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It’s no secret that using British Airways Avios for American Airlines operated flights can be a very good deal since the Avios chart is distance based and charges as few as 4,500 points for a flight that is up to 650 miles, 7,500 points for flights 651-1,151 miles, and 10,000 points for flights 1,152-2,000 miles. However, just like when booking with many airline partners in a variety of programs, the process often involves some extra steps beyond what is usually required when you are booking directly with the operating carrier.
One of those big steps in this case was related to getting and/or changing seat assignments…something that is clearly important to pretty much all family travelers. Previously to do this you had to get the American Airlines record locator number from British Airways (as it was not the same as the confirmation number you get from British Airways). There was a website that helped with this process, but it was still a process. You then had to take that AA record locator number to the AA site to try and select or change your seat assignments.
However, recently the process has been greatly improved, and you can actually click to select your seats on the AA site directly from the British Airways site.
This will then take you to the American Airlines site where you will see your AA record locator number (deleted below) and be able to select or change your seats.
This may not seem like a huge improvement, but for us it is a very helpful improvement.
Using British Airways Avios for short flights on their partners can be a tremendous deal, so don’t overlook this option for flights operated by partners such as American Airlines, Alaska, and US Airways. Alaska operated flights have to be booked over the phone with BA. As a reminder, you can easily earn British Airways Avios by getting the British Airways Visa Signature® Card, or by transferring points in from cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, or even the Starwood Preferred Guest program.
Now with American Airlines operated flights, the process isn’t just a good deal, it is actually even simpler than before!
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