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American Airlines 777-300 LHR-LAX Business Class Trip Report

The day had finally arrived. I had flown the 77W in Main cabin Select from LAX to London Heathrow and now I was going to get to fly AA’s newest plane in business on the return segment! The seat is no stranger to me, as I’ve experienced it on many other airlines, but the service and AA ...
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No Fuel Surcharges on British Airways Awards with US Airways Miles

Since US Airways joined oneworld, the carrier has not imposed fuel surcharges on British Airways award flights. Considering fuel surcharges run more than $800 r/t for Europe and much more if you continue on to Asia or Africa, this has been a secret boon for those redeeming US Airways Dividend Miles ...
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American Airlines Award Routing Rules - Not Frequent Flier Friendly!

This week I decided to cash in 90,000 award miles for a last minute trip to my favorite diving spot in the world – Sipadan, Malaysia! With last minute prices even in economy between California and Tawau, Malaysia being over $1500, I decided it was time to cash in some of my AA miles before AA ...
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American Airline Admiral Club London Heathrow T3

Not all Admiral clubs are created equal and this is clear when it comes to the beautiful T3 Admirals clubs at London Heathrow Airport. The club can be found in lounge area H, near gate 12B, mid terminal next to grandiose clubs such as the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse and the nearby smaller British ...
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A Hijacking Joke Gone Bad

Tensions are high in the aftermath of the likely pilot hijacking of MH370 and even more than 12 years after the 9/11 attacks, the mentality of fear surrounding aviation security remains ingrained. With that in mind, I would recommend against joking about terrorism.
Last Saturday, a 14yr-old ...
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Dear Airlines, Why Aren't You Honest With Us?

First things first. Airline loyalty programs are here to stay--they are too lucrative. With airlines beholden to credit card companies, who purchase points en masse and distribute them to their customers, the possibility of loyalty programs going away is off the table.
But, we see that the ...
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Dishonesty and Myopia at American Airlines

Last night I figured something was up when award ticket prices appeared to vary based on day of travel and my prediction was correct--AA announced a substantial devaluation to its AAdvantage loyalty program today, effective immediately. US Airways also modified its award chart, effective ...
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90,000 miles in Business Class to Asia is still an option

US Airways changed their partner award chart without notice today to match American Airlines award ticket cost from the US lower 48 and Canada to North Asia. I have reviewed the whole award chart and no other award regions were changed. The policy which is bad for consumers quickly increased the ...
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American Airlines Introduces 5 Tier Award Chart & Changes Baggage Policies

Airline mergers are hardly good for consumer and today proves it yet again as we were all just #Parked. Airlines try to claim that airline mergers create more competition, adds tons of benefits for frequent flyers, and consumers benefit from larger network. But lets be real,  since the creation ...
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Variable AAnytime Awards on American Airlines?

While American Airlines has not formally announced a devaluation of its award chart, the consensus is it is only a matter of when, not if. Tonight, AA.com is either acting up or gives us a preview of what a new AAnytime award chart might look like: variable pricing.
I was searching for London - ...
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American Airlines Reveals New 777-200 Cabin

American Airlines has been quickly retrofitting their planes, introducing new planes, and refreshing their brand image as the once cutting edge airline now tries to play catch up with their largest US competitors and overseas competitors in order to provide customers with a modern and comfortable ...
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American Offering Bonus Miles on Select LGA Routes

As part of the American and US Airways merger, the U.S. Department of Justice required that the combined carrier divest slots in New York at LaGuardia Airport and in Washington DC at Reagan-National Airport.
Three communities lost service from LaGuardia during the divesture, though American ...

It's Credit Card Application Day - Which Ones and Why I Value Them

I am not quite like other bloggers in that I have only as of late really started to apply for reward earning credit cards with any consistency, though I have carried a few accumulated over time.  My situation was unique, as my wife and I were in and out of the country for four years (mostly ...

American Airlines Quietly Introduces New Boarding Process

Though today is April 1st, the latest change from American Airlines is no April Fools joke. Over the weekend, American quietly updated their boarding process, removing the option for passengers without overhead luggage to board early, merging AAdvantage Executive Platinum/oneworld Emerald members ...
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US Airways + TAM Join oneworld Alliance


As Star Alliance shrinks, oneworld grows. Effective today, both US Airways and TAM transition from Star Alliance to oneworld, adding a more robust route network across the U.S., South America, and Europe for oneworld flyers.
How Will This Affect You?
If you are a U.S. based ...

US Airways Adds Meals to Shorter Flights + Improves IFE

US Airways offers a very decent meal on domestic flights--when you can get one. The problem is that unless your flight is scheduled for more than 3.5 hours during conventional meal times, you're out of luck. That has put US Airways at a competitive disadvantage, as American, Delta, and United all ...
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Should I Burn my US Airways Dividend Miles Now or Later?

US Airways is leaving Star Alliance on March 30, 2014 and we can only guess at what the future Dividend Miles loyalty program will look like. Will the award chart stay the same for now? Will you be able to get to where you need to go? Will fuel surcharges be introduced on carriers like British ...
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Medical Emergency In the Air & I'm the ONLY First Responder Aboard!

Flying is something so many of us take for granted. Cheaper air fare today allows millions of people all around the world to fly from coast to coast, country to country, continent to continent, or city to city. Some flights are long and some flights are short. In spite of the length of a flight, ...
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