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American Airlines Still Surprises And Delights. Is It Enough?

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I’ve been accused from time to time of being an AA apologist. I think that label is a bit harsh, but there’s no question I’ve spent many years as an AA fan. That’s harder nowadays, but every once in a while I hear a story that gives me hope. Here’s one….

American Is Now Selling Cheap Upgrades To Everyone. What’s Next?

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My father traveled quite a bit when I was younger. It was a fundamental part of his job, something he couldn’t avoid. It lead to some pretty cool family vacations, so we learned to deal with him being gone now and then.

He spent a bunch of time flying on TWA, and then American Airlines after AA acquired TWA out of bankruptcy. He had colleagues that traveled a lot more than him and received luxurious gifts like luggage and crystal for hitting milestones in the amount of flying they did with the various airlines.

Back then, my father recalls getting upgrades on virtually every TWA flight he flew, regardless of the destination. He can also remember when he transitioned to American Airlines that he would receive upgrades on flights to London even as a Gold member purchasing coach tickets.

3 Ways American Airlines Could Keep My Loyalty

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Call it the “blah-ification” by a thousand cuts. That’s the case with the American Airlines AAdvantage program over the past couple of years. While there have been occasional positive changes, the negative tweaks have me trying to think logically.

American Airlines Rolling Out a Bunch Of (Semi) Expected Changes

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We were expecting revenue-based earning to be announced by American Airlines at some point. It looks like we are getting a lot more announcements today than just that.