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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.
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They may be standing strong in the wake of both horrible earthquakes and the tsunami, but Japan does need our help, and badly. Think about all the enjoyment you've gotten from Japangood sushi, awesome video games, breakthrough technology, superior customer service (for example)and consider donating to relief efforts.
Cash is obviously the easiest way to contribute and it's the most in demand, since then charities can put it towards whatever is most needed. If you like the idea of getting a thanks for your donation, American Airlines, in partnership with the Red Cross, will kick you back AAdvantage miles for your donation:
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Facebook is more useful than just stalking junior high school sweethearts, as now airlines are offering a chance to score some freebies. Sure frequent flier mile giveaways aren’t going to get you to Japan or Jakarta for free anytime soon, but any boost in your mileage bank account is welcome. So check out a few airlines giving away the goodies for free through social media, but remember to be nice and "Like" them first:
· American Airlines:
Not too long ago we were chatting about how American Airlines was using Twitter and Facebook specifically for their AAdvantage program. We wondered what the heck their Mystery Miles page was all about, and now we know. Provide your frequent flier number—and be their friends on Facebook—and you’ll be given some free miles. Freebies run from 100 to 100,000 miles. Unfortunately we only scored 100, but you have until March 31 to try for yourself.