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AA Upgrade List on the Mobile App

2013-08-15-08.10.29

As a fairly new American Air flyer, I am still learning my way around the AA webpage and mobile application, being very different than both the data loaded United application that I love and the troublesome Delta app. I’ve started to navigate my way successfully between the AA’s recently redesigned webpage and mobile application. Yet, one thing I had the hardest time finding and understanding is how to find the upgrade list on the smart phone application. Therefore, I thought I ...

Earn American Airlines AAdvantage Miles on TAM: New Codeshare Annouced

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TAM, member airline of LATAM, took another step towards becoming a OneWorld member today when AA & TAM announced a codeshare on each other’s flights starting August 22, 2013. When TAM and AA begins their codeshare it will cover a number of routes between the USA and Brazil and within each country.

Through the agreement, the two airlines will codeshare on each other’s flights between the United States and Brazil. American’s customers will also have ...

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FlightTrack Pro iPhone app Giveaway

The Flight Track Pro application is probably one of the best Flight Tracking mobile applications available on the market. With a price of $10, it is also one of the more expensive flight tracking mobile applications. Despite this, Rohan loves this applications and references it on just about EVERY trip report.

This application is an amazing application for any traveler! This application has been known as the BEST flight tracking app on the market (just ask people who use it) and it ...

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SPG American Express 30,000 Point Offer

UPDATE: Offer now expired. Only 20,000 points will be granted

Starwood Preferred Guest Points are arguing some of the most valuable point currency due to the number of options for redemptions. Not only are points redeemable for hotel stays, but the points transfer to a number of airline program at a 1:1 ratio. I have provided an in-depth review of the SPG program and the perks last spring, but want to highlight some of them again since American Express is currently offering 30,000 ...

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Earn 7500 United Miles With Marriott Gift Cards

Last fall, Marriott & Delta, United, & Southwest Airlines teamed up to allow frequent flyers to earn miles when buying gift cards. Now, almost a year later, United is giving MilePlus members a similar earning opportunity. Although this year, members can earn 7500 United miles, which is greater than the 5000 mile offer last fall!

When you buy Marriott gift cards via the United portal you can earn up to 7,500 miles

$100 = 500 award Miles $250 = 1,000 award Miles $500 = ...

British Airways Man Vs A380 Race

British Airways teamed up with South African rugby player, Bryan Habana, to celebrate the new A380 service between London and the Commonwealth capital of Johannesburg. Habana is well known for his speed and gained international fame when he raced a cheetah in 2007 to help increase awareness of the animals near extinction; this campaign was also part of an ad for Sketchers. Yet this week, Habana took on a new challenge, he raced an A380 down a runway!

The muscular Habana is ...

Delta's New San Francisco-Los Angeles Shuttle

Special shuttle flights between two major business centers is not a new concept and airlines have provided shuttle flights between large east coast cities for a number of years. Currently Delta and US Air offer shuttle flights that provide more amenities than a typical flight between two domestic cities and compete against major bus lines and Amtrak. Shuttle service typically offers hourly departure, or almost every hour, weekdays from 6am-7pm (and sometimes later)

Currently shuttle ...

Marriott Rewards Bonus Points: Targeted

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For slightly over a year I have had Marriott Gold status, yet rarely check for specials or opportunities to maximize my points on hotel stays. Normally I just book my room and call it good, although this month, while traveling to and from Bangor, Maine I noticed a tab on the reservation page that read “Marriot Elite Specials”. I have noticed this page a couple of times before, but I normally ignore it. I find the specials usually listed to be not so special. The rates can ...

Downgrading Delta's First Class Offerings

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Delta’s favorite commercial to play on board at 30,000 feet is the American Express Delta SkyMiles Credit Card. At the beginning of the commercial, a lady is walking through the airport and makes the statement, “Some say travel isn’t what it used to be, I say it’s what you make it” And she’s 100% right, travel is not what it used to be, and another example of this is the devolution of the domestic first class snack basket.

The inflight Delta snack ...

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Delta Announces Enhancements to Los Angeles & Encroaches on Alaska Air

In March of this year, Delta Airlines announced new routes and enhancements to the Los Angeles market, with a big focus of new routes out of LAX and enhancement to transcontinental flying. Four months later, Delta is announcing even more growth at LAX along with a major remodel that is already underway to improve everyone’s flying experience.

