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

American Airlines 787 Dreamliner

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.

Earn Up To 50,000 Bonus Miles On Travel To Europe With American, British Airways, Finnair and Iberia

American Airlines and their fellow joint venture participants, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair are offering a very nice bonus for paid travel to Europe this summer.

American Airlines Going BIG On Flagship Lounge Upgrades & Expansion

American Airlines is making a major expansion to the airports where they offer their Flagship lounge service. They’re also adding Admirals Club locations and upgrading the Flagship offering in a major way. I think you’re going to like it.

Cheap Flights To Hawaii and Alaska And Lots Of Award Space To South America

The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about  in length.  Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others.   This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.

American Rewarding High-Spending Customers Even More

American Airlines is further upping its game in an effort to retain and attract top elite members.  Earlier this week they announced a program to award bonus elite-qualifying points (EQP) to customers who buy first and business class tickets.  For customers buying the most expensive tickets, the earning rate is double the normal amount. Discounted First and Business class tickets will earn an extra half EQP per mile flown. Full-fare First and Business class tickets will earn 1.5 extra EQPs per mile flown. The program runs through the end of […]

Did You Get An $85 First-Class European Ticket This Morning?

Every time I talk to someone who’s disappointed they missed out on “the most incredible mistake fare in the entire world ” I tell them there will be another one. Most folks don’t believe me. Until the next one comes along. Like today. I first saw it on View From The Wing. It appeared to be a pricing error, possibly due to currency conversions. The fares were pricing under $100 round-trip in Business Class and First Class from Europe to the US. The availability on this was amazing. I saw […]

A (Somewhat) Typical Business Travel Day

Some people think that my travel life is all sunshine and roses.  Sure, they think, maybe it can be a drag from time to time to travel for work, but you get to visit all these cool places!  Yes, the vacations can be tons of fun.  And, sometimes work travel is fun. Just not as often as you might think.  I decided to log one of my recent travel days from start to finish to give a bit of an inside view to the “glamour” that is my travel life. In […]