Why I will no longer actively accumulate American AAdvantage miles

Why I will no longer actively accumulate American AAdvantage miles

Last week I spent a lot of time researching and eventually booking flights for this year’s trip to Europe. This will be our first visit outside the peak summer travel season I expected to have my pick of plentiful award flight and hotel options. I was partially right: there were far more choices than I typically find during the summer. I was miserably wrong, however, when I searched American Airlines in hopes of using my stash of American AAdvantage miles. But I found no saver-level business class space for the days we are traveling. For me, this was the last straw.

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Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator: Round purchases to buy AAdvantage miles

Yesterday I received an email from Barclaycard introducing a very interesting program for its AAdvantage Aviator card. According to the email, I was invited to participate in a pilot for Flight Cents which allows you "to [round] up your purchases to the nearest dollar, and [turn] that rounded up amount into American Airlines AAdvantage® miles."

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Back-to-school bonus miles

With back-to-school upon us, the shopping portals for both American AAdvantage eShopping and Delta SkyMiles shopping are offering bonus miles for achieving certain spend thresholds during the back-to-school shopping season.

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Deciding on my next points and miles credit card

Recently, I signed up for the American Express Starwood Business Card and am close to earning the full signup bonus. So I am in search of my next points and miles card. At the moment, there are some attractive offers from American Express and Citibank.

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American Airlines introduces basic economy fares

Following the lead of Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, American Airlines yesterday announced a new Basic Economy fare on select flights starting no earlier than February 2017. The new fare class will be the lowest available on the American flights where it is available. However, it will also be the most restrictive.

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News Bits: AA integrates pilot scheduling, Gogo upgrading network, Delta adds seasonal Europe flights

News Bits: AA integrates pilot scheduling, Gogo upgrading network, Delta adds seasonal Europe flights

News tidbits from last week included American Airlines integrating US Airways pilots and planes into its scheduling system, Gogo upgrading its network for inflight WiFi, and Delta Air Lines adding seasonal service from Boston and New York to Europe.

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Andie MacDowell gets bumped from first class, Twitter outraged that she expects what she paid for

Andie MacDowell gets bumped from first class, Twitter outraged that she expects what she paid for

Last week, actress Andie MacDowell questioned the customer service of American Airlines after being bumped from first class. Predictably, some corners of the Twitterverse took exception to a celebrity expecting to receive what she paid for.

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US-Cuba scheduled flights could resume in 2016

Last week, the governments of the United States and Cuba reached an agreement that could allow scheduled commercial airline service to resume between the two countries for the first time in decades. Since then, several airlines have expressed interest in resuming flights to the island nation.

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British Airways AARP and Chase credit card discounts extended

British Airways is extending the discount offer for fares paid with the Chase British Airways Visa Signature card. This discount can be combined with the AARP British Airways offer. Taken together, you could be able to pay just over the price of an economy class ticket for international business class.

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American announces international Premium Economy

American Airlines will launch Premium Economy on its international fleet starting in late 2016. This appears to be a shrewd move to optimize profitability, but what impacts will it have on frequent flyers? Also, is this only the first step for domestic carriers trying to keep up with the in-flight experiences of international competitors?

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American, Delta, United and Air Canada to stop shipping big game trophies

American, Delta, United and Air Canada to stop shipping big game trophies

In the aftermath of the killing of Cecil the Lion, several North American airlines have instituted a ban on transporting exotic game trophies. The question is, why do companies continue to feel the need to insert themselves into insignificant political debates?

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Deutschland Adventure - Selecting my flight

Deutschland Adventure - Selecting my flight

I deliberated quite a bit on my flight options to get to Europe for my Deutschland Adventure. I ultimately took advantage of a great oneworld promotion and bought a paid ticket on British Airways' subsidiary OpenSkies from Newark to Paris-Orly.

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