Category: American Aadvantage

American: Double Trouble Will Lead To Higher Ticket Prices

American Airlines had their quarterly earnings call with the Wall Street types and it was more eventful than their typical announcement. But one thing stood out: fuel prices. The $2 Billion Problem You probably don’t pay much attention to the daily fluctuations in the price of oil, but the airlines do. It’s their second-largest cost, …

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Tuesday Tidbits: Extra Hotel Points, Illegal Apples

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A few bits and pieces to get you started today… Bonus AA Miles from Hotel Points Airlines and hotels often partner together to allow you to convert points. The rate is rarely advantageous, but it can be a good way to get those last few miles for your next flight. American is making it just …

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American Airlines Selling Miles. Should You Buy?

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The airline business is a competitive one. Planes, fuel and salaries are not cheap, and you can’t get away with charging more than your least expensive competitor. So airlines have been forced to come up with other ways to make a buck. One of those ways is selling you frequent flyer miles. Truthfully, the idea …

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Double Miles On AA For Flying In First Or Biz; Possibly Targeted

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Every once in a while, a company will throw out a “targeted” promotion. It’s just what it sounds like: It’s a promotion that only some people have access to but not others. Often, the promotions are sent to either “lapsed” users (formerly frequent customers who have dropped off) or those who only do a little …

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Norwegian Raises The Stakes In Chicago

And now it gets interesting. In the past, I’ve written about ultra-low cost carriers (ULCCs) and why they matter. ULCCs sell you a seat (unassigned), and that’s it. If you want anything else, you pay for it. For the backpacker who doesn’t care where they sit and keeps their luggage to a minimum, it’s a …

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Three Ways To Earn Big American Miles

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American Airlines miles are among the most useful in the industry. The company is a member of the oneworld alliance and your miles can get you anywhere in the world. It’s taking more and more miles, though, to get that business class ticket to Asia (There’s usually great availability on Cathay.) or Europe (Be careful, …

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Three Airline Policies That Need To Change

Airlines are complex beasts and, because of that, have regulations books roughly the size of a small elephant. As passengers, we accept those complications and learn to live with them. But what about policies, rules and regulations that make no sense, or are never enforced? Most people can deal with unusual approaches, as long as …

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American Announces Chicago-New York Shuttle. Airline Geeks Geek-Out

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Last week, American made the kind of announcement that generally gets passed over in the general news (mostly because it isn’t that important) but gets aerosexuals all hot and bothered. There’s a new shuttle coming! The ORD-LGA Shuttle In an announcement that listed a bunch of new routes for American Airlines, the carrier also noted …

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When Little Things Matter…

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Every company in corporate America thinks that it is more clever than its customers. That statement applies double to travel companies. A cut here, a cut there, and they’ll save a few dollars. Change some signage or numbers and the customers won’t notice. The company will save a few bucks and net income will go …

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Year-End Awards: The “Frequees”

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It’s the year end and this will likely be my last post of the year. Have a happy and safe new year, and I’ll see you in 2018. Until then, let’s hand out some awards in the first annual “Frequees.” I have no particular criteria and the judges are me, news anchor Rod Remington and …

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