Travel in the US on AA, crediting back to QFF - is joining AAdvantage a sensible ide

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Kerrodt

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Hi there,

I am about to embark on a holiday through the US and Canada and most of my internal flights will be on AA, with some designed as status runs. I am a QFF member, but not an AAdvantage member.

My questions are as follows:
1. Should I join AAdvantage and have my AA flights booked through the AA account? I do not have any need/desire to earn AA miles or status as I am a QFF member and the majority of my ongoing travel is with QF, and
2. If I do join AAdvantage can I have my earn credited back to QFF in the normal manner (both QF points and Status credits) - basically, can I input my QFF number into my AAdvantage profile, or in the flight booking itself so that points and status credits come back to my QFF account as partner airline earnings?

In previous trips to the US I have booked AA flights via aa.com without an AAdvantage account and simply input my QFF details in the booking screen. I'm wondering if there is added benefit to having the account, and no additional bothers.

Many thanks.
 

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Re: Travel in the US on AA, crediting back to QFF - is joining AAdvantage a sensible

If you want the points and SCs to go to your QFF account just put that in when booking or at the airport... Don't need to open an AA account...

Whether its better to allocate the flights to AA or to QF probably depends on booking class and what earn rates they have in the two programs, but allocating the miles to AA rather than points to QF might be a good decision as the awards under AA require fewer miles and they don't levy fuel surcharges on awards (unless you fly BA or IB)...
 

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Re: Travel in the US on AA, crediting back to QFF - is joining AAdvantage a sensible

I've booked a few AA flights on AA.com and haven't yet signed up for an AAdvantage account. From reading serfty's posts on AA Status Runs, I noticed that the benefit of logging in via your AAdvantage account would be pre-filled fields. I haven't yet bothered with this and have been happy enough to fill in fields as required. I would be under the assumption that regardless whether you were signed into your AAdvantage account or not when making the booking, you could choose to either fill the FF account with either your QFF or AA membership number, depending on which program you wanted to credit the flight to. I've always wanted to credit to QF, so this was the easiest path for me.
 

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Re: Travel in the US on AA, crediting back to QFF - is joining AAdvantage a sensible

If you want the points and SCs to go to your QFF account just put that in when booking or at the airport... Don't need to open an AA account...

Whether its better to allocate the flights to AA or to QF probably depends on booking class and what earn rates they have in the two programs, but allocating the miles to AA rather than points to QF might be a good decision as the awards under AA require fewer miles and they don't levy fuel surcharges on awards (unless you fly BA or IB)...

Thanks Casanovawa, but if I credit miles to AA, then won't I miss out on the QFF status credit earn? QF SC earn is a part of the reason for doing what I am doing.
 

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Re: Travel in the US on AA, crediting back to QFF - is joining AAdvantage a sensible

I've booked a few AA flights on AA.com and haven't yet signed up for an AAdvantage account. From reading serfty's posts on AA Status Runs, I noticed that the benefit of logging in via your AAdvantage account would be pre-filled fields. I haven't yet bothered with this and have been happy enough to fill in fields as required. I would be under the assumption that regardless whether you were signed into your AAdvantage account or not when making the booking, you could choose to either fill the FF account with either your QFF or AA membership number, depending on which program you wanted to credit the flight to. I've always wanted to credit to QF, so this was the easiest path for me.

Thanks Kevrosmith. I think you have answered my question. I won't open an AAdvantage account.
 

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Re: Travel in the US on AA, crediting back to QFF - is joining AAdvantage a sensible

As a WP when you book economy tickets on AA.com you get no charge access to the same seats as those with AAdvantage status do. (Otherwise you will find yourself 'down the back'.) Also, you get free checked luggage.

The only reason I have travelled on an AA flight under my Advantage account was when the fare class would not earn with QFF (as used to be the case with N ad Q) - even then I would still use my QFF number initially, only swapping over in the AC or F/L once I had checked in.
 
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