The ‘Amadeus Check My Trip’ tool is so simple I often forget that it exists.
It is no secret that Avios are extremely effective for booking short haul domestic flights or west coast flights to Hawaii on American or Alaska Airlines. Yesterday I was booking a family trip to the Big Island and decided Avios from LAX to KOA would be an easy way to get six of us on the same flight to Hawaii. The American Airlines route was simple and availability showed online at BA.com so there was no reason to put in a call when I could book it online in seconds. I easily completed the booking and received my BA record locator instantly.
One of the cardinal sins of booking awards is failing to immediately pull up all your segments on the operating airline’s website to confirm they too have a confirmed record of your trip. In this case I needed the AA record locator so I could pull up the itinerary on AA.com to confirm it existed and select seats. Because I booked a partner award, BA.com only sent me a British Airways record locator. My first instinct was to put in a call to the British Airways US call center which often has lengthy wait times but then I remembered a really simple trick that I often forget.
I navigated to Amadeus Check My Trip.
You type in the confirmation number provided by British Airways and your last name. When you hit View Itinerary it spits out your itinerary including your American Airlines confirmation number.
That was easy. You can now use your AA confirmation number to pull up your record on AA and select seats.
The bottom line
This trick is so simple I often forget about it so I thought I would highlight for those who were unaware of the tool.