Changing seat assignment: AA codeshare on BA

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  1. lili
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    One leg of my trip is LHR-BRU, short flight I know, but AA can't assign seats, says BA will assign, check at the gate to get seats together (we're on separate PNRs.)

    Is there a way to take care of this in advance? Is it possible to get the BA record locator and do this on their website?
     
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    ba.com/mmb you will need the BA locator to do it. Once in the booking, first thing is to make sure to enter your FF info so it recognises your status and let's you select a decent seat.
     
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    Thanks! Good call on adding the FF info - probably wouldn't have done that.

    Do I get the locator number from AA? or do I need to call BA?
     
  4. CT-UK
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    I believe your AA locator will do it on the BA site now.
     
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    I've always gotten it directly from AA (on the EXP line) - CT-UK's post below is intriguing though and news to me. I would just try it with your AA locator first and if not call up AA. BA's MMB (Manage My Booking) is IMO the best part of their website.
     
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    You would have had to do that--BA don't allow non-status passengers to select seats before OLCI without paying a fee, so if you want to do so you must give them a frequent flyer number with oneworld sapphire or emerald status.
     
  7. lili
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    You're right CT-UK! What an awesome website. Thanks!

    I'm able to change seats after entering my AA FF number. My companion is crediting miles to Alaska, which may be the reason I can't see their seat assignment or change it.
     
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    BA does this even for premium cabins, correct? So non-status F and J travelers have to wait as well? Or am I remembering this incorrectly....?
     
  9. CT-UK
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    Only in J unless on full fare. All F pax get to pick a seat
     
  10. CT-UK
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    Have your friend enter their AA number now into the booking then you can select seats together. They can then change it back to Alaska just before the flight ant they get the miles to to their Alaska account
     
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    Is this just for AA locators, or is it all OW? Either way a pretty impressive step forward!
     
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    BA don't allow free advance selection (save for F pax) for any passengers that aren't oneworld sapphire or above. Source: British Airways - Seating guide
     
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    Site was very impressive until it warned me more information was needed for travel. Seems my Passport information didn't carry over from the AA reservation. When I tried to add it I kept getting some sort of error.
     
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    Well aware of that. To be clear, I am asking if you can use all OW locators on the MMB site. i.e. if I was on a CX ticket connecting to BA, could I use my CX locator on BA.com/mmb to access the booking. It was (good) news to me that you could do this with an AA locator now.
     
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    As far as I'm aware you'll run into problems trying to use a CX locator on ba.com because CX uses a different five-digit locator which isn't particularly compatible with most OW carriers.

    I've been really impressed as well with how BA recognizes your OW status immediately and opens up seat assignment options as soon as you've put in your FF number. Also, AA locators have worked on their site for a few years now, IIRC.
     
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    ... and if your status has recently changed since the booking, you will have to get BA to re-pull the reservation to get your updated status (we needed this when we went from Gold to Platinum after the trip started)
     

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