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US Airways' 767-200s have finished flying.
And planes painted in US Airways' flag livery are taking turns in the paint shop, emerging with AA's shiny #newAmerican stripes.
Next up on the laundry list of to-dos before the merger completes is to close up US Airways' frequent flyer program, Dividend Miles. Think of it as "spring cleaning" for AA, as the process is in full swing right now.
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
This week we got a little restless and hopped down to Dallas for the day, with the express purpose of wandering around AA's C.R. Smith Museum, about a 10-minute drive from DFW Airport. We'll have more on it later since it is a very worthwhile diversion, but allow us to highlight their small exhibit on the history of airline lounges.
You see, American Airlines originated the ideas of airport lounges way, way back when commercial aviation was still in its infancy. 2014 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Admirals Club, the first of which debuted in December 1939 as the "Flagship Club" at what is now New York's LaGuardia Airport.
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We've known for a long time that American and US Airways were planning on merging their frequent flier programs. This week, new details were released regarding how the programs will be integrated. Here's what AAdvantage and US Dividend Miles members need to know going forward:
· The two frequent flier programs will merge in the second quarter of 2015. You can see a full timeline here.
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Partnerships between airlines and car companies are nothing new, but the latest wheeling and dealing between American and Cadillac has resulted in a pretty cool opportunity for AAdvantage members: The chance to earn 7,500 frequent flier miles for test driving a Cadillac.
Like United and Mercedes, American and Cadillac will partner on the ground at airports, offering tarmac transfer service for high-status fliers. It's already up and running at LAX, and the plan is to expand this program to Dallas, JFK, and LaGuardia by the end of the year.
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The merger of American Airlines and US Airways to create the largest airline the world may have officially taken place on December 9, 2013, but today is almost more of a big deal for frequent flyers of either airline.
January 7, 2014 will go down in the new merged airline's history for two reasons:
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Happy American Airlines-US Airways merger day!
This date, December 9, 2013, will absolutely go down in the aviation and business history books as creating yet another largest airline in the world, but that doesn't mean all details are decided.
Even though today marks the beginning of the combined airline, there's still much in limbo. For example, what will the airplane interiors become and how soon will the slacking US Airways fleet catch up with American in terms of in-flight WiFi and other onboard tech? Still, there are some integral things you can know for sure right now:
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Spending all those hard-earned frequent flyer miles is often just as painful as collecting them in the first place—especially if you earned them during a few transcontinental flights in a middle seat. American Airlines usually has pretty decent availability, and with their partners in the oneworld airline alliance it’s not too tricky to get to plenty of spots across the globe. Thankfully they’ve made redeeming your points a little bit easier, as they’ve just introduced a new search tool.
The computer nerds over at American Airlines just revealed their latest project, as they now have an award map for your searching and booking pleasure. Sure there are some shortcomings with the new tool, as sometimes partner awards are kind of limited. However, we’ve got to say it’s pretty darn unique and a step above what some of the other carriers are doing.
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Several weeks ago things weren’t exactly going well for American Airlines. Pilots weren’t happy with the airline, and flights were canceled all over the place. Customers—and even politicians—were less than thrilled about these flight delays and cancellations. To make matters even worse there was that whole ordeal surrounding some loose airplane seats on some American Airlines flights.
American Airlines clearly recognizes what they did wrong last month, and now they’re trying to make it up to everyone with a little bit of an apology and promotion. They’re sorry for both the delays and cancellations, but also for screwing up the plans of their passengers. We didn’t miss our grandma’s birthday, but we’re betting an in-flight snack that someone did.
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Good news if you're feeling charitable this week as American Airlines is offering AAdvantage members a chance to earn bonus miles while doing good.
American is encouraging members to make a donation of $50 or more to the American Red Cross for the victims of Hurricane Issac and, in exchange, get bonus miles deposited to their AAdvantage account. Through October 1, 2012, AAdvantage members can earn 250 miles for a minimum $50 donation, or 500 miles for a donation of $100 or more.
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The seemingly endless spring break vacation period is almost behind us, and that means it’s once again safe to travel. The crowds are smaller, the weather is warmer, and the deals are usually a little bit better. That’s definitely the case if you’re looking to head over to Asia, as American Airlines and Japan Airlines are running a pretty decent airfare sale for those looking to cash in frequent flyer miles.
Between April 6 and May 31, you can fly between North America—sorry Hawaii they’re excluding you—and Asia for just 40,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles. That’s like a 40 percent discount, as it usually would cost you around 70,000 frequent flyer miles—plus taxes and fees of course—to get yourself from the nifty fifty over to Japan or China. If you’ve been saving up the airline miles in hopes of a dream redemption this might be a great time to cash in, but just remember that these flights are only an option in economy—and that’s a long time to be crammed into coach.
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In our frequent travels through Miami International Airport, we've only been to the American Airlines Admirals Club on a handful of occasions. But what we have learned is that all Admirals Clubs are not created equal.
When you have a choice between three loungesas you do at MIA if you're flying Americanyou may just opt for the one closest to your gate. But, not so fast! There are pros and cons to these lounges: size, crowd, amenities, etc.
To help you navigate the sprawling land of AA at MIA, here's a little breakdown of what you'll find at each AA clubhouse:
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It's rare to run into someone these days who doesn't have Netflix, especially now that their Instant Streaming isn't all movies like Logan's Run and Cruel Intentions 2, but new sign-ups stand to benefit nicely from airlines who've partnered with Netflix to offer miles.
Here's three airlines with whom you'll get closer to the skies just by watching TV:
Delta just got down with the Netflix-for-miles idea recently, and it's a pretty good deal. New sign-ups can earn 1,500 SkyMiles, no matter which plan you pick. Just be sure to have your SkyMiles number ready, and a list of what you'd like to add to your queue first. You can sign up for the Delta promotion HERE.