British Airways Executive Club Transatlantic Bonus: Up To 50K Avios per Round Trip

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There are quite a few offers for transatlantic travel this fall and winter. This offer from British Airways is valid for travel between October 1 and January 31, 2012. The offer is valid for flights marketed and operated by British Airways, Iberia, American Airlines, and OpenSkies. This offer is valid for Executive Club members in the United States and Canada.

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The only drawback is the fare class eligibility. The bonus is eligible for first, business, premium economy, and full fare economy fares. You will earn 15K bonus Avios for first round trip, 35K bonus Avios for the second one, and 50K for the third and subsequent round trips during the promotional period. Note that the travel must start in the United States or Canada and you need to register for this offer before travel.

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Conclusion

There are quite a few promotions going on for the transatlantic travel this fall/winter that are only eligible for full fare travel.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Avios bonus for US and Canadian Executive Club members on qualifying, round-trip transatlantic flights operated and marketed by British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia or OpenSkies booked in flexible/non-restricted Economy or higher fares for travel completed by January 31, 2013. Pre-travel registration required.
1. To be eligible for this promotion, British Airways Executive Club members at least 18 years of age who are locally enrolled and residing in the United States or Canada must (i) register for the promotion between September 27, 2012 and January 31, 2013, inclusive, at ba.com; if you are not a current member, you must enroll in Executive Club and register; and (ii) after registering sufficiently in advance of outbound travel, book and then complete qualifying flights by January 31, 2013. British Airways (“BA”) reserves the right to verify the eligibility of members. By taking part in this promotion, members confirm that they accept the terms and conditions of the offer.
2. Existing bookings made prior to the promotional period do not qualify and this offer cannot be applied retroactively.
3. Member must purchase and fly on a full-fare, transatlantic round-trip ticket for travel beginning and ending in the United States or Canada for flights that are operated and marketed by British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia or OpenSkies, in the following booking classes (which are unrestricted or have limited restrictions):
(i) on British Airways operated flights, includes fares booked in First Class, Club World Business Class, World Traveller Plus Premium Economy or flexible/non-restricted World Traveller Economy Class: F, A, J, C, D, R, I, W, E, T, Y, B or H;
(ii) on American Airlines operated flights, includes fares booked in First Class, Business Class or flexible/non-restricted Economy Class: F, A, J, R, D, I, Y, B or H;
(iii) on Iberia operated flights, includes fares booked in Business Class or flexible/non-restricted Economy Class: J, C, D, R, I or Y;
(iv) on OpenSkies operated flights, includes fares booked in Biz Bed/Business, Prem Plus/Premium Economy and flexible/non-restricted Eco/Economy: J, C, D, R, I, W, E, T, Y, B or H.
This promotion does not apply to flights marketed or operated by franchises, including Comair, Iberia Express, and Sun-Air, or any other code share partners or oneworld© Alliance members.
4. It is the member’s responsibility to ensure that the booking/selling class of the fare purchased qualifies for this promotion. Please confirm prior to purchase. For bookings on ba.com, simply click on the flight number hyperlink on the “Choose your flights” page and refer to the booking/selling classes listed above in 3. (Discount Economy class fares, including those booked/sold in K, M, L, V, S, N, Q, O, or G fare classes, do not qualify for this offer.)
5. Member will earn the following bonus on qualifying, round-trip transatlantic flights booked in flexible/non-restricted Economy and higher fare classes taken during the promotional period:
– 15,000 bonus Avios points for first round-trip purchased and flown as an Executive Club member on a qualifying ticket
– 35,000 bonus Avios points for second round-trip purchased and flown as an Executive Club member on a qualifying ticket
– 50,000 bonus Avios points for third (and each subsequent) round-trip purchased and flown as an Executive Club member on a qualifying ticket
6. Members must quote their Executive Club membership number when booking their qualifying flights and again at check-in for each flight flown during the promotional period.
7. The following are not qualifying flights and this promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any offer, promotion, or deal, including, but not limited to: (i) redemption bookings; (ii) travel agent or airline industry discounted fares, Consolidator or Wholesale fares, group discount fares, child/infant fares or senior citizen fares, whether or not booked in one of the qualifying booking classes; (iii) bookings made with vouchers or coupons (e.g. shareholder’s discount coupon); or (iv) tickets upgraded from any class.
8. Qualifying flights are subject to availability and capacity control in the booking classes eligible for this promotion at the time of booking. BA does not accept any responsibility in the event that members are unable to book qualifying flights.
9. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for bonus Avios to be credited to your Executive Club account.
10. British Airways is not liable for the reproduction of this offer or indirect access via third party websites of these terms and where such reproduction misstates or omits any of the information or terms and conditions connected with this promotion.
11. Member must pay all applicable taxes, fees, and carrier charges.
12. BA reserves the right to cancel or amend the terms and conditions of this offer, without notice, at any time.
13. Subject to the full terms and conditions of the Executive Club Programme.
14. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
15. Other significant restrictions apply.

American Airlines and Loose Airline Seats Press Conference Parody

There has been a lot of news this week with loose seats on American Airlines. In one occasion the airline had to do an emergency landing when one of the rose had come loose during the flight. The airline is investigating what is the reason for this.

On the lighter side, Gailen David, the man behind the website Dear Sky Steward and former American Airlines flight attendant, made a parody video of an American Airlines press conference about the incident.

Conclusion

Loose airline seats are most definitely a problem and a safety hazard. Not quite sure what is happening with the AA maintenance.

American Airlines Bonus Offer for Transatlantic Travel – Earn 100000 or More Bonus Miles

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American has just launched a bonus offer AAEUR for travel between United States/Canada and Europe on American Airlines, British Airways, and Iberia, that is valid from September 25 to January 31st, 2012. You will earn 15K bonus miles after your first round trip, 35K bonus miles after your second round trip, and 50K bonus miles per subsequent round trip. You need to register for this promotion prior to your travel.

