usually fly with BA. I do enjoy a trip across the pond with AA though. I have a quick question.

I few DUB-PHL AA723 back in December. I was sat in seat 1A and unfortunately dropped an AirPod down into the motor mechanism of the seat. The F/A told me that I would have to wait until the aircrafts next B or C check to get it, when the engineers will be taking the whole thing apart. Is there any way of checking an aircrafts date of last inspection or when the next one is due? If it is a long while away I'll have to replace the AirPod but if its this year then I would hold fire.

The aircraft was N810AN, a 787-8. I've just checked in FR24 and it seems it flew DFW-FRA on 12th January but did not do the return trip on 13th as planned. It then flew back to DFW on 14th as AA9601 and onward to Tulsa that evening as AA9798. I'm wondering perhaps is it now in for a B or C check?

Thanks in advance guys for any info and advice you can give me.
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Old Jan 20, 2024, 6:06 am
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48 months since last sign-up bonus? How do I know??

Both DH and I have had AA cards in the past, and received a sign-up bonus. We are unsure of how long ago it was? 36 months? 49 months?

How do we know if we qualify for new sign-up bonus for a new card? If I log-in to my AA account, and click offers, is AA smart enough to know/target me to offer only those cards WITH bonus that I qualify for??

Do I need to call?

Thanks!
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Old Jan 20, 2024, 7:04 am
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Originally Posted by veron689908
Hi everyone

I'm new to the AA forum as I live in the UK and usually fly with BA. I do enjoy a trip across the pond with AA though. I have a quick question.

I few DUB-PHL AA723 back in December. I was sat in seat 1A and unfortunately dropped an AirPod down into the motor mechanism of the seat. The F/A told me that I would have to wait until the aircrafts next B or C check to get it, when the engineers will be taking the whole thing apart. Is there any way of checking an aircrafts date of last inspection or when the next one is due? If it is a long while away I'll have to replace the AirPod but if its this year then I would hold fire.

The aircraft was N810AN, a 787-8. I've just checked in FR24 and it seems it flew DFW-FRA on 12th January but did not do the return trip on 13th as planned. It then flew back to DFW on 14th as AA9601 and onward to Tulsa that evening as AA9798. I'm wondering perhaps is it now in for a B or C check?

Thanks in advance guys for any info and advice you can give me.
To be honest I have no clue how you would ever get in touch with the right person at AA to get you that earbud back.

I guess the first thing to do is file a Lost & Found Report at aa.com, but on something like a single earbud I highly doubt that would lead to getting it back weeks/months later when the plane undergoes a C check. That would require a level of coordination and customer service that's way above AA's head.

Outside of that I suppose you could try finding the direct phone number for the maintenance base in TUL and just call and see if they have any type of lost and found process for things left on the plane.

And the plane going to TUL is a good sign of a maintenance check, although if it was cancelled off its original flight and flew home a day later as a 9XXX flight number and then went to TUL it could be some other maintenance issue.
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Old Jan 20, 2024, 7:15 am
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Originally Posted by stan1162
Both DH and I have had AA cards in the past, and received a sign-up bonus. We are unsure of how long ago it was? 36 months? 49 months?

How do we know if we qualify for new sign-up bonus for a new card? If I log-in to my AA account, and click offers, is AA smart enough to know/target me to offer only those cards WITH bonus that I qualify for??

Do I need to call?
You need to manually verify when you received your last bonus.

The 48 month stuff is a Citi requirement and nothing to do with AA; AA is definitely not smart enough to know exactly when you received your last SUB and only present offers accordingly.

Do you have any type of credit monitoring service? For example I can log into my (free) account at Experian and see all of my closed credit card accounts, including dates the accounts were opened and closed.
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Old Jan 20, 2024, 9:46 am
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Originally Posted by stan1162
Both DH and I have had AA cards in the past, and received a sign-up bonus. We are unsure of how long ago it was? 36 months? 49 months?

How do we know if we qualify for new sign-up bonus for a new card? If I log-in to my AA account, and click offers, is AA smart enough to know/target me to offer only those cards WITH bonus that I qualify for??
Have you had the Barclays Aviator card? I recently got my one with 75k miles bonus. I had previously had it, but canceled about three years ago. The general consensus seems to be that if Barclays approves you for a card, you will receive the bonus (if you meet the spend requirement, which incidentally is much easier than Citis just make one single purchase).
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Old Jan 20, 2024, 10:37 am
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Originally Posted by stan1162
Both DH and I have had AA cards in the past, and received a sign-up bonus. We are unsure of how long ago it was? 36 months? 49 months?

How do we know if we qualify for new sign-up bonus for a new card? If I log-in to my AA account, and click offers, is AA smart enough to know/target me to offer only those cards WITH bonus that I qualify for??

Do I need to call?

Thanks!
J.
You are each entitled to an annual free credit report from each of the major credit-reporting agencies. That report should show you when the cards in question were opened; add three months to that, and you should know the latest point in time when you would have received the sign-up bonus.

Details here:

https://consumer.ftc.gov/articles/free-credit-reports

("Free Credit Reports")

A possible alternative is to call AAdvantage Customer Service, and ask if they show what month your account was last credited with a very large (50,000+? 60,000+?) number of miles. I'm just not sure how far back their records go.
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Old Jan 20, 2024, 2:32 pm
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Thanks!

Originally Posted by JJeffrey
You need to manually verify when you received your last bonus.

The 48 month stuff is a Citi requirement and nothing to do with AA; AA is definitely not smart enough to know exactly when you received your last SUB and only present offers accordingly.

Do you have any type of credit monitoring service? For example I can log into my (free) account at Experian and see all of my closed credit card accounts, including dates the accounts were opened and closed.
Duh. Didn't think of that. Got it. Thanks so much!
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Old Jan 20, 2024, 8:30 pm
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All window seats are currently "preferred" ($). Will that change?

My daughter is flying economy from JFK to EZE next week and all window seats (apart from the last row) are currently designated "preferred." Same is true with her return flight.

I'm just curious - - is there a chance that some preferred seats will become available without the fee closer to the flight date?

Also, I have gold status but she doesn't. Had I purchased the ticket for her using my account, would she have been able to access those seats without paying the fee?

TIA for any info!
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Old Jan 20, 2024, 11:57 pm
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Originally Posted by overhear
My daughter is flying economy from JFK to EZE next week and all window seats (apart from the last row) are currently designated "preferred." Same is true with her return flight.

I'm just curious - - is there a chance that some preferred seats will become available without the fee closer to the flight date?

Also, I have gold status but she doesn't. Had I purchased the ticket for her using my account, would she have been able to access those seats without paying the fee?

TIA for any info!
At check-in Preferred become available.

No. Status of the flier is what matters.
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Old Jan 21, 2024, 3:29 am
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Expiration Avoidance

Hi, all,
My miles expire March 4. If I book travel, does my expiration clock reset as of the booking date, or the flight date (which will have to be after March 4)?
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Old Jan 21, 2024, 4:01 am
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Originally Posted by Come Fry With Me
Hi, all,
My miles expire March 4. If I book travel, does my expiration clock reset as of the booking date, or the flight date (which will have to be after March 4)?
Flight Date.

See this thread for ideas to keep your miles alive - Prevent AA miles / account from expiring / expiration & spend for other than flying - FlyerTalk Forums
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