AA 500 mile upgrades on US?

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Starting June 11th, AA elites will be able to upgrade on US flights, within 24 hours of departure.

AA E-mail:

Originally Posted by AA
We promised to keep you updated during our integration journey and want to take this opportunity to bring you the latest news. We're combining our airlines and doing this with you in mind. In January, we brought you the first merger benefits – the ability to earn and redeem miles with US Airways, along with select reciprocal elite status benefits. Here's more on what's ahead.

Upgrade on US Airways

Until we integrate our programs, we will introduce the ability for AAdvantage elite status members to upgrade to First Class on US Airways within 24 hours of departure, beginning June 11, 2014. If available, an opportunity to upgrade will be presented at check-in for US Airways-operated flights within and between the U.S. (excluding Hawaii) and Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Central America and will be provided on a first come, first served basis. If a seat is not available, you can also choose to add yourself to the upgrade standby list.

These upgrades are complimentary for elite status members and one companion traveling in the same reservation – just as they are on US Airways today for Dividend Miles elite members.
And US elites will be able to upgrade on American flights (US Chairman Preferred members for free).

US email:

Originally Posted by US
Until we integrate our programs, we will introduce the ability for Dividend Miles Preferred members to upgrade on American within 24 hours of departure, beginning June 11, 2014. If available, an upgrade will be presented to you at check-in for American-operated flights within and between the U.S. (including Hawaii) and Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Central America and will be provided on a first come, first served basis. We recommend you book in a single passenger reservation or upgrades may not be available.

[In version of email to US Chairman:]
Chairman's Preferred members will receive these upgrades complimentary – just as they are on American today for Executive Platinum members.

[In version of email to US Platinum/Gold/Silver:]
Dividend Miles Gold, Platinum and Silver Preferred members will be able to upgrade at the cost of $30 per 500 miles of travel – just as AAdvantage Gold and Platinum members can today
Reported rules for passengers on mixed-metal connections, and for multiple-passenger PNR's are detailed here:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/23003452-post168.html

Note that if you are a US elite flying an AA operated flight, you can not get on the upgrade wait list. The only (published) way to upgrade on an AA flight is if you request the upgrade and the applicable inventory (books into A) is available at that time. There have been inconsistent reports on which agents are available to do this. Though, in theory, it should be possible any time after check-in. You can monitor A inventory using services such as ExpertFlyer or KVS. More info regarding inventory controls HERE. Note that, based on this post, A inventory for US elites may be more restricted than regular A inventory.

There may be a workaround to this dilemma for US elites flying AA metal; those of you from the US side may find this post from FT user Scholity helpful: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/23018850-post228.html
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Old Apr 3, 14, 9:57 am
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AA 500 mile upgrades on US?

Any word on when AA passengers will be able to use 500 mile upgrades on domestic US Airways flights?
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Old Apr 3, 14, 10:28 am
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Originally Posted by Joe Butch View Post
Any word on when AA passengers will be able to use 500 mile upgrades on domestic US Airways flights?
Nothing has been mentioned yet.
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Old Apr 3, 14, 11:32 am
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"Not yet, Marie."

You can trust that as further mergers of things like this are announced / occur, there will be prominent mention of them here.
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Old May 29, 14, 6:08 pm
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1st stage of reciprocal upgrades US<->AA [11 Jun 2014]

All sorts of signs-- RM running tests, etc-- that the first stage (which may not be all that wide-reaching) will be with us very shortly.

Of course not all that out-of-the-blue, as it was stated:
http://www.travelingbetter.com/forum...&postcount=177
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Old May 29, 14, 6:15 pm
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What is this funky site you are linking to?

Thanks for passing that on. I think a lot of us are waiting for this to occur.

I think we'll add this in the "Consolidated" forum, as it applies to both AA and US fliers.

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Old May 29, 14, 6:36 pm
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Originally Posted by JonNYC View Post
All sorts of signs-- RM running tests, etc-- that the first stage (which may not be all that wide-reaching) will be with us very shortly.

Of course not all that out-of-the-blue, as it was stated:
http://www.travelingbetter.com/forum...&postcount=177
Assuming this guy was talking about a roundtrip he apparently values the possibility of upgrading at less than $5/hour.

The piker belongs in the back of the bus.
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Old May 29, 14, 6:42 pm
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post
...I think we'll add this in the "Consolidated" forum, as it applies to both AA and US fliers.
Ah-- that's a really good point.
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Old May 29, 14, 6:47 pm
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Originally Posted by JonNYC View Post
Ah-- that's a really good point.
Linked to here, in the Elite Reciprocal Benefits for now.

But I think we could move it now, or start an entirely new thread in the Consolidated forum when it rolls out with a wikipost. Your ball, you decide how to play it.
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Originally Posted by pauleeepaul View Post
Assuming this guy was talking about a roundtrip he apparently values the possibility of upgrading at less than $5/hour.

The piker belongs in the back of the bus.
Neglecting, of course, the fourteen 500-mile upgrades the "piker" would need to burn to upgrade the whole roundtrip. That plus the uncertainty of being upgraded as a PLT might reasonably steer one away from the more expensive ticket.
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Old May 29, 14, 7:39 pm
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post
Linked to here, in the Elite Reciprocal Benefits for now.

But I think we could move it now, or start an entirely new thread in the Consolidated forum when it rolls out with a wikipost. Your ball, you decide how to play it.
Oh, I'm all neutral on the subject, whatever mods deem best
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Old May 29, 14, 9:06 pm
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Should start jun 11
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Old May 29, 14, 9:35 pm
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The tests RM are running are quite interesting-- "metal swaps"-- behind the scenes schedule changes and aligning flight numbers.
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Old May 29, 14, 9:51 pm
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Originally Posted by JonNYC View Post
The tests RM are running are quite interesting-- "metal swaps"-- behind the scenes schedule changes and aligning flight numbers.
Haven't the flight numbers already been aligned (with possible exception of some regional flying) and some metal already swapped in the schedule (e.g. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...ed-routes.html )?
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Haven't the flight numbers already been aligned (with possible exception of some regional flying) and some metal already swapped in the schedule (e.g. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...ed-routes.html )?
The aligning of the flight numbers was the precursor for this first stage.
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Originally Posted by rjw242 View Post
Neglecting, of course, the fourteen 500-mile upgrades the "piker" would need to burn to upgrade the whole roundtrip. That plus the uncertainty of being upgraded as a PLT might reasonably steer one away from the more expensive ticket.
You can actually buy F on that route for < coach fare + $520 in upgrade instruments.

Y is in the $600-700 range and F is $988 or so.

The article says Plat but it also say complimentary upgrades so who knows for sure. If he is Plat, buying F beats upgrading.
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