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First Class and Business Class fares booked in F, A, J, R, D or I; Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H on American Airlines operated flights; First Class or Club World fares booked in F, A, J, R, C, D or I; World Traveller Plus or full-fare World Traveller booked in W, E, T, Y, B or H on British Airways operated flights; Business Class fares booked in J, C, D, R or I; Economy Class fares booked in Y on Iberia operated flights.

American already has a somewhat similar offer for European residents and British Airways has also been offering bonus miles for transatlantic travel. This new offer is valid for American Airlines AAdvantage members whose address is in United States or Canada.

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The offer is valid for all first and business class fares, but only for high economy class ones.

Conclusion

This is a very good offer for fall/winter transatlantic travel for first/business class and high economy class fare fliers. The number of bonus miles that you can earn from 3rd trip onwards is 50K per RT.

If your American Airlines AAdvantage account is based outside of the United States or Canada, you can take advantage of this offer by moving your account address there temporarily.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Includes First Class and Business Class fares booked in F, A, J, R, D or I; Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H on American Airlines operated flights; First Class or Club World fares booked in F, A, J, R, C, D or I; World Traveller Plus or full-fare World Traveller booked in W, E, T, Y, B or H on British Airways operated flights; Business Class fares booked in J, C, D, R or I; Economy Class fares booked in Y on Iberia operated flights.

Terms and Conditions
Registration prior to travel is required. AAdvantage bonus mile offer is valid on American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia operated and/or marketed nonstop flights for round-trip travel between U.S. or Canada and Europe, September 25, 2012, through January 31, 2013. Offer applies only to AAdvantage members who are U.S. or Canada residents and who purchase and fly on eligible published-fare tickets. Flights operated by other codeshare partners are not eligible for this promotion. A round trip is defined as travel in the same purchased booking class for both the departure and the return transatlantic flight segments. Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification or Million Miler status.

American Airlines Contagious Labor Relations Reason for Cancellations and Delays

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There has been a lot press this week about the recent upsurge on flight cancellations and delays on American Airlines. The first major piece was by Scott McCartney who is a WSJ’s columnist.

American Airlines WSJ Blog Article
American Airlines WSJ Blog Article

The labor relations on American Airlines have been in turmoil already for some time. The pilots have been increasingly dissatisfied with the management and would prefer the airline merging with the US Airways.

American Airlines Elite Email About the Delays
American Airlines Elite Email About the Delays

On September 5 this month the bankruptcy court approved the AA’s motion to reject pilots contract and the current delays & cancellations are, according to American Airlines latest email, due to increase in maintenance write ups from pilots very close to departure time. Most of these maintenance issues could be deferred and dealt with some later time.

American Airlines Departures & Arrivals September 20th
American Airlines Departures & Arrivals September 20th

The numbers for yesterday aren’t pretty. American Airlines cancelled 4.5% of its departures. Both the on time departure at 61% and the on time arrival at 51% are very bad.

Also, American Airlines has decided to trim their September & October flight schedule by 1% to 2%, but they haven’t released a list of canceled flights.

Here’s what an American Airlines is willing to do Gold/Platinum/Executive Platinum members in case of delays of 1 hour or more:

1. Arrange other fight even on competing carrier

2. Receive a refund

If you do not have status with American Airlines, the airline is currently promising the following:

1. Ability to standby for earlier flights

And if your flight has been delayed by more than two hours:

2. Accommodate on other carrier

3. Receive full refund

4. Change your plans without fees

What you should do to avoid being caught with the turmoil?

1. Sign up for email alerts regarding your flights.

2. Check the flight status online using my itineraries.

3. Check the flight status on www.aacargo.com website. Sometimes flight cancellations are posted there earlier.

4. Be aware of alternate options even on other carriers.

5. If you are at the airport when cancellation happens, you may have better luck getting rebooked at the Admirals Cub.

6. If you have status with AA, try calling the elite number behind your card. Be warned that the wait times can be long at times.

7. If you get rebooked on other carrier, ask AA to print out the flight coupon on paper i.e. paper ticket. I had AA rebook me the other year but the process didn’t go right. Continental was not able to pull up the ticket and I had to ask AA to print it on paper.

8. Try booking flights without connections if possible. Lot of flights are delayed and can cause misconnects. Yesterday only 51% of the flights arrived on time.

On the positive side, if you get rebooked on alternate carrier, you can get EQM’s (Elite Qualifying Miles) and RDM’s (Redeemable Miles) on both carriers. If you get rebooked on Delta, United, US Airways etc, remember to have alternate frequent flier number handy for those flights. Later, you need to call American Airlines and request an original routing credit.

Conclusion

United Airlines has operational issues since the merge with Continental Airlines. Now, American Airlines is having problems with its pilot union. It is not nice when you get caught in the middle and inconvenienced during your travels. Eventually this will be over and American will be back to its regular operations.

Triple American Airlines AAdvantage Miles for Radisson/Radisson Blu Stays

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Radisson & Radisson Blu hotels are offering triple (1500) American Airlines AAdvantage miles per stay from September 1st to December 20th, 2012. You need to provide your AAdvantage number at check in and cannot earn Club Carlson God points for the stays. Here’s the link to this offer.

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Regardless of the number of nights, you will receive flat 1500 miles per STAY.

This offer only makes sense if you are staying at a very inexpensive Radisson/Radisson Blu property or don’t plan on collecting Gold points at all. You can always transfer 100000 God points to 18K American Airlines AAdvantage miles. Five $200 Radisson/Radisson Blu stays would earn you in excess of 100000 points and could be transferred to 18K American Airlines miles.

