How Valuable & Profitable Are Airline Frequent Flyer Programs?

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US-based airlines American, Delta, and United, have all issued debt backed by their respective frequent flyer programs to the tune of $6B or more each.

Hilton and Marriott have presold Honors and Bonvoy points in advance to credit card issuers (American Express and Chase).

American Airlines AAdvantage Up To 2,000 Miles On Award Travel October 1 – 31, 2020

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American Airlines has launched an AAdvantage promotion to get members to redeem their miles for travel October 1 – 31, 2020.

AAdvantage members can get 250 miles rebate for each award segment they fly for up to eight segments and 2,000 miles. You must register by October 7.

World Of Hyatt American Airlines Triple AAdvantage Miles September 22 – December 31, 2020

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World of Hyatt and American Airlines launched reciprocal benefits and the ability to earn both points and miles for stays and flights (if you are an elite with Hyatt and AA) the other year.

Now, World of Hyatt has launched a bonus offer for American Airlines AAdvantage members who can earn triple miles (in addition to the World of Hyatt points and bonuses) for stays September 22 – December 31, 2020.

American Airlines Business Extra New Airline Partner: Japan Airlines (JAL)

American Airlines has a Business Extra program that rewards companies whose employees fly on select airlines.

Previously only flights with American Airlines, British Airways, and Iberia have been eligible for Business Extra points, but now Japan Airlines with affiliates have joined it.

American Airlines $160K Gift Card & Ticketing Scam

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American Airlines had a system vulnerability that allowed you to buy a gift card that you used to purchase an airline ticket, and then refund the gift card purchase back to the credit card while using the airline ticket.

Mr. William Joseph “Billy” Schwarze implied to his friends & family that he was running an elite travel agency who purchased tickets from Mr. Schwarze. He bought tickets worth more than $160K using this fraudulent method.

American Airlines Buy & Gift AAdvantage Miles Up To 100,000 Bonus Until September 30, 2020

American Airlines has launched a new offer to buy AAdvantage miles with up to 100,000 bonus miles through September 30, 2020.

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The number of miles a member can buy before any bonuses are capped at 150,000 per calendar year, and the account that purchases or receives the miles must have been open for a minimum of 30 days.

American Airlines Eliminates Change Fees + Changes To Basic Economy (No Longer Elite Qualifying Effective January 1, 2021)

American Airlines is today rolling out its change fee waiver with a twist (you can get a voucher for residual value unlike with Delta and United) and some “enhancements” both negative and positive to Basic Economy-fares.

Elite members will get their benefits such as upgrades and preferred seating, even when on Basic Economy. This fare class becomes ineligible for elite qualifying dollars, miles, and segments effective January 1, 2021.

Airfare of the Day [First Class] AMERICAN AIRLINES Chicago to San Francisco (or v.v.) from $189 OW

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Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to American Airlines and their first class sell-up one way non-refundable fares between Chicago (ORD) and San Francisco (SFO), USA. This fare is also being matched by Alaska Airlines.

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American Airlines Double Million Miler Qualifying Miles August 3 – December 31, 2020

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American Airlines has a new offer available for select AAdvantage members who can earn double Million Miler qualifying miles on travel through the end of 2020.

Eligible members must register by August 24, 2020, and book the flights after completing this step.

American Airlines Buy & Gift AAdvantage Miles 100% Bonus Until August 31, 2020

American Airlines has launched a new offer to buy AAdvantage miles with an up to 100% bonus through August 31, 2020.

The number of miles a member can buy before any bonuses are capped at 150,000 per calendar year, and the account that purchases or receives the miles must have been open for a minimum of 30 days.

American Airlines Now Allows British Airways & Iberia Flight Upgrades Using Miles

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Oneworld has been teasing (read more here) about a similar program that Star Alliance has had for years that allows members to upgrade partner flights using miles (always requires costly fare classes).

Forbes “Did British Airways Make One Cut Too Many”

Now, American Airlines has begun allowing AAdvantage members to upgrade flights that are operated by British Airways and Iberia.

American Airlines Requires Face Mask During All Touch Points From July 29, 2020

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American Airlines on Tuesday followed United Airlines (read more here) that earlier in the day announced face mask requirement not just for in-cabin use, but throughout the airport from check-in, lounges, gate, and to the baggage claim.

American’s requirement will be in place from July 29, 2020. Passengers that refuse to wear one are banned from flying the airline for the duration of the mask requirement rule.

American Airlines & JetBlue Strategic Partnership (Loyalty Program Benefits Coming)

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American Airlines and JetBlue today announced their strategic partnership for East Coast travel, where JetBlue is strong.

The airlines will codeshare each other’s flights, and American will launch international services to Athens and Tel Aviv from New York. The loyalty benefits (AAdvantage & TrueBlue) are announced at a later date.

American Airlines and United Airlines Cancel Their Hong Kong Flights Due To Crew Testing Requirement

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American Airlines and United Airlines have both announced cancellations of their Hong Kong flights again as the country now requires that all crew members are tested for Covid-19.

Except the Quarantine requirement this would place passengers and crew on the same level as far as the preventive measures against coronavirus goes and airlines (or unions) decided that would be a no go.

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