Tagged With "American Airlines"

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Re: AA "new tail" wins in close employee vote

PortMoresby ·
Heavy sigh. Good taste seems always to be a minority attribute. I may be forced to rethink my frequent flyer situation, unless they opt to promote the minority to lifetime business class. It seems only fair.
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Re: Half of Americans say "NO" to checked bags

DrFumblefinger ·
I think this study just affirms what we already know. That more people are doing what they can to reduce their costs of flying and stretching their budget further. And it also affirms the most basic law of economics. When you charge more for something, you get less of that activity. True of all fees and taxes.
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Re: Half of Americans say "NO" to checked bags

Travel Rob ·
When I saw this study, I though of our interview with Gary German of Orion Travel Tech and his plans to put ads on luggage to pay for the checked bag. We will follow up with him later in the year to see how it's going. http://www.travelgumbo.com/blo...l-tech-s-gary-german
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Re: Feud Starts Up Again Between Delta and American for Haneda Airport Route

PHeymont ·
Playground rivalry, anyone? Looks like a couple of airlines need to grow up!
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Re: Feud Starts Up Again Between Delta and American for Haneda Airport Route

Travel Rob ·
It does sound that way ! The airlines want the route but they are not anxious to use it certain times of the air.
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Dinosaurs at Dusk, O'Hare

PHeymont ·
Dinosaurs at Dusk, O'Hare
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Feud Starts Up Again Between Delta and American for Haneda Airport Route

Travel Rob ·
The two carriers have fought for months over the rights to fly into Haneda Airport in Tokyo. It's much closer to Central Tokyo than Narita is and business travelers prefer it.    First, American complained to the U.S....
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Delta, American Plan More Routes

PHeymont ·
Delta and American are both ramping up their networks—Delta with more service to Europe and American with new domestic routes.   Delta is adding a daily NYC-Zurich non-stop and increased service from NY to Rome, adding to its service from...
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AA "new tail" wins in close employee vote

PHeymont ·
By a margin of just over 2000 votes out of 60,000, American Airlines workers voted to keep the new tail design the airline adopted shortly before the AA/USAir merger. There's a while to go before it's everywhere: Painting a whole fleet takes time, and...
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Half of Americans say "NO" to checked bags

Travel Rob ·
About half of all Americans say they avoid checking a bag when they fly.
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July 5, 2017: Cambridge American Cemetery

George G. ·
George G shares a visit to the Cambridge American Cemetery, the only permanent World War II Memorial in the British Isles.
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Re: AA gets its first Dreamliner

DrFumblefinger ·
I like the image of Boeing handing over a set of keys to AA executives for a jumbo jet. I'm glad to see more of these planes come in to service and hope within the next year or so to have the opportunity to fly one.
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Re: AA gets its first Dreamliner

PHeymont ·
Looking forward to a 787 blog from you, Rob! That should be fun.
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Re: AA gets its first Dreamliner

Travel Rob ·
I'm flying on a 787 late May!Glad to see AA starting to get theirs!
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Re: Waived Booking Fees on AA Award Travel

PHeymont ·
Really good news, because some of those partner flights are hard to book online even when you know they exist. This should make it easier to make connection to a number of areas in Europe without having to do Heathrow...
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Re: American Agrees to Honor 'Mistake Fares' to China

Travel Rob ·
I've followed airfares for years and I can't tell when it's a great unadvertised fare or a promotion vs some kind of mistake fare. The ticket being free or nearly free doesn't necessarily mean it's a mistake.
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Re: American Agrees to Honor 'Mistake Fares' to China

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm glad they're honoring the mistake, but a $20 fare to China has to be a mistake, Rob. But I'd gamble the 20 for the chance to see it.
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Re: American Agrees to Honor 'Mistake Fares' to China

Travel Rob ·
I've seen free fares that were not a mistake and also super sales for promotional purposes. For instance, United couldn't possibly of made money on the $150rt fare from NY-LA we posted earlier this year. I guess my question is it for the passengers to decide before they buy if its a mistake?
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TSA: More lines, delayed flights

PHeymont ·
More problems with security lines at major airports, including nearly two hours at Chicago. At DFW, American delayed flights because of lines.
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Re: TSA: More lines, delayed flights

