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Best way to book an AA (ex US) flight (new thread)

Fifa

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I just booked a multi-city flight in the US on aa.com, using some of the suggestions on AFF. I checked "My Reservation" after 10 mins, and my booking still said "Purchased" but not "Ticketed" so I thought I may have to go through Fifa's experience to ticket my flights.
I wonder if mine took a long time to ticket as I charged over $2000 on my credit card (for 2 x pax)?
 

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Looking at a YUPP routing on AA.com which I'm unable to force on the Australian site. Is anyone aware if 1) the el segundo method still works or b) the OZ office still charges $60.00 per person for processing a US site booking?
 

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1) Yes (Booked and paid for one yesterday and Paid for two held bookings today)

2) I believe so.
 

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Does anyone know if an AA award tickets can be altered (date only) online for US residents? If so I might try to alter the address of my existing booking to save me an argument over excessive fees.
 

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Does anyone know if an AA award tickets can be altered (date only) online for US residents? If so I might try to alter the address of my existing booking to save me an argument over excessive fees.
Don't know.

But IME all of my AAwards have been able to have date/time changes free of charge (subject to tax change which may be additional or refund), as long as you are not changing your Origin, Destination, class of travel or routing (ie adding stopovers).
 

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Yes that's my understanding but I reckon they'll try to charge a $60 service fee for a 50c change in tax!
 

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Not an award, but my experience with an ex AKL xONEx was that after paying the initial NZD60 per PAX booking fee, no additional service fees were charged for the several date/time alterations I needed to make
 

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Yes that's my understanding but I reckon they'll try to charge a $60 service fee for a 50c change in tax!
I agree with Serfty above.

It's just the initial booking.

I have an upcoming F award CNS-SYD-LAX-SFO and I called last week to fly down to SYD the afternoon prior to my SYD-LAX segment (transit is just UNDER 24 hours), I received a $2.90 refund for a 5 minute phone call.
 

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Just used El-Segundo method for a booking on AA.com and it worked a treat. I emailed my Relationship Manager at Westpac prior to booking in case of any Fraud Department detection.
The reservation was ticketed within 15 minutes.
 

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Just used El-Segundo method for a booking on AA.com and it worked a treat. I emailed my Relationship Manager at Westpac prior to booking in case of any Fraud Department detection.
The reservation was ticketed within 15 minutes.
Mine took 12 hours to ticket for my positioning flights, and around 18 hours for my main run.

Was quite surprised - never had it take that long in the past. I wonder if it's a Saturday thing.
 

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I made a booking last night via the Australia AA site now when i login with my advantage account via the "aa.com" site i don't see anything but under the australian AA site entering my confirmation "XXXXX" number and surname i see the status as confirmed.

Now in here it gives me choices to actually select seats but each time i select the seats they done stay selected??

Once i exit that page or try login in and check the status again the seats i previously selected are removed and all it says next to the flights again is "None specified"

I have tried multiple times entering the seats but they keep getting removed???

Anyone know why ??
 
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El Segundo is Dead.
Just purchased on line my tickets on line at aa.com.It let me get to the payment page-often before it would automatically put tickets on hold.
For CC details just added a 0 to postcode.Caloundra is 4551 so just put 04551 and CC accepted,tickets issued.
About time!
 

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El Segundo is Dead.
Just purchased on line my tickets on line at aa.com.It let me get to the payment page-often before it would automatically put tickets on hold.
For CC details just added a 0 to postcode.Caloundra is 4551 so just put 04551 and CC accepted,tickets issued.
About time!
So El Segundo isn't "dead", just "yesterday's man" ;)
 

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Just purchased on line my tickets on line at aa.com.It let me get to the payment page-often before it would automatically put tickets on hold.
For CC details just added a 0 to postcode.Caloundra is 4551 so just put 04551 and CC accepted,tickets issued.
About time!
Can you select Australia as a country now ?
 

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El Segundo is Dead.
Just purchased on line my tickets on line at aa.com.It let me get to the payment page-often before it would automatically put tickets on hold.
For CC details just added a 0 to postcode.Caloundra is 4551 so just put 04551 and CC accepted,tickets issued.
About time!
Same thing for paying surcharges with credit card on redemptions over the phone with USA agents. Their "zip code" field is 5 digits. Tell them to prefix your postcode with a leading zero and it goes through fine. Been like this for a a few years now.
 

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just a question : does it worth to book and pay AA tickets from Australia wherever i want to go or i need to keep going on QF ?
 

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Hi All - couldn't see this discussed anywhere in this thread. Has anyone tried to book an ex-USA to AU flight from a site other than the AU or US AA site (e.g. Argentina)? I've noticed the pricing on there can be better, especially for QF numbered flights. There's some discussion in the FAQs about the price being changed if the card of issue is a different currency to the "country of residence". Has anyone ever had a flight price "recalculated" when using an AU card??
 

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Unfortunately, the rates are per country, you cannot book a flight on another website than US with a departure from US. You can check a return flight from HK to SYD is half than return flight from SYD to HK.


Hi All - couldn't see this discussed anywhere in this thread. Has anyone tried to book an ex-USA to AU flight from a site other than the AU or US AA site (e.g. Argentina)? I've noticed the pricing on there can be better, especially for QF numbered flights. There's some discussion in the FAQs about the price being changed if the card of issue is a different currency to the "country of residence". Has anyone ever had a flight price "recalculated" when using an AU card??
 

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