Using AA miles for a BA award flight

Old Apr 27, 19, 6:55 am
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Using AA miles for a BA award flight

Apologies if this should have been posted on the AA forum instead.

I am contemplating trying to secure 2 seats in F on a BA flight using AA miles. Will there be a significant cash co-payment required?
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Old Apr 27, 19, 7:02 am
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Yes. Close your eyes when you hand your credit card over, and pretend it doesn't hurt so much.
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Old Apr 27, 19, 7:04 am
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Yes.

But weirdly it cost about $50 less for a one way Glasgow-London-Denver in charges (and a lots less in points) with an AA redemption on BA aircraft than it would have with BA redemption on same BA aircraft!
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Old Apr 27, 19, 3:16 pm
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OP, check your budget...the extra fees may put a dent in yiour planned activities.
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Old Apr 27, 19, 7:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Orlando Vic View Post
Will there be a significant cash co-payment required?
Your term "co-payment" isn't what BA will use to describe the extremely significant charge they will impose on your proposed redemption but it is entirely accurate. In the absence of absolute necessity, it makes little or no sense to use AAdvantage miles in this way.
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Old Apr 28, 19, 9:40 am
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Is there any way of knowing approximately how much this might cost us?
We would be flying from Barcelona to Orlando, Florida & hopefully in F.
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I don’t think BA fly F to Orlando do they?

I suspect it will be tough to find availability but you’d be much better off connecting domestically on AA if you can, otherwise fees will be north of 1200 dollars for two I suspect
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Old Apr 28, 19, 12:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Orlando Vic View Post
Is there any way of knowing approximately how much this might cost us?
We would be flying from Barcelona to Orlando, Florida & hopefully in F.
If award seats are available, the routing -- with all associated cash costs -- should come up if you do a dummy award search at aa.com; no log-in required.
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Old Apr 28, 19, 12:18 pm
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Fees won't be quite as eye-watering as posters above suggest given you're (a) wanting Europe>US (rather than v.v.) and (b) avoiding UK APD if starting in BCN.

So for example fees for BCN-LHR-MIA in F would be £243 total. Not too horrific.

As noted above, BA don't offer F on their direct MCO flights.
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Taxes such as APD will be the same on BA as they are on AA and the APD itself, if it applies, will be the same for F as CW. The issue at hand are BA's carrier surcharges (cash copayments) which are not taxes.
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Old Apr 28, 19, 12:59 pm
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Originally Posted by Cap'n Benj View Post
I don’t think BA fly F to Orlando do they?

I suspect it will be tough to find availability but you’d be much better off connecting domestically on AA if you can, otherwise fees will be north of 1200 dollars for two I suspect
BA flies to Philadelphia, Chicago and New York (LGA?) so you are correct. I would have to connect to AA.
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Old Apr 28, 19, 1:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Ldnn1 View Post
Fees won't be quite as eye-watering as posters above suggest given you're (a) wanting Europe>US (rather than v.v.) and (b) avoiding UK APD if starting in BCN.

So for example fees for BCN-LHR-MIA in F would be £243 total. Not too horrific.
I agree and can handle that.
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Old Apr 28, 19, 1:31 pm
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BA flies to Philadelphia, Chicago and New York (LGA?) so you are correct. I would have to connect to AA.
BA flies to lots of US cities but not LGA. It does JFK and EWR. Though not every destination has BA F flights.

AA does fly LGA-MCO but not JFK-MCO (ends next week) for example.

You need to reverse engineer your trip by working backwards from MCO - where does AA fly from to get to MCO and then which of those airports does BA fly / to from and then which of those offer F service.

Then you'll have the complication that there may be BA rewards LHR-ORD (for example) but none on AA ORD-MCO or vice versa

Though booking with AA using AA miles means that you won't have the the same restriction that only MilessAAver can be booked via BA using avios.
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Old Apr 28, 19, 2:10 pm
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Originally Posted by Orlando Vic View Post
Apologies if this should have been posted on the AA forum instead.
For what it's worth, I do think this would have been better in the AA forum. Most of us here pay the fees associated with BAEC rewards whilst people on "the other side" would have been best placed to give you specifics and tips based on the AA FFP.
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Old Apr 28, 19, 8:33 pm
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Last time I checked BA fly LGW-MCO.
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