Question on AA award tickets using BA miles

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  1. lichenlt
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    I'm looking to book award tickets for two SEA-JFK-SJU in J. Since there's no Biz class on SEA-JFK, how would this award be priced? Will I be able to get 35k*2 one way?
     
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    When I use the BA.com award engine, no SEA-JFK seats show under J search, but seats show under F search. That means they'd be charged at the F rate, which is 3x the roundtrip Y rate. Not a great use of miles, I'm afraid.

    The only AA awards worth using that many miles are the transcon F (LAX/SFO-JFK) or the ones where they use international F planes (I think LAX-MIA is one route).
     
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    BA usually charges F pricing (3x coach) for 'first class' which is what AA calls their front cabin. But call back and talk to enough agents and someone may price it as business.
     
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    if its not too far for you, you could also see is YVR-JFK on CX j is available which is a far better product imo.
     
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    I think using CX AND AA would make this itinerary cost an insane amount of miles.
     
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    If I fly YVR-JFK, I won't be able to get to SJU on just one partner.
     
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    Correct, missed that you were using BA miles in which case sticking to AA all the way is probably best!
     
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  8. lichenlt
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    just booked outbound flight.

    When I received the email confirmation, I noticed that I was charged $40 booking fee, so $20 per ticket? I thought it was $20 per booking?
     
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    Another question is, I haven't been able to find Biz class seats on the return flight, would the program change cause significant increase in miles needed to redeem this route if I book it after Wednesday?
     
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    Did you book it ont he phone? They may have charged you a fee for doing that. Usually if you cannot get it online and have to call you need to make sure they are aware that their ba.com system is not pricing it for you, and you need to ask them not to charge you an additional fee. If you booked it all online, then maye there are additional charges for this routing or it booked it as two seperate segments.

    Cheers,

    PedroNY
     
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    Yes, I booked it on the phone. The agent didn't even tell me the fee included $40 booking fee. I thought it was for tax and fuel surchages.

    When I booked another flight, the agent told me that I can't book stopover online, but if I book it on the phone, there's gonna be a $20 booking fee. I asked if she could waive it, she said no.

    so is the booking fee per ticket or per booking?
     
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    I just paid $20 per ticket (2 people, same itinerary). Wasn't even told there was a booking fee. The reps are swamped and surly, I didn't push it.
     
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    Odd. When I booked an itinerary that had stopovers in it, the booking fee was waived for me since it wasn't something I could do online.
     
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    How did you ask the agent to waive it?

    Maybe you just had a really nice agent, LOL
     
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    I wonder if it is worth writing in to see about getting the $40 refunded?
     
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    I did have a nice agent. I didn't have to ask to get it waived- he did it for me automatically and stated it was because it couldn't be booked online.
     
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    Lucky.
     

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