aadvantage website

Nov 25th, 2013, 07:42 PM
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aadvantage website


My experience has been that when I try to book a flight on the aadvantage website with mileadge, It always comes back saying :
There are currently no awards available on AA.com for your requested Origin and Destination. Please modify your request or contact AAdvantage Reservations for award opportunities on all AAdvantage participating airlines

yet when I call the airline on the phone, I can always make a reservation with $25 charge.

Do other people have this experience and can I do anything ?

Thank You in advance for your responses
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Nov 25th, 2013, 08:29 PM
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I've had AA miles for some twenty years and flown numerous times on miles. I have noticed that there has been a tightening up on availability in recent years. On the other hand, the partner airlines have made up for that - the choices are many these days. I don't remember any instances where a simple AA award flight was not there on the website but was available with a phone call that incurs the fee, but I've paid the fee many times for complicated award trips involving two or more partner airlines, tickets that simply could not be done from one or the other website alone, and the 25 bucks were well spent.

Maybe madi is a victim of "revenue-enhancing tactics" on the part of AA?
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Nov 26th, 2013, 03:11 AM
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OP, were you picking cities that AA doesn't service with their own metal?
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Nov 26th, 2013, 03:51 AM
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For what it is worth, we've been able to get FF Award tickets many times using the website - can't recall ever having difficulties. Like one of the previous poster we sometimes call to book when we have a complex routing - we never really worry about the $25 fee.
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Nov 26th, 2013, 06:02 AM
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Not all of AA's partners can be booked for mileage travel on AA's website, so it's possible you're just not seeing options that are only bookable through the agents. Yes, it's annoying that you have to pay the fee in those cases, but that's baseball.

Where do you want to go, when and from where?
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Nov 29th, 2013, 07:33 AM
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Thank you all

I am going to Thailand in February and the airlines are Cathay Pacific or Japan. I understand what you say and the fee of $25 is very small compare to the cost of a ticket. I just wanted to ask because it seems that I always needed to call and not do it on the website.

From what u answered I understand that if it involves a partner, most likely I have to call

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