Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8473 times:
That's exactly what AA and BA are trying to get antitrust immunity for.
Currently, the oneworld alliance does not have antitrust immunity for code-sharing, mile accrual and mile redemption on trans-atlantic flights to and from London (although I think it is possible for transatlantc flights to other UK destinations like MAN, GLA, etc. -- someone will have to confirm). In other words, the EU and US governments will not allow them to coordinate their flight schedules and mileage programs on these flights. You can, however, earn miles on subsequent legs of these journeys, like in your case. The same would be true if you were flying, say, DFW-LHR-DXB on BA. You could not earn AAdvantage miles on the DFW-LHR leg, but could on the LHR-DXB leg.
This is not true with SkyTeam and Star Alliance, which is one of the main reasons AA and BA are pushing for antitrust immunity. The governments previously did not grant this immunity because they viewed AA and BA as having a stranglehold on LHR slots. Now that these have been loosened, most observers expect immunity to be granted.
My guess is that you'll be able to earn and use both AA and BA miles on transatlantic flights by next year.
Lufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3217 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8430 times:
Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 2): You can not earn miles on flights between the USA and London on routes both airlines fly. This is due to an anti-trust agreement.
Which is extreme hypocrasy consdering Air Canada, SAS, Lufthansa, United and soon to be Continental can all do the same thing from the likes of FRA, ARN CPH, IAD, ORD and EWR etc but they're not the almightly LHR so they dont count....go figure.
that will have to change. any consolidation with BMI and LH/virgin should also weaken the argument that they control too much of LHR. as would another runway.
anway main point is this is a hangover from past regulation.... and it will change
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21534 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 8324 times:
Quoting Lufthansa (Reply 3): Which is extreme hypocrasy consdering Air Canada, SAS, Lufthansa, United and soon to be Continental can all do the same thing from the likes of FRA, ARN CPH, IAD, ORD and EWR etc but they're not the almightly LHR so they dont count....go figure.
Absolutely. Look at some of the CDG routes to the USA. 100% Skyteam. Wasn't an issue. Same for some of the AMS routes, some of the FRA routes (Star).
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.