Award Routing Rules on American Airlines

American award map

I got a lot of positive feedback when I wrote up an introduction to Alaska Airlines' award travel rules, so I decided to do the same for the other major loyalty programs. Today's spot goes to American Airlines. Besides Alaska, the two carriers whose miles I use the most are American Airlines and United Airlines. I have or have had top-tier status with all three and so I've earned a lot of miles … [Read more...]

When Delays Strike, Keep Moving or Die


Last weekend saw some awful weather in Dallas. I was on trip to visit family in Abilene, TX, and it was probably the worst position to be in. A large thunderstorm sat between these two cities for a few days without moving. Although we made it there alright and Abilene wasn't much affected, the regional jet flew just 20 miles south, treating us to an awesome view of continuous lighting strikes. The … [Read more...]

Review: American Airlines Flagship Lounge London Heathrow

American Flagship Lounge London 3

American Airlines offers four Flagship Lounges in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and London. These are special additions to the Admirals Club network and are offered to premium cabin passengers and to Executive Platinum and oneworld Emerald members who are traveling on transcontinental or international flights. I had the privilege of visiting the London club in Heathrow's T3 when returning from … [Read more...]

Receive Free Admirals Club Access with Airberlin Status Match

Air Berlin Top Bonus Gold

Airberlin is offering a very open-ended status match offer to its Topbonus Gold tier, as I first learned from Head for Points. This includes Sapphire status with the oneworld Alliance, of which American Airlines is a member. And among the many benefits of Sapphire status are access to preferred seating, extra baggage allowance, and access to business class airport clubs (basically any lounge that … [Read more...]

American Will Honor All PAID Mistake Fares From This Week

mistake fares

There's a celebration currently underway on Twitter as American Airlines has just announced in the last half hour that they will honor all of the mistake fares to China that were actually ticketed.  The following Tweet (or some variation of it) is now being replied to anyone inquiring to @AmericanAir about their purchased tickets. Still unclear as of this hour is what will happen to the … [Read more...]

Was it Legal for American Airlines to Cancel Mistake Fares on Hold?

Mistake Fare

Yesterday I posted about a mistake fare on American Airlines that allowed you to fly from Washington DC to Beijing for just ~$450 round trip in Business Class. Other versions of the deal were also available to Shanghai, and I even read about people flying from the West Coast, though I was never able to replicate it. Those that booked the flights last night and actually paid for their … [Read more...]

Mistake Fare: Business Class From DC to Beijing for ~$450 RT

Mistake Fare

There is a rare Business Class mistake fare available on American Airlines for flights from Washington DC to Beijing, China for under $450 round trip. The fare is valid through June 1 and also the first couple of days of September, but book it now! The trip must be booked 3 days in advance. You can book the fare directly on, and use ITA Matrix to search for dates easily. As … [Read more...]