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Up In The Air / Re: "Rare" Award Space Master Thread
« on: February 28, 2016, 02:46:14 AM »
UA84 EWR-TLV 2/29/16 J3

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Up In The Air / Re: Star Alliance Award Search Tips
« on: February 26, 2016, 12:05:10 PM »
Are *A upgrade awards on AC (say, using SQ) available on all Y or B tickets (so long as any J seat is available) or is there a limited inventory (i.e. needs to be a mileage seat available or other bucket)? And does it automatically go from Y/B to J or is premium economy part of the equation? And is there a difference between using UA/SQ etc versus Aeroplan miles?
Trying to use SQ for YYZ-TLV which is notoriously stingy on award J seats (I believe max 1 per flight) and wondering if upgrade will work to go from Y/B to J. Thanks.

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Up In The Air / Re: AA Award Flights
« on: February 24, 2016, 01:23:06 AM »
J to F isn't the clincher there, it's the subbing of AMM with IST, which changes award types, as I did when I deleted LHR from DXB-SYD.
Agree.  Point is that J to F is insufficient to override award type.  Even though it does override origin/destination.  Your example didn't include that - so I included it for those that may still wonder. 

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Up In The Air / Re: AA Award Flights
« on: February 24, 2016, 01:21:01 AM »
Let's clear it up.

Changing from AMM-AUH-SYD in J to F = no change fee (upgrading class of service).
Changing AMM-AUH-SYD to AUH-SYD = no change fee (dropping segment in same region, same award type, same mileage).

Combining the above, changing AMM-AUH-SYD in J to AUH-SYD in F = no change fee. (One could theoretically also change AMM-AUH-SYD-CNS in J to AUH-SYD-CNS in F and then change that to AUH-MEL-CNS and then change that to AUH-MEL, all without fee.)

Changing AUH-SYD to DXB-SYD = change fee (changing origin and changing award type).
Changing LHR-DXB-SYD to DXB-SYD = change fee (changing award type and mileage requirements).
Question: How is award type determined when flying multiple carriers? It's my understanding that so long as at least one leg (even not main/overwater leg) is on AA metal, it's an AA award.  Correct?

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Up In The Air / Re: AA Award Flights
« on: February 24, 2016, 01:18:01 AM »
Nope.

2 reasons, you're changing award types and O/D.

Yes, my last example shows that.
I didn't see anything about J to F in last example.  But we agree. 

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Up In The Air / Re: AA Award Flights
« on: February 24, 2016, 01:13:54 AM »
Let's clear it up.

Changing from AMM-AUH-SYD in J to F = no change fee (upgrading class of service).
Changing AMM-AUH-SYD to AUH-SYD = no change fee (dropping segment in same region, same award type, same mileage).

Combining the above, changing AMM-AUH-SYD in J to AUH-SYD in F = no change fee. (One could theoretically also change AMM-AUH-SYD-CNS in J to AUH-SYD-CNS in F and then change that to AUH-MEL-CNS and then change that to AUH-MEL, all without fee.)

Changing AUH-SYD to DXB-SYD = change fee (changing origin and changing award type).
Changing LHR-DXB-SYD to DXB-SYD = change fee (changing award type and mileage requirements).
+1
Just to add, if you are changing regions, it's an award type change and will always incur a fee.  So if you change from AMM-AUH-SYD J to IST-AUH-SYD F you will incur fee (besides for mileage difference).

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Up In The Air / Re: AA Award Flights
« on: February 24, 2016, 01:10:14 AM »
So I can change PHL-DOH-MLE in J to JFK-AUH-MLE in F for free because of class upgrade or no?
I don't think you can. IINM since you are switching from OW to different carrier (EY), you would incur a fee, even if upgrading because you are changing the award type. 

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Up In The Air / Re: AA Award Flights
« on: February 23, 2016, 06:25:39 PM »
http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2014/07/11/change-fee-upgrade-american-award-ticket/
Look in comments as well. 
(Not sure about post devaluation.)
Pretty sure AJK also confirmed this recently. 

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Up In The Air / Re: AA Award Flights
« on: February 23, 2016, 06:16:14 PM »
Correct, merely upgrading to F won't result in a change fee, but changing origin will result in a change fee.
AA will not charge change fee even if you change origin or destination (so long as it's same region) when upgrading an award. Personal experience and confirmed on multiple blogs such as OMAAT. 

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Up In The Air / Re: AA Award Flights
« on: February 23, 2016, 06:11:58 PM »
-1

Changing the origin from AUH to DXB will cost $150.
Not if upgrading to F

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Up In The Air / Re: AA Award Flights
« on: February 23, 2016, 05:22:25 PM »
It would be on QF
What I meant is it depends if there are additional legs on the current ticket (ie LHR-JFK) on AA or OW, then it may be considered a mixed award already.  But if it's only AUH-LHR and you want to switch to DXB-LHR you might be out of luck.  (change of origin should be fee-free if you are staying in same regions and upgrading to F).

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Up In The Air / Re: AA Award Flights
« on: February 23, 2016, 05:15:03 PM »
I called AA - they said I'll have to redeposit the miles and book a new reservation ($150 fee) since it's going from EY to a oneworld partner. Does that make sense? And would that bring the risk of losing both itineraries if it's truly phantom?
Are there other legs on AA or OW metal?  If not, you are likely out of luck, though you can always try. 

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Up In The Air / Re: Business and First Class Products Master Thread
« on: February 22, 2016, 08:07:02 PM »
QR 777 is lie flat. a340 is angle flat.

QR a320/RJ a320/EY a320 are all recliner seats.
I believe QR a340 have all been retrofitted
QR 777 is lie flat. a340 is angle flat.

QR a320/RJ a320/EY a320 are all recliner seats.
I believe QR a340 have all been retrofitted to lie flat. 
QR 777 is lie flat. a340 is angle flat.

QR a320/RJ a320/EY a320 are all recliner seats.

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Up In The Air / Re: Business and First Class Products Master Thread
« on: February 22, 2016, 12:16:33 AM »
Has AF retrofitted the 777300-ER to the new J? Looking at AF21, seatguru has it as 2-3-2 but AF website has it as 1-2-1.

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