Any chance of upgrading JFK-NRT-DFW with one evip?

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  1. Aktchi
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    I know that JFK-NRT-DFW is a long way from being a connection, but an evip is supposed to be able to upgrade three flights, so is there a chance AA would upgrade the trip with one evip? :)
     
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    Nope. This comes up quite a bit and generally speaking, AA will only upgrade 3 segments in a single direction of travel. You'd have better luck if it was DFW-JFK-NRT even though there's some back tracking going on there. JFK-NRT-DFW is a stretch.

    As with everything though, YMMV, but if this was Vegas I'd bet against you.....
     
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    Highly unlikely. DFW-JFK-NRT might work (it's at least arguable - I've gotten DCA-DFW-CDG before on a single eVIP), but very unlikely that you'll get two transoceanic segments that might be considered "round trip".
     
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    You're more likely to get a double upgrade to F than getting 1 evip to count for both directions. Never gonna happen. You can often get away with it on the shorter connecting flights to the long trip, but both directions on the long segment- never.
     
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    From aa.com:
    I don't think you will be able to convince the EXP desk that this is a oneway trip.
     
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    It's essentially a roundtrip, US-Japan-US. Not exactly a "one way".

    Closest I've ever come to using an eVIP that pushed the "one direction" concept was LHR-ORD-DEL.
    Longest use of one (if not that one) I think I've had was LHR-DFW-LAX-NRT.
     
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    Wow! Lhr -ord-del works? Nice
     
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    Seems odd, but one can't fly AA metal from LHR to DEL without going through the US. If BA ever lets AA members use SWUs on their metal, that might change though.....
     
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    Good job, both times! At least this captures the spirit of what I was thinking. :)

    So, the US has to be the connecting point. Otherwise, it begins to look like a rt (probably because it is a rt!).
     
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    Well, it did at the time. LHR-ORD-DEL, DEL-ORD-LHR. One eVIP each way. Would it work now? Would AA have caught that the TATL portion of the routings are almost identical and start re-thinking it? Who knows....
     
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    Was told that it's allowed as it's the ONLY way to go from London to Dehli solely on AA metal. A late arrival in ORD left very little time between flights, leaving it feeling like one long, long piece of quality time in a 777, too tired to care upon arrival that landing at DEL late at night meant sleeping on the airport floor before an onward domestic india connection....
     
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    Well, if you're flying AMERICAN airlines then ANY flight you take is likely to have a "US connection. :)

    (barring the occasional MVD-EZE and, when it's offered, LHR-BRU, which are about the ONLY flights I can think of that don't involve that....but can't imaagine wasting an eVIP on either, as both are short, very short, as in "Did-they-even-raise-the-landing-gear?" short.
     
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    Wouldn't have to worry about that too much now. The ORD-DEL flight lands in the late afternoon now. ;)
     
  14. Aktchi
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    I meant that if you fly USA-Somewhere-USA, it will be treated as a rt. However, Continent1-USA-Continent2 has much better chance of being accepted as an EVIP'able connection. As your own inspiring examples (post 6) illustrate. :)
     
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    You can book LHR-ORD-PVG as a single ticket and upgrade it with a single eVIP.

    But combining both east and west bound from the same airport? Impossible.
     
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    Another data point: I can confirm that LHR-ORD/DFW-NRT definitely works
     
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    Did you stop over in ORD and make your own way to DFW at a later date and continue on to NRT?
     
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    Sorry - I meant that I had done the trip through ORD and through DFW on different occasions (never done LHR-ORD-DFW-NRT). However, as an EVIP is valid for up to 3 segments, should be possible to upgrade that routing all the way as well.
     
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    I suppose one could get creative with US-domestic routings, and add a segment or two here or there, maybe using "mutlicity" or some such mileage run construction technique to "force" a connection...maybe LHR-DFW-SFO-LAX-NRT, or LHR-MIA-ATL-DFW-EZE (just randomly grabbing examples) or what not. Then, if you're an EXP, you might use your complementary domestic upgrade for that portion of the trip, or a 500-mile one if you're Plat or Gold.
     

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