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changing mileage designation
I am a platinum flyer on American and MVP on Alaska. I am traveling on an american flght LA-LON and currently my American # is in the reservation. Because it is better mileage wise to have my Alaska # in the reservation, I attempted to change it online and could not. When I called American, then directed me to Alaska.
Alaska told me it could be done but I would have to remove my American # from the reservation.
They said I would lose all my platinum privileges (seating, early boarding etc.) on the flights. Could they take away my preferred seat? This is important as if is a long flight. After I return I could present the boarding passes to Alaska for credit.
Seating is important-can they take it away?
Yep, the Alaska agent is correct (though American should have been able to do this for you). You can only get the benefits of one program at a time, so if you get perks based on your AA status, you have to have your AA number in the reservation.
That said, you might be able to get a gate agent to change it for you right before boarding.