Etihad and Royal Jordanian have just announced a new codeshare partnership which will see the airlines place their respective codes on select routes out of Amman and Abu Dhabi. With Royal Jordanian being a member of the oneworld alliance a reader has written in to ask if he can earn American Airlines miles and credit towards elite status if he books an Etihad flight though Royal Jordanian.
Paying attention to small details sometimes pays off and the fact that I write this blog means that I have to keep a reasonably close eye on what the various mileage sales look like....and that helps me spot trends. Whoever is in charge of releasing American Airlines mileage deals is clearly too busy with other matters to put any effort into these sales as they've become incredibly predictable.
It has been a long time coming considering how many months we have been able to book Premium Economy cash fares but American Airlines has finally got around to publishing its Premium Economy award charts.
American Airlines holds very frequent mileage sales (there's one in progress right now) and in those sales we rarely see the cost/mile drop below 1.7 cents (I think the lowest cost/mile I've ever seen is 1.68 cents) but, right now, there a way of generating 7,400 AAdvantage Miles at 1.34 cents each.
I had only been back home in LA for a few days before it was time to fly out again and make the journey back across the Atlantic that I seem to do so very often. On this occasion I was routing via Dallas as I was using up my last American Airlines systemwide upgrade from last year and the only upgrade availability at the time of booking had been on the Dallas - London sector. I wasn't prepared to go on the upgrade waitlist for the non-stop flights to London out of Los Angeles as, since American changed the way it treats upgrade priority, I felt my chances of seeing the upgrade clear were slim and my systemwide upgrade would go to waste.
I'm often saying that airline & hotel shopping portals are a great way to keep your balances ticking over and preventing accounts expiring and, right now, the AAdvantage shopping portal has a great deal available for Marriott bookings.
Back at the beginning of December American Airlines announced a number of changes to its award charts that will be kicking in for bookings from 16 January 2019. The changes that are being introduced introducing center around Canada and Hawaii and, while the news for Hawaii isn't good the news for Canada is mixed.
American Airlines is back with a new offer in its near-monthly attempt to sell miles to the public. In this promotion the airline is offering a bonus of up to 50% on miles purchases through 31 January 2019 and, while that may appear appealing to some, I'm going to show why this is a truly woeful deal for most.
American Airlines has recently started publishing some discounted Economy Class awards which it's calling "web specials". This is almost certainly as a result of Delta's ever more frequent flash sales but, up until now, American's web specials have only been offered on select domestic routes. Yesterday that changed....briefly.
Late last year I wrote a post in which I concluded that simple mathematics suggested that I shouldn't credit my 2018 flights to the American Airlines AAdvantage program. Now, almost a year to the day since I wrote that post, I've finished my flying for 2018 and it's time to see how that decision played out.