NYC To China: Which Airlines?

Sep 17th, 2009, 08:43 PM
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I finally booked on AA. Most ridiculous because I had to cash in a paper voucher, so I had to head out all the way to JFK to do this as they can't do this on the phone.

And to add insult to injury, they couldn't match the website price ($50) and they had to add a $30 booking charge.

The timing is sensitive so I had to do it tonight.
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Sep 17th, 2009, 08:48 PM
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They do have a city office center in NYC:

Midtown Manhattan Travel Center
360 Lexington Avenue
New York NY 10017

Issues or claims related to damaged bags cannot be processed at this location.

Open:
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Directions:
Between 40th and 41st Street
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Sep 17th, 2009, 09:01 PM
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I know, but I didn't think that I could wait until tomorrow because I'm really leaving quite soon.

I think that's the ticketing office for most airlines near GCT.

It's good that I called around 9 pm rather than wait until midnight as I normally would. The JFK ticket counter closes at 11 pm so I had enough time to use public transportation....
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Sep 18th, 2009, 06:30 AM
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Before you fly I'd recommend you sign up with AA for the Platinum challenge (it will cost $150 I think.) Based on AAFF's itinerary above, if followed in the booking classes listed you ought to achieve 10K Elite Qualifying points in the trip. I make the redeemable miles from the trip (not to be confused with elite qualifying miles, which are computed on a different basis during the promo) at something around 24,000 since the segment on which you cross over 10,000 EQP and all subsequent segments on AA earn a 100% elite bonus. If you used the itinerary and booking classes AAFF suggested you'd cross that threshold on the PVG-ORD segment, which is a good one for double RDM.
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Sep 18th, 2009, 06:47 AM
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I didn't check the booking codes. Oops!

How do I check? It's been ticketed. Can I still change if I need to?

The itinerary is JFK-NRT-BJS, PVG-ORD-LGA.

All are AA flights except NRT-BJS, which is JAL.

Thanks!
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Sep 18th, 2009, 06:51 AM
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Codes on AA.com are W, L (for JAL), W, W.

By the way I skimmed a thread on the Lounge about how AA has sold some miles to Citi to arrange for financing. (Sorry if I didn't get the details right.)

Whatever it is, what I'm concerned about is that it will become harder to use AA miles in the future. Is there anything to worry about? I've been accumulating rather than using.
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Sep 18th, 2009, 06:56 AM
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The booking codes ought to be listed in your e-ticket confirmation email, or in the confirmation email you got if you put them on hold. If all else fails, you can phone AA and they'll tell you (no charge.)

"L" fares earn 1 EQP per mile and most other fares earn 0.5 EQP/mi. Any flight with an AA flight number is eligible, including codeshares on other airlines' metal; EQP earned on other airlines' numbered flights (e.g. JL XXX) don't count against the challenge.

If you need to "upfare" your itinerary to an higher booking class, they usually won't charge you a change fee, so it's your call. You do need to do it on the phone, however.
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Sep 18th, 2009, 07:03 AM
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Hi, our messages crossed and sorry for the repeated posts.

For the AA flights:
Discount Economy Class H, K, M, L, W, V 100%

For JAL flight:
Discount Economy Class
B, E, H, K, L, M, Q, V, X
70%
1.00 (Points)

All AA flights are W and JAL is code L.

So I'm assuming it's ok?

http://www.webflyer.com/travel/mileage_calculator/

Courtesy of

JFK-NRT: 6730 miles
NRT-BJS: 1340 miles
PVG-ORD: 7050 miles
ORD-LGA: 731 miles

I've about 5700 elite qualifying miles and 11000 elite qualifying points right now.

With the Plat challenge, I think that I should cross over at the PVG-ORD segment, so that one and all subsequent flights should achieve double mileage, right?

Separately I think that I'll qualify for double mileage with the NYC residents promotion?

I guess I'd better call AA and find out too.

Thanks again!
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Sep 18th, 2009, 07:28 AM
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Yes, you ought to hit Plat on PVG-ORD. Your year to date points don't matter for the challenge; it's the 10K points you earn during the 3-month Challenge period that matter.
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Sep 18th, 2009, 07:53 AM
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I keep forgetting it's the points that matter for the challenge. Thanks!

Just in case anyone wants to know (points computation):

Discount Economy Class
H, K, M, L, W, V
1.00

Deep Discount Economy Class
G, Q, N, O**, S
0.50
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