So, BA and AA revenue share on transatlantic routes. Their flights earn miles in each others schemes (it was not always so), but recently a little wrinkle has crept in to the love fest.
If you book a ticket via the BA web site, you are easily able to pick American’s flights as a codeshare, just what you would expect:
A list of flights, agnostic as to AA or BA. BUT – and it’s a big ‘but’, if you buy that AA codeshare because they usually offer free seat selection, know that this has changed. AA treats BA as a third party booking site and charges $35 for a seat selection. Of course, if you book the BA flight and aren’t BA Silver or Gold you’ll have to pay them too. AA says that oneworld Emeralds are exempt from the fee when I asked via their Twitter team this morning:
If you buy the AA flight via the AA web site then seat selection remain free on AA, but you’ll likely pay if you book the BA flights without status.
So now you have to think where you book, balancing upgrades vs. fees.