As we all know, because of the anti-trust issues with the code sharing between BA and AA on TATL flights from US – LHR (and vice versa) you cannot fly BA and get the miles put onto your AA account, and vice versa.
Well, with the recent EU vote and the opening of LHR to any US airlines if they can get the slots. What does this mean for the anti-trust issues? Will we soon see the ability to code-share and earn miles while flying either BA or AA?
I called American and they have no clue to the logistics of everything and in fact at first thought that since BA is in OneWorld, it shouldn’t be a problem….rendering them clueless to reality.
The reason I ask is that I am planning a trip from SEA to FRA in a few weeks (prior to any long term changes to the policy) and have all my miles on AA, so would prefer to stay with OneWorld, but would prefer to not fly AA because of the inferior business class product. Thus, to get my miles, I’d have to fly something like SEA-YVR-LHR-FRA in order to bypass the anti-trust issues on BA.
But, is there a thought as to whether I could fly SEA-LHR-FRA and store those miles on BA, and then when the anti-trust issues evaporate, transfer them over to AA? Or is the thought that miles earned prior to the change, if there is one, would not be grandfathered in and I’d be better off trying to fly through Canada?
Thanks, I hope that made sense.