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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…]

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American Airlines has launched a new buy & gift AAdvantage miles campaign and this time with up to a 57% bonus until August 31st, 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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In the past couple of months American Airlines has reportedly received numerous complaints about bed bug infestations on board their aircraft that have bitten many passengers and crew.

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American Airlines has acknowledged the matter in internal memos and taken measures to sanitize the aircraft, especially the crew bunks where most complaints stem from. [click to continue…]

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American Airlines has been the last of the major US airlines that is moving to award miles based on the $$$ spend + requiring certain dollar amount in addition to flown miles to get elite status (read more here).

American Airlines AAdvantage Partner Enhancements

The airline released late Friday (best time traditionally to dump the bad news – the least coverage) the new earning chart for partner airlines effective August 1, 2016, and how Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) are calculated starting on January 1, 2017, on partner flights. [click to continue…]

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This weeks Fabulous Friday will have a look at American Airlines Five Star Concierge Service which the airline offers their First & Business Class customers for a rather steep fee at many locations.

Fabulous Fridays Five StarAmerican offers services such as security and gate escort, connection assistance as well as arrival Meet&Greet against payment, even for their international First Class passengers. [click to continue…]

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If you’re a parent who considers sending their children traveling as an Unaccompanied Minor (UM) this case might reflect a serious and valid concern: How does the airline care for and protect your child inflight?

AA UM IncidentIn this case a 13 year old girl was booked on American Airlines which charged her parents a 300$ UM Fee but once on board the child didn’t receive any special seating and became the victim of the 26 year old child molester. [click to continue…]