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Thread: Which is better on AA, buddy pass or zed?

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    Default Which is better on AA, buddy pass or zed?

    My wife and I will be traveling LAX-LHR next month. She is an AS retiree and we can fly ZED medium fare, or on a AA flight attendants buddy pass. Which is better in terms of boarding priority, and any idea which is less expensive?
    Also, is it possible to buy an upgrade to biz class on a buddy pass. The FA is on long-term furlough, but she says,she still has buddy pass privileges. . Gracias for any help on this.

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    Feb 2010
    I would have put that ZED would be less now days because most airlines now charge for buddy passes. But, a quick look at airlines I have access to (not AA) they are basically the same price between a ZED (on AA) and Buddy (on UA). Using a buddy pass the person issuing it would have better access for checking loads.

    Depending on how the buddy passes are issued, as one way, per leg, round trip and if you are charged before or after you use them you could always use the buddy passes and get a ZED on a different carrier for a back up.

    Also, I would expect buddy passes to be before ZED on most airlines. Also, upgrading to a higher class on a buddy pass is different between carriers.

    Really need to ask FA friend (or maybe someone here with AA) boarding priority/upgrading class and cost for the buddy pass.


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    NonRev Correspondent aazed's Avatar
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    Dec 2006
    Buddy fare is higher than the ZED fare on AA but the priority is also higher and the buddy does have access to premium cabin (for more money) while the ZED does not.

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