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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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Sometimes you just need a chocolate chip cookie, but munching on such treats while hurtling through the air is sadly mostly a thing of the past. We've seen some airlines warming up cookies onboard as recently as 2012, but mergers and cutbacks mean these sweet bites are rarer than ever.
Don't despair! A few airlines do still deliver cookies on select services:
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...As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas - even if the federal government has to force it to be.
The Wright Amendment was enacted in 1980 as a change to the Federal Aviation Act of 1958. It was all about protecting the risk and financial investment put into opening Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport in 1974, sheltering it from the older, smaller Love Field just a 21-minute drive away.
While the amendment was not technically created because of Southwest Airlines, the fear was that if Southwest, or any large carrier, continued to operate out of Love Field (previously the main airport in North Texas) it would decrease passenger numbers at the shiny, new and expensive DFW Airport.
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Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.
The free snacks and blue chips are on the move once again, as JetBlue is adding a couple new options to their route network. The carrier plans to do the nonstop thing between Las Vegas and San Francisco beginning on January 5. Things will head back and forth two times each and every day, and it’ll be some of the carrier’s Airbus A320s doing the flying. JetBlue isn’t done there either, as they have one more flight to add. October 29 will bring nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Fort Lauderdale too.
· American Airlines:
Here’s a new option for those that enjoy the up in the air experience offered up by American Airlines. The carrier will be heading in and out of Delta’s home in Atlanta, as they’re planning to start new nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Atlanta. The plan is to start taking to the skies beginning on March 5. American Airlines plans to send planes and people between the two cities three times each day, and they’ll be doing it all with some help from their Boeing 737-800s.
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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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American Airlines was one of the first carriers to bring tablets into the cockpit, and now they’re taking the electronic devices one step further.
The carrier recently announced that flight attendants would also be ditching paper manuals in favor of electronic materials. American airlines just got the go ahead from those in charge of making the rules to utilize some new Samsung tablets, and it’s all in an effort to save fuel costs—an estimated million dollars or so per year.
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As you're no doubt well aware, today Apple keynote to introduce not only the newest iPhones, but also the first Apple Watch.
At first it seemed like just another wearable gadget to sync with your iPhone, with the ability to notify you of incoming messages, emails, and the like, but the Watch seeks to act independently as well.
Travelers will appreciate the chance to use Apple Maps without whipping out a phone, and those who get creative with mobile travel photography will certainly enjoy using the watch's display as the viewfinder for the iPhone's camera. We are without a doubt most intrigued by the possibility of using mobile boarding passes on our wrist, which will be an option from the start when the Watch goes on sale in early 2015 for $349 and up.
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Air travel is going to cost a little more to send the little ones all on their own, as American Airlines is making some changes to their unaccompanied minor policy.
Previously the fee covered minors between ages five and eleven, but now it looks like they’re going to charge you for tweens as well—up to age fourteen. This is on top of regular fares, so you’ll be looking at $150 extra—and that’s each way—to send the kiddos without supervision.
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Be sure to grab a copy of the in-flight magazine from your seatback pocket on your next American Airlines flight, as it soon might be a bit of a collector’s item. The airline isn’t ditching the in-flight magazine—don’t worry—but they are bringing in a new company to run, write, and produce the periodical through a revamp.
Ink Global will now be in charge of American Way. This isn’t the first in-flight magazine for the folks over at Ink Global; it's their specialty, as they're in charge of periodicals as wide-ranging as United's Hemispheres and EasyJet's Traveller to Eurostar's Metropolitan and Thomas Cook's travel.
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Last weekend, we flew American Airlines from Dallas-Fort Worth to Santiago. The route was serviced by a 767-300, which, due to maintenance problems, was delayed 12 hours from Thursday night to Friday morning. After we had reached cruising altitude, the flight attendants came on to explain "today's entertainment."
There were five old-school televisions on the plane, all hung up over the center row. Depending on where you were seated, you may or may not have been actually able to see one clearly – a frustration many passengers vocalized to themselves and their neighbors. I was lucky. I was sitting in a G aisle seat, about a half dozen rows back from a screen, and could see it perfectly in all its 9 by 13 inch glory.
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When American Airlines and U.S. Airways merged, it was promised that the airlines would adopt standard procedures and services that would apply across the two carriers. It started with shared frequent flyer programs, which allowed AAdvantage and Dividend Miles members to enjoy perks on both airlines. The newest idea for collaboration, however, does not have the consumer in mind by any stretch of the imagination.
Announced last week, American Airlines will adopt US Airway's policy and stop serving full meals to First and Business Class passengers on flights shorter than 2 hours 45 minutes. Currently, American Airlines serves full meals on flights longer than 2 hours.
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You might not have started to plan your winter holiday, but JetBlue already has started to do exactly that on your behalf. They’re adding a new Caribbean destination to their network, as flights between New York-JFK and Curacao will start up for the very first time on December 2. The planes and people will head back and forth two times per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and it’ll be Airbus A320s responsible for heading high into the skies.
· American Airlines:
More flights in and out of Haiti, and this time it’s American Airlines bringing in the new connections. The carrier is adding a nonstop flight between Miami and Cap-Haitien—it’s on the northern coast of Haiti. This is the second destination to and from Haiti for American Airlines, and it looks like things will takeoff beginning on October 2. Boeing birds will be utilized—737-800s—and it’s a daily round trip option.