Booking US domestic flights

By Nichokiu | Sep 06, 2018, 10:12 AM
Hi all,

Sincere apologies for such a dumb question. I’ve never been to the US, but will be going to New York soon.

I am looking to book two flights, one from New York to Toronto, and one from Toronto to Chicago.

What’s the best way in making this booking please? I am a gold QFF, and hoping to make a booking where I can access a Oneworld lounge. I tried the Qantas multi city booking page, but it keeps coming up with an error.

I suspect I will need to book directly on American Airlines? But is there any way of earning qantas points/status credits if I book through AA? Or is there another company anyone can recommend?

Thank you so much in advance!!
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By mannej | Sep 06, 2018, 10:34 AM

You cannot book the QF codeshares within America on a standalone ticket - it needs to be booked with a QF flight to/from Australia.

AA flights will earn points and sc provided they are booked within the following classes

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By jeppetto367 | Sep 06, 2018, 10:40 AM
Just book directly through AA on an AA ticket, pretty much all of their tickets earn points and credits even on an AA ticket, and you will also get lounge access (assuming both airports have AA/OW lounges). AA have an Australian website in AUD too which is great.
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By aggie57 | Sep 06, 2018, 11:54 AM
Just make sure you put your Qantas FF number into the booking. I do it all the time, also via Expedia. Remember to keep your boarding passes, throw them out once the points / SC credit to your Qantas account. They have that down pat these days, it only takes a couple of days.
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By ChrisCh | Sep 06, 2018, 01:15 PM
Just book directly through AA on an AA ticket, pretty much all of their tickets earn points and credits even on an AA ticket, and you will also get lounge access (assuming both airports have AA/OW lounges). AA have an Australian website in AUD too which is great.

As a little tip, try searching for your flights in both USD and AUD. I booked some North American flights recently and found the price was actually cheaper in AUD by about 5%, and that's before taking into account things like international transaction fees on credit cards for booking in USD (which would make it more like 8%, if your card has that).
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By henri9 | Sep 06, 2018, 01:33 PM
I'd start with Skyscanner to get an idea of the market before moving to the AA website. I know that you want lounge access and points etc but it's good to be informed as to the premium you might be paying for that.
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By Steve987 | Sep 06, 2018, 02:48 PM
I recently booked direct with AA and it worked perfectly. Definitely put in your FF#, it gets you points and status but also promotes you up the boarding group order.
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By MaximillianW | Sep 06, 2018, 04:56 PM

If you fly out of JFK you can also access the better AA lounges. I also once did a multi-leg flight with AA, and goin gfirst/business was aonly $100 more and l reaped a hell of a lot more status credits.


Just take a photo of all you AA boarding passes, but generally AA is really quick in loading up your points and status credits.

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By mspcooper | Sep 06, 2018, 05:49 PM
Totally agree with Chris. My bookings with AA.com as always been via the Australian website, price is cheaper and no international transaction fees and very reliable. However, i always do a comparison on orbitz to see if any other major airline was more affordable (first).
Being QF member, you get access to Admirals with few free drinks tickets thrown in, and if you tip the bartender, you may get more free drinks. Otherwise their lounges are not worth visiting
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By zigmund | Sep 06, 2018, 08:16 PM
I’m QFF Gold as well but for those flights I would forget about AA/oneworld altogether and book with Porter Airlines who in my experience are fantastic value. They fly to/from smaller airports but YTZ is so close to downtown Toronto (with free shuttles - insanely convenient), and EWR in NY/NJ and MDW in Chicago are also easier to get to the respective city centres than JFK/ORD. AA lounges are nothing special and I’d bet on Porter being a lot cheaper too.
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By Mjkcan | Sep 07, 2018, 01:45 AM
Couple of things:

1) you’re aware that Toronto is in Canada and not in any way a “US Domestic flight,” right? Sorry - as a Canadian - s’pretty offensive.

2) check Porter Airlines - a Canadian boutique airline that flies in and out of Toronto City Airport. Your flights are so short that any points accrual is negligible and this airport’s convenience and proximity negate any bonus a terrible regional AA lounge might give you. Fares are usually pretty reasonable, and when you land at YTZ, you literally walk out of the airport into what is essentially downtown Toronto. Plus the landing is absolutely epic for views of the skyline.
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By aggie57 | Sep 07, 2018, 08:17 AM
Couple of things:

1) you’re aware that Toronto is in Canada and not in any way a “US Domestic flight,” right? Sorry - as a Canadian - s’pretty offensive.

2) check Porter Airlines - a Canadian boutique airline that flies in and out of Toronto City Airport. Your flights are so short that any points accrual is negligible and this airport’s convenience and proximity negate any bonus a terrible regional AA lounge might give you. Fares are usually pretty reasonable, and when you land at YTZ, you literally walk out of the airport into what is essentially downtown Toronto. Plus the landing is absolutely epic for views of the skyline.

Good point!
One thing to note though, when leaving Canada for the US one real bonus is the preclearance of US immigration and customs at the Canadian port of departure. It’s saves a huge amount of time and frustration at the US end of the trip. Pearson (the main Toronto airport)does has it but Billy Bishop (the city airport) doesn’t. Which means when you land in Chicago you’ll have to go through US immigration there.

Pearson does have a small but very modern and nice AA lounge. I was there in July, doing the same flight to Chicago.
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By Andrew Barkery | Sep 11, 2018, 05:51 PM
Make sure you get your US ESTA too.
There is an official website that only charges Usd$14.
This being your first trip to the US, on your departure from an Aust airport, you will face some questions, usually at the gate prior to you getting onto the plane, and then on your arrival.
The US C&BP procedure scares me, so I have not ever even considered visiting the US, but you have to to go, so will have to face their quesionings.
Read up on what is expected, and watch the Youtube videos too, silly of me to say this.
People have have visited more than once, will have it a bit easier I guess, on entry, as they know what to expect.
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By Rotten | Sep 12, 2018, 06:36 PM
On the ESTA note … Make sure you get your eTA for Canada as well.
I was caught at LAX in July, having driven out of Canada in June following a cruise ship arrival to fly out to Australia.
Arriving on a through ticket at LAX on my July return, Air Canada advised that to fly into Canada the eTA was required for TSA to allow boarding and provided me with a card nominating the (supposed) Canadian government website for on-line application.
I hurriedly did the application and provided CC details …. and was charged USD99 (AUD138} for a $7 visa fee.
I suspect Air Canada or it's employees are colluding with a third party to rip off unaware travellers.
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By Himeno | Sep 12, 2018, 08:21 PM
Just book directly through AA on an AA ticket, pretty much all of their tickets earn points and credits even on an AA ticket, and you will also get lounge access (assuming both airports have AA/OW lounges). AA have an Australian website in AUD too which is great.

If you are going to book directly with AA online, don't use AA's AU website. It has less options and charges more.
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By fnorman | Sep 13, 2018, 03:13 AM
Air Canada advised that to fly into Canada the eTA was required for TSA to allow boarding and provided me with a card nominating the (supposed) Canadian government website for on-line application.
I hurriedly did the application and provided CC details …. and was charged USD99 (AUD138} for a $7 visa fee.
I suspect Air Canada or it's employees are colluding with a third party to rip off unaware travellers.
It might simply be ignorance of the employees. AirCanada's website has information on the ETA and a link to the Government of Canada ETA page where an application for an ETA can be made for $7 . But search engine results typically include numerous websites most of which want you to assume that they are providing a government service. They charge way more but provide little, no or even negative added value. Government web pages have www.canada.ca in their web address.

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