Tag Archive: American Airlines

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 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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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 05

Up To 30,000 American Miles To Fly To Asia

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I wanted to do a more extensive piece today, but I’m operating on sleep deprivation, so it will have to wait. For now, let’s talk about a bonus opportunity on American Airlines Earn up to 30,000 American AAdvantage Miles The promotion might be a bit on the expensive side, but it’s easy enough to earn …

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Mar 15

American Brings Back Main Cabin Meals on Some Flights

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Remember the old joke about airline food, how it tastes awful and there’s never enough of it? Well, we’ve taken another step toward those days again, as American Airlines announced yesterday that it is joining Delta in bringing back meals in Economy on some flights. Eating Wraps at 30,000 Feet American Airlines announced yesterday that …

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Feb 22

American Airlines Changes The Boarding Process. Again.

Airlines do certain things well. Getting their passengers on planes is not one of them. For years, airlines have tried to optimize the boarding process and, for years, they’ve failed. In fact, if anything, the process has gotten more complicated. In fact, the only logical thing that they’ve done is tacitly admitted that they have …

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Jan 18

American Airlines Adding Basic Economy

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American Airlines issued a press release today announcing the introduction of its Basic Economy fares, matching the new fare class set out by Delta and United. Basic Economy Basic Economy (BE) is a class of service right below traditional economy and is meant to compete with the Spirit Airlines of the world. You’ll get a …

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Jan 16

American Airlines Just Destroyed Their Best Mileage Award

With all the sturm und drang of the past several weeks, American slipped a change through. It was not a particularly well-publicized move, but it was one that put severe restrictions on one of the most valuable aspects of the program. It’s going to get a bit wordy, but it’s one that matters. Easy Upgrades …

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Nov 11

Win 500,000 American Miles And A Cruise

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I’m a big fan of cruising. I’m not such a big fan of booking cruises through an airline. True, you earn miles on every dollar spent, but you can usually do better through a travel agent, who may give you cash or a shipboard credit. Still, if they’re going to give me a cruise for …

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