Avios booking - Priority Access

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  1. ma91pmh
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    This just has me curious.... I am back traveling AA this year because of the bargain 9k short-haul Avios redemptions. I happen to be EXP on AA due to some international travel in 2010 combined with some mileage running but that comes to an end Feb 29th where I will drop to plat.

    Anyway when booked using Avios when I check in I end up with Priority Access on my boarding pass. I am just really confused as to how it gets there??? I have the Citi Exec Mastercard, but Avios does not have my social number. So I can't see how it is that. I have AA status but there is nothing to link my Avios and AA accounts. So can't see how it is that either. Anyone know what it is?

    FWIW I tend to call EXP desk and get them to force change the FF to my AA number anyway so I get whatever benefits that may bring, but I am still really curious how my unconnected Avios bookings give me PA
     
  2. TheBeerHunter
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    What is your status with BA?
     
  3. ma91pmh
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    Zilch
     
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    You answered your own question above, which is why I added emphasis. If your AAdvantage number is on the reservation, you will receive the benefits you are entitled to based on your status, regardless of how you booked the ticket.
     
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  5. ma91pmh
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    No sorry this is not it. A couple of times I have done this. Then BP shows ExecPlat. But when I don't, it shows PriorityAccess. More than once so not a fluke. EP>PA. As I mentioned my unconnected flights where nobody as any idea I am EXP show PA
     
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  6. TheBeerHunter
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    What class are you flying in?
     
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  7. ma91pmh
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    Coach. The mystery deepens
     
  8. TheBeerHunter
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    LOL

    Could it be that BA/IB and AA are starting to sync their IT behind the scenes, and know our status across programs?
     
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  9. DestinationDavid
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    Y fare class tickets get Priority AAcess.

    Any chance you know what the fare class is for your award?

    Also you're not the first to experience this, another traveler on TOBB posted about this same issue this week. Looks like it's going around. :)
     
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  10. ma91pmh
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    Now that is an interesting angle but yes I happen to know the booking fare and it is... drum roll please... T

    So not that either :)
     
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  11. DestinationDavid
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    It might be just that, though. The poster on TOBB who received Priority AAccess on their Avios booking also booked into T class. ;)
     
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  12. ma91pmh
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    It may indeed be that, but that would seem to be a mistake :) As T is Coach MilesAAver inventory and I don't see how that gets PA. I wonder if a non-elite booking a saver AA award would get PA? I doubt it, but being T class then by this theory they would
     
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  13. DestinationDavid
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    Avios is new, perhaps there is a bug or this is something that hasn't been updated (either removing the PA or advertising it as a benefit of using Avios for AA awards)?
     
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    Do you mean using AA miles? If so I'm sure we would have heard much more of this glitch by now. :)
     
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    Then let's keep quiet about it ... sshhh ;)

    Sent from my iPhone using milepoint
     
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    I used some of my miles from the 100,000 BA credit card offer to go to Peru on AA back in October, and I was also given Priority AAccess. I don't have status on either airline. I just assumed it was a nice perk for redeeming with airline miles.
     
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    9k Avios roundtrip from WAS-ORD and Priority Access for non-elites? I'm never going to be able to redeem on this route again! :)
     
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  18. sleepyintheair
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    Maybe AA is doing you a favor and linking name (+birthdate maybe?) to your AAdvantage number?

    I had something similar happen awhile ago - United flight went mechanical, they put me on an AA flight instead. I never gave anyone my AA number (it was one of those cases of the two agents talking on the phone, sprint over to the AA desk, get handed a boarding pass and told "run!"), but after I was at the gate I glanced down and my AAdvantage number was there. Did wonder about it at the time a bit but never followed up, just counted myself as lucky to get miles for the flight.
     
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