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AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 8:59 am
by RedTailDTW
A friend wanted me to ask something on the forum about the AAdvantage program. He wants to know if the AAdvantage program allows you to use miles for some of your purchase and use money for the rest. I know Alaska's Mileage Plan program does that, but i was wondering if AA does that.

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 9:30 am
by ChiGB1973
In a way you can. You have to buy miles:

www.buyaamiles.points.com/BM_Account.jsp

I doubt the other is available, but I do not know for sure.

M

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 11:18 am
by sw733
Quoting ChiGB1973 (Reply 1):
I doubt the other is available, but I do not know for sure.

I'm pretty sure it's not available, but I could be wrong, I usually am  Wink

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 2:58 pm
by jetBlue
Yes, AAdvantage does have Special Mileage Awards that allow you to make a non-refundable co-payment and claim the award for a smaller amount of miles. Here is a link to information on their website.

Special Mileage Awards

Hope this helps!

jetBlue

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:44 pm
by RedTailDTW
Thanks for the help JetBlue. That was exactly what i was looking for.

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:51 pm
by ChiGB1973
I find it interesting that they have this option, co-payment is $275 for using 35,000 miles on a 45,000 trip, yet you can buy 10,000 miles for $250.

They are getting an extra $25 off this "co-payment." Good job AA!

I am sure AA is not trying to squeeze an extra $25 out of anyone, I must be mistaken?

M

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 5:18 pm
by jetBlue
Quoting ChiGB1973 (Reply 5):
I find it interesting that they have this option, co-payment is $275 for using 35,000 miles on a 45,000 trip, yet you can buy 10,000 miles for $250.

They are getting an extra $25 off this "co-payment." Good job AA!

Purchasing 10,000 miles would cost $280, not $250.

Through the buyAAmiles program it costs $250 for the miles plus a $30 processing fee.

jetBlue

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 1:19 am
by ChiGB1973
Quoting JetBlue (Reply 6):
Purchasing 10,000 miles would cost $280, not $250.

Through the buyAAmiles program it costs $250 for the miles plus a $30 processing fee.

jetBlue

I figured I had missed something in the fee department.

M

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 3:29 pm
by ChiGB1973
Now AA is offering a bonus of 2,000 miles with the purchase of 10,000 miles, a $55 value.

I keep trying to "one up" you JetBlue.

M

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 4:07 pm
by jetBlue
Quoting ChiGB1973 (Reply 8):
I keep trying to "one up" you JetBlue.

 Smile Hehe that's cool. I was working in AAdvantage Customer Service until about 4 weeks ago. Now I'm in reservations...thanks for helping us be up to date with the AAdvantage stuff!

The 2,000 mile bonus is a good deal if you find yourself purchasing miles. Hope it generates us more revenue.

jetBlue

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 12:22 am
by aaflt1871
I have a question

If you can buy 40,000 miles + the 2,000 additional miles you receive for every 10,000 miles purchased (total 48,000 miles) for $1,000.00 which is enough for a domestic first class ticket. What is to stop people from doing that instead of paying $1,660.00 for a first class ticket from DCA to LAS?

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 1:04 am
by ChiGB1973
Quoting AAFLT1871 (Reply 10):
If you can buy 40,000 miles + the 2,000 additional miles you receive for every 10,000 miles purchased (total 48,000 miles) for $1,000.00 which is enough for a domestic first class ticket. What is to stop people from doing that instead of paying $1,660.00 for a first class ticket from DCA to LAS?

Guess it depends on your flexibility. I think the miles take a few days to post to your account. So, if you buy the miles, they post to your account, then the travel you needed might not have seats available as far as award travel, but could have seats available for purchase.

This is probably one of the reasons the miles do not post immediately. Come on, this is the computer age, the miles could post immediately. They certainly will charge your debit card immediately.

I am sure there are more reason, maybe someone more in the know could enlighten us?

M

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 2:58 am
by captaink
Quoting JetBlue (Reply 3):
Special Mileage Awards

Hope this helps!

jetBlue

Wow, I didn't know about this, now you have me trying to figure out where i want to go ... Big grin I really started flying AA fornecessity more than desire but it is a good airline and Advantage is a nice program.

Thanks JetBlue...

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 3:03 am
by aaflt1871
Quoting ChiGB1973 (Reply 11):
think the miles take a few days to post to your account.

Correct 72 hours. But say I have several months before my flight. I am sure I can find a first class ticket to LAS out of DCA, IAD, or BWI and just screwed AA out of an additional $660.00 by purchasing the miles instead of paying for first class

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 3:18 am
by ChiGB1973
Quoting AAFLT1871 (Reply 13):
Correct 72 hours. But say I have several months before my flight. I am sure I can find a first class ticket to LAS out of DCA, IAD, or BWI and just screwed AA out of an additional $660.00 by purchasing the miles instead of paying for first class

That is just your good luck. I am not sure you are screwing AA, I mean, they do offer it. I imagine someone down in Dallas thought this through and determined it was a worthwhile venture.

The $1000 you pay for the miles is much better than the LAS customer in the back that paid $267. You could pay the $267 and buy enough for an upgrade. Of course, you might not get upgraded. I think this is decided in the last 24 hours leading up to the flight.

It's always nice to be in first or business, but you will have to connect at ORD or DFW, making the segments relatively short. Since I have AA miles, I would save the $733 and hope for an upgrade or just be content with sitting in economy. Maybe I could win a couple of million using the money I saved in LAS. Then, I would buy the upgrade.

M

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 5:59 am
by DesertAir
This thread is very interesting to me since I have about 43,000 AA miles. The miles plus co-pay may enable me to take an extra trip to Mexico. I suppose this is a way to help members to burn miles and for AA to receive some income. Does anyone know if Continental has the same program? I checked on their site but do not seen anything as such.

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 6:10 am
by ChiGB1973
Quoting DesertAir (Reply 15):
Does anyone know if Continental has the same program? I checked on their site but do not seen anything as such.

I looked too, can't find anything, then again I could not find anything from AA either and it was there.

Good luck.

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 6:15 am
by jetBlue
Quoting AAFLT1871 (Reply 10):
What is to stop people from doing that instead of paying $1,660.00 for a first class ticket from DCA to LAS?

Well, award seats are capacity controlled. If we expect a lot of people to pay $1,660 for that ticket there won't be many/if any F class award seats available. You could probably find a discounted F class seat for less than $1000 though.

Quoting ChiGB1973 (Reply 11):
This is probably one of the reasons the miles do not post immediately. Come on, this is the computer age, the miles could post immediately. They certainly will charge your debit card immediately.

They take 3 days to post for many reasons. One, the transaction is handled by Points.com. Second, the system takes at least overnight to post miles to an account, even if done manually by an AA employee. Thirdly, the posting may not run every night.

I agree that in this day of computers things should all be immediate, but sometimes the cost to implement such a system "tomorrow" outweighs the short-term benefit. When you think about it, 3 days is really not that long.

jetBlue

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 6:18 am
by captaink
Quoting JetBlue (Reply 17):

I live in Mexico, is it included as part of North America according to AA? I am thinking of using my miles for an economy ticket to Europe..? That particular page doesn't say, whereas other advantage pages includes Mexico and the caribbean as North America...

RE: AAdvantage Question...

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 6:39 am
by jetBlue
Quoting Captaink (Reply 18):
I live in Mexico, is it included as part of North America according to AA?

Yes, Mexico is included in North America.

jetBlue