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AA 591: Are We at a Tipping Point for Air Travel?


Tempers are high, patience is short, cell phones are out, planes are full, and the tension is palpable. Recent incidents including yesterday’s American flight 591 where a passenger and a flight attendant had a run in over a stroller seem to be systematic of what looks like a larger problem. Are we now at a tipping point for air travel in this country…

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Finding Saver Awards With American AAdvantage Miles

American 787

A few months ago I shared that I thought American Airlines AAdvantage miles had overall become worse than Delta SkyMiles, which is to say they had fallen to the bottom spot of the major US based airline loyalty programs. My dissatisfaction with American AAdvantage was based largely on the reality that saver awards, even just for pretty ordinary domestic hops, were simply not available…or were very, very barely available, and then only on non-logical itineraries where it took three flights at…

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Use Iberia Avios to Book American Airlines Award Flights for Less

American 787

A few days ago I wrote a bit about using Iberia Avios to fly from certain cities in the US to Madrid in business class for as low as 25,500 Iberia Avios + taxes/fees via a promotion that is going on through April 11th. That deal is related to flying Iberia operated flights, but Iberia Avios can be used very wisely to fly on partner airlines, such as American Airlines, much closer to home. Use Iberia Avios to Book American Airlines…

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Flying From Maui in One of the Most Vintage American Airlines Aircraft


We concluded our family spring break trip to Maui with a much anticipated award flight sitting in the “good seats” on an American Airlines 767-300. Hawaii is always worth it, but that doesn’t take away from it being pretty darn far away and from having a time zone that is rough for us both coming and going. Factor in having a seven year old and one year old to take care of no matter how tired you are when you land,…

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Earn Up To 1,000 Bonus American AAdvantage Miles

1000 bonus aa miles

If you have some online shopping to take care of in the next week or so, you can earn up to 1,000 bonus American miles in the process via a new bonus from the AAdvantage shopping site!   From 3/7/17 – 3/17/17 you can earn one bonus of 300 or 1,000 American AAdvantage miles based on your cumulative purchase amounts via the AAdvantage eShopping site. You can earn a maximum of one of the following bonuses: 300 miles for qualifying…

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Do Basic Economy Fares Impact Award Tickets?

United Economy

As of today, United and American have both started selling their own versions of Basic Economy fares on select routes, with the plan to expand from there in the coming months. As of today United is selling their Basic Economy fares to their hubs from Minneapolis and American Airlines is selling theirs on the following routes: New Orleans (MSY) – Philadelphia (PHL) Orlando (MCO) – Charlotte (CLT) Charlotte (CLT) – Philadelphia (PHL) Miami (MIA) – Philadelphia (PHL) Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)…

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Discounted Hawaii Round Trips from Houston for $478!


Yesterday a little fare war to Hawaii started off with a few carriers and cities, and while I shared some of that on social media, I didn’t get a chance to do a post on it before many of the fares died. However, my friends in the Houston area can still score some Hawaii round trips on American to Honolulu for about $478 round trip! That is several hundred dollars lower than the norm on this route. It is entirely…

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Pre-Ordering American Airlines First Class Meals…Just Not for Kids

Child's meal

When you are booked in a premium cabin on American Airlines, you can go online into your reservation from 30 days until 24 hours before departure and select a meal option. Selecting a meal choice doesn’t 100% guarantee that you will get that choice, but it certainly increases the chances of getting your first choice. Since we are within 30 days of some American Airlines first class flights I logged in to my reservations to check out the menu choices and select the ones…

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Getting 10% of Redeemed American AAdvantage Miles Instantly Rebated

A view from the American Airlines 787 Dreamliner flex wings on the inaugural flight yesterday.

In the last few weeks I have been using more American Airlines AAdvantage miles than I had in recent history, and in doing so I have noticed a very cool trend that may be old news to others, but was new info for me. One of my favorite perks of the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard, the Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red, and Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Silver Elite credit cards is that they return 10% of your redeemed American miles to you each year. This…

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Getting Good Value from American AAdvantage Miles After All


A few weeks ago I shared my disappointment with where the American Airlines AAdvantage program currently ranks among similar frequent flyer programs. Delta used to be the program that many mocked by calling their SkyMiles SkyPesos, but American has taken over my unofficial bottom slot as being the most difficult program in which to find logical saver award space tickets. I gave examples of some pretty standard hub to hub routes where there just were virtually no saver awards for a…

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