American Airlines just made a small but useful change to how reservations are displayed through their website and mobile app.
You can now see partner record locators on aa.com
If you book a ticket through American Airlines (whether you pay for cash or redeem miles) and it includes travel on partner airlines, you have not been able to see the partner airline’s record locator in the past. Rather, one would have to call American to ask about it.
Well that has finally changed – The American Airlines website and mobile app will now display partner airline recorders. If you have a reservation that includes travel on a partner airline, there should be a “Reservation Code” under that airline segment of the airline’s flight, which is the location used by that airline.
The airlines use different tracking devices for the same ticket numbers, depending on the system used. Suffice it to say that it is very useful to have this information online instead of having to call.
The American website now displays recorders for partner airlines
Why are flight location locators important?
Why do you even need a partner airline record finder? Well, it can be useful in a few circumstances including:
- As a rule, you cannot select seats with a partner airline via aa.com or the mobile app. As a result, you will usually have to go to a partner airline’s website. This often requires the airline’s confirmation code
- If the first segment of an itinerary is with a partner airline, you can use this partner record locator to start the online check-in process
Today, you can redeem AAdvantage miles for a large majority of partner airlines directly through aa.com, which was not previously the case. Back when you had to book by phone, I usually asked the phone agent at the same time what the partner locator was. Fortunately, due to this change, this is no longer needed.
This change makes it easier to select seats with partner airlines
American Airlines now displays location data from partner airlines directly through its website and mobile app. This is a small but great change that I know will save me (and my colleagues at PointsPros in particular) a lot of time in the long run.
A partner airline locator usually allows you to select seats and check-in online when traveling with a partner airline.
Are you as excited about this change as I am?