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Retrieve A British Airways Booking Reference From An American Airlines Record Locator

One of the most frustrating things about traveling with OneWorld carriers is that you booking reference or record locator might not be the same among airlines. Some airlines use the same reservations system which makes this process much easier, but other do not. Specifically, American Airlines record locators are not the same as other OneWorld…
Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red Card 10% Award Mileage Rebate

Just prior to the New Year I decided to apply for the Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red card. I applied for the card primarily because of the annual Elite Qualifying Dollar (EQD) benefit. Each year, if I spend $25,000 on the card I’ll earn $3,000 AAdvantage EQD. Those EQD help fast track my elite status qualification…
Booked: Qantas Airways A380 First Class From Sydney To Dallas!

A very short while ago I wrote about my frustration with Qantas phantom award space on the American website. Every time I searched for a first class award between the US and Australia all I’d find is itineraries where the transpacific flight actually booked into economy. After several days of searching I finally stumbled on…
Phantom Qantas Airways First Class Award Space With American

I rarely make New Year’s Resolutions, but this year I’ve decided to. No, I didn’t make a resolution to workout more or eat less. Instead, this year, my resolution is to burn my American Airlines AAdvantage miles. It’s been a while since American devalued their award chat so I want to burn miles before certain…
Review: Cathay Pacific A330 Economy Class Ho Chi Minh To Hong Kong

The midpoint of my Around The World In A Weekend adventure was back in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam. I arrived back in Vietnam after a series of Qatar Airways business class flights. The first flight of my trip was on the Qatar Airways Boeing 777 from Chicago to Doha. Next, I spent nearly 10 hours in the…
Review: Qatar Airways 777 Business Class Chicago To Doha

In July of 2017 I booked two round trip flights in Qatar Airways business class from Ho Chi Minh Vietnam to the United States. The first round trip took me from Vietnam to New York and featured two longhaul flights on the incredible Qatar Airways A350-900. While I wanted to give other Qatar Airways aircraft a…
American Airlines AAdvantage Elite Membership Cards Explained

I’ll never forget the first time I received my first AAdvantage elite status membership card. At that point I didn’t even know that American sent out membership cards. This was several years ago and chasing elite status wasn’t even on my mind. I earned Gold status because I somehow happened to fly 25,000 miles on…
Does It Make Sense To Buy AAdvantage Miles?

Recently, about once a week, I receive an email from American Airlines to buy AAdvantage award miles. Each email typically touts some incredible limited time bonus, but in reality these bonuses have become the norm. While I don’t pay much attention to the “limited time” bonuses anymore, I often find myself wondering if actually it…
American Airlines’ Deceptive Seat Assignments Continue

A little over a year ago I wrote about how American Airlines was cleverly hiding available seats. At the time I found the entire practice incredibly shady. See, American offers complimentary seat assignments on all Main Cabin tickets. However, when you’d go to the seat selection page there were no “free” seats available. Instead, you…
Review: American Airlines MD-80 First Class St. Louis To Chicago

While the MD-80 or Super 80 is the oldest plane in American Airlines fleet today, it’s one of my favorite. I’ve gone over my love affair with the MD-80 in the past, but essentially this was the first plane I remember flying on as a kid. The MD-80 took me all over the country when…