Mixed revenue/award ticket with AA/Iberia plus

Old Jun 23, 19, 11:32 am
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Mixed revenue/award ticket with AA/Iberia plus

There's a MIA-MAD-CDG route that I'd like to fly using Avios, and there is availability.

Problem is I will be in Orlando (MCO). I was hoping to fly American from MCO to MIA and connect there. The problem is that I can't seem to get availability using Iberia Avios or on a revenue ticket. When I try all revenue MCO=MAD just to see, it gives me non -IB all the way; if I use multicity, it says nothing available.

Would calling in give me different results? Specifically, booking MCO-MIA on AA using revenue and MIA-MAD-CDG on an award, all on one ticket.

(I could do separate tickets easily enough, but even with a 5 hour connection, I'd be worried about a misconnect given I've seen 6 hour delays when thunderstorms blanket the state (happened just last May in Orlando). If I could get it on one ticket, I'd be protected.

(I'd book all on AA if IB released availability to AA, but they seem to have much greater availability for Iberia Plus than Oneworld partners. Also, I'd probably rather do revenue for the short segment MCO-MIA rather than IB Avios since it would make the miles nonrefundable I believe)

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Old Jun 23, 19, 6:30 pm
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Originally Posted by beachfan View Post
There's a MIA-MAD-CDG route that I'd like to fly using Avios, and there is availability.

Problem is I will be in Orlando (MCO). I was hoping to fly American from MCO to MIA and connect there. The problem is that I can't seem to get availability using Iberia Avios or on a revenue ticket. When I try all revenue MCO=MAD just to see, it gives me non -IB all the way; if I use multicity, it says nothing available.

Would calling in give me different results? Specifically, booking MCO-MIA on AA using revenue and MIA-MAD-CDG on an award, all on one ticket.

(I could do separate tickets easily enough, but even with a 5 hour connection, I'd be worried about a misconnect given I've seen 6 hour delays when thunderstorms blanket the state (happened just last May in Orlando). If I could get it on one ticket, I'd be protected.

(I'd book all on AA if IB released availability to AA, but they seem to have much greater availability for Iberia Plus than Oneworld partners. Also, I'd probably rather do revenue for the short segment MCO-MIA rather than IB Avios since it would make the miles nonrefundable I believe)
AA's policy is to protect on separate AA-oneworld tickets. The current (February, 2019) iteration of this policy says that you are protected if both tickets are on the same PNR. It does not say whether you are protected on separate PNR's.

If you have a Twitter account, you might tweet AA and inquire whether AA still offers protection on separate AA-oneworld tickets even when the tickets are on separate PNRs.

And FYI: Due to a software issue, it is not currently possible to book AA award flights with Iberia Plus Avios.

Have you considered taking Megabus from Orlando to the Miami Intermodal Station, which has a rail connection to MIA Airport? Or even a one-way car rental?
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Old Jun 23, 19, 7:00 pm
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Originally Posted by beachfan View Post

(I'd book all on AA if IB released availability to AA, but they seem to have much greater availability for Iberia Plus than Oneworld partners. Also, I'd probably rather do revenue for the short segment MCO-MIA rather than IB Avios since it would make the miles nonrefundable I believe)
Yes, you would make it non-refundable, but as mentioned an award on AA isn't going to happen anyhow.

You can't combine revenue and award on a single ticket.

Is MIA-MAD in Business Class? I can't really see the attraction of flying MCO-MIA-MAD-CDG otherwise...
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Old Jun 23, 19, 11:00 pm
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Thanks for the thoughts.

Yes, MIA-MAD-CDG will be in business class on IB.
I have the option of MIA-CDG on AF, but it's not lie flat, so I will take the connection.
I have a business engagement that goes to noon. Yes, I could drive straight to MIA, but more likely I will wait until the weekend if I drive to MIA - I don't love the drive. The idea was to head right out from the seminar at noon.

I might also risk the weather, the flight isn't until 11:55 pm; there are 3 flights I could take, with the earliest I could make getting me there at 4:50.

I wish AA's policy wasn't so muddled. Not sure I'd trust a tweet response, I find you sometimes have to point out the Ts and Cs to the agent.

Wish I could just get it on one ticket.
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