AA dom upgrade for non-AAdvantage member

Discussion in 'Your Questions' started by voulez, May 17, 2018.

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  1. voulez

    voulez Junior Member

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    Morning all, I'm looking to upgrade an upcoming AA ORD-LAX revenue flight in June booked in economy. I can't find a cash upgrade option under 'manage my booking' on the AA website. Is my best course of action to request for that at the airport; do they email these offers in advance? Also, how much would they cost roughly? (The current difference on the AA website is c.US$150 so I'm hoping that'd be the case, otherwise I should just suck it up and stay in economy.)

    Sorry if this has been asked before. I did a quick search and most answers require AAdvantage membership which I don't have (I'm QF SG though if it matters)?
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    Thanks again :)
     
  2. MEL_Traveller

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    Just call them up and ask if your ticket can be upgraded for cash. I wouldn't be waiting for the airport, by that stage they may have upgraded all their elites for free.
     
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  3. voulez

    voulez Junior Member

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    Ok I'll do that thanks!!
     
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  5. voulez

    voulez Junior Member

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  6. Quickstatus

    Quickstatus Senior Member

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    It’s such a PITA to see a small difference between fare class but a huge fine to get there
     
  7. Mattg

    Mattg Senior Member

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    Didn't American Airlines used to waive change fees for customers upgrading to a higher fare/cabin class on the same flight?

    To the OP, how much of that $500 change fee was your travel agent's own fee?
     
  8. Quickstatus

    Quickstatus Senior Member

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    In January 2018 I had a discounted Y fare that I wanted to change to F fare. The published difference was circa USD $200. A change fine (cant remember the amount) was required if I went ahead. The fare was purchased via AA.com
     
  9. MEL_Traveller

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    apparently they used to waive change fees for upgrading, but IIRC there have been a couple of cases recently where this is no longer offered, despite what was previous published.
     
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  10. voulez

    voulez Junior Member

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    $150 ticketing fee, and remainder $350 is the fare difference (fare I paid was lower than the current fare) or something of that sort. Nothing's never quite clear cut!
     
  11. blacksultan

    blacksultan Member

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    Does one get different/better/ direct flight routes by calling the Aadvantage call centre as opposed to booking online?
    at the moment I am trying to book MEL- BKK business the online options are all via SYD.
    Any info would be appreciated.
     
  12. Mattg

    Mattg Senior Member

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    Calling up should give you access to MH via KUL or CX via HKG, if any seats are available. You might also be able to get MEL-SIN-KUL, flying QF to SIN and MH SIN-KUL. But there are no direct Oneworld flights on that route...
     
  13. blacksultan

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    thanks. thats right. also learnt there is no booking fee if the option chosen is not available online.
     
  14. serfty

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    They still do this, although you may need to remind the agent of it.

    Upgrading AA Fare Code or Class of Service - Upfare / Upfaring (master thd) - FlyerTalk Forums

     
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