American Airlines Posts

Mileage Earning Debit Cards Revisited

After lots and lots of emails and comments from a post written over 10 months ago, it seems like it is time for an update.   But before we get into that you should sign up for our email list here.  

So let's start fresh on this debit card ...

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American Domestic First - DFW to LAX on a 767

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Pre-Flight

I traveled with my family the day after Thanksgiving to Los Angeles as we had plans to visit SoCal and attend the Notre Dame - USC game massacre. I booked a multi-segment itinerary originating in Minneapolis on Tuesday, ...

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American Adds Year Long Bonus for First Class & Business Class Passengers

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Since the merger with US Airways, American has been busy aligning airline policies, downgrading the AA flying experience to match one closer to US, and the airlines are now playing catching up quicker than ever before to offer a more premium business class hard product which includes fleet wide ...

New Greeting for AA Phone Reps

This is totally an airline nerd thing, but I spend a chunk of my day each day (sometimes a huge chunk) on the phone with various airlines booking awards. The bulk of my clients are based in North America and lately, perhaps because of the 100,000 AA mile CITI sign-up bonus earlier this year, we ...

Update on recent travels flying American

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...