Conclusion

You need to calculate how many Gold points you would earn from your stay compared to flat 1500 American Airlines miles. For me this offer doesn’t make sense at all.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

The Triple Miles Offer (“Promotion”) is available for new reservations at participating Radisson and Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts (“Participating Properties”) for Eligible Stays beginning September 01, 2012 and completed by December 20, 2012 (“Promotional Period”). An Eligible Stay is defined as a stay of one or more nights at the same hotel regardless of the number of times you check-in or check-out during the stay at an eligible rate. Ineligible rates under the Promotion include employee rates; airline crew rates; travel agent rates; hotel employee rates; tour operator rates; wholesaler rates; rates booked through online travel companies; complimentary rooms, including, but not limited to, rooms booked as Award Night stays, or other stays involving other gift certificate or free night vouchers. American Airlines AAdvantage members who provide their member number at the time of check-in can earn a total of 1,500 AAdvantage miles for each Eligible Stay during the Promotional Period. There is no maximum on the number of Eligible Stays that can qualify for the bonus during the Promotional Period. Rates for each night may vary. Mileage is subject to all AAdvantage program rules and regulations. Participating Properties are subject to change without notice. Offer subject to availability and blackout dates may apply. Gold Points® may not be earned for Eligible Stays under this Promotion. Radisson reserves the right to add, modify or discontinue these terms and conditions or the Promotion with or without notice. Void where prohibited by law. By participating in this Promotion, you agree and consent to these terms and conditions. Allow six (6) to eight (8) weeks for the AAdvantage mileage to be posted to your AAdvantage account. American Airlines reserves the right to change the AAdvantage® program and its terms and conditions at any time without notice, and to end the AAdvantage® program with six months notice. Any such changes may affect your ability to use the awards or mileage credits that you have accumulated. Unless specified, AAdvantage® miles earned through this promotion/offer do not count toward elite-status qualification or Million MilerSM status. American Airlines is not responsible for products or services offered by other participating companies. For complete details about the AAdvantage® program, www.aa.com/AAdvantage AmericanAirlines, AAdvantage and Million Miler are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.

Emirates and American Airlines in Talks About Potential Codeshare Agreement

There was an interesting piece in the Air Transport World about the remarks that the president of Emirates Mr. Tim Clark had said on a speech given at International Aviation Club in Washington this week. Mr. Clark had stated that they were in talks with two US airlines regarding code share agreements and that the talks with American Airlines had been ongoing for couple of years. Emirates already serves seven airports in the United States and has interline agreements in place with most US carriers like Delta and US airways.

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Emirates and Alaska announced a frequent flier partnership on January this year and each airlines members have been able to earn both redeemable and elite qualifying miles since March 1st. Also, Emirates has had a similar agreement with JetBlu from July 1st. Thing to note here is that these are not codeshare agreements but rather just ability for both airlines fliers to earn and redeem on each other’s metal. Emirates used to have a similar agreement for earning redeemable miles on United Airlines as well, but that agreement has been terminated.

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Also, Emirates and Qantas just signed a 10 year frequent flier and codeshare agreement last week where Qantas will tunnel all of their European traffic via Dubai and Emirates gets to use Qantas’ domestic network for feeding their flights out of Australia.

If American and Emirates sign a codeshare agreement, it will be American’s fourth (or fifth if El Al is included) partner in the region. Royal Jordanian, based in Amman, is a fellow Onewold member. Gulf Air, based in Bahrain, is a partner airline as is Emirates rival Etihad, based in Abu Dhabi, with whom American also has a codeshare agreement.  There has been chatter about Qatar Airways joining an alliance in the near future and it well could be Oneworld due to close ties with the head of British Airways and Qatar.

Conclusion

It is interesting to see all these partnership that Emirates is forming with number of airlines outside an alliance. Mr. Clark has already stated that Emirates doesn’t see any reason to join any of the three worldwide alliances.

I have flown quite a bit of Emirates and have Gold status on their Skywards frequent flier program. The service both on business and first class is very good and I really like the depth and selection of the onboard entertainment system.  I am not, however, huge fan of Dubai’s airport that resembles an overflowing zoo during the peak flight banks. Opening of the new terminal should easy the congestion.

British Airways Offering Bonus Avios for Fall Travel

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British Airways is having a campaign for bonus Avios for all British Airways flights and transatlantic flights on American Airlines, Iberia, and OpenSkies. The number of bonus Avios you can earn is dependent of the class of service and whether it is a short or long-haul flight. American Airlines has somewhat similar offer but only for transatlantic flights.

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This offer is valid for flights between September 1 and December 16 that were ticketed after August 16, 2012. You need to register for this promotion.

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Conclusion

You should consider whether it makes sense for you to take advantage of the offer from American or from British Airways. I guess that you could credit some of the flights i.e. European feeders to BA while crediting the transatlantic ones to AA.

Thing to note here is that this promotion is only eligible for higher economy fares, business and first class. If you are flying in lower economy fares, this offer probably won’t yield you anything.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

1Booking period: 16 August – 16 December 2012
Travel period: 1 September – 16 December 2012

2 Eligible cabins and booking classes are: British Airways First (F, A), Club World (J, C, D, R, I), Club Europe (J, C, D, R, I), Comair Club (J,C,D,R), Euro Traveller / Comair Traveller (Y, B, H); OpenSkies Biz Bed (J, C, D, R, I), Prem Plus (W, E, T); American Airlines First (F, A), Business (J, D, R, I); Iberia Business (J, C, D, R, I)

Valid on (i) British Airways operated and marketed flights (please see full terms and conditions for exceptions). (ii) BA operated and AA or IB marketed or AA or IB operated and BA marketed transatlantic flights that are part of our joint business with American Airlines and Iberia. This includes flights on routes between the EU /Norway / Switzerland and the US / Canada /Mexico / Puerto Rico. (iii) OpenSkies services with BA or EC prefix from Paris Orly to Newark (iv) BA marketed flights operated by Qantas, Comair or bmi.

