I totally missed it, but this is a really interesting point (at least to me) about elite status and how the business traveler is affected by recent strategic decisions the Big 3 airlines make.
I got to sneak into the American Airlines Flagship Lounge at JFK during their soft opening. The new space is unrecognizable compared to the previous space. It’s much larger with significantly upgraded attributes throughout.
These are some really nicely designed amenity kits. One of the most visually pleasing I’ve seen in a while. Take a look inside the new American Airlines Cole Haan amenity kits, including a pretty cool coupon.
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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.
JetBlue continues to be opportunistic finding places to use their Mint-configured planes to add interesting routes. The latest one strengthens the network of places you can fly premium service on JetBlue from the New York area.