A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a question regarding a situation that many frequent travelers face at some point in their journey. How to get status benefits while crediting the flights to another program?
Here’s the question from the reader:
If im a sapphire members of oneworld with BA , but this flight i want to collect into AA. What should i do to get both benefit and miles?
Can i leave the ticket blank, without linking to any airline program and show the ticket and BA status when using lounge. Then later on cliam miles with AA later? In the past i alwasys link ticket with miles so Im not sure if i can do like this
This is the most usual scenario. The reader wants to get the Oneworld Sapphire benefits based on their BA status while crediting the flight(s) to American Airlines.
Theoretically, you can have two frequent flier numbers in your reservation:
- FQTV = used for accrual
- FQTS = used for status
It is implausible that you can correctly get these fields populated and that the airline system would correctly apply them.
If the reader is only after the lounge access, they can leave the AA FF# to the reservation and merely show the BA card (physical or app) when checking into the lounge.
I have used this method several times and most recently when accessing QF first class lounge in Sydney using my BA Gold while crediting the flight to AS.
Extra Luggage Allowance
When checking your luggage, you need to have the frequent flier number on file with whom you have status, or someone needs to do an override.
You may be allowed to choose your seating in advance without a fee or select one of the better seats that would otherwise require a payment. This requires the status number to be on file when checking in.
Your boarding group is usually printed on the BP and is based on the cabin and/or status. You will likely lose this if you don’t have the program on file with whom you have status.
Even if you switch the frequent flier number at some point after checking in and boarding, sometimes it won’t stick, and the flight credits to the wrong program.
This can be fixed, although it is a rather complicated process. First, the program where the miles went needs to remove them from your account. Second, you need to make a retro claim with the program where you want them to credit.
The lounge access based on a different status where you want the flight(s) to be credited is easy, and you can have the “correct” frequent flier on file the entire time.
Sometimes, if you need to change the frequent flier number during your travels, an airline employee may claim it cannot be switched.
I wish that the FQTV and FQTS fields would be in proper use by all airlines. But, unfortunately, the airlines have dumbed down the systems used by the frontline employees, and good luck finding someone competent enough to do anything complicated at the airport nowadays.