AA's Plat Challenge: Can't Do It!

Apr 8th, 2009, 11:26 AM
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Duh. Thanks for the 377 + 288. I kept thinking that 288 = 0.25 of something (either 377 or 500). It didn't occur to me that the sum is 1.25 x 500.

Ok, I figured out the EQP, thanks to the hints from you guys. It's 0.5 x 2586 + 1.5 x (500 + 2475) = 5755.5, which was rounded to 5756.

The SFO-LAX-JFK accumulated points at the 1.5x rate.

It helps to have an Excel spreadsheet open to do these calculations.

I think there's a lot of behind-the-scenes maneuvering I don't understand. When I was at the airport, I had to call a number of times before I got the SFO-LAX-JFK routing. The airport agent routed me through ORD initially. I must have gotten a very sympathetic agent on the phone who got me onto a higher fare class.

I don't feel too bad about $150 now. I'd not have anticipated that my return would be cancelled, and I can see now that I only got 50% points for JFK-SFO. But I wonder if I decide subsequently to call back and have them backdate the challenge if they are still going to give me 1.5 x the points for SFO-LAX-JFK.

Out of curiosity is Q or S more expensive, or is it impossible to tell? They both accrue 50% points.
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Apr 8th, 2009, 11:35 AM
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http://www.flyerguide.com/wiki/index...ility_%28AA%29

You got lucky that they changed your fare class when they rerouted you. Normally, it should have stayed the same, but the agent was probably too busy to notice/bother.
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Apr 8th, 2009, 11:44 AM
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Thanks for the informative link. S is higher than Q.

I thought that JFK-SFO was Q, but then I just reviewed my AA printout and it's printed out as R. I can't retrieve the reservation online anymore. In the Wiki page, R only applies for transatlantic flights.

I was trying to figure out whether the fare classes affected my upgrades, but I don't see an obvious pattern as I guess there are other factors.
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Apr 8th, 2009, 11:48 AM
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I didn't realize SFO-LAX-JFK was the result of rerouting. They probably rebooked you into Y. I personally don't think they'll go back and take the extra points away after the fact.

FWIW my uncle mistakenly got 1.5 for a Q fare upgraded to A using miles back in Feb and the points are still there.
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Apr 8th, 2009, 11:49 AM
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AFAIK, fare class on AA has nothing to do with upgrade chances. It depends on
1) when you requested the upgrade
2) your status
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Apr 8th, 2009, 11:51 AM
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Your JFK-SFO is "R" = sticker upgrade. From the wiki page:
EXP and 500-mile Upgrades from Economy to Business on 3-class transcons and 2-class short-haul international flights (e.g., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America). Operational Upgrades.
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Apr 8th, 2009, 11:52 AM
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When they rerouted you, they might have "lost" your place on the upgrade queue.
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Apr 8th, 2009, 11:55 AM
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What if you paid full fare economy? They won't give you the upgrade?

I'm trying to find my boarding passes. I've only found the SFO-LAX. It's indeed Y (under "Class"). They gave me a complimentary upgrade and a new pass afterwards. That class is X.

I also have the boarding passes for the SFO-ORD-LGA routing and the classes are S.

I like it when you discover that under this labyrinth there's really some sense of order.
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Apr 8th, 2009, 11:57 AM
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Yes, you're right, yk, on the R class. I printed out my reservations from AA after my upgrade request went through and the class was "Business." Thus it was indeed Q originally (if I remember right).

Thanks for clarifying that part of the mystery.
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Apr 8th, 2009, 12:01 PM
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As an elite, you (and a companion) can request complimentary upgrade with Y/B.
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