The last time American Airlines launched a mileage sale (back in February) I advised readers not to purchase miles as, based on past history, I expected American Airlines to offer a significantly better promotion in March than it was offering at the time. Specifically I suggested that American Airlines would sell AAdvantage Miles at 1.81 cents each.Well...I was right and I was wrong.
Ok, now this is very interesting. Hyatt and American Airlines have announced that they plan to offer elite members of their respective rewards programs the opportunity to earn more points and miles when they fly with American or book stays with Hyatt.
Arguably three of the more valuable benefits that come with American Airlines top-tier status are the 4 Systemwide Upgrades that elites receive each year, the unlimited domestic upgrades and the bonus miles that top-tier elites earn on all flights....but at least two of these have been reduced to a farce by current American Airlines management.
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.