Today Delta announced the following routes & enhancements:

Pacific Northwest service with four new daily flights to ...
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Delta SkyDeck Atlanta

2013-07-22-17.58.01

This week, while stopping by the SkyClub in Terminal F, I had the pleasure to check out the newly open SkyDeck. The Skydeck provides a place for travelers to inhale fresh air while providing superb views of runways and taxiways. The SkyDeck is small, but can easily accommodate 25 or so passengers on the terrace with seats that provide stellar views for any aviation geek!

On my visit to the SkyDeck, I did not stay long because it was a stormy and muggy day and the humidity was ...

Atlanta's Newest Lounge: The Club at ATL. Home to Lufthansa, British Airways & More

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The Club at ATL is Atlanta’s newest airport lounge, offering lounge space for Priority Pass members, Diner Club Card holders, British Airways, and Lufthansa’s guests a place to relax in Atlanta’s newest terminal, terminal F. The large club is located adjacent to the Delta Sky club in the center of the terminal and offers a more superior product compared to the Delta Skyclub. In fact, the club has better offerings than what I have seen in some European airport ...

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Downgraded by US Air During IRROPS

A few months ago, I flew to Europe using my United miles and had the opportunity to experience some awesome European Airlines hard and soft business class product. Despite this, on my return, I flew Lufthansa’s’ 747-8i to Washington DC and was supposed to connect to US Airways to Charlotte and then onto Seattle. Yet, due to irregular options (IRROPS), US Air rerouted on United from DC to Phoenix and then on to Seattle on US Airways. My entire flight was originally booked in ...

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LaGaurdia Shut Down After Southwest Landing Gear Failure

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Breaking News: Southwest Airlines Flight 345, from Nashville to LaGuardia landed without nose gear this afternoon at LaGuarida. The New York Airport has had an Air Traffic control ground stop since the incident and Southwest has so far reported no injuries.

There is still mixed reports coming in as this is breaking news, but thus far, it appears as though there are no major injuries. The Boeing 737 was carrying 149 people and per the reports appears as though its nose landing gear ...

Mercedes-Benz Car Transfer for Global Service Members

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United Airlines has begun to roll out luxury car transfers for a handful of United's most premium flyers while transferring with tight connections at Houston Intercontinental Airport. The service is reserved for Global Service members who have extremely tight connections at IAH and is 100% by random. The two Mercedes (one sedan & one SUV) cannot be reserved but instead will be deployed based on need determined by United.

Mary Clark, A United Spokeswoman explained the serviced ...

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Another Upgrade Taken Away By Delta

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Everyone loves a free upgrade, in fact many of us travel and throw ourselves behind a single airline frequent flyer program because we love the benefits. The benefits of regional and in some cases, system wide upgrades, free baggage allowance, free same day travel changes, etc etc. Yet, not every airline can deliver and sometimes benefits that we become accustomed to are stripped away at the worst possible times. Despite this, there is NOTHING worse than when you receive a perk, such as an ...

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Delta's D Game

Is It just me, or has Delta put away their “A” Game and replaced it with their  “D”  Game? Or maybe I had just drank the kool-aid for too long and Delta has always had their left foot forward, showing us their “D” game all along! Either way, after being on a hiatus from business travel and using my miles for a number of leisure flights this year (flying to/from the Philippines, trips around South East Asia, and miles to/from and within Europe) I ...

Delta: L'eggo My Eggo

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Airline Food SUCKS and we all know it! No matter how scrumptious we say it is, we all know it’s not healthy, it’s overly seasoned, full of salt and not good for our guts. Yet despite this, we fly and eat and dine and drink at 30,000 feet. The large majorities of us have lowered our expectations and know that dining on an airplane is no Top Chef experience, let alone a healthy choice. However, when on the ground airport lounges, food also stinks! There are very few food options in ...

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Austrian Airline Smart Upgrade - Your Chance For a Cheaper Business Class Ticket

Everyone wants to experience the front of the plane, yet many of us CANNOT really afford it. This is why we churn credit cards and fly cheap tickets or go on “mileage run”, to sit up front without paying for. Now, Austrian Airline is offering you a chance to fly upfront for only a few extra dollars! That’s right, Austrian is now allowing passengers to make an offer and fly business class for less!

To take advantage of this program, book a ticket on Austrian Airlines ...

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Air France To Refresh All Cabins

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Money losing Air France is trying to reinvent itself with a “100 actions” initiative. The airline’s 500 million euros Best & Beyond program will overhaul the airline product and will be completed by 2015. The airline recognizes that new trends in the aviation industry have changed what customers want and Air France is responding.

Air France wants to be the world’s premier airline and they recognize that in order to be the Best & Beyond, their hard ...