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Airport Lounge Review: American Airlines Admirals Club, Tokyo Narita

Our way-too-short trip to Japan was coming to an end, and it was time to fly home.  Though an 11-hour flight in coach isn't something that's particularly worth looking forward to, my wife and I would at least be able to relax before the flight in the Admirals Club at Narita.  One of the ...
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Anti-Muslim Bigotry on American Airlines or Fabrication?


The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation over an alleged incident on an American Airlines' flight from Charlotte to Detroit on December 6, 2015.
According to the complaint, passenger Mohamed Ahmed ...
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American Airlines Can't Prioritize Gate Checked Bags

I’m still mostly content with my decision to switch from United to American as my primary carrier for business travels mostly in North America.  One area of frustration has been when forced to gate check a bag.  American just can’t seem to get it right.
 
Valet ...
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Trip Report: American Air A321T Business Class, Los Angeles to New York

American Air flies these low density Airbus A321Ts on their premium, trans-con routes such as Los Angeles and San Francisco to New York. These A321Ts are configured with 10 first class seats in a 1 x 1 layout, 20 business class seats in a 2 x 2 layout and 72 economy class seats in a 3 x 3 layout (36 ...
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Flight Review: American B777-200 Economy Class, DFW-Tokyo Narita-DFW


Just 26 days after returning from our whirlwind (mostly) Business Class trip to Europe, we hit the skies again to head to Japan for my birthday.  These flights would once again be in American, and on a Boeing 777-200 both ways, but in coach.  My experience on this aircraft from Paris ...

Flight Review: American Airlines B777-200 Business Class, Paris to DFW


Exactly one week after leaving home to head to Europe, it was time to wrap things up and head back home again.  On the way over, we went the long way via Philadelphia so I could sample the former US Airways Envoy Class, but on the way home, we kept it simple and took the nonstop to ...
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American Airlines Manhattan Ticket Office

Last year I was able to get bumped from two American Airlines flights. I received an AA certificate for each bump - the only draw back is that they have to be redeemed at a ticket office, airport ticketing counter, or over the phone (and then mailed in). Since I had procrastinated so long, and the ...
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Last Day to Burn Your AA Miles Prior to Devaluation!

Monday, March 21, 2016 is the final day to use your AA miles at prevailing rates. On March 22nd a massive devaluation kicks in for premium cabin awards in nearly every region, making your AA miles much less valuable. But there is still time -- one more day -- to take advantage of some great deals on ...

This Rule is Vital for Maximizing Your AA Award

A handful of clients have contacted Award Expert this week requesting help "maximizing" AA awards prior to the devaluation on March 22, 2016. I don't mean the couples trying to get to Bangkok on Cathay Pacific or families booking summer vacations to Spain. Here, I am talking about the people who ...
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Two A380 First Class Flights for 40K AA Miles


AA is devaluing its award chart on March 22, 2016 but you've still got a week left to take advantage of the old chart. For 40K miles you can experience two of the world's finest first class products on the world's largest passenger aircraft.
Etihad Airways flies its A380 featuring first ...
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AA Vacations Offering Mega Mileage Bonus on Cruises Through Tuesday


American Airlines Vacations sells cruises, providing the opportunity to earn AAdvantage miles for cruise purchases, but an e-mail I noticed yesterday certainly caught my attention.  For a limited time - specifically, through Tuesday, March 8th - AA is offering up to 10 AAdvantage ...

US Airlines Allowed to Begin Scheduled Flights to Cuba This Year!

According to Bloomberg, US carriers will be able to fly to Cuba later this year with up to 120 daily flights to the island (20 to Havana, 10 each to the other nine international airports).  An agreement signed in December of last year will be "formalized" on Tuesday which will pave the way for ...

American Airlines Announces Free Snacks in Economy And Meals to Hawaii

American Airlines is playing catch up to every other major airline in the United States and is FINALLY going to offer free snacks again in economy class on domestic flights. Although this announcement is not anything special, as airlines such as Southwest, Delta, and Alaska has been offering ...
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Flight Review: American Airlines A330 Business Class, Philadelphia to Paris


Considering that I'd been up since 5:30 in the morning, I was REALLY looking forward to the next stage of our trip to Europe, a flight to Paris in Business Class on an American Airbus A330.  Why did I pick this routing through Philadelphia, when I could have booked the nonstop from Dallas ...
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Airport Lounge Review: American Airlines Admirals Club PHL Terminal A West

After a decent flight from Dallas in US Airways-cum-American Domestic First, even with a slight delay, we still had a 5 hour, 8 minute layover in Philadelphia before our connecting flight to Paris (sort of, which I'll get to later).  Why such a long layover?  That's what I could get to ...
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