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So I was having difficulty getting the lax-ewr leg of a lax-tlv flight this summer with aa and after seeking help here on the forums, I ended up with a major breakthrough by accident. The awards agent mentioned the possibility of putting in a request for a seat which I only realized later what she meant. Apparently, (at least for an aa flight) if there are no award seats available on the flight you want, they can submit a request for the airline to make a regular $ seat into an award seat. I don't know if this works far in advance - I was doing it a day or two before. So my brother told the agent to put in the request (he called from LA when I was sleeping here) and when he woke up he had the flight he wanted.

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Re: Creating availability on AA (or 'How to open up that award seat')
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2010, 03:06:20 PM »
Just saw this thread when looking for an answer to something i saw which loooked strange.

I was looking at flights on 12/29 from LAS-ORD in first.
AA shows no First MileSAAver flights available. When i look to "purchase" a ticket that day and look at the seats available on Flight 794 @ 5:40 PM, every single seat in First is available for purchase. Does AA not offer ANY award seats on some flights? Should i try the above method?

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Re: Creating availability on AA (or 'How to open up that award seat')
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2010, 03:30:35 PM »
Can't hurt, let us know!
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Creating availability on AA (or 'How to open up that award seat')
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2010, 03:48:52 PM »
Can't hurt, let us know!

On try 1, she said it doesnt exist.

Is this typical of AA to not make any seats available for MileSAAver in first?

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Re: Creating availability on AA (or 'How to open up that award seat')
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2010, 04:02:58 PM »
I have had them try this before, don't remember ever getting approved, but there is such a procedure. Most don't know about it/ want to do it.

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Re: Creating availability on AA (or 'How to open up that award seat')
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2010, 04:06:21 PM »
I have had them try this before, don't remember ever getting approved, but there is such a procedure. Most don't know about it/ want to do it.
Interesting. How far in advance did you try?

If i book a MileSAAver in economy on a plat account and then availability opens for a MileSAAver in first, would there be a fee to change it?