As a Qantas Frequent Flyer, there are some categories of American Airlines Coach tickets that earn me points and status credits. These are: GLMNSV Discount Economy and BHKY economy. Other fare classes do not earn me any points or status credits eg OQ. I don’t overly care about the points but Status Credits are important to me as I want to keep my priority check in, higher luggage allowance and lounge access. Often the difference in price between a Q and a N fare is very, very slight but the outcome is,of course, very different.
The obvious answer is to only fly First, Business or Full Economy. However, this is not always a practical or acceptable option for my budget or for my clients so I search for Coach fares that earn me those coveted Status Credits. When I am looking for these fares, however, the booking systems will usually show me the cheapest fare but as mentioned, I don’t always want that. Delta’s booking system allows you to screen out certain types of discounted fares. I would like to find a way of being able to find the next cheapest fare.
Any suggestions on how I achieve this?