A Qualifying Flight is a single sector flight between the point of departure and final destination with no scheduled change of aircraft. A direct return flight counts as 2 sectors.

A longhaul trip consists of 2 shorthaul sectors in Club Europe and 2 longhaul sectors in Club World or First for flights via London (for example Rome-London Heathrow-Chicago-London Heathrow-Rome); or 2 longhaul sectors in First or Business Class for direct flights with American Airlines or Iberia between the EU (excluding London), Norway & Switzerland and the US, Canada, Mexico & Puerto Rico (for example Helsinki-Chicago-Helsinki); or 2 longhaul sectors in OpenSkies Biz Bed cabin for direct flights between Paris Orly and Newark. If the journey starts in London, corresponding bonus Avios for short haul sectors will be deducted from longhaul bonus for the missing feeder flights (ie: member traveling from London to New York will only be awarded with 30,000 Avios on the first return trip)

American Airlines Transatlantic Bonus Offer for up to 180K AAdvantage Miles

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American Airlines has very generous bonus offer for fall 2012 transatlantic travel in business and first class. You can earn 40K to 45K bonus miles per round trip for up to four trips from September 1st to December 16, 2012.

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This offer applies for AAdvantage members whose address in file with the AA is in:

Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vatican City State.

Most notably Ireland and the United Kingdom are not included in this offer. You need to register for this offer AASKY prior to travel but there are no ticketing date requirements. This offer is valid for flights marketed and operated by American Airlines, British Airways, and Iberia between Europe and United States/Canada.

Conclusion

This is a fantastic offer for business class travel that is originating from Europe. The only requirement is the business/first class travel and to make sure that the ticketed are classes are qualifying ones.

Make sure that you have signed up for our blog email updated and follow us on Twitter and like on Facebook. We will always make a post when there is an exciting American Airlines promotion or bonus miles opportunity around.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

*Includes First Class or Business Class fares booked in F, A, J, R, D or I on American Airlines operated flights; First Class or Club World fares booked in F, A, J, R, C, D or I on British Airways operated flights; fares in Business Class booked in J, C, D, R or I on Iberia operated flights.

**Refers to AAdvantage award travel in Economy Class within Europe on one of our participating airlines. View award chart

Offer applies only to AAdvantage members with an address on file with AAdvantage Marketing Programs in one of these countries: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican City State.

Registration prior to travel is required. AAdvantage bonus mile offer is valid on American Airlines, British Airways and/or Iberia marketed and operated nonstop flights for return travel between Europe, the UK, Ireland and the U.S. or Canada from September 1, 2012, through December 16 2012. Members must purchase and fly on eligible published-fare tickets. Flights operated or marketed by any other codeshare partners are not eligible for this promotion. A return trip is defined as travel in the same purchased booking class for both the departure and the return transatlantic flight segments. Bonus miles do not count towards elite status qualification or Million Miler status. Bonus miles will be awarded based on the booking class purchased. All government imposed taxes and fees associated with the award ticket are the responsibility of the AAdvantage member and/or passenger, and depend on the itinerary. American Airlines, AAdvantage and AA.com are marks of American Airlines, Inc. Schedules subject to change without notice. American Airlines reserves the right to change the AAdvantage program rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers at any time without notice, and to end the AAdvantage program with six months notice. oneworld is a mark of the oneworld Alliance, LLC.

Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status Until March 2014 for American, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways, and Virgin America Frequent Fliers + Bonus Points & Miles (Targeted?)

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Hilton HHonors has an exciting offer for AmericanDelta, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Virgin America frequent fliers. You will get an instant Gold status through March 14t, 2014 and bonus miles and/or bonus Hilton HHonors bonus points depending of the airline offer in question. This offer appears to be targeted to the recipients of this offer by email.

Sign up for our daily blog updates by email and follow us on TwitterFacebook to be first to know about exciting Hilton HHonors bonus points opportunities and program information.

Note that all the other offers are for FOUR STAYS during the promotional period but the United’s offer is for FIVE NIGHTS. There are various ending dates until which you have time to do the stays. Read the airline specific terms and conditions.

Friend of mine alerted me about this offer that was first posted on FlyerTalk.

Other Fast Track Offers for Hilton HHonors Gold Status

Hilton has an offer in the Asia Pacific region for instant Gold status for Visa Infinite card holders. There is a way around to get this offer even if you don’t have a Visa Infinite card. Hilton also offers fast track to Gold status only after four stays or nine nights over 90 day period via their MVP program.

Remember that you can double dip with Virgin Atlantic and transfer the miles back to Hilton HHonors. I wrote about this strategy recently.

American Airlines AAdvantage

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– 500 AAdvantage miles after your first stay by November 28, 2012¹.
– Instant HHonors Gold status through March 2014 and you can enjoy complimentary room upgrades, high-speed Internet access, breakfast and more².
– 50,000 HHonors Bonus Points after your fourth stay by November 28, 2012³.

This is a good offer. I like the 50K bonus Hilton HHonors points after fourth stay.

Delta Air Lines SkyMiles

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– 500 miles from Delta after your first stay by November 29, 2012¹.
– Instant HHonors Gold status through March 2014 and you can enjoy complimentary room upgrades, high-speed Internet access, breakfast and more².
– 50,000 HHonors Bonus Points after your fourth stay by November 19, 2012³.

Same offer as American’s. You will receive 50K bonus Hilton HHonors points after your fourth stay.

