Oneworld status baggage allowance for AA flights

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rk1

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 19 Oct 2015

Total posts 31

My understanding was that you had a checked baggage allowance of one, two or three bags for Oneworld ruby, sapphire or emerald status on AA internal flights. Recently I was told by the ticket attendant however that this is only the case if you check in with your QFF number and not your AAdvantage number. Is this true?


This then means that accruing and retaining AAdvantage miles becomes more difficult

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

So this is a twist on the lounge access scenario? 

To clarify: 
  • You have status on QFF but no status on Aadvantage?
  • So you want to accrue miles to Aadvantage but want to benefit from your QFF status, with regards to baggage allowance?

rk1

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 19 Oct 2015

Total posts 31

Yes. I have Gold QFF status which equates to Sapphire Oneworld status. But this status is only recognzed if I accrue Qantas points and not Aadvantage miles on a non codeshare flight

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Yes. I have Gold QFF status which equates to Sapphire Oneworld status. But this status is only recognzed if I accrue Qantas points and not Aadvantage miles on a non codeshare flight

Yes, so unlike lounge access baggage allowance is similar to the benefit of "free seat selection", where your booking needs to include the FF number that has the status.

You might want to try changing the FF number after check in. Approach the lounge staff or airline customer service after checking in and ask for your boarding pass to reflect the Aadvantage number. There is still a risk however that you may still accrue to QFF.

But let's step back and ask a really important question: Why do you want to accrue Aadvantage miles by flying?

If you want Aadvantage miles that you've purchased to remain valid and not expire, buying additional miles or redeeming miles would be sufficient. You'd only really want to accrue Aadvantage miles through flying if you want to attain status with Aavantage. Since you are QFF Gold anyway, what's the rational for this move?

Last editedby TheRealBabushka at Nov 15, 2016, 10:59 AM.

rk1

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 19 Oct 2015

Total posts 31

Thanks for that suggestion.

Yes, the rationale is to avoid expiry of the current miles. The number of accrued miles is not great but would soon let me reach a free flight. I do not think that I can improve my status with either QFF or AA in the time I have left during the accrual year and the number of miles/points would also not be large.

Thanks again for your advice

thelongroad

Member since 14 Nov 2015

Total posts 43

I have heard people talk on other forums about booking and checking in with one airlines's FF number, then changing it in the lounge or at the gate.  The last one in there will be the one that accrues the miles.  Don't know if this is true.

rk1

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 19 Oct 2015

Total posts 31

Thanks very much

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