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Is American Airlines Concierge Key Worth It?

For many, the first time they ever heard about American Airlines’ Concierge Key program was in 2009 with the release of “Up In The Air.” In the movie, Ryan Bingham shows his Concierge Key card to Alex Goran as seen below. Up until that point many didn’t even know such a program existed. It wasn’t…
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…
American Airlines Adds Shuttle Service Between Chicago And New York

Today was a big day for American Airlines. Earlier today the airline officially announced several additional routes for 2018 and beyond. American added a few international destinations to their route network; namely Budapest, Prague, and Reykjavik. Additionally, the airline added a few new, much less exciting, domestic destinations such as South Bend, IN. The press…
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…
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…
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…