How & Why You Should Add Your American Airlines Frequent Flyer Number to a British Airways Avios Booking

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How & Why You Should Add Your American Airlines Frequent Flyer Number to a British Airways Avios Booking

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By adding your American Airlines frequent flyer number to a British Airways Avios booking you can get free checked bags and better seats, if you have American Airlines elite status, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® or the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®.

How & Why You Should Add Your American Airlines Frequent Flyer Number To A British Airways Avios Booking
Adding Your American Airlines Frequent Flyer Numbers Can Get You Better Seats

Use British Airways Avios Points for Short Flights

Because British Airways Avios points has a distance based award chart, using British Airways Avios points on short distance flights is a good deal.  American Airlines is a partner of British Airways so you can use British Airways Avios points on American Airlines!

For example, it costs 4,500 British Airways Avios points for a 1-way flight up to 649 miles and 7,500 British Airways Avios points 1-way for a flight up to 1,149 miles.

If you wanted to fly round-trip in coach from Chicago to Kansas City, you would only pay 9,000 British Airways Avios points.

How & Why You Should Add Your American Airlines Frequent Flyer Number To A British Airways Avios Booking
Using British Airways Avios Points Is a Good Value When Flying Short Distances

You would pay 25,000 American Airlines miles to fly round-trip in coach from Chicago to Kansas City.

How & Why You Should Add Your American Airlines Frequent Flyer Number To A British Airways Avios Booking
You Would Pay Almost 3X More Miles Using American Airlines Miles

So using British Airways Avios points from Chicago to Kansas City is a better value than using American Airlines miles!

3 Reasons to Add Your American Airlines Number

When you use your British Airways Avios points to book a flight on American Airlines, your British Airways number is automatically added to the reservation.

But there are times when you may want to add your American Airlines number to the reservation.

1.   Free Checked Bags

A.   Your Citi credit card gives you a free checked bag

You get a free checked bag if you have the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard or Citi AAdvantage Executive World Mastercard.

How & Why You Should Add Your American Airlines Frequent Flyer Number To A British Airways Avios Booking
Save Money by Avoiding Bag Fees
B.   American Airlines elite status gets you up to 3 free checked bags

And if you have elite status with American Airlines, you can check up to 3 bags free.

2.   TSA Pre-Check

Adding your American Airlines frequent flyer number will get you through security faster, if you’ve added your TSA Pre-Check number to your American Airlines profile.

3.   Extra Leg Room

If you have elite status with American Airlines, you can get Main Cabin Extra seats.  Main Cabin Extra seats are the first few rows of coach and have ~ 6 inches of extra legroom.

How to Add Your American Airlines Frequent Flyer Number

British Airways uses a different booking number than American Airlines.  And you can’t enter the British Airways booking number on the American Airlines website.

So you have to find the American Airlines booking number.  You can call British Airways or change it yourself on the Finnair website (as I’ll explain in Step 6 below).  I prefer to add it on the Finnair website because it’s faster than calling their support center!

Here’s how you can add your American Airlines frequent flyer number to a British Airways Avios points booking.

Step 1 – Find Your Flight in Your British Airways Account

Log in to your British Airways Executive Club account.  Click on “My bookings” in the left column.

Find your flight from the list of your bookings and click on “Manage My Booking.”

You will also see your booking number in the emailed receipt from British Airways.

How & Why You Should Add Your American Airlines Frequent Flyer Number To A British Airways Avios Booking
Step 1 – Find Your British Airways Avios Booking

Step 2 – Confirm Your British Airways Booking Number

Confirm and write down your British Airways booking number.

How & Why You Should Add Your American Airlines Frequent Flyer Number To A British Airways Avios Booking
Step 2 – Write Down Your British Airways Booking Number

Step 3 – Click “Manage Booking”

You CANNOT change your British Airways frequent flyer number to your American Airlines frequent flyer number on the British Airways website.  But you can get around this by using the Finnair website.

From the Finnair homepage, click on “Manage Booking.”

