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Go to the airport anyway. Most likely you will end up with a seat. If not, the airline will take care of you and get you to your destination on another flight. Some possible explanations: The flight is overbooked. If someone else fails to show up for the flight, you'll have a seat. If not, they will offer incentives (vouchers for future travel) for ...


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No, you don't! From the terms and conditions of American Airlines AAdvantage program: You may accrue mileage only for purchased, eligible, published-fare tickets on qualifying routes used in accordance with all applicable conditions of carriage, tariffs, rules and terms of ticketing and travel. AAdvantage mileage accrual eligibility on airline ...


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Arriving in a country for a "visit" without a return (or ongoing) ticket usually raises the suspicion of the immigration officers. They may think that you are not actually intending to leave. The airlines are responsible for your return transport if you are refused entry into a country, so the airline has interest in avoiding you getting refused entry at the ...


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As to the reason for the name, from the Terms and Conditions: Each upgrade is valid for 500 miles of travel. Each flight segment requires at least one upgrade. Thus, if you wish to upgrade your seat on a flight which is 1500 miles long, you would need to use three of these 500-mile upgrades.


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There's no time limit - as long as you're traveling that day you will be allowed through security and allowed into the lounge. You don't even need to be flying AA - as long as you can physically get to the lounge and have paid your money then you will be allowed in. The only real restriction is if you are planning to check luggage, in which case you will ...


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This will depend on at least four things: the rewards program, how close it is to your flight date, the insurance you've bought, and to a certain extent the reason for your change. For example, most programs won't let you cancel the flight within a certain number of days (22 is popular) and instead will only let you change it. Before that point, you get ...


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Yes, you will need to go through Immigration, pick up your bags and go through Customs before you can connect to your domestic flight. I can't give you exact advice since the shiny new International terminal just opened last week as I type this, and the LAX website is stunningly useless, but there should be an AA service counter after Customs that can ...


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No, there is no other way to get an elite status. There are very few exceptions: Sometimes airlines match the status you have with another airline. You can participate in a status challenge. You pay a fee and get a temporary elite status. Then you have to fly a certain number of miles in a specified time period. If you do that, you get an elite status for ...


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We all join frequent flyer programs hoping to get "something for nothing," so this isn't the answer you want to hear, but if you like to fly first class, you'll either need to fly a lot more, make friends with someone who will gift you status or SWUs, or pay for first class tickets. Frequent flyer travel, whether award seats or upgrades, is subject to ...


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I contacted them and I got this response: When booking, select "place booking on hold" (screenshot:) Then, call them and give the paper voucher code and the booking number that you will see in the next page. They will adjust the price for you to pay. After that, mail the voucher to their address, (like e-mail was never invented... VERY ironic compensation ...


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Yes you need a visa to enter Turkey, according to Turkish Ministry Of Foreign Affairs United States of America: Ordinary and official passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. They can obtain three month-multiple entry visas from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad and also via the website www.evisa.gov.tr. Please note, no more ...


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AAdavntage has a section on their site explaining what the 500 Mile Upgrade is: 500-mile upgrades allow you to upgrade from Economy Class to the next class of service for travel on American Airlines or American Eagle: Within and between the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, The Bahamas and Bermuda Between the U.S. and Central America ...


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This page describes the difference. Basically "miles" are the number of qualifying miles you've "flown" (where "flown" really means the distances between the airports, not what you've actually flown). "Points" are a scaled version of Miles, where you are rewarded for buying more expensive fares (First, Business or High-end Economy fares), and penalized for ...


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Personally I prefer United to American though American is now trying to get more competitive while trying to merge. Now here for some pros and cons: Infant Friendliness This has been discussed on the forum ad nauseam so I won't repeat this but just refer you to the question asked previously on this forum: Which are the best airlines for travelling with ...


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At the moment you cannot earn miles on US Airways in your American Airlines AAdvantage account: At this time, American and US Airways will remain separate companies and each company will maintain its current loyalty program. No-one knows for sure what will ultimately happen with the programs - possibly even American and US Airways at this stage - ...


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If past merger information is any indication of what will happen you can take a look at recent mergers of United and Continental. The accounts of frequent flyers have been merged into one without the loss of miles. So until the announcement from AA and USAir come out you could operate under the assumption that your miles will remain intact.


