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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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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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Is It Really That Hard to Redeem Frequent Flier Miles?

A couple of articles caught my attention this week about the difficulty some travelers have redeeming frequent flier miles. The first is from the Daily Mail, and setting my opinion of the publication itself aside, I read through the article. About 1,000 British fliers were surveyed and asked about their participation in an airline’s frequent…

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Help a Reader: Where Should I Spend My 100-150K Miles Annually?

I received the following question from Peter and he (and I) would love additional feedback beyond what I provided. First, his question: I fly 200K – 250K for business (mostly China) and try to divide it between UA and AA to keep my top tier status with both. I will turn 40 soon and don’t want…

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What the New American AAdvantage Program Might Look Like

With a merger announcement between American Airlines and US Airways imminent (tomorrow morning by all accounts), we’ll finally put some speculation to rest, but open the door on months of new supposition. [Edited 2/14/13: And it’s official] Of particular interest to me (and many of you, I’m sure) will be the changes to American’s AAdvantage…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel Industry News: January 17, 2013

I blogged about it separately, but American Airlines  unveiled a new identity today, ahead of any announcement regarding a merger with US Airways. The intro video is #avgeek spectacular, in my opinion. Delta Air Lines officially announced a new Medallion Qualifying Miles requirement starting in the 2014 program year. I shared my thoughts on it…

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My Thoughts on Delta’s Likely SkyMiles Program Changes

Delta Air Lines published upcoming changes to the SkyMiles program earlier today. Whether it was deliberate or an error, the page has since been taken down from Delta’s website. But not before an astute Flyertalker captured the details, as shown below. [Updated 1/17: Delta has indeed announced the MQD portion below this morning] Earning Medallion…

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The First Airline in 2013 Changing to a Revenue-Based Frequent Flier Program Is…

Well, it’s happened. The first frequent flier program to officially change to a revenue-based accrual model in 2013 is… Sun Country’s Ufly. Yeah, not earth-shattering at all for most readers. And in doing a little background on the program, it appears the previous incarnation of Ufly was more akin to the former Southwest system where…

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Frequent Traveler University Schedule – See You There!

Frequent Traveler University kicks off tomorrow evening and the schedule of events over the course of the weekend looks fantastic. I’ll be there all three days and hope to meet some new friends and catch up with “old” ones. Are you attending? Here’s the schedule of events, all taking place at the Sheraton Gateway LAX…

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Delta Terminates Frequent Flier’s Account: Was It ‘Right?’

In the news this week is a story about Lynn Harrell, a world-renowned cellist, whose Delta Air Lines SkyMiles account was terminated for a violation of program rules. For years, Harrell traveled the world and always bought a second seat for his cello under the name of HARRELL/CELLO. The cello even had a SkyMiles account,…

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