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Travel Tip: How To Tell If You Bought An American Airlines Special Fare

I’ve written a few times now about American Airlines Special Fares. Essentially, Special Fares are fare codes in which you accrue AAdvantage Elite Qualifying activity based on mileage flown rather than price paid. I particularly love Special Fares because they allow you to earn a decent amount of EQD on deeply discounted long haul fares. Buying…
How Long Do Cathay Pacific Flights Take To Credit To AAdvantage?

Cathay Pacific Airways is a Hong Kong based airline and which is also a founding member of the OneWorld Alliance. Since American Airlines is also a member of the OneWorld Alliance you can actually earn AAdvantage miles while flying on Cathay Pacific anywhere in the world. Even more appealing, you can also accrue AAdvantage Elite…
My Least Favorite Part Of Mileage Running

It should come as no surprise that I love the sport of Mileage Running. The best part of Mileage Running is that it’s fun almost entirely throughout. There’s a rush you get when you find the perfect flight or series of flights you want to book. Once you book a leg of a trip or…
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…
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…
Activate The Chase Freedom 5% Q1 2018 Bonus Now

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the no annual fee Chase Freedom card. In fact, I think it’s one of the best no annual fee credit cards on the market. While the card is plenty great by itself, pairing it with a Chase Ultimate Rewards card, such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred…
Elite Status: American Airlines AAdvantage Executive Platinum Benefits

For the past few years I’ve begun each year with a simple goal. That goal is to earn the highest level of elite status currently offered by the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flyer program. This year I finally achieved that goal. While I did quite a bit of flying naturally, it was my insane year-end…
American Airlines AAdvantage Executive Platinum Welcome Kit

Each year after you earn an AAdvantage elite status American Airlines sends you a welcome kit. The kit generally contains some information about the AAdvantage program, a ‘signed’ thank you note from the president of AAdvantage, a brief overview of your new benefits, and most importantly, an updated AAdvantage membership card. Each welcome kit is…