JetBlue TrueBlue

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– Instant HHonors Gold status through March 2014 and you can enjoy complimentary room upgrades, high-speed Internet access, breakfast and more¹.
– 500 TrueBlue points after your first stay by November 22, 2012².
– 50,000 HHonors Bonus Points after your fourth stay between August 2 and November 22, 2012³.

Still the same offer. 50K Hilton HHonors bonus points is a nice amount.

United Airlines Mileage Plus

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– 6,000 MileagePlus bonus award miles after five nights stayed by November 25, 2012¹
– Instant HHonors Gold status through March 2014 and you can enjoy complimentary room upgrades, high-speed Internet access, breakfast and more².

This offer gives you flat 6000 bonus Mileage Plus miles after five nights.

US Airways Dividend Miles

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– 500 miles from US Airways after your first stay by December 2, 2012¹.
– Instant HHonors Gold status through March 2014 and you can enjoy complimentary room upgrades, high-speed Internet access, breakfast and more².
– 25,000 HHonors Bonus Points after your fourth stay by December 2, 2012³.

The bonus point offer is only 25K Hilton HHonors points compared to 50K on American, Delta and JetBlue offers.

Virgin America Elevate

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– 1,600 Elevate points after your fourth stay by December 12, 2012¹
– Instant HHonors Gold status through March 2014 and you can enjoy complimentary room upgrades, high-speed Internet access, breakfast and more²

Like on the United’s offer you won get any bonus Hilton HHonors points here. The bonus offer is 1600 Elevate points after fourth stay.

Conclusion

If you received the offer email for complimentary Hilton HHonors Gold status basically just for singing up, it makes perfect sense to take advantage of this it even if you don’t have any planned Hilton stays. The status will be valid until March, 2014.

Hilton HHonors Gold status is good for a complimentary breakfast and/or lounge access, some extra points, complimentary internet access, room upgrades, and you will be eligible for VIP only awards.

Hilton HHonors Gold is probably the best mid-tier hotel chain status.

You can combine this offer with other current Hilton promotions.

Terms and conditions of the American Airlines offer:

¹To earn 500 AAdvantage miles, you must complete one stay between August 8 and November 28, 2012. Please allow 6-8 weeks for AAdvantage miles to appear in your AAdvantage account. AAdvantage miles accrued and awards issued are subject to the terms and conditions of the AAdvantage program. Go to www.aa.com/aadvantage for complete details. American Airlines reserves the right to change the AAdvantage® program and its terms and conditions at any time without notice, and to end the AAdvantage® program with six months notice. Any such changes may affect your ability to use the awards or mileage credits that you have accumulated. Unless specified, AAdvantage miles earned through this promotion/offer do not count toward elite-status qualification or Million MilerSM status. American Airlines is not responsible for products or services offered by other participating companies.

²If you’re already an HHonors member, please contact Hilton Reservations and Customer Care so your account can be updated to qualify for this offer. Offer is valid for the recipient of this email only and is non-transferable. You must update your account by November 28, 2012 to obtain Gold status, which will be valid through March 2014. Thereafter, standard requirements must be met to maintain Gold status. Gold status member may choose from a variety of on-property benefits, which vary by hotel and are subject to availability.

³To receive 50,000 Bonus Points, all qualifying stays must be completed between August 8 and November 28, 2012. Please allow 6-8 weeks from completion of your stays for points to appear in your HHonors account. Hilton HHonors points required for a free night range between 7,500 HHonors points for a Category 1 hotel and up to 80,000 points for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. 50,000 HHonors points are enough for two free reward nights at a Category 1-3 hotel. Free nights (for standard room, double occupancy) are defined in the HHonors program Terms and Conditions. For information on reward stays, visit HHonors.com/Rewards. AmericanAirlines, AAdvantage and Million Miler are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.

Terms and conditions of the Delta Air Lines offer:

¹To receive 500 miles, you must complete one stay between July 29 and November 19, 2012. Please allow 6-8 weeks for miles to appear in your SkyMiles account. All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit delta.com/skymiles. Partner offers subject to the terms and conditions of each individual offer. Offers void where prohibited by law. Other restrictions may apply. Offers subject to change without notice.

²If you’re already an HHonors member, please contact Hilton Reservations and Customer Care so your account can be updated to qualify for this offer. Offer is valid for the recipient of this email only and is non-transferable. You must update your account by November 19, 2012 to obtain Gold status, which will be valid through March 2014. Thereafter, standard requirements must be met to maintain Gold status. Gold status member may choose from a variety of on-property benefits, which vary by hotel and are subject to availability.

³To receive 50,000 Bonus Points, all qualifying stays must be completed between July 29 and November 19, 2012. Please allow 6-8 weeks from completion of your stays for points to appear in your HHonors account. Hilton HHonors points required for a free night range between 7,500 HHonors points for a Category 1 hotel and up to 80,000 points for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. 50,000 HHonors points are enough for two free reward nights at a Category 1-3 hotel. Free nights (for standard room, double occupancy) are defined in the HHonors program Terms and Conditions. For information on reward stays, visit HHonors.com/Rewards.

Terms and conditions of the JetBlue offer:

¹If you’re already an HHonors member, please contact Hilton Reservations and Customer Care so your account can be updated to qualify for this offer. Offer is valid for the recipient of this email only and is non-transferable. You must update your account by November 22, 2012 to obtain Gold status, which will be valid through March 2014. Thereafter, standard requirements must be met to maintain Gold status. Gold status member may choose from a variety of on-property benefits, which vary by hotel and are subject to availability.

²To receive 500 TrueBlue points, you must complete one stay by November 22, 2012. Please allow 6-8 weeks for TrueBlue points to appear in your TrueBlue account. Offer available to TrueBlue members in good standing. The name and True Blue number provided must exactly match those listed in the TrueBlue account. Offer has no cash value, is not not redeemable for cash, is not valid for group stays, is nontransferrable, and cannot be combined with other offers. TrueBlue points may not be granted retroactuveky and will not be granted for any stays outside of the eligble offer dates. Offer may be modified or discontinued at any time without notice or liability. TrueBlue program Terms and Conditions apply. Please visit trueblue.jetblue.com for complete details.

