American Airlines Posts

Is the Elimination of Stopovers on United MileagePlus Awards Inevitable?

Delta Air Lines has announced that free stopovers will not be part of the 2015 Skymiles program and it seems likely that the combined American and US Airways AAdvantage program will also not offer complimentary stopovers. That would leave United Airlines as the sole major legacy carrier in the ...

American reshuffles transatlantic routes and schedules for S15

American Airlines is adding five new routes between four of its US hubs and select European cities in summer 2015, although these changes reflect more surgical additions across its gateway cities rather than overall growth for the combined US Airways and American ...

US Airways 7 Day Upgrade Window - What's the Point?

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As a recent US Airways Chairman, I am adjusting to their system.  My general rule of thumb is that I add my frequent flyer account to whichever airline I am flying.  For example, this week I am flights to Tulsa (on American) and to Omaha (on US Airways) and have put my respective ...

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

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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 ...

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Cabin Crew - They Make or Break an Airline

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Despite a poor experience with American Airlines last week which involved an agent with true little mAAn syndrome and led to the police being called, I am happy to report that I had a great inflight experience last weekend while flying to Missouri for the Seattle Seahawks vs Kansas City Chiefs ...

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American Airlines Premium Lounge - Miami

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American Airlines operates a slew of Admiral Clubs around the world with varying service levels. Domestic US clubs tend to offer barebones service offerings which include trail mix, cookies, bagels, olives, cheese, and fresh veggies depending on the time of day along with a mixture of cheap beer, ...

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American Airlines & Alaska Airlines expand airport lounge access for members

Alaska Airlines and American Airlines has had a relationship working together and codesharing on a number of West Coast flights allowing Alaska to fly American Airlines customers up and down the West Coast and extensive codeshare agreement for Alaska customers to/from American's major hubs in ...
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Rookie Mistakes Could Have Cost Me My Around The World Trip

Last weekend I started my nearly 30,000 mile trip around the world on a US Airways First Class Award ticket and an amateur mistake almost cost me the entire trip! My trip started from Mexico City which allowed me to take advantage of on my favorite US Airways award chart gems: Central ...

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Mexico D.F. American Airlines Admirals Club

2014-10-31-06.08.30

It is amazing to me how different every American Airlines Admiral club is, especially those in foreign countries. I have reviewed the Admirals Club in London, which wasn’t much to write home about and the club in Tokyo, which many AA frequent fliers claim is the best in the system. Yet I ...

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The Hunt for a Competent American Airlines Agent

Earlier today I posted the following about booking Etihad Airways award space with American Airlines--

American Airlines Cannot Book Etihad Award Space...Again

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is a wonderful American Airlines AAdvantage partner, offering ...

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Phoenix US Airways Clubs Rebrand as Admirals Clubs

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If the merger between US Airways and American wasn’t confusing enough for travelers hopping between the two airlines, things just became even more convoluted in Phoenix where US Airway clubs were rebranded as Admiral Clubs on Friday, October 10. The two airlines are still operating as two ...

AA Responds to My Complaint About New Meal Policy

Back on the first of the month, I had the opportunity to fly AA first class from Orlando to DFW, a day that just happened to coincide with the introduction of AA's new First Class meal policy for domestic flights.  I won't rehash the entire slate of changes here, but the big change was to ...

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First Class On the Cheap - American Airlines DFW to Orlando (Flight Review)

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I survived driving my mom and her cat 1,200 miles across the country, but I wouldn't have much time to rest, as I'd already booked a trip to visit mom at her temporary home at my sister's place in Florida over Labor Day weekend.  AA does offer nonstop flights from Dallas to Ft. Myers, but ...

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