Tagged: American Airlines

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Elite Upgrades in 2017 & Status for 2018

During 2017, I carried elite status on American Airlines, Virgin America and United. The upgrade results were almost 100% which isn’t typical! Checkout the results below… American Airlines Executive Platinum American Executive Platinum is top tier status and required 100K+ of flying in 2016 to use this status in 2017....

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Etihad First Apartment Class: LHR-AUH A380

After an amazing trip flying Etihad’s Apartment Class in 2016, I was ready to fly it again yet this time from London to Abu Dhabi which is about half the flight time than Abu Dhabi to Sydney. I searched for Etihad award ticket availability using ExpertFlyer and locked in a ticket...

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Which Airline Program to Credit your Miles to on a Paid Ticket?

Some travelers are loyal to 1 airline, but you can’t always fly the same airline for every flight due to your destination or flight time. I’d much rather fly a foreign airline while traveling internationally to almost guarantee better service than a US airline. When flying for a business trip,...

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Summer 2017 Travel Tips

“Hack Your Aisle Seat” I had read online about a way to get the aisle seat armrest to raise even though it appears to be locked. There is a hidden button located near the hinge which releases the armrest so you can raise it. I tried it out on a...

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American Airlines Business Class: HND-LAX B777-200ER

I was originally scheduled to fly from Narita to LAX, but a C Class seat became available on the Haneda to LAX route therefore allowing my to use my SWU for an upgrade to Business Class. The text alert came in from ExpertFlyer just after landing into Narita from Jakarta....

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AA Executive Platinum & Luggage Tracking

It was a very busy year of travel in 2016 and I’ve finally achieved the highest published status tier of an airline due to my increased travels to Australia. Flying American Airlines to Australia guarantees inflight WiFi and a new 777-300ER plane. The Main Cabin Extra seats make Economy class...

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Pro Tool: ExpertFlyer Premium

It’s taken me a few years to finally buy into ExpertFlyer‘s Premium subscription but it paid off within the first couple of days. I signed up for their 5 day free trial of the Premium subscription to test out the SWU (Systemwide Upgrade) alerts for American Airlines. The email and...

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Status Matching Airline Elite Memberships

By this time of year, you most likely know if you will be re-qualifying for elite status with your favorite airline. If you know you won’t make it then you should consider status matching to a competitor. Leverage your existing status to get a competitor to earn you business in 2017....

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Inflight WiFi Comparison 2016

By now, most flyers are used to having the opportunity to stay connected while inflight. It’s not always fast or economical so I’ll compare my WiFi experiences over the past 12 months amongst multiple airlines and aircraft around the world. It’s come a long way since my last post in...

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American Airlines Business Class: LAX-SYD B777-300ER

American Airlines has always had a poor reputation but they seem to be fixing it now at least with their hard product (new planes). They started a new route back on December 17, 2015 from Los Angeles to Sydney. It’s seen light loads since they launched as they are using their...