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  1. ukaahopeful

    ukaahopeful Active Member

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    I am travelling LHR-JFK tomorrow evening on an economy fare. As an AAdvantage Platinum, are there any advantages that I should look out for?

    The next day I am travelling JFK-SFO and then back next week SFO-LHR on a codeshare BA flight. Again, any tips?

    I think I get a second checked bag free and lounge access, but am new to Platinum, or any elite status for that matter, so any experienced advice would be welcomed!
     
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    As a PLT, you will receive the following on your LHR-JFK flight:
    • 100% bonus redeemable miles
    • Lounge access (business class oneworld lounges)
    • PriorityAAccess (including London Heathrow PriorityAAccess check-in at Zone B)
    • Priority baggage delivery
    • You may check (2) bags (within size and weight limits) free of charge
    http://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/eliteStatus/elite-benefits-chart.jsp

    Regarding the BA codeshare, I'll leave others to alert you of specific benefits. However, since BA is part of oneworld, there are certain benefits that are bestowed upon you:
    http://www.oneworld.com/ffp/oneworld-benefits/
     
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  3. DestinationDavid
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    You can pre-select your seat on BA for free using your AA PNR through BA.com's Manage My Booking feature.

    Note that T3 at LHR will feature 3 choices of lounge: BA, CX, and AA. I'd advise you spend your time in the BA or CX lounges and skip AA's AC offering. Most prefer BA's lounge, but I do like the food on offer at the CX lounge. But, to be honest, I've never experienced either lounge's business class offering, only the F portions since I'm EXP.
     
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    Thanks very much for these timely tips. Smoothed my London leg nicely.

    Onward now.

    I have done this a few times where I get a late flight to JFK then 'stroll' into Times Square for a beer or two before getting back for an early connection to, in this case, SFO. It's fun, if a little hard on the jet lag!
     
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    Don't forget the showers in the lounges - they make long trips muuuuch more pleasant.
     
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    This.

    Even domestically, this benefit is often overlooked. I had a red-eye last night LAX-ORD-STL that got in to STL at 7:30, I had to present at a conference at 8:30. The shower/change/shave at the AC in LAX at 10:30 PM followed by a nap on the plane (I was asleep during taxi-out) made all the difference in the world.
     
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    But AC/shower access isn't a platinum or even exec plat benefit traveling domestically, right? Or has something changed?
     
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    Nope, not domestically... but the OP was traveling internationally. I was just echoing the oft-overlooked benefit of club showers in general.
     
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    David, are there any OW benefits to better seats on BA code shares?
     
  10. DestinationDavid
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    Same as what you'd expect on AA. Exit rows, etc.

    No free upgrades to World Traveller + if that's what you're asking. :)
     
  11. malikguy

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    Do I have call in to BA to get the benefits? I can't select exit row on their website. I knew I wouldn't get World Traveler, lol.
     
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    Shouldn't have to. I've always picked my exit row seats on BA.com without an issue.
     
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    Wasn't showing up, but I called BA and you are right, I have access to better seats. It's just that Exit row seats aren't unblocked until 10 days before departure.
     
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    Interesting. I put myself in BA exit row seats a month ago for flights in May and June. ;)
     
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    Weird, maybe they changed policy? Would there be a difference between OW Sapphire and Emerald?
     
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    Interesting indeed. Was this in World Traveller (standard Y main cabin) or Euro Traveller? I've only ever been able to book exit rows on Euro Traveller as a PLT. So next time I'm in World Traveller, I should call 10 days prior to see if there are any exit rows available?


     
  17. DestinationDavid
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    World Traveller. LHR-JNB-LHR in May/June was the last time I did it. All on BA.com, no issues, no 10 day window. But I'm OW Emerald.

    I believe OW Sapphire only gets advanced seat selection w/o access to exit rows on BA. LINK.
     
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    Ah yes, that would explain it. Thanks!

    But malikguy, were you suggesting that you were - as an AA Plat - in fact able to get exit rows in WT by calling?

    In any case, it's a fair (since they don't offer it to their own mid-tier elites either) but somewhat disappointing BA policy to withhold WT exit row seating for OW Sapphires. And a pretty big reason behind why I will continue to not consider BA for any long-haul Y travel beyond LHR.

     

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