Question about Award Class Change

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  1. Ed Chandler
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    Ed Chandler Silver Member

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    Hey, all

    I'm aware that there's no fee to change an AA award if all you're changing is the dates. Does that hold true if you're also changing the CLASS of service?

    Example:
    I book an award on AA from ORD to HNL in coach because there's nothing available in business.
    If space opens up in business, can I change the award I booked for the difference between the coach and business redemption, or is there some additional fee or penalty?

    Thanks.
     
  2. DestinationDavid
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    Historically you should be able to upgrade the class with no fee.
     
  3. deant
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    Dave, I know that many have not been charged a change fee for "upgrading" the class of service. However, the following is from the AA web site:

    Changes that require different award type -
    Changes to the itinerary which involve different AAdvantage® award(s) than originally ticketed require a reinstatement of the original award ticket, payment of the applicable award reinstatement charge (see below), and a new award ticket issued (waived for AAdvantage Executive Platinum® members using miles from their account).

    Since the original booking was for coach and if business comes up, I would assume that AA would be within its rights to charge for the change.

    It may be that AA does not follow the "rule" but it is there so they could charge for the change.
     
  4. DestinationDavid
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    Right, that's why I did add the "historically" portion to my response. The language suggests a fee but in practice AA doesn't charge it. AA has not typically charged this if you move to a higher cabin but it does if you move down a cabin.

    Here's a link to the Flyerguide page on AA award change fees, the sixth bullet point is of interest: LINK.

    Award level change: $150 USD (FlyerTalkers [1] report no fee for changing to a higher level award, subject to availability)
     
  5. dayone
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    I have not been charged for upclassing an award, but I have not done so in a couple of years.
     
  6. LiveLaughLoveTravel
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    I upclassed an award in July, and there was no fee, despite what it said online.
     
  7. schnitzel
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    So, the big question is, how often does more inventory in the higher classes open up as the flight date approaches?

    I've got some coach awards and I just used some, and for all, I've watched carefully and not seen a single increase on EF.

    But my sample size is obviously small. Any idea if this really happens? I've up-classed an award before, but AFAIK, the seats were available the whole time - I just changed my mind. How often does AA open more seats to awards?
     

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