³To receive 50,000 HHonors Bonus Points, all qualifying stays must be completed between August 2 and November 22, 2012. Please allow 6-8 weeks from completion of your stays for points to appear in your HHonors account. Hilton HHonors points required for a free night range between 7,500 HHonors points for a Category 1 hotel and up to 80,000 points for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. 50,000 HHonors points are enough for two free reward nights at a Category 1-3 hotel. Free nights (for standard room, double occupancy) are defined in the HHonors program Terms and Conditions. For information on reward stays, visit HHonors.com/Rewards.

Terms and conditions of the United Airlines offer:

¹To earn United Mileage Plus miles for your stays, simply stay at a Hilton Worldwide hotel, pay an eligible rate, and present your United Mileage Plus account number at time of reservation and at check-in. To receive 6,000 bonus award miles, all qualifying stays must be completed between August 5 and November 25, 2012. Miles accrued, awards issued and bonus offers are subject to the rules of the UMP program. United, its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products and services of other participating companies and partners. Please allow 6-8 weeks after completed qualifying activity for bonus award miles to be posted to your UMP account. The UMP program, including accruals, awards and bonus, is subject to change without notice. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the passenger. United and Mileage Plus are registered service marks. For complete details about the UMP program, visit www.united.com.

²If you’re already an HHonors member, please contact Hilton Reservations and Customer Care so your account can be updated to qualify for this offer. Offer is valid for the recipient of this email only and is non-transferable. You must update your account by November 25, 2012 to obtain Gold status, which will be valid through March 2014. Thereafter, standard requirements must be met to maintain Gold status. Gold status member may choose from a variety of on-property benefits, which vary by hotel and are subject to availability.

Terms and conditions of the US Airways offer:

¹To receive 500 Dividend Miles, you must complete one stay between August 12 and December 2, 2012. Please allow 6-8 weeks for Dividend Miles to appear in your Dividend account. US Airways is not responsible for products or services offered by Hilton. Airline miles accrued and awards issued are subject to the terms and conditions of the Dividend Miles Program. Go to usairways.com/dividendmiles for complete details.

²If you’re already an HHonors member, please contact Hilton Reservations and Customer Care so your account can be updated to qualify for this offer. Offer is valid for the recipient of this email only and is non-transferable. You must update your account by December 2, 2012 to obtain Gold status, which will be valid through March 2014. Thereafter, standard requirements must be met to maintain Gold status. Gold status member may choose from a variety of on-property benefits, which vary by hotel and are subject to availability.

³To receive 25,000 Bonus Points, all qualifying stays must be completed between August 12 and December 2, 2012. Please allow 6-8 weeks from completion of your stays for points to appear in your HHonors account. Hilton HHonors points required for a free night range between 7,500 HHonors points for a Category 1 hotel and up to 80,000 points for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. 25,000 HHonors points are enough for one free reward night at a Category 1-3 hotel. Free nights (for standard room, double occupancy) are defined in the HHonors program Terms and Conditions. For information on reward stays, visit HHonors.com/Rewards.

Terms and conditions of the Virgin America offer:

¹To receive 1,600 Elevate Points, you must complete four stays between August 22 and December 12, 2012. Please allow 6-8 weeks for Elevate Points to appear in your Virgin America account. Virgin America is not responsible for products or services offered by Hilton. Points accrued and awards issued are subject to the terms and conditions of the Elevate Points Program. Go to virginamerica.com/frequent-flyer/elevate-member-guide.html for complete details.

²If you’re already an HHonors member, please contact Hilton Reservations and Customer Care so your account can be updated to qualify for this offer. Offer is valid for the recipient of this email only and is non-transferable. You must update your account by December 12, 2012 to obtain Gold status, which will be valid through March 2014. Thereafter, standard requirements must be met to maintain Gold status. Gold status member may choose from a variety of on-property benefits, which vary by hotel and are subject to availability.

Up To 5000 American Airlines Bonus Miles for Avis & Budget Rentals

You can now get 3000 to 5000 bonus American Airlines AAdvantage miles for rentals at participating Avis & Budget airport locations in the United States and Canada. This offer is valid from July 19th to August 31st, 2012.

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Avis American Airlines Bonus Miles –Coupon Code MUAA035

You can get 3000 miles for Avis rentals of 1 to 2 days and 5000 miles for 3 days or longer. You need to use coupon code MUAA035 at the time of making the reservation. You do not have to use AA’s discount code to be eligible for the bonus miles, but you have to make sure that the AWD that you use IS eligible for mileage accrual. Some corporate AWD’s are not eligible for mileage accrual.

Budget American Airlines Bonus Miles – Coupon Code MUAZ025

Budget has a similar deal but for lower bonus miles. For rentals of 1 to 2 days you can get 1000 bonus AAdvantage miles and for rentals of 3 days or longer 3000 bonus miles. You need to use a coupon code MUAZ025 when making the reservation. As with Avis, you don’t have to use AA’s BCD. Just make sure that the BCD that you use IS eligible for mileage accrual.

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The catch here is that there is no list of airport locations in the United States and Canada that participate to this promotion.

I have participated in the past for these promotions from both Budget and Avis. I was surprised to find out that i.e. the Budget or Avis LAX location, cannot remember which one, is not corporate owned and thus doesn’t participate to any of these. I only founded this out after the bonus miles didn’t show up. Make sure that the coupon code is on file when you make the reservation and your American Airlines frequent flier number.

The total number of miles that you earned from the rental should show on your receipt that you get at the time of return.

