American AAdvantage

American A321 First Class – 3
Buy Up To American Airlines Elite Status For 2021

It’s approaching the end of the year. Usually I'd say that means it's a good time to start looking at your elite mileage balances for the year. However, 2020 has been different, given that most loyalty programs have extended status for members due to…

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Filed Under: American, American AAdvantage
Moab
Last Call Offers For Bask Bank Savings Accounts

I’ve written extensively about Bask Bank, which launched earlier this year, and is my favorite savings account product right now. If you don’t yet have a Bask Bank account, want to refer friends to Bask Bank, or still have a BankDirect account, there…

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Filed Under: Airline Rewards, American AAdvantage
Alila Ventana Big Sur – 97
Top Reasons To Open A Bask Savings Account

Bask Bank was introduced earlier this year, and it’s what I use as my primary savings account. Rather than earning interest, you can earn valuable American Airlines AAdvantage® miles at a compelling rate. While many people may not be traveling right…

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American 777 First Class – 4
Bask Bank Review: Earn Miles For Saving, Not Spending

In this post, I wanted to take an in-depth look at Bask Bank, which enables you to open a savings account and earn American Airlines AAdvantage® miles instead of interest. While it’s understandable that a lot of people don’t want to travel right now,…

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Filed Under: American AAdvantage, Great Deals
Etihad Business Class 787 – 4
Best Uses Of American Airlines AAdvantage Miles To/From The US

While most people aren't planning any travel immediately, this is a great time to think about strategies for earning points, so that you're ready to redeem for travel when the time is right. Beyond that, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with planning…

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American 777 Business Class
BankDirect Starts Issuing 1099s For American Miles

BankDirect is a bank that has historically allowed you to earn American AAdvantage miles for the balance you keep in your checking account. Over the years the opportunities to earn American miles with BankDirect have become less lucrative, though. Originally…

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American 737 First Class
Fascinating Statistics About American Airlines Upgrades

I'm not sure how exactly he got this info, but @xJonNYC shares some very interesting statistics about upgrades on American Airlines. According to him, when it comes to American Airlines upgrades: -- 75% of upgrades are 500 mile upgrades (this includes…

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American 787 Business Class – 3
Will American Airlines Extend Systemwide Upgrades In 2019?

American Executive Platinum members receive four systemwide upgrades every year when they qualify for status. These systemwide upgrades are issued when you earn the status, and expire at the end of January of the year where your status expires. Personally…

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American First Class
Why I’m Requalifying For American Executive Platinum Status

It's no secret that I'm less than thrilled with American Airlines overall, though I've made the decision to requalify for Executive Platinum status. That's true even though I'm currently only a bit over halfway there, and we have only several weeks left…

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Etihad Business Class 787 – 3
Why American Removed Most Etihad & Qatar Awards From Website

American Airlines has been doing a good job lately with adding partner airline award options to aa.com. This makes it easier for the average member to redeem American miles, since they can see all the options available to them with a single search. If…

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British Airways A350 Premium Economy
American Adds Oneworld Premium Economy Awards (With Award Charts!)

Historically the "big three" US airlines haven't let you redeem miles for premium economy on partner airlines. Presumably that's at least partly because in the past they haven't offered their own premium economy cabins, so they also didn't allow those…

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American 777 Business Class
New American Airlines SimplyMiles Program — What Is It?

American Airlines has this week launched SimplyMiles, which is a new opportunity to earn bonus miles with retailers using your American Airlines credit cards. Don't get too excited, at least initially (and frankly probably don't even get too excited…

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Qantas A380 Business Class 3
American Improves Qantas Mileage Earning Rates

American Airlines AAdvantage has just significantly increased mileage earning rates for travel on Qantas, and that shouldn't come as any surprise. As of October 1, 2019, AAdvantage members will in many cases earn significantly more miles for travel on…

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Seaborne Plane
American Adds Seaborne Airlines Awards To AA.com

American Airlines is continuing their trend of adding partner airline award bookings to their website, aa.com. American Airlines AAdvantage members can now redeem miles for travel on Seaborne Airlines directly on aa.com. American says that this is the…

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Delta 737 First Class – 1
My Airline Elite Status Conundrum

I can't believe we're just over a week away from the last quarter of the year. Where the heck did the summer go? As we enter the final quarter of the year I tend to think it makes sense to start considering your overall elite status qualification plans.…

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Cathay Pacific First Class 2
Cathay Pacific Awards Now Bookable On American’s Website

There are lots of things that contribute towards a great frequent flyer program. Obviously award redemption rates and award availability are both important, but there’s also something to be said for the ease with which you can search and book award seats.…

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Vivid Seats
Earn American Airlines Miles With Vivid Seats

American Airlines has just announced a potentially interesting partnership with an entertainment company. American AAdvantage members can now earn three or more miles per dollar spent with Vivid Seats, thanks to a new partnership between the two companies.…

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American 767 Business
How To Request An American AAdvantage Status Challenge (2020)

For years American has offered a status challenge for Gold and Platinum status, which provided a fast track opportunity to earn status. You’d have to pay a certain amount and then earn a certain number of elite qualifying miles within a 90 day period…

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American 777 Business Class
American’s Interesting New Last Minute Award Pricing

Over the past few years American's saver level award availability for their own flights has gotten terrible. While there are lots of great award redemption opportunities on partner airlines, American saver level award availability is quite hard to come…

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American 777 Business Class
Rumor: American To Eliminate $75 Close-In Award Ticketing Fee

On the surface this probably sounds like a good thing, though it might not actually be... Delta SkyMiles has been offering revenue based award pricing for years. This means that the price of an award ticket is largely correlated to how much a ticket…

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Japan Airlines First Class – 54
JAL Awards Now Bookable On American’s Website

There are lots of things that contribute towards a great frequent flyer program. Obviously award redemption rates and award availability are both important, but there’s also something to be said for the ease with which you can search and book award seats.…

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Park Hyatt Siem Reap Restaurants 15
My 2019 Mid-Year Status Qualification Update

We're now over halfway into 2019 (I'd say "where has time gone?" but I feel like I'm always wondering that), so I wanted to provide an update on how 2019 is looking for me status-wise at the halfway point. At the very beginning of 2019 I wrote a post…

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Filed Under: Alaska, Alaska Mileage Plan
American 737 Max Business Class – 3
American’s Convoluted Companion Upgrade Policy

I'll save my American flying experience today for a separate post (OMG), but in this post wanted to write about an interesting situation I found myself in today when it comes to American's companion upgrade policy. I'd like to think I'm fairly well versed…

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