How & Why You Should Add Your American Airlines Frequent Flyer Number To A British Airways Avios Booking
Step 3 – Click on “Manage Booking”

Step 4 – Enter Your Booking Details in Finnair Website

Enter your British Airways booking number of “7VA5O6” (from Step 2) in the drop down box and click on “Continue.”

How & Why You Should Add Your American Airlines Frequent Flyer Number To A British Airways Avios Booking
Step 4 – Enter Your Booking Details in Finnnair Website

Step 5 – Click on “Update Your Details”

Your flight information including frequent flyer number and E-ticket number will be shown.

Click on “Update your details.”

How & Why You Should Add Your American Airlines Frequent Flyer Number To A British Airways Avios Booking
Step 5 – Click on “Update Your Details”

Step 6 – Find Your American Airlines Booking Number

Your American Airlines booking number (UKHHBZ) will be shown under “Booking Reference.”  Write this number down.

You will use your American Airlines booking number of “UKHHBZ” instead of your British Airways booking number of “7VA5O6”.

Step 6 – Get Your American Airlines Booking Number
Step 6 – Get Your American Airlines Booking Number

Step 7 – Enter Your American Airlines Frequent Flyer Information

Your British Airways frequent flyer information is shown so you have to edit your frequent flyer information to change it to American Airlines.

Select American Airlines from the drop down box to change your frequent flyer information from British Airways to American Airlines.

Step 7 – Choose American Airlines as Your Frequent Flyer Airline
Step 7 – Choose American Airlines as Your Frequent Flyer Airline

Step 8 – Pull Up Your Flight From the American Airlines Website

From the American Airlines website click on “My Trips.”

How & Why You Should Add Your American Airlines Frequent Flyer Number To A British Airways Avios Booking
Step 8 – Find Your Flight By Clicking on “My Trips”

Step 9 – Enter Your American Airlines Record Locator

You can find your trip by entering your full name and American Airlines booking number (from Step 6).

How & Why You Should Add Your American Airlines Frequent Flyer Number To A British Airways Avios Booking
Step 9 – Enter Your Information

Step 10 – Confirm That Your Flight Is Ticketed

Check that the status of your flight shows as “Ticketed.”  Ticketed means your award seat has been issued and you have a confirmed reservation.

If your booking doesn’t show as “Ticketed,” you should call British Airways at 800-247-9297.  If you have elite status, you should use the respective elite status phone numbers.

If you want to select or change seats, click on “Change Seats.”

How & Why You Should Add Your American Airlines Frequent Flyer Number To A British Airways Avios Booking
Step 10 – Click “Change Seats”

Step 11 – Change Your Seats

You can select different seats, like seats away from toilets or closer to the front.  And if you have elite status with American Airlines, you can choose Main Cabin Extra or Preferred seats.

Step 11 – Choose Your Preferred Seats
Step 11 – Choose Your Preferred Seats

Bottom Line

You can easily add your American Airlines frequent flyer number to a British Airways Avios points booking. 

Your American Airlines frequent flyer number allows you to pick your seats.

And if you have the Citi American Airlines or Citi American Airlines Executive card you get a free checked bag.

If you have elite status with American Airlines, you can check up to 3 bags for free and get Main Cabin Extra seats.

You can change your British Airways frequent flyer information to your American Airlines frequent flyer information on the Finnair website.  And you can get your American Airlines booking number on the Finnair website.

If you’re flying short distances in the US, you’ll pay less British Airways Avios points than you would pay American Airlines miles.  So using British Airways Avios points in the US can be a good deal.

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Added my BA frequent flyer # back and now it shows up – BA must key on that number being in there…

Same boat as Michael – Added my Frequent flyer, recieved an email from Finair but ticket is no longer on British Airways site

I followed everything above and it added it to my AA account but now its not showing up on the BA account. Help?

What if Frequent Flyer field is greyed out with your BA number on FinnAir website? Did you manage to change FF number via any other One World carriers’ websites?

Excellent post. Even though I removed my ba account number it still added it to my Avios reservation. A friend an I are flying from Boston to Chicago Sunday night. Had no idea that going through the Finnair website would do the trick!

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