Conclusion

This is a great bonus miles promotion for American Airlines AAdvantage members that rent from Avis or Budget. Just make sure that the discounted rate that you are using is eligible for the miles and that the airport location that you renting from is participating.

Here the terms and conditions of the Avis version of this promotion:

  • 3,000 AAdvantage bonus miles offer valid on a qualifying rental of minimum one day, maximum two consecutive days at participating Avis airport locations in the US and Canada. Mention coupon MUAA035 to get this offer.
  • 5,000 AAdvantage bonus miles offer valid on a qualifying rental of 3 consecutive days or more at participating Avis airport locations in the US and Canada. Mention coupon MUAA035 to get this offer.
  • Offer valid for rentals between July 18,2012 and August 31, 2012.
  • AAdvantage number must be mentioned at the time of reservation or at the rental counter to earn AAdvantage bonus miles.
  • Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for AAdvantage bonus miles to post to the AAdvantage member’s account.
  • Bonus miles offer valid on all car groups.
  • An advance reservation is required.
  • Offer may not be used with any other coupon, promotion or offer except your AWD discount.
  • The savings of up to 35% applies to the time and mileage charges only. Use AWD K817165 to receive this discount.
  • Taxes, concession recovery fees, vehicle license recovery fee, customer facility charges ($10/contract in CA) and fuel charges are extra.
  • Optional items such as LDW ($35.99/day or less) and other surcharges may apply and are extra.
  • Offer is subject to vehicle availability at the time of rental and may not be available on some rates at some times, including some online rates at Avis.com.
  • Car rental return restrictions may apply.
  • Offer subject to change without notice.
  • Renter must meet Avis age, driver and credit requirements. Minimum rental age may vary by location. An additional daily surcharge may apply for renters under 25 years old.

Here the terms and conditions of the Budget version of this promotion:

  • 1,000 AAdvantage bonus miles offer valid on a qualifying rental of minimum one day, maximum two consecutive days at participating Budget airport locations in the US and Canada. Mention coupon MUAZ025 to get this offer.
  • 3,000 AAdvantage bonus miles offer valid on a qualifying rental of 3 consecutive days or more at participating Budget airport locations in the US and Canada. Mention coupon MUAZ025 to get this offer.
  • Offer valid for rentals between July 18, 2012 and August 31, 2012.
  • AAdvantage number must be mentioned at the time of reservation or at the rental counter to earn AAdvantage bonus miles.
  • AAdvantage miles offer valid on all car groups.
  • Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for AAdvantage bonus miles to post to the AAdvantage member’s account.
  • An advance reservation is required.
  • Offer may not be used with any other coupon, promotion or offer except your BCD discount.
  • The savings of up to 30% applies to the time-and-mileage charges only. Use BCD U072411.
  • Taxes, concession recovery fees, vehicle license recovery fee, customer facility charges ($10/contract in CA) and fuel charges are extra.
  • Optional items such as LDW ($29.99/day or less except in Louisiana $49.99/day) and other surcharges may apply and are extra
  • Offer is subject to vehicle availability at the time of rental and may not be available on some rates at some times.
  • Car rental return restrictions may apply.
  • Offer subject to change without notice.
  • Renter must meet Budget age, driver and credit requirements.
  • Minimum rental age may vary by location.
  • An additional daily surcharge may apply for renters under 25 years old.

American Airlines AABRN Offer Get 30K Bonus Miles for 5 RT’s

There seems to be yet another Bourne movie coming out soon. American Airlines is offering a Bourne “theamed” promotion for up to 30000 bonus miles after five returns.

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This promotion is valid for tickets issued on July 18th or later and for travel from September 4th to November 15th, 2012. You need to register for this promotion prior to your travel for the bonus miles to kick in.

The number of bonus miles you earn depends on the number of return trips you take:

1 round-trip = 1,000 bonus miles
2 round-trips = 3,000 bonus miles, for a total of 4,000 miles
3 round-trips = 6,000 bonus miles, for a total of 10,000 miles
4 round-trips = 9,000 bonus miles, for a total of 19,000 miles
5 round-trips = 11,000 bonus miles, for a total of 30,000 miles

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Thing to note here is that this promotion is NOT valid on the lowest coach fares in N, Q, and O buckets. It is nice promotion nevertheless, if you are going to ticket fares that book into higher fare classes and can pocket the bonus miles in the process.

Here are the terms and conditions of this promotion:

To qualify, members must fly on eligible purchased, published-fares (excludes fares booked in N, O and Q) on flights marketed and operated by American Airlines, American Eagle or the AmericanConnection carrier between September 4, 2012 and November 15, 2012. Registration prior to travel and before midnight, CDT, September 15, 2012 is required. Registration for the American Airlines AAdvantage Welcome To The Program Sweepstakes at AA.com/BourneLegacy before August 31, 2012 is also required to qualify for this offer. Travel must be booked between July 12, 2012 and September 15, 2012. The bonus is not retroactive to reservations booked prior to July 12, 2012. A round trip is defined as two one-way trips booked in a single reservation under one ticket number. A maximum of one round trip is permitted per reservation. Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification. Members will earn 1,000 bonus miles after one (1) round-trip; 3,000 bonus miles after two (2) round-trips for a total of 4,000 bonus miles; 6,000 bonus miles after three (3) round-trips for a total of 10,000 bonus miles; 9,000 bonus miles after four (4) round-trips for a total of 19,000 bonus miles; and 11,000 bonus miles after five (5) round-trips for a total of 30,000 bonus miles. A maximum of 30,000 bonus miles may be earned from this promotion in conjunction with flying five (5) eligible round-trips. Bonus miles will be posted 4-6 weeks after round-trip travel is complete. This offer is only valid to AAdvantage members in the US and Puerto Rico.

