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Earning AAdvantage Miles On BA

Wed Jul 14, 2004 2:11 pm

I just booked an itinerary routed DFW-LGW-VCE on AA and BA. It was considerably cheaper to book the route in two separate segments, so I booked DFW-LGW on AA, and LGW-VCE on BA (I did not use the AA codeshare on the LGW-VCE leg).

Will I still get AAdvantage miles on the LGW-VCE leg of the trip? I know the oneworld rules on these things are weird; I flew Swiss a few times and never got AAdvantage miles because I was in deeply-discounted economy class.

Many thanks for your help.
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RE: Earning AAdvantage Miles On BA

Wed Jul 14, 2004 2:42 pm

I don't think you will. My parents flew BA LAX-LHR-LAX and were unable to get AAdvantage miles. They are both partners of the same alliance, yet you can't get AA miles for some reason.

According to the AA.com website from the FAQ portion:

Q: Why haven't my British Airways transatlantic flight miles posted?
A: As part of our current agreement with British Airways, transatlantic flights are not eligible for mileage accrual.

Q: Can I receive mileage credit for traveling on a participant airline prior to my enrollment in the AAdvantage program?
A: No. Any transactions that you have made prior to your enrollment date are not eligible for mileage credit.

Hope this helps!

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RE: Earning AAdvantage Miles On BA

Wed Jul 14, 2004 2:51 pm

I'm flying AA on the transatlantic leg, so I will definitely get miles on that portion.

If I were flying BA on the transatlantic leg, I wouldn't get AAdvantage miles because of the DOJ/EU regulations prohibiting codeshares.

However, it is possible to get AAdvantage miles on the LGW-VCE leg of this itinerary. I just don't know if my fare class qualifies.
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RE: Earning AAdvantage Miles On BA

Thu Jul 15, 2004 12:39 am

As a member of AAdvantage, I can tell you that you WILL earn miles on your LHR to VCE route however the earning scale really sucks.

depending on your booking class, and im assuming its a discount ticket you get only 25% of the miles on this route or 125 miles minimum.

however, if you booked it in full fare Y class then you get 100% credit./

BA has really pissed me off with this.

I usually fly BA from LHR to BRU or AMS and before you use to get 100% on all fares.

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RE: Earning AAdvantage Miles On BA

Thu Jul 15, 2004 12:41 am

You will earn miles on all BA flights UNLESS it is a transatlantic flight into/out of the US.
 
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RE: Earning AAdvantage Miles On BA

Thu Jul 15, 2004 1:21 am

Around 170 miles on BA for LGW-VCE. Double that if you are PLT or EXP.
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RE: Earning AAdvantage Miles On BA

Thu Jul 15, 2004 1:28 am

Thanks for the assistance. I love most of the oneworld airlines and will pretty much only fly them, but I wish the mileage accrual/redemption were simpler. I've heard Star Alliance is much better about this; you pretty much get miles on all Star Alliance flights. Is this true?
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RE: Earning AAdvantage Miles On BA

Thu Jul 15, 2004 1:43 am


Skyteam is great. 100% of the miles flown is booked into your account - regardless of fare code. Only the "elite qualifying miles" depends on the ticket price.

I flew BA from LGW-AMS and only got 250 miles posted to my account - and I'm Platinum! Sucks.
 
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RE: Earning AAdvantage Miles On BA

Thu Jul 15, 2004 2:22 am

Swiss was never part of one world. The best way to fing out how many miles you will get is to find out the FARE BASIS code for your trips. Your travel agent of the airline should be able to provide this. The first letter or number of the code is the type of inventory that it is booked into. LEDSN would be "L"

Then, go to http://www.aa.com/apps/AAdvantage/ViewMileageProgramsDetail.jhtml?partnerType=Air

Click on the partner airline to see a chart.

For BA it is:

First Class A, F, P 100% + 50% bonus
Business Class C, D, J, I 100% + 25% bonus
World Traveller Plus T, W 100% + 10% bonus
Economy Class Y, B, H 100%
Discount Economy Class G, K, L, M, N, O, Q, S, V 25% (Or 125 Miles, whichever is more)
 
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RE: Earning AAdvantage Miles On BA

Thu Jul 15, 2004 3:03 am

BA really do take the p*ss for their Exec Club. 25% unless you pay *full fare*. Doesn't matter if you pay 95% full fare, you only get 25% of the miles flown. Even when paying for an upgrade to J. Bar stewards. It also took them 7 months to credit my account when I flew with Emirates. I don't know whether it was related, but the very next day after venting about their shoddy service on A.NET, the miles were credited!

Hope AA are better... remember to keep ALL your boarding passes for evidence.

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RE: Earning AAdvantage Miles On BA

Thu Jul 15, 2004 3:14 am

I know that 2 years ago, and is still true today, you cannot get AAdvantage Miles on BA flights between EWR/JFK and the UK, as AA operates it's own flights. I didn't realize that until after my booking then - damm, I wanted those ~7,000 miles!
 
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RE: Earning AAdvantage Miles On BA

Thu Jul 15, 2004 3:27 am

Ssides,
To answer your question about Star Alliance, yes... with one exception - SQ.
Across the atlantic, all carriers give 100% of the flown miles in Economy class, regardless of carrier, class of service or codeshares. Business gets 125% of flown miles and First gets 150% of flown miles... even if discounted through a tour operator or consolidator. Redemption has been standardized for all Star carriers, so you have the option, based on availability, of flying any combination of carriers all the way through to your final destination at a standardized redemption level. And, unlike Skyteam, elite members accrue to their elite status, and accrue bonus miles, regardless of carrier or fare paid.

No matter what your opinion of the individual member airlines, there is no doubt that Star Alliance is the absolute best alliance when it comes to frequent flyer programs.
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RE: Earning AAdvantage Miles On BA

Thu Jul 15, 2004 3:27 am

Their new earning system absolutely sucks. However when using miles for upgrades it seems to be better than other airlines. I am flying PHX-HAM in November and to fly Business class cost me $950 plus 25,000 miles. Lufthansa and others wanted $1000 plus 40,000 miles.

I have a BA Mileage Acct. and use their credit card as well.

[Edited 2004-07-14 20:30:46]
 
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RE: Earning AAdvantage Miles On BA

Thu Jul 15, 2004 10:05 am

SSides, I think you'll get some miles on your BA leg of your trip. I'm trying to think what I got on a MAD-LGW trip on my way back to Dallas a few years back. It was economy so I didn't get 100% of the mileage between the cities but I did get 500 miles or so. I don't understand why BA is so stingy with giving AA frequent flyers mileage...one more BS part of the AA/BA "relationship."
 
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RE: Earning AAdvantage Miles On BA

Thu Jul 15, 2004 11:59 am

Bartond -
BA is not just stingy about giving AA members miles for their discounted fare BA flights, but also BA members too ...

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