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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…
Travel Tip: Use Terminal 5 To Clear Security At LAX For American Flights

Los Angeles International Airport is currently undergoing a massive renovation. Thanks to the renovation getting to the terminal is a nightmare. Even worse, American’s mainline flights mostly depart from Terminal 4 which is quite difficult to access due to its location. If you don’t mind walking a bit I’d recommend cutting across the departures road…
Travel Tip: How To Book A Mistake Fare

I’ve been in the points and miles game for a few years now and one thing I’ve never gotten lucky enough to catch is a mistake fare. Mistake fares are too good to be true prices on certain routes. For example, a few years ago American Airlines sold Washington DC to Beijing for $450 in…
Travel Tip: View Same-Day Available Seats On American

One of the biggest issues I have when traveling on American is the lack of capabilities offered from their mobile app. Specifically, the mobile app lacks the ability to view all available seats on your upcoming flight. If traveling in the main cabin you can see your flight’s open economy seats, but you can’t see…
Always Check Monthly Credit Card Statement Details

I have a confession to make, I rarely check my monthly credit card statement details. Instead I generally check my credit card mobile apps a few times a week to track my spending. I use credit cards in place of debit cards. This leads to a ton of smaller charges in any given month. Some…
Travel Tip: Finding The Best Price On Airfare

I am asked this question all the time: “I just booked a trip to XYZ for $xxx.xx, is that a good deal?” It is a difficult question to answer, but hopefully the following will help you understand ticket prices and find the best price on airfare. Searching For The Best Price On Airfare Airlines are constantly changing…
Travel Tip: Book Travel Before Elite Status Benefits Expire

Last year was unique. I switched jobs and temporarily decided to switch airline loyalty. Like the rest of American AAdvantage members, I was fed up with all of the “enhancements” to the AAdvantage program. I also realized my travel pattern changed with my new job. My travel became much more Midwest focused. So, I decided…
Travel Tip: Manage Existing Travel Reservations

It’s early in 2017 and many are already planning summer trips to far off lands. Also, traditionally Q1 is the best time to purchase airfare as prices tend to drop considerably, but it is important to manage existing reservations in the months leading up to traveling to make sure that you don’t end up in…
AAdvantage Tip: 500-Mile Upgrade Earning Period Ending Soon

As many American Airlines travelers are well aware there are several major changes coming to the AAvantage program beginning on January 1, 2017. One of the lesser discussed changes is in regards to the earning period for 500-mile upgrade certificates or “stickers.” Oddly enough, the 500 mile upgrade earning period does not close until January 31,…