Category: American Airlines

Do new electronics restrictions make sense?

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First – in case you missed it – the U.S. government has banned large electronics (anything larger than a phone, including tablets and laptops) from being carried in-cabin on certain flights from Africa and the Middle East. But only if you’re flying on a foreign airline. (more…)

An international upgrade on AA (against dire odds)

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Sitting in The Wing lounge at Hong Kong International Airport and obsessively checking the American Airlines app on my phone, the prospects for an upgrade to Dallas didn’t look good. While I had seat 16J secured in economy – an aisle and bulkhead seat with lots of legroom – I was still staring down the very real possibility of 14 and a half hours sitting upright in a cramped aluminum tube. As a savvy traveler and purveyor of advice about points, miles and upgrades, it would have been a colossal failure on my part. (more…)

Upcoming changes to the American Airlines AAdvantage program

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The old saying, “Change is the only constant” seems to have been invented to describe frequent flyer programs. While airlines like to refer to these changes as program “enhancements” the reality is that very few of their changes are beneficial to consumers. While I’m a dedicated AA flyer (Executive Platinum who has nearly requalified before mid-year) I’m disappointed to report that AA is following the path of program devaluation blazed by Delta and United. (more…)

American and Delta to end interline agreement

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Some bad news, travelers: effective September 15th, American and Delta will end their “interline” agreement, meaning that neither carrier will be able to book you on the other. Why would an airline book you on one of its (non-partner) competitors? (more…)