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Virgin America Has A Heart, American Airlines & Fiji Air, Not So Much

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While planning our 5 week summer trip to the Pacific I needed to find a way to and from California.

I used American Airlines miles to fly to Tonga and home from Vanuatu. Those flights started and ended in California. Since we live in NYC and AA didn’t have saver awards from NY-LA and SF-NY, I had to look at other options or I would’ve had to pay around 30,000 miles per person each way.

Considering our international flight cost 80,000 round trip, how could I pay 60,000 to go from NYC – Cali?

In the end, I found flights with Virgin America totaling a little over 63,000 to get us to and from California. Continue reading Virgin America Has A Heart, American Airlines & Fiji Air, Not So Much

Join Sam’s Club, Earn Up To 5,000 AA Miles

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Kim and I aren’t big fans of warehouse stores like Costco BJ’s and Sam’s Club but it can be fun to shop at them from time to time. (That’s probably due to the samples!)

However, thanks to Amex Offers, we’ve enjoyed a nice deal on a Sam’s Club purchase a couple of years back. (Since I’m not a member, I ordered discounted gift cards online.) I’ve also had a BJ’s membership for close to a year, which was free. Continue reading Join Sam’s Club, Earn Up To 5,000 AA Miles

American Airlines Introducing New, Simplified Boarding Process

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Back in 2011 I earned Lifetime Gold status with American Airlines. An overwhelming majority of the miles earned to get to Gold were due to credit card sign-up bonuses.

American Airlines Gold status is the lowest tier of status and it doesn’t really offer a ton of benefits. However it does allow for one free checked bag and priority boarding. Continue reading American Airlines Introducing New, Simplified Boarding Process

American Airlines Does Have A Heart

American Airlines
image: AA Newsroom

Earlier in 2016 I sadly had to call in to American Airlines and cancel an AA award to Fiji and Vanuatu. As tough as it was to cancel our flights it was for an awesome reason. It also opened the door to taking My First Father Son Trip to Poland with Lucas.

After cancelling an award flight, some of you may have wondered what happened to my miles? Continue reading American Airlines Does Have A Heart

70,000 Reasons Why American Airlines Is Spending $4 Million At Airports

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image: AA Newsroom

Earlier in the month I wrote about how American Airlines was spending $4 million to speed up the lines at the airport.

With the airport security lines the responsibility of the TSA, you might wonder why an airline would spend their money to help out.

Well, I think I came across 70,000 reasons why… Continue reading 70,000 Reasons Why American Airlines Is Spending $4 Million At Airports

American Airlines Waives $200 Cancellation Fee Due To Witty Letter

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A man from Buffalo, NY had to cancel his flight with American Airlines when he got sick and  was told that he’d have to pay a $200 change fee.

When he went to rebook a month later, he asked if the fee could be waived since he had gotten sick. Rather than just write the letter and send in a doctor’s not, he decided to “get a little creative with it“. Continue reading American Airlines Waives $200 Cancellation Fee Due To Witty Letter

American Airlines Spending $4 Million to Speed Up Lines At Airports

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image: AA Newsroom

Lines at the airports seem to be getting much worse and a lot of the problem is attributed to the TSA being understaffed as well as “tightened security procedures“.

The long-line problem could get even worse during the upcoming busy summer travel season. However, one airline has an idea on a way to help alleviate the wait times for travelers. Continue reading American Airlines Spending $4 Million to Speed Up Lines At Airports

AA Pilot Doesn’t Allow $20,000,000 Violin on Plane!

Rachel Barton Pine
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Rachel Barton Pine, a famous violinist was stopped by an American Airlines pilot from bringing her 1742 violin from being brought onboard as a carry on.

The pilot said that the violin, insured for almost $20,000,000 was too big. When Pine mentioned that the FAA and American Airlines allow instruments like her violin on (first come first serve as long as they fit in the overhead bin or under a seat) he got nasty. Continue reading AA Pilot Doesn’t Allow $20,000,000 Violin on Plane!