Category Archive: American Aadvantage

Jul 13

Airfares Continue To Rise Into Summer

Airlines continue to show strength through the summer, as every major airline in the US seems to have generated positive RASM for the second quarter and looks strong into the third quarter. Airlines Gone Wild It’s happening again. After the down years of 2015 and 2016, airlines are finally seeing pricing begin to stabilize. Once …

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May 27

American Airlines Upgrading Lounges, Flagship Dining

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Airlines are finally catching on to something that the rest of the world figured out years ago: If you are going to charge customers a huge multiple for a premium product versus the standard product, you’d better make it worth its while. American Airlines in particular has trailed its competitors in rolling out new products, but …

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May 17

American Airlines Changes Upgrade Prioritization (Again)

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One of the better moments in travel is when you get that email (or the hand-off from a gate agent) that you’ve been upgraded. Each airline has its own method for determining who gets upgraded when, and those criteria change every few years, which is too bad, because it usually takes me that long to …

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May 09

Ticket Prices Continue To Rise

After a couple of years of declining ticket prices, it looks like higher fares are here to stay, at least for the short term.* American Airlines Raises Investor Guidance This morning, American Airlines announced that it expected its second calendar quarter RASM to increase 3.5%-5.5%. What is RASM? It’s a measurement of how much money …

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May 08

American Airlines Promo: Earn 10,000 AAdvantage Miles

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Several weeks ago, Delta introduced a promotion that gave you miles for every new Delta partner that you used. Last week, American also introduced a partner bonus promotion.* Does it rank as well as Delta’s? Earn 10,000 American AAdvantage Miles In a word, no. Sure, it looks good: You get 2,500 miles per partner if you use …

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May 04

American Airlines Has A Bad Week

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First, a happy Star Wars Day to you all. Now, on to the show… American Airlines hasn’t quite taken the crown for bad publicity from United, but they do appear to be making claim to the throne. And, no surprise, they did it to themselves (although there is still some blame to be passed around). …

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May 01

American Offers Hotel Point Conversion Bonus

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American Airlines is offering you bonus points to convert your hotel points into miles. But is it worth it? 25% Bonus to Convert to American Converting hotel points to airline miles is rarely a great deal, but it can be a fast way to pick up some miles that you need for a trip.* Every …

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Apr 22

Bonus Miles From AA Shopping And Free Airline Internet

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It’s not much, but in the world of “every mile counts,” you take whatever bonus you can. Here’s a small one for doing shopping from American.* Up to 500 Bonus American AAdvantage Miles Airlines offer frequent bonuses through their shopping sites. The bonuses are rarely huge, but they’re easy. In this case, you can get …

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Apr 10

Earning American Miles Through BankDirect

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Last week, I discussed the end of the mileage bonuses at Fidelity Investments. In that post, I referenced BankDirect, a Texas-based internet bank that offers miles instead of interest (Technically, it’s in addition to interest, which is currently a whopping 0.01% for balances greater than $2,500.). BankDirect: Your New Mileage Bank Several years ago, BankDirect, …

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Apr 07

American Is Selling Miles. Should You Be Buying?

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Years ago, when I first started writing this blog, I was virtually 100% opposed to buying miles directly from the airlines.* Over time, I have not exactly become a fan of it, but have softened my stance somewhat. They’re a good way to round up your balance if you are close to an award, and …

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