Add AAdvantage Number to British Airways Avios Booking 2019
While certainly not as good as they used to be, British Airways Avios remain a very good value (especially with transfer bonuses) in many cases for direct flights, especially when booked at the last minute. For example, I often use British Airways Avios to book direct American Airlines flights in the U.S. for as little as 7,500 points one-way.
When booking flights with Avios you’ll receive a record locator number, but it won’t pull up the flight on the American Airlines website. You can get the American Airlines reservation number from British Airways by calling, however what if you want to add your AAdvantage number to the booking for elite status perks, etc? Thankfully it’s fairly easy to do this. Let’s take a look at how.
Finnair to the Rescue
Both British Airways and American Airlines are members of the oneworld alliance along with several other carriers. One of these carriers is Finnair and it turns out their website offers the easiest way to add your AAdvantage Number to a British Airways Avios booking. The Royal Jordanian website also works, but Finnair is the cleanest and easiest to use.
To start, visit Finnair.com and click “Manage” towards the top.
Next, type in your last name (family name) and the booking reference number given to you by British Airways. This shows on your confirmation on both the British Airways website and in the booking confirmation email you receive.
The Finnair website is fast and should locate your booking with ease. Once you have access, simply click “Update Your Details” in order to add your AAdvantage number to your British Airways Avios booking.
On the update page you should be able to see your Frequent Flyer information for the ticket. Since you booked with British Airways, the booking will have your British Airways Executive Club number already entered as shown below.
To add your AAdvantage number to your British Airways Avios booking simply select American Airlines from the drop down and enter your AAdvantage number. Note that this will remove your British Airways number from the reservation since you cannot have two numbers active at once.
After you have successfully added your American Airlines AAdvantage number make sure to click “Confirm Changes” on the bottom right in order to lock the number into the reservation.
Finally, to select seats or otherwise manage your reservation on the American Airlines AAdvantage website, simply login to your AAdvantage account and navigate over to the “Your Trips” section as shown below. Your British Airways Avios booking will now show up and you can order meals, select seats or otherwise manage it.
While there are a few steps to this process, adding your AAdvantage number to a British Airways Avios booking takes only about 2 minutes. In the end this little trick saves a ton of time and allows you to take full AAdvantage of your American Airlines elite status! 🙂
Have you recently added your AAdvantage number to a British Airways Avios booking a different way? Share your experiences in the comments!