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Fee to change airline (same origin/destination) on AA award?

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by kw2652, Oct 30, 2017.

  1. kw2652

    kw2652 New Member

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    Hi, I have an award flight on hold with AA but I want to make sure I understand the current rules before I ticket. It would be CDG - LHR - LAX - SFO on a combination of British Airways (first leg only) and American (legs 2 and 3). If I later wanted to change the date, but this meant going from AA to BA on the transatlantic leg (for example CDG - LHR - SFO), would I have to pay a change fee (assuming same origin and destination)? (I know BA has higher fuel surcharges, but I'd like to know if I would also have to pay a change fee. I thought the answer was no, but I'm a bit confused about the interpretation of this language on American's website:
    • For awards involving travel on other airlines, origin or destination changes or changes to the airline(s) in the itinerary will incur a change fee of $150, even when retaining the same award type
    Can someone clarify how this works in practice? Thanks!
  2. Gaurav

    Gaurav Well-Known Member

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    I've never been charged a change fee as long as the origin and destination are the same. I would think this would be fine. Sometimes AA will charge a fee if you switch from a one-world to a non one-world partner but that doesn't seem to be the case here.
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