One of the most annoying things that can happen in the miles and points game is when you spend the money, take the flight but forget to get credit for your miles. It can be as simple as forgetting to add your frequent flyer number to a flight. Maybe you’re booking through a third-party travel site, or you’re not signed into your frequent flyer account when you book, or you just don’t have one.
Whatever the reason, all is not lost. In most cases, it’s easy to claim your missing airline miles even after your flight.
If it’s American Airlines miles you’re missing, here’s how to claim them retroactively.
Request missing AAdvantage miles
The 13-digit ticket number is printed on your ticket and provided in the booking confirmation email, depending on where you booked your flight. If you don’t have your ticket number, you can get it by calling AAdvantage at 800-433-7300.
If you haven’t yet enrolled in the AAdvantage program, this might be a great time to do it.
You can submit your mileage request as long as at least three days have passed after the end of the flight. It can take up to 10 days to credit miles on an American Airlines flight. Remember that you can receive AAdvantage miles for flights flown on partner airlines. Mileage credit for partner airline flights may take up to 30 days to appear.
The bottom line
If you forgot to enter your AAdvantage number when booking your ticket, all is not lost. Submit the online form or contact AA Customer Service to have your miles credited to your account.
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