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A Very Generous ‘Soft Landing’ to American AAdvantage Platinum

While not an officially advertised benefit, American Airlines has for years provided “soft landings” to elite members who fail to qualify for status the following year. And even though it’s a known program, I was a bit surprised that American was generous enough to grant me Platinum status through February 2014 given I barely flew…

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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 18, 2013

Following up on the big reveal of their new image yesterday, American Airlines launched a redesigned website today. Appropriately sporting the new logo, it’s much cleaner and very attractive, in my opinion. And more importantly, everything seems to work. American is reportedly matching Delta’s Diamond Medallion SkyMiles members to Executive Platinum, according to reports on…

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Reader Question: Moved to the UK, Stick With American or Try British Airways?

Reader Cristian sent me the following email: I have 150k miles with American Airlines, but have recently moved to the UK, and am thus considering joining British Airways’ Executive Club. I fly regularly from the UK to California, and from the UK to Europe – almost always on British Airways. Do you think there is…

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I DO have a complaint about American Airlines

I realize I’ve been quite the cheerleader lately for American Airlines. My experiences flying with them and communicating with their social media team have been stellar since last year, and I’m happily on my way to qualifying for Executive Platinum for 2013. However, as I’ve started to fly them and book more tickets with regularity,…

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Yet another gift from American Airlines

Boy, American is really in the giving spirit lately. If the free Admirals Club passes weren’t already enough of a welcome surprise last week, this morning they emailed me yet another gift. It’s a targeted offer with a dedicated link, so sadly I can’t post it to share with the masses, but I’m certain I’m…

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A surprise from American Airlines arrived in the mail

American Airlines continues to impress the heck out of me lately. I flew with them quite a bit last year during my quest to achieve Platinum status and earlier this year I took advantage of their Executive Platinum status match for United 1Ks. My first trip with American this year is coming up next weekend…

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American offering fast track to Executive Platinum renewal (targeted)

Oh, American Airlines. Why must you continue to offer promotions that make switching from United almost effortless? I received the following email today from AAdvantage providing the opportunity to extend my matched United 1K- to-Executive Platinum status through February 28, 2014: It is targeted and explicitly states it’s for members who receive the email directly,…

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American Airlines bonus mile offer for Qantas flights to Australia

As I’m sure many of you did, I received an email from American today offering up to 20,000 bonus AAdvantage miles for flying Qantas-operated flights to Australia. Flights booked as American Airlines codeshares apply. Registration is required using offer code QF20K at this link and the travel period is from April 19 through June 30,…

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