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Where to book for maximum credit
I’m going to be booking a first class ticket in the coming weeks to fly on a BA flight. My question is should I book it as an AA marketed flight or as a BA marketed and then credit my AAdvantage account? How are the EQD’s and EQM’s calculated if I purchase it as a BA marketed flight? As an ExcePlat AAdvantage member I’d be getting a ton of miles because of the new way they are calculated but 2017 is going to be harder for me to re qualify for ExecPlat so I have to make sure I prioritize that over AAdvantage miles.
If you book directly on BA and credit to AA (whether its BA metal or a BA codeshare operated by AA), you earn miles via this chart [URL]https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/partner-airlines/british-airways.jsp[/URL]
If you book on AA (whether its AA metal or an AA codeshare operated by BA), the method of earning redeemable miles and miles toward status are very different and based on this chart instead [URL]https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/partner-airlines/american-airlines.jsp[/URL]
For example – LAX-LHR round trip first booked on AA is $8078. Base fare plus carrier surcharges (which I think are included in the new AAdvantage redeemable miles earning) are $7785. I believe this is also your EQD earning amount. As an AA EXP, you’d earn 75,000 redeemable miles (it’s supposed to be over 85k but there is a per-ticket cap) and you’d earn 21800 EQMs.
If you booked the same itinerary on BA and credit to AA, you’d earn 16366 redeemable miles plus another 13093 miles as an EXP member (assuming they keep elite mileage bonuses for 2017, for a total of 29459 redeemable miles. You’d earn 16366 EQMs toward status and $3273 EQDs
In this case, it’s much better to book directly from AA. However, this isnt always the case because there are so many different factors.