Join AA’s Summer Miles Challenge and Get 100 Miles

American Airlines just sent me a reminder email to participate to the Summer Miles Challenge to support their Kids in Need program. The key here is that you will receive 100 miles just for registering on Facebook and will have a chance to win lot more.

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American Airlines will donate 100K AAdvantage miles to their Kids in Need program if 100K smiles is reached through this “game”.

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The catch here is that you need to like Summer Miles Challenge on American Airlines’ Facebook page before you can access the application to enter your account information. You can easily unfriend/unlike once you have done your part, however.

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After I filed the information the web page showed instantly that I would receive the 100 miles within 6 to 8 weeks after the promotion is over.

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I haven’t normally participated to these promos for few points here and there, but I recently had to arrange couple of hundred miles to my brother’s AAdvantage account to be able to issue an award. You never know when few hundred miles might come handy.

American Airlines’ No Expiration Miles & Award Chart Promise Lasted for 23 Years

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In July 1st, 1989 American Airlines changed its mile expiration promise. Previously, American Airlines miles were not subject to expiration, but all this changed on that day. The miles that were earned from July 1st onwards were under expiration policy that has since changed few times.

American Airlines, however, made a promise that old miles that were that were earned before that date would NOT be subject to expiration. The AAdvantage member could also use the old award chart to redeem the old miles. The member could use their old miles to redeem from the new award chart as well.

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So, if you were given a promise of a non-expiration of miles, how long AA should keep its promise? Apparently AA thinks that 23 years is enough.

AAdvantage members that had these old miles on their accounts were sent the following email by American Airlines:

For more than 30 years the American Airlines AAdvantage® program has been making travel special. Thank you for your loyalty for so many years as an AAdvantage member.

In order to streamline our program, we are announcing a change to AAdvantage miles earned before July 1, 1989, also called Miles With No Expiration.

Starting November 1, 2012, these miles will automatically be converted to Miles Subject to Expiration, and because of your tenured loyalty, you will earn a 25% mileage bonus on every unredeemed mile earned prior to July 1, 1989. To have your Miles With No Expiration converted and to earn the mileage bonus, you do not need to take any action. For more information about this change, please visit AA.com/MileConversion.

Once your miles have been converted, as long as you earn or redeem AAdvantage miles at least once every 18 months, your miles will not expire. This is our normal mileage policy and more information can be found at AA.com/AAdvantageTerms.

It is easy to keep your account active! In addition to earning AAdvantage miles for travel, you can earn miles for making everyday purchases such as dining out, shopping and paying your electricity bill. Plus, you can redeem miles for hotel stays, rental cars, flight awards, and more! Find out more ways to earn and redeem miles by visiting AA.com/AAdvantage.

Finally, to receive special offers and exclusive promotions, be sure to update your account at AA.com/MyAccount and sign up for email notifications.

Thank you for your continued loyalty!

You can always argue that 23 years is long enough for people to use the miles that were accrued before July 1st, 1989. But many didn’t strategically use their old miles. The award chart that these old miles could be used it advantageous in many ways. If you still have old miles, you have up to October 31st, 2012 to use them. On November 1st, 2012 American Airlines will convert the old miles to “Miles Subject to Expiration” and give 25% bonus for “loyalty”.

Why the change?

You may wonder why American Airlines would do such a trivial thing as to cancel the non-expiring old miles promise that they made. It cannot be that difficult to continue having two different kinds of miles.

Maybe they have quite a bit of old miles on their books on accounts that haven’t been used for years. Converting them to new miles and then expiring them in 18 months is a good way for AA to remove some existing liability from their books (miles are liability accounting wise).

Old award charts

Quite a few awards on the old chart have not been bookable for long time. Singapore Airlines ceased to be an American partner long time ago.

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There are, however, some awards that are still valid. I like the award 150E that is for first class ticket for two to Tokyo from the United States on American Airlines for 150K miles. Unlike with AA’s new award chart, the stopover rules are more flexible with the old awards.

Conclusion

It is somewhat understandable that American wants to more these non-expiring old miles to expiring ones, and after 18 months expire bunch of them. But I don’t like when companies make promises about lifetime status on their program or not expiring miles, and then after few or more years don’t honor it.

It has made sense for many to save their non-expiring miles to use them later for awards using the old chart that are cheaper compared to current one.

Note: The American Airline letter and the award chart are from now non-existing FewMiles website that I was able to access Internet Archive.

American Airlines Has Now Made Award Flights on Qantas Bookable Online

American Airline has been slowly extending the number of partner airlines that can be booked on AA.com. Earlier this year American Airlines made Hawaiian and British Airways award flights bookable on AA.com in addition to Alaska ones. Now you can also book awards including Qantas flights on AA.com.

I decided to test this by searching for award availability from Helsinki to Sydney.

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The economy awards appear to be wide open in the month of November.

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Searching for business class only returns availability on three days.

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First class is also available for about half of the dates.

The fare engines returns number of flights with connection from British Airways to Qantas or Qantas to Qantas in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Narita.

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You have to be careful with the flights, however. The engine returns quite a few combinations where the second long haul is in fact in business class and not in first. The feeder flight from Helsinki to London only has economy and business class. As a matter of fact the AA’s engine was not able to return a single date in November from Helsinki to Sydney in first class.

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I was finally able to find one itinerary that was pricing correctly in business class on all of the three segments in question. I don’t like the way the AA hides “carrier imposed surcharges” and doesn’t provide a clear breakdown of taxes and fees. Probably around 70% to 80% off that fee are the fuel surcharges of the BA’s Helsinki to London and London to Narita segments.

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Conclusion

It is great to have more AA partners bookable online without having to call the reservations. AA now has four partners online and quite a few to go before you can book as complex itineraries as one can on United.com.

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