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American Airlines has launched new buy & gift AAdvantage miles campaign and this time with up to 42.5% bonus combined with 10% off. The offer is valid for purchases made until October 3, 2016

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American Airlines upped last year the number of miles that you can buy before any bonuses to 150,000 every calendar year. Remember that the account that buys or receives miles must be minimum of 30 days old. [click to continue…]

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American Airlines front line staff will don new uniforms effective today after wearing the same design for thirty years and three years after the merger with US Airways was completed.

aamerican-b767-copyEven though American merged with US Airways three years ago, their flight attendants still didn’t wear the same uniform, which is now a thing of the past. [click to continue…]

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A LoyaltyLobby reader from Europe sent me two screenshots that illustrate how the changes that took effect on August 1, 2016 (read more here) have affected the number of award miles earned for partner flights when credited to AAdvantage.

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Remember that you can always email me, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. I’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week. [click to continue…]

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This is the first in a weekly series that we will be running to give an overview of the top airline frequent flyer programs in the world today and pros and cons of each.

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American AAdvantage is the oldest of all the frequent flyer programs in existence today (started in 1981) and the last of the Big 3 US “legacy” carriers (along with United and Delta) that switched their mileage earning structure from distance to revenue-based (starting August 2016).

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (usually referred to as DOT) released consent orders on Friday against Alaska, United, American, Air Canada and Southwest.

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These airlines had failed to comply with the DOT rules that deal with involuntarily denied boarding and damaged/lost luggage. The DOT fined these airlines $35K to $45 each. [click to continue…]

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Scott Kirby, former American Airlines president, who was told to “transition out” according to the WSJ, moved into a similar position at United Continental (why don’t they just drop that Continental part) on Monday, the same day he left AA.

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These lateral moves are quite rare (cannot remember one) among the US airlines now that the number of network carriers is down to just four (American, United, Delta and Southwest). [click to continue…]

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American AAdvantage is the only Frequent Flier Program in the U.S. that still uses a system of 500 mile based upgrade certificates that the airline either sells or gives away to their frequent fliers which supposedly never expire.

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All other carriers have switched to unlimited domestic upgrades for their Elite frequent fliers, American Airlines only offers these on flights of less than 500 miles distance and for their Executive Platinums. [click to continue…]

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American Airlines has yet another ‘certificate of excellence’ with the latest ATC Report (issued by the Department of Transportation) stating American as the airline with the most flight delays in the U.S.

AA OTPThe DOT issues this report monthly and it reflects not only the performance of airlines in terms of timely operations but also customer service and lapses thereof, taking consumer complaints into account. [click to continue…]

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American Airlines has been sending out targeted offers to instant Gold or Platinum status in their program for 3 month period + fast track offer to keep the status through January 2018.

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American Airlines has previously had similar targeted offers throughout the years and they are very good way to lure fliers from other airlines (Delta, United and Southwest). [click to continue…]

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Everyone likes to get to his destination on time but we all would like to actually get there safely which might be in contrast to what American Airlines management has in mind, keeping schedule performance as first priority.

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A recent memo of American’s COO set off alarm bells with the pilots union as they interpret it as ‘pilot pushing’ which might lead to compromising safety regulations if followed. [click to continue…]