American Airlines “innovates” again and puts the AAdvantage program out of its misery

American Airlines “innovates” again and puts the AAdvantage program out of its misery

American Airlines announced today (well, yesterday for me because I happen to be in Japan at the moment) some more Super Happy Fun changes to their AAdvantage program. It’s not just that they’re bad, but American executives continue to lie to investors and consumers by using words like “innovation” or “innovative” or “good” when describing these changes. They are literally copying and pasting what Delta and United have done. That is not innovation, that is laziness.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

For those of you in the USA, Happy Thanksgiving!  For those elsewhere, happy Thursday evening! I just wanted to take a few moments to say thanks to everyone who has stumbled across Andy’s Travel Blog.  We launched the blog two years ago and it’s been a heck of a ride.  Here’s to many more! As part of Thanksgiving, I asked some of my fellow BoardingArea bloggers what they were thankful for, both in life and in the world of airline points/miles.  Here were some of my favorite responses: Mark from TravelBlawg: I’m personally thankful for all the family, friends, and acquaintances I get to walk through life with, and the many more I have yet to meet! I’m most thankful for my United Premier Access (as I wrote about here). It may sound simple, but it saves me much time and stress, so I may focus on enjoying my travels even more! Brian from The Gate: I am thankful for my health. I have no allergies and take no medications — not even aspirin. Mentally and physically, I still feel like I am in my twenties. Although I have no one specific benefit related to frequent flier loyalty program miles and points for which I am thankful, I am truly thankful for all of the travel I have already accomplished in my life — and eager for more in the future… Jen (one of my favorite bloggers) from Jetsetter’s Homestead: I’m thankful for the gift and grace of travel. I’m… read more

The New American: The Last Frontier for Mileage Runs?

“Wait, weren’t you just on this flight?” asked the flight attendant as I boarded an American Airlines 737-800 in Seattle. “…yes,” I meekly replied. “Why are you back on this one, for some status thing?” “…yes.” [quietly] “I’ve always thought that was nuts, but we certainly appreciate your business.  Let me know if you need any beer or wine on the flight, our compliments.” [to myself] “Mileage running may not be so bad after all!”

 

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