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Getting AA miles flying CX Question

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  1. manojl17

    Thanks Tiffany.

    Thank you also for putting that fine print out there. I tried to go through the copy of the itinerary but can’t seem to find the fare class. here it is anyway.

    How would one go about buying the minimum fare class to earn miles though?

    I searched various sites last year. It was on that I saw the CX fare and went to CX’s site to purchase the ticket.

    Just went there to see any options but all I see are “Economy, Prem E and Business.” Any way of selecting what ‘fare code’ you want to buy?

    Thanks in advance.


    Hi There,
    I keep reading about flying airline A and getting miles on airline B between partner airlines. I tried doing this last August. Flew out of ORD to HKG to BOM to HKG to ORD. Purchased the ticket directly from Cathay’s website and entered my AA number.

    I had been doing research for quite a while and found the ticket for US$805 inclusive of all taxes and jumped on that deal. After completing my trip and seeing no miles got posted to my account, I contacted AA who in turn told me I needed to get in touch with CX.

    CX told me that this fare didn’t get ANY miles at all.

    I am not understanding this concept clearly. How are others able to get cheap tickets and run mileage runs?

    Would appreciate any help understanding this.


  2. Anonymous

    Hi [USER=1855]@manojl17[/USER], and welcome!

    Do you have a copy of your original eTicket receipt that you can upload here? That would help us to answer (black out all the personal info first).

    It’s always important to check not just the fare, but[B] what bucket of inventory the fare is coming from[/B]. For flights on Cathay Pacific, you have to purchase at least the “[B]H[/B]” bucket to earn miles on American.


  3. David W

    So on the ticket you uploaded, you will see a “CL” column, which is the fare class. In your case, it is all “N” meaning it earns no miles with American. You wouldnt earn any with Alaska either. the ITA fare matrix lets you search routes and costs from a specific fare bucket and then try and replicate the fare on priceline or something.

    If you book using Cathay’s website, it tells you what fare class you are booking into after you select flights but before you pay. It looks like to get into the H fare class, you need to book “Economy Flex” on Cathay’s website. However, sometimes the “Premium Economy” price is cheaper than Econ Flex. In that case, book Prem Econ. You’ll get 110% miles plus 1.5 EQMs per mile. Round trip ORD-HKG in Prem Econ nets just over 23k EQMs, which is almost AAdvantage Gold.

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