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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 ...

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 ...

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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Flight Review: American "US Airways" A321 First Class, DFW to Philadelphia


Welcome to the first installment of my Czech Republic-Romania trip report!  This trip started early (too early, really) on a rainy Saturday morning with a short hop from Dallas to Philadelphia.  Why a connection in Philadelphia, when there was an afternoon nonstop to Paris available ...
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Are the Etihad First Class A380 Apartments Worthwhile?

Etihad has released a generous amount of first class award space on its A380 Abu Dhabi to New York Kennedy flight. Etihad's trend-setting "First Apartments" on this flight certainly set a standard for spaciousness in a first class seat. But is all the hype worth it?
My wife and I flew in the ...
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My relationship with American Airlines in late 2015 left a lot to be desired

The year is coming to a close, and I'm really not concluding on the best footing with American Airlines. I want to write an honest narration of recent experiences on-board the world's largest airline and admit that my customer satisfaction with them has waned significantly since the cutover in ...
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A Few More Flights to Go After a Year on the Road.

As 2015 is winding down, in this post I'm revisiting my year and what is to come.  I'll have a more complete summary of my 2015 travels later.  

Jacksonville may not be an exciting destination, but the sunrises along the beach were great. 
 
I wrote this a ...
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Flight Review - American Airlines Boeing 767 Domestic First LAX-DFW

Domestic First Class on American is generally nothing to write home about.  You get a little extra legroom, a meal, and free alcohol, but the seat is nothing special, usually just a "cradle"-type seat - the notable exception being transcontinental routes such as Los Angeles to New York, which ...
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American Airlines Won’t Proactively Waive Telephone Booking Fee


American Airlines has a number of award partners that are not bookable on aa.com. A call to AA Reservations is necessary to book this space and reservations made over the phone carry a $40 booking fee. This fee was traditionally unavoidable, but after the US Airways merger AA stopped ...

Using American Airlines Miles to Book oneworld Premium Economy?

Premium Economy is coming to American Airlines and many AA frequent flyers are rightfully concerned about what this will mean for upgrades – will systemwide upgrades only be eligible for upgrades from Economy to Premium Economy? We will soon find out (once AA figures it out themselves), but if ...