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Contact AAdvantage and request original routing credit due to your involuntary rerouting. Provide scans of your new boarding passes, your PNR and ticket number, and a short description of what happened. It is very likely AA will credit you for RDMs and EQMs as a goodwill gesture for the cancellation, although you may not receive segment, e500, or specal ...


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If you are choosing between a business or first MileSAAver or an economy AAnytime, the only reason to choose AAnytime is to maximize your flexibility in changing flights. An AAnytime award can be changed essentially any time until the day of departure with no penalty, provided there is a seat available, whereas to change a MileSAAver flight, there would need ...


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When entering the Schengen area as a non-EEA citizen, you do not need proof of onward travel, but proof of "means of subsistence ... for the return to your country of origin or transit to a third country into which you are certain to be admitted" (Schengen Borders Code, Article 5). An onward or return ticket would of course also fulfill this requirement, but ...


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While there is a wide range of options for redeeming points at https://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/redeemMiles/main.jsp there doesn't seem to be any facility for transferring Upgrade packages to any other reward. It doesn't look like they are transferable to other named individuals either, so you may be out of luck here...


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The only easy way to attain AA status is to have it gifted to you, either by the company or by another elite. Still, there are some avenues to shorten the climb. AA Elite Awards allow Executive Platinum members who earn 125,000 EQMs to gift AAdvantage Gold status to a friend for one year. A company enrolled in Business ExtrAA can redeem 2,400 points ...


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From FlyerGuide.com: An e500 (also known as a “500 miler”) is an upgrade certificate that allows a one-cabin upgrade on a flight of 500 miles or less within Region 1. They can be combined to upgrade longer flights (details below). Mileage Plus elite members who are Premier or above earn 4 e500s for every 10,000 miles flown on revenue tickets on ...


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If I am reading the upgrade chart correctly in order to upgrade from cheapest fair to First Class you need 50000 miles and $250 So since I don't know where you're flying from I took LAX as a starting point. The difference between cheapest fare is: $515 The first class: $1905 Yielding difference of: ~$1400 You have if you're able to use them: ~6500 and ...


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If you are planning to use the BA or Qantas lounges, I would suggest you bring a copy of the OneWorld lounge access rules with you. The BA lounge at least has contract staff doing the sign-in, and they tend not to be that familiar with the more unusual cases. The BAEC FlyerTalk lounge details sticky has a good comparison of the BA and AA lounges (scroll ...


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No. I think in a previous thread you mentioned that you had EXP status, which is a One World Emerald tier. 1W's published alliance-wide Emerald privileges include priority check-in, preferred boarding and seating, priority standby/waitlisting, and lounge access— but not free upgrades. To get into Premium Economy, you'll most likely need to pay for it, ...


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There are actually three ways your luggage can get from A to B and it's possible that different airlines use different words for it: carry-on. You carry or pull it with you everywhere, including onto the airplane. If it's larger than the limits they publish on the website, you'll be forced to check it and possibly pay the checked bag fee checked. You hand ...


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Called American and asked the question. Their answer: "Tickets must be purchased with the card to get the benefits". I posed this query to the group to get a survey of experiences. In our experience with American, we haven't used the card. In a friend's experience with Delta (he has a Delta AMEX), he can purchase a ticket with any card and get a ...


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Just so you understand: Airlines are notorious at overbooking their flights Depending on the type of ticket you are buying you can actually guarantee a seat for yourself by reserving the seat. AA has the following information about it. However, during the holiday season when ticket prices are generally sky high you will probably have to have a full fare ...


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Typically, airlines in the USA use a piece-based baggage allowance policy. Each piece can usually be up to 50 pounds (23 kg). However, this policy may vary by ailrine, and in many cases, a fee is required for checking bags. On some of the ultra-low-cost airlines, you may even be charged for your carry-on baggage/hand luggage. Kayak, FareCompare, and Airfare ...


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Usually domestic flights don't have allowance at all on most of the airlines, at least those mentioned. You have to pay additional charge to check in your bags. Up to 18kg per bag would definitely be fine, you would probably be OK with 21kg regardless of what the sites say as well. United state on the site you quoted 50lb, which is almost 23kg. You're a ...



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