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AA/AS Hot Potato on BA Reservations
Hi OMAAT Community,
I’ve got a pair of BA reservations coming up next month (LAX-LHR and LHR-GLA) and want to credit miles to AS, since I’m MVP Gold. However, I’m also AA Gold/OW Ruby, which entitles me to select seats a week in advance instead of at check-in.
BA wouldn’t let me edit my frequent flyer # in these bookings online (weird?) so I outreached them on Twitter and they said I can only have one # per record locator, so I chose AA in order to take advantage of the advance seat assignment. I figured I could then change to my AS number before the outbound flight for mileage credit, but please advise if this could present any problems.
Also, does anyone know if I’ll then need to change BACK to my AA number to select seats for the flight home (about 10 days later), or will I be recognized as One World Ruby in perpetuity since it’s already been in the system as such?
Yes, you should be able to change to your AS FF number at the gate, once you have your boarding pass.
Unfortunately I think once you verify the outbound flights have been credited to AS you’ll need to change the reservation back to your AA number so you’ll get your OW boarding privileges then once again change it to the AS number at the gate.
Hi Again – Welp, it appears I gambled and lost with this FF# switcheroo. Used to OW Ruby status to secure early seat assignments, then at the airport before our LAX-LHR I asked a BA agent to switch my number on the record locator to AS. She even reissued my boarding pass, and it didn’t say OW Ruby on it.
Sure enough, I look at my AA account and I earned a whopping 1,910 AAdvantage miles for this flight, rather than the 12,000(ish) Mileage Plan miles I should have earned as an MVP Gold member 🙁
Prior to my return last Sunday I asked a BA agent at LHR to [B]please [/B]wipe my AA number from the reservation and only list my AS number. I’m still waiting on return flight miles to post to AS, but have faith it will happen…
My question is this: Has anyone had success asking AA (or another airline) to void-out credited miles, so that you can request mileage credit from another carrier?
I have done that, actually. If you get AA to remove them, and submit all the documentation to AS, they should credit them for you.