American Airlines

Whoa: American Airlines Is Treating Executive Platinum Members Like It’s 2007

What a long, strange trip it’s been.  American Airlines is treating some of their best customers like they did a long time ago.  The airline industry has been through so much the past 20 years.  I traveled a bit here and there for work in the 90s.  I never really traveled enough to earn elite status until 2000, and then started chasing status in earnest in the wake of 9/11 as business travel returned. Leading up to 9/11 my father was a road warrior who traveled almost exclusively with TWA.  […]

DEAL! Business Class To Brazil From $475 Roundtrip!

It’s been a while now since I covered a deal fare.  That’s due to the pandemic.  Even when some folks started traveling, I just didn’t have the wanderlust back yet.  While I’m still getting my groove back our family has started thinking about travel again in a meaningful way.  So, when I woke up this morning to a travel deal, it actually felt right to write about it.  I was excited, energized in a way I haven’t been for a while.  But, enough about me, let’s talk about the deal! […]

American Airlines’ AAdvantage Tailwind Is….Interesting

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the travel industry on its head.  Airlines and hotel chains have had to recreate their business on almost a daily basis to survive.  As the pandemic has stretched on, these travel brands have started looking to the future.  In the case of airlines, their loyalty program will likely be a significant part of a new path forward.  That’s why a recent promotion by American Airlines is so interesting. One Mile at a Time wrote about a new promotion AAdvantage launched recently, Tailwind.  The particulars of […]

American Airlines Got It Right Today, Despite What Travel Bloggers Say

In case you hadn’t heard, American Airlines announced that they were giving every American Airlines AAdvantage member a free gift for the holidays today.  All you had to do was login to your AAdvantage account to see what you had won.  I was pretty bogged down with work calls today, but I kept seeing chatter in the background about what people were receiving as gifts. I saw mentions of people winning 100 miles, 250 miles and 500-mile upgrade certificates.  And, I also noticed that most opinions weren’t positive. The first […]

Whoa! (Targeted)10 Points Per Dollar On All Spending On Advantage Aviator Silver MasterCard

We all know airlines and hotels are hurting right now.  The COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal. In a nod to the reality that 2021 isn’t likely to be a “normal” travel year, some brands are already making big moves.  Hilton was the first hotel chain to lower elite status requirements for next year.  Airlines are jumping in, with American Airlines going first and United not far behind.  But, it’s not just enough to lower status requirements.  That only helps generate revenue if people want to travel and your value proposition makes them […]

Just Like That, Airline Change Fees Are a Thing of the Past (For Now)

United Airlines apparently started a trend on Sunday when they announced they were permanently eliminating change fees on tickets and making it easier to standby or same-day change to another flight.  There’s no question this is a customer-friendly move.  We can argue how long “permanently” will be since I’m pretty sure I’ll be writing about travel when change fees are once again a revenue source and a thorn in customer’s sides.  But, there’s no argument this puts more money back in customers’ pockets.  Delta and American were quick to match […]

Wow! American Airlines and JetBlue Form The Strategic Partnership I Always Hoped For

American Airlines and JetBlue have announced a very interesting partnership this morning.  For over a decade, I flew American Airlines every week.  During those times, there were always two weak areas in their coverage.  The northeast and northwest parts of the country were lacking great connectivity.  American Airlines solved the northwest issue by forming a much tighter partnership with Alaska Airlines earlier this year.  Side note: it’s been such a crazy few months I thought this happened last year….. Now, American has worked to shore up their lack of connections […]