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‘Introducing the 2014 American Airlines AAdvantage Program’

With the final merger hurdle being settled today with the DOJ, American Airlines and US Airways are basically on their way to becoming the world’s largest airline. There were concessions to the government in the settlement, of course, including: Under the deal, the airlines would get rid of airport terminal gates, take off and landing…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: September 9, 2013

A brief sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: Delta’s Medallion Qualifying Dollar (MQD) tracking tool is now live and appears on the “My SkyMiles” summary and account activity pages. The revenue requirement addition to achieve each elite tier goes into effect January 1. United Airlines announced new daily nonstop service from Chicago…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: September 5, 2013

A brief sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: Act fast if you’re interested in a 60% bonus when purchasing United Airlines MileagePlus miles. The “People Power” promotion ends tonight at midnight central time. Meanwhile at United, the airline has recalled all of its furloughed pilots (nearly 600 in total) based on “future…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: August 16, 2013

A brief sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: Earlier this week, American Airlines offered a fast-track to elite status that was quickly removed by the airline after it became apparent that many non-targeted travelers were successful in registering for the campaign. AAdvantageGeek got the lowdown on whether those who signed up will…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: August 14, 2013

A sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: American Airlines offer(ed) a fast-track to elite status earlier today, where non-elites could register and fly a minimal amount of miles to earn status through February 2015. The link appears to be down as of this posting (too many blog posts about it?), but I…

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American Airlines AAdvantage Tracking Returns to AwardWallet

Great news for American Airlines AAdvantage members who use AwardWallet – the loyalty program tracking service can once again access and update your mileage balance in real-time. American announced the “new” (reinstated, actually) service this morning in a press release: “American Airlines is continually looking for new ways to enhance the experience for our most…

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Rumor: Did American Airlines Leak Its New Elite Status Requirements?

The “big” news this week so far has been United’s addition of a revenue requirement to achieve or maintain elite status beginning in 2014. I wrote a quick summary of the new policy in this post, and I followed it up with my thoughts on why I think it’s only the beginning of revenue-based changes.…

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United Nears 100% Lie-Flat, American Launches Dublin Route With Bonus Offer

Here are a couple of quick airline updates from press releases issued by American and United today. United Offers Flat-Bed Seats on “All” Long-Haul International Flights United Airlines now features 180-degree flat-bed seats and personal on-demand entertainment in the premium cabins on all scheduled, long-haul international flights from the airline’s eight North American hubs and…

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American Increasing Most Admirals Club Rates May 1

American Airlines will be raising most rates for an Admirals Club membership effective May 1, 2013. Rates for non-elites will remain unchanged, with prices for new or renewal memberships for AAdvantage Gold members going up by $25. If burning miles is more your style, the rates for Golds are going up by 5,000 miles with…

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Virgin America Extends Status Match Program, Adds Southwest Airlines

Virgin America today extended its status match program for elite frequent fliers with American and United – and added Southwest Airlines. It’s a match/challenge combo, actually, where you’ll be matched outright until June 30, 2013 and offered the ability to extend your status through the end of 2013. This extension is for new applicants as…

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