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

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

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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Earn up to 1,000 Bonus American Airlines Miles

Yesterday I shared that you could earn 500 or 1,000 bonus United miles for online purchases you make at hundreds of retailers via the United MileagePlus Shopping site based on cumulative spending from January 30 – February 14, 2017. Where one shopping mileage bonus appears, others often follow, and now indeed the American Airlines shopping site is also offering a 500 – 1,000 mile bonus! Today the American Airlines Shopping site has kicked off a Valentine’s themed bonus of 500 or 1,000 miles…

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Key West, Vail, Austin and More for Fewer AAdvantage Miles!

One of the rewarding but easy ways to stretch your airline miles comes via the American Airlines AAdvantage program that offers Reduced Mileage Awards to select destinations for those who have one of their co-branded credit cards. The discounts on round trip saver awards via this program range from 1,000 – 7,500 miles. And yes, sadly, a saver award does have to miraculously be available to make use of the additional discount. The AAdvantage Reduced Mileage Award program looks like it…

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How to Use American AAdvantage Miles for Kids Tickets and Cash for Yours

As you may have read, I’ve had a bit of trouble using my American Airlines AAdvantage miles recently at the saver level. From the extensive discussion in the comments on that post, I know I’m not alone. With four kids, budgets are tight and I am now booking trips beyond when my youngest daughter turns two, so that means that the days of booking her as a free lap baby are over.   With this in mind, as we planned…

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Book Now: American Saver Business Class Awards to Australia!

Update: I’ve seen some reports that most (or all?) of these seats are now gone and the system is now acting glitchy catching up making it look like phantom award space. Congrats if you scored seats in time! Getting multiple premium cabin saver level award tickets from the United States to Australia is very, very hard and requires a good amount of luck, flexibility, creative routing, etc. It can be done – heck I’ve done it (before I canceled it),…

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All the Details on American’s New Lowest Basic Economy Fares

We knew that American and United planned to introduce “basic economy fares” early in 2017, and we now know a little bit more about what it will look like from American. These fares may be spun at times by American as being available in order to save you money and let you choose the fare rules/perks you need when you need them, but make no mistake about it, these new basic fares are designed to make the airline more money…not…

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Earn 500 Bonus American Airlines Miles for Shopping Online

If you have some online purchases coming up and you want to earn bonus AAdvantage miles in the process, then you will want to pay attention to this new shopping bonus. If you spend a cumulative $200 via the AAdvantage eShopping site from 1/12/17 – 1/18/17, you can get 500 bonus AAdvantage miles. Of course this 500 mile bonus is on top of the regular mileage payouts for each retailer such as: 8x miles at Backcountry.com 12x miles at Nike.com 2x miles at…

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The Day That Delta SkyMiles Overtook American AAdvantage Miles for Award Travel

Now that the girls are both back in school and 2017 has arrived in full force, I’ve been doing a bunch of airline award and paid ticket searches this week. I mean, a bunch. In a perfect world, I’d like to get all of our 2017 airline tickets fully booked and squared away as soon as possible. Okay, maybe not all of them, but at least the ones for family trips that already have set dates and are 99% going…

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