Avoiding LHR on BA on AA Reward Redemption

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  1. USAJerry

    USAJerry Active Member

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    I was pretty excited yesterday when I was able to get over the 40,000 AAdvantage Mile threshold in order to qualify for a RT from IAD to PRG (connecting through LHR) this Fall. 20K going. 20K coming back.

    I wasn't excited to see the routing through LHR on BA with the taxes and fees being well over $600US.

    For the amount they were charging in taxes alone, I can pay the full fare and "Flot" IAD-SVO-PRG for less.

    So is there any possibility to avoid LHR on a trip to Europe on AA? I think the taxes and fees are not worth it and are absolutely ridiculous even when you have to cough up 40K in miles for the "reward".
     
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  2. Menashe

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    AA or Iberia to Madrid is one possibility.
     
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  3. NYCAdventurer

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    Biggest downfall of BA!
     
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  4. DestinationDavid
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    AA has a few other partners that fly to PRG but you'll need to call AA to find availability. Try IB as mentioned but also AB and AY.
     
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    zphelj Gold Member

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    I've found that BA redemptions are very disappointing in just about all cases for me. This quickly killed any excitement I had about BA making it into the AA.COM online booking system. I'd have preferred they added other partners.
     
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    .....would be considered by many a wise travel choice. :)
     
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  7. thebone

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    I spoke w/AA and they said the Madrid route is the only way around it. BA is being arrogant and ridiculous. Just avoid them, as I will, on all travel.
     
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  8. USAJerry

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    Thanks so much in asking AA about this for me. Once the miles from my FTD purchase post, that'll put me over the top for redemption and I'll ring up the folks at AA and see what they can do. Kind of unfortunate though as I would have liked to check out BA. However, it just doesn't make sense to use my miles and pay them a crazy surcharge when I can fly RT all-in for less than the surcharge! :confused:

    Your help is very appreciated!
     
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  9. philatravelgirl

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    I'd look at using the points to upgrade the BA flight instead -that's what I do on my BA flights
     
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    I think u can also fly through dublin, can't remember the airline though.

    BA also has flights that go into cities other than LHR (I think they have one to AMS and maybe even one to Fra).

    Iberia is a horrible airline, but yeah they have flights to Madrid (no first class though - but your not speaking of first anyways).
     
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  11. DestinationDavid
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    So AA specifically stated routing through Helsinki or AB's German gateways were not allowed?
     
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  12. DestinationDavid
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    If you're using BA the YQ charges will apply regardless, sadly.
     
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    Other than the experience of LHR with a weather or strike problem, I agree. I will not transit LHR or LGW. Destination yes, transit no.
     
  14. Mike Reed

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    It may be that there are no onward connections or published routes through those connection points without backtracking or exceeding the maximum mileage. You'd think AB would for sure. Again, I think this is an agent unfamiliar with the routes.

    Sent from my iPhone using milepoint
     
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  15. DestinationDavid
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    That was my gist, both AY and AB have published routes from what I can tell and I doubt it's a mileage issue since AA has a pretty liberal policy and these are small distances. Could be wrong but I'm curious if the AAgent specifically excluded those routes or if IB was the "easy" answer to give.
     
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    I wonder if award nexus may find something under this criteria?
     

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