Did you know when you use the British Airways website to book with partner airlines, you will NOT automatically get all the information you need?
If you want to change your booking, (like choosing seats, special assistance requests, or meal choices), you’ll need each airline’s record locator. Fortunately, if you’ve booked an American Airlines flight through British Airways (which is the way most folks in the US use British Airways), finding your record locator is easy!
I’ll show you how to find your American Airlines record locator with your British Airways booking reference!
Why Is a Record Locator Important?
When you book paid or award flights, the airline will give you a record locator (also called a confirmation number, or, in the case of British Airways, a booking reference). Record locators are handy because you can easily pull up your flight itinerary and view everything you need to know about your flight (dates, times, airports, and seats).
It’s also useful if you’ve booked a flight for someone other than yourself. That’s because you can give the passenger the confirmation number and they can view their flight without your airline account information.
You can modify your trip details with a record locator! Like change or cancel your trip, switch seats, and more.
Find Your American Airlines Record Locator With a British Airways Booking Reference
You can book American Airlines flights with British Airways Avios points through the British Airways website. Folks like doing this because you can book short flights (up to 1,151 miles) for only 7,500 British Airways Avios points. That’s a great deal!
However, when you book an American Airlines flight on British Airways, you will NOT get an American Airlines record locator. And you can’t choose seats on your American Airlines flights through the British Airways website (though the site will usually offer to redirect you to the American Airlines website). So it’s helpful to have an American Airlines record locator.
Here’s how to find your American Airlines record locator with your British Airways booking reference!
Step 1. Find Your British Airways Booking Reference
Locate your British Airways “booking reference.” This should have popped up on your webpage after you bought your airfare. British Airways will also email it to you for safekeeping.
Remember that number! You’ll need it for the next steps.
Step 2. Navigate to the American Airlines Website
Go to the American Airlines website. On the front page, click on the “My Trips/ Check-In” tab. You don’t have to sign-in (you don’t even need an American Airlines account!).
Step 3. Enter Your Name and British Airways Confirmation Number
It’s time to put that number from before to use! The only information you need to retrieve your American Airlines record locator is the name of the passenger and the British Airways booking reference. Type them in and click “Find Reservation“.
Step 4. Find Your American Airlines Record Locator
That’s it! You’ll be able to see your American Airlines flights and unique record locator. The record locator will be easy to spot near the top left of the page.
From this page you can choose your seats, email your trip, and more.
When you book a ticket that uses more than 1 airline, you’ll only receive the record locator for the airline you used to book the ticket. For example, when you book a British Airways itinerary that includes American Airlines flights, you will NOT be given the record locator for your American Airlines flights. So you won’t be able to manage your American Airlines flights.
But you can easily find your American Airlines record locator if you type your British Airways booking reference into the American Airlines website. Then you can manage your flight details, like modifying dates and choosing seats.