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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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Short answer: no. Even paying with a credit card at all is optional as American Airlines accepts PayPal. Your mother may be asked to present a credit card if she is presented with the option of an upgrade and wants to take advantage of it and she may be asked for a credit card if she wants to buy snacks on the flight but she does not need to present 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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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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As of the weekend of March 28, 2015, miles from US Airways have been merged into the American AAdvantage program (which is the program which will continue on). If you had accounts on both airlines, you were given a chance to link your accounts beforehand; if you only had a US Airways Dividend Miles account, then you were assigned an AAdvantage number. If ...


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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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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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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 a few years old, this article on how some airlines require credit cards at check in states that American Airlines does not have this policy of requesting the card at check in. And given you can now even print your boarding pass at home, there certainly doesn't appear to be a requirement for this.


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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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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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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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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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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 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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According to the AA website on system-wide upgrades: Obtaining systemwide upgrades When you qualify or re-qualify for AAdvantage® Executive Platinum status: And that's it, as far as anything a typical frequent flyer can aim for in a given program year. Million Miler You get additional SWUs (previously known as eVIPs or VIPOWs) in the Million ...


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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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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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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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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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No, you're not allowed to do that, and neither is it (usually) possible in practice. AAdvantage T&C: Mileage credit cannot be earned for the same flight, hotel stay, or car rental in more than one of the following programs: the AAdvantage program or any other loyalty program in which American Airlines participates. If the airlines are in the ...


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No, in the specific case of AAdvantage Terms and Conditions as jpatokal has already noted, but also, no in general. Accrual of points in multiple programs is expressly prohibited by most programs in the T&C, not just airlines but for frequent dining programs (you can have multiple credit cards for one program, but a max of one program per credit card) ...


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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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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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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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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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As long as it's all on one ticket, then as explained on this Qatar airways page, the most significant carrier's allowance applies Since the bulk of your journey is on Qatar airways, including at least one long international flight, the Qatar ticket's allowance of 2 bags will apply throughout Additionally, since both airlines are part of One World, you'll ...



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