Booking American airlines flight with Australian credit card

By LoveToFly | Sep 07, 2016, 09:52 PM

Booking American airlines flight with Australian credit card

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By LoveToFly | Sep 07, 2016, 09:55 PM

Hi all, Has anything changed since May that stops you booking an american airlines flight on the US website (USD) while using an australian credit card. I was able to book a flight no problem in May but can not tonight. When I change the country to Australia in the payment section it asks me to search again through the australian country site, when i do the flight that was 616 USD (900 Aud approx) becomes almost 3500 Aud.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks all.

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By Horvath | Sep 07, 2016, 10:47 PM

I've booked directly on the US website with an Australian CC and there's been no issues for me.

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By LoveToFly | Sep 07, 2016, 11:21 PM

Thanks for the message. Can I ask you when you booked this flight. As I mentioned in my original post I was able to do this myseld in May this year (late May) but tonight can not

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By TheRealBabushka | Sep 07, 2016, 11:52 PM

We've had some problems findng our booking (made via a travel agent) from the AA US site. We only found it after finding it via the AU mirror site.

I guess it even effects online bookings.

What a disgrace. First the Aadvantage programme, now this. The US Air execs are truly crapping things up!

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By moa999 | Sep 07, 2016, 11:29 PM

Something ha changed in the last few months with AA seemingly wanting you to book through the AA AU site which can be more expensive.


Solutions I have found.

Put fare on hold.. You then get an email which doesn't have the same country restrictions.

Put your country as United States accidentally. Full in remainder of address as best you can with a 0 in front of 4-digit Aus postcode

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By TheRealBabushka | Sep 08, 2016, 12:31 AM

Do you know if travel agents are able to book the fares from the US site?

Do different fare rules apply?

More importantly, what aspect of your credit card detail is actually required? Does it differ according to the method of transaction, e.g. online versus manual swipe/chip-pin?

Theoretically if your number, expiry date and CCV checks out, does the transaction only get approved when your number reconciles to your billing address? If that is the requirement,

  1. Why do some merchants not require your billing address
  2. How do credit card companies/banks/merchants account for the differences in the way addressess are formatted e.g. Road vs Rd, Street vs St etc. etc?
  3. I can't imagine the processing power of the system required if billing addresses are being cross referenced at the point of transaction on account of (2) above.

So the upshot: Can you just leave the "country" field on the AA booking page as the USA, select "states" as Pacific (new field for US armed forces) and then put your 4-digit AU postcode with a zero in front as suggested?

Will the transaction get rejected?

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By LoveToFly | Sep 08, 2016, 10:45 AM

Hi everyone for the messages. By chance I have found how to get around this. When you are at the home page simply select country of residence as "others" on the US website and then it will let you pay with your australian credit card no problem. Just saved alnost $2000 AUD for the same flight this way.

Thanks again for the help though.


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By fatty | Sep 12, 2016, 07:27 AM

I had the same problem in July - I ended up booking via expedia. Nice to see there is a direct work around.  In my case the fligth was 200USD vs 1100AUD.  Doesn't make sense.

I have also used their vacations site to book a package, and just put in my address with false Zip and Country. and that worked as well.

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By ashy86 | Mar 14, 2017, 11:52 PM
Hi. I am also having the same issue. With holding the booking- it still wants me to research through the Australian website.
I see no option for 'other' residence country.
I did try putting the country down as USA, and States as Pacific with an 0 infront of my postcode. I have been received the ticket, however my credit card has not been charged at all yet :-/ (correct digits were entered of course). I will update if my card eventually gets charged.
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