aadvantage Posts

Reader Question: Airline Loyalty - Which to Choose

Here at UPGRD.com we get emails from readers and from time to time we publish them (edited by blogger for brevity and privacy).  This one is from reader VC:
I am a graduate student who has been doing some frequent budget travel to maintain a long distance relationship and have some ...

Mileage Bonuses For Debit Cards Are Better Than Ever For Some

In case you haven't heard, there have been some recent setbacks in the world of mileage earning debit cards, but it's not all bad news.  In fact for many consumers it's better than it ever has been.  
For those pursuing credit card style earnings of one mile for $1 spent, the ...

LAN Business Class Mexico City to Lima - Finally on board

If you haven’t been following from the beginning, here is a link, it all started out so easy, and then I made mistakes (with impressive consistency).  Don’t make the same mistakes I made, read the posts!
LAN Business Class
We had finally boarded and as we got ...

The True Value of Elite Status - A Chance at Redemption

Being Stuck in a Bad Situation
If you have followed the previous posts (start at the beginning) about the mishaps and mistakes I made during a recent trip to Peru, you will know that I was stuck in a bad position.  My wife was very upset, I had friends that would be waiting for us at the ...

Mistakes and Mishaps of a Travel Pro - Continued

To catch up on this story please first read this post. 
Still Stuck at Terminal 1 in Mexico City
I had a fleeting thought that perhaps we should just get into a taxi, but taxi drivers sometimes queue for an hour or more to get a fare at the airport which tend to be business people ...

Mistakes and Mishaps of a Travel Pro

When discussing my travel planning faults it only seems appropriate to wax biblical like my friend Matthew:
“We have all fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
And to quote from the one of the finer films of all time, Raising Arizona, who at the time was biblically ...

American Airlines Limits Advantage Awards On Hawaiian Airlines

American Airlines is imposing new restrictions on Advantage award redemptions on Hawaiian Airlines starting September 1, 2015, further devaluing the American Airlines Advantage program. The new restriction on Hawaiian awards states that new reservations on Hawaiian Airlines will no longer be ...

Upgrade to the AAdvantage Aviator Silver World Elite MasterCard!

Last fall, BarclayCard announced the end of the US Airways Dividend Miles credit card. American has had an exclusive relationship with CitiBank for quite some time, so it was no surprise that they'd be the official credit card partner after the merger with US Airways.
As part of this ...

Worldwide First and Business Ticket for Less than $2500

American Airlines & US Airways Advantage program is offering a buy mile promotion through April 30, where up to 60,000 bonus miles will be rewarded when 100,000 miles are purchased. The bonus miles are rewarded in tiers based on the number of miles purchased and can result in a total of 60,000 ...

AAdvantage Architect Earns 22 Million Miles Without Spending a Penny

An American 737 in classic livery at Chicago O'Hare Airport
Last Sunday, the Dallas Morning News business section ran a profile on Hal Brierley, a Plano-based consultant whose claim to fame was helping design the first airline loyalty program, American Airlines' AAdvantage program, back ...
1 Comment

US Airways Dividend Miles Now Merged With American Airlines Advantage Miles

Over the weekend American Airlines and US Airways merged millions of frequent flyer accounts as the two companies sunsetted US Airways Dividend Miles. Throughout the weekend many people reported issues with their American Airline Advantage accounts, such as having issues logging in, seeing miles, ...

URGENT! Chairman's Upgrade Certificates Premature Expiration!

Chairman's Preferred status holder with US Airways (there are many from the challenges offered last year) receive two one-way upgrades and matching companion upgrades every year.  American Airlines indicated that these would need to be spent prior to their loyalty program mergers anticipated in ...

March 25 - Last Day to Book US Airways Dividend Mile Award Tickets

Early this month we learned that American Airlines and US Airways frequent flyer programs would merge within 30 days. Now, just a couple of weeks later, the New American has announced that the programs will actually merge March 28, 2014 –that this weekend! With said announcement, we also ...

American Airlines $450 Business Class Fare to China Update

I intended on posting an update regarding the great deals that were available for business class flights from Washington DC airports to Beijing on American Airlines for select dates in April/May and September, however, by the time I completed my purchase the deal had all but closed up.
To ...
1 Comment

UPDATE: Merged Already? Did American Airlines Match My US Airways Status?

I have a quick update regarding my previous question on whether or not American and US Airways had already essentially merged in regards to frequent flyer program status.  To recap, on American Airlines specifically I only earned 28k EQMs and just 38k PQMs on US Airways (though it was through a ...

Update on recent travels flying American

After a pretty miserable experience with United this year, after over 150,000 premier qualifying miles, I really didn't see the need to continue getting frustrated with their operational and many other issues.  As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have decided to explore my options for domestic ...

Is the Sky Blue-er on the other side: Testing US and DeltAA

I'd love to say "its not me, its you" and fully break up with United, but I don't feel like any US domestic airline is that much better than any other.  Although clearly United is at or very near the bottom.  With that in mind, I used a recent business trip to Los Angeles as a trial run to ...