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American Airlines Admiral Clubs Lock Down Wi-FI

American Airlines is making it harder for none Admiral Club members to poach their Wi-Fi as the airline has followed legacy US Airways Clubs requirements of having to sign on with a password. The new initiative has been rolled out at Admiral Clubs over the last week and almost all clubs appear to be ...
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American Airlines Axing Philadelphia - Tel Aviv


Per the Airline of Professional Flight Attendants newsletter, Hotline, American Airlines will be ending service to Tel Aviv. Currently operated with a legacy US Airways Airbus A330-200, the flight is scheduled to end on January 4th, 2016. Despite many rumors of the company starting a second ...
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American Airlines 137 from Dallas to Hong Kong diverts to Calgary

Hello from Calgary.  I wasn't planning to be visiting Canada today, but due to a medical diversion that is where today's AA137 flight from Dallas to Hong Kong landed. 
Interestingly, it is not my first medical diversion, and in fact the second one on a flight to Hong Kong.  This ...
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Can You Book Cuba Award Travel with American Airlines Miles?


I wrote with some glee about the change in U.S. policy toward Cuba and what this meant for travel. Since that December 2014 announcement, more diplomatic breakthroughs have occurred, including the recent re-opening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington and the U.S. Embassy in Havana. But one ...
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Alaska Airlines and American Airlines Expand Partnership

American Airlines and Alaska Airlines are deepening their partnership and cooperation on flights and mutual benefits for elite frequent flyers at the same time that Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines partnership continues to deteriorate as Delta builds up a Seattle hub. This morning, Alaska Airlines ...

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 ...
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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 ...
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Baby Luxury Part One: Flying in Premium Cabins


Once you have had a taste for flying in the front of the plane it's quite difficult to fly any other way. At least it is for my family. There are a few exceptions for shorter flights or amazing deals, but for the most part I am one of those people who is merrily turning left when I board the ...
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It's Semi-Official - US Airways to Fly Off Into the Sunrise October 17


In early May, I reported a two-minute warning of sorts that the most important step of the American Airlines/US Airways merger integration was on the way, with the reservation systems scheduled to be folded into one sometime in October, with a 90-day wind-down period to begin in July.  ...

Lounge Review: American Airlines Admirals Club and Flagship Lounge at LAX

The American Airlines Admirals Club at LAX is located airside (after security) in terminal 4 near gate 40. It’s a co-op lounge shared with the Qantas Club. Open to premium cabin passengers on international flights, first class passengers on three-cabin JFK flights, Admirals Club card holders, ...
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The Significance of American Airlines' Starwood Transfer Bonus


As the mantra goes, miles and points are a depreciating asset and are better burned than stored for future use. American Airlines is offering a generous 20% transfer bonus on points from Starwood Preferred Guest. Essentially, that means instead of 25,000 AA miles for 20,000 Starpoints, through ...
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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 ...
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Every Major Airline is Adding NYC - LAX/SFO Frequencies This Fall

The Transcontinental battle for premium passengers is heating up as United leaves JFK for Newark and Delta, Jetblue, and American all beef up their schedules to offer more premium lay flat seats coast to coast than ever before!
With today’s announcement from Delta, business travelers and ...
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American, United, and Delta Applaud SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling

American, United, and Delta Airlines have all been big supporters of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) community and have supported their GLBT employees and customers and have even received perfect 100s on the Human Right Campaign Corporate Equality Index. The airlines have ran ...

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 ...
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My American Airline Citi Executive Card Annual Fee is Essentially Zero

Last year I signed up for the American Airline Citi Executive credit card as it found it a great way to access the American Airlines Admiral club for just $250 after a one time sign up bonus credit was applied to the account of $200. The $450 annual fee was steep, but with the $200 credit, a 100,000 ...
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