PHeymont ·
Several Senators suggested last week that the airlines kill the bag fees to speed up the lines, but there was an audible silence on that... Meanwhile, in Paris the lines have been growing, too, and causing delays at CDG; the airport authority is calling for more staff to speed up border controls.
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Re: TSA: More lines, delayed flights

DrFumblefinger ·
I hate the bag fees, but they're not the problem. The TSA is. Everyone would still have a carry-on bag, albeit a smaller one if they could check a suitcase for free. My experiences in Calgary, Frankfurt and Spain in the past month. Waiting times were never more than 10 minutes and usually less than 5 minutes to be screened. You just need enough of and a motivated staff that gets people through quickly
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Re: TSA: More lines, delayed flights

Travel Rob ·
European airlines have taken a big hit this year with Europeans staying home more. It was because of terrorism before airport security and also in public places in Brussels and Paris. Isn't that more of a risk now? We have accepted that minor risk on other forms of transportation and still go about our lives. I'd vote to cut back on scanning 100% of the people in airports to occasionally, like we did a few years ago. We can still walk through metal detectors. I guess the added carry-on bags...
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Re: One year into merger, AA is optimistic

PHeymont ·
Update: American and the flight attendants have just settled the contract through arbitration. A number of other contracts must be reached in the coming year.
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Re: One year into merger, AA is optimistic

Travel Rob ·
I guess the question for me is the merger good for consumers? From my own searches, I haven't seen as many good sales on the USAir old routes that I used to see.
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AA gets its first Dreamliner

PHeymont ·
American Airlines got the keys today to its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Like anybody with a new toy, they promptly took it out for a spin, flying from Boeing's plant in Everett WA.   American has 42 of the planes on order; this one, seen at...
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AA starts to roll out its new Airbus fleet

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, which has been pretty much a Boeing shop except for legacy MD80s is getting the first of its Airbus 321 transcontinental models in the air, starting with flights between NY and LA. American put out a huge aircraft order, split...
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American Agrees to Honor 'Mistake Fares' to China

Travel Rob ·
 A deal between the Transportation Department and American Airlines resulted in 1,634 travelers getting  either nearly free flights or reduced business-class tickets to China. Travel must be completed during the next year....
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American chases Spirit in 'race to the bottom'

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, the world's largest carrier, is feeling mosquito bites from much smaller but very aggressive discounter Spirit, and is planning to implement "less frills" fares to try to compete on the increasing number of routes where they compete...
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American, JetBlue end codeshare agreement

PHeymont ·
American Airlines and JetBlue, which for the past few years have had codeshare agreements that allowed JetBlue to sell tickets to overseas destinations and American to reach smaller U.S. markets served by JetBlue, have ended the agreement. Both...
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Waived Booking Fees on AA Award Travel

PortMoresby ·
This may not be news to some of you, but it is new to me. Heading to the AAdvantage webpage to see what flights might be available, I discovered a notice informing us that American now waives fees when booking by phone, starting today, when reserving...
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One year into merger, AA is optimistic

PHeymont ·
American Airlines and USAir merged a year ago this week, forming the world's largest airline, even though it's not quite operating like one. Passengers still book on two different systems, and sometimes use different customer service reps...but the...
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United Follows Delta in Loyalty Program Changes

PHeymont ·
United Airlines is making the same sort of shift Delta previously announced; starting early next year MileagePlus points for flights will be awarded based on the price of tickets rather than the distance flown. Passengers will get anywhere from 5 to...
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Progress in clearing TSA logjam

PHeymont ·
Added agents and overtime have helped bring down the long security lines that last month stretched to hours and stranded travelers.
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American's MD80s on their way out of the sky

PHeymont ·
American retires another chunk of its once-huge fleet of MD80s, which are being replaced by newer, more efficient 737s and A320s.
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Re: Post-Merger AA Route Changes at DCA, LGA

Jonathan L ·
Virign America will bee getting some of AA's slots at LGA - That is a net plus in my book!
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Re: Ghost Images of WWI

DrFumblefinger ·
The photos are eerie and definitely captivating. Perhaps the most horrific of all the wars, but we always say that until the next ones roll around and are even worse.
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Re: Ghost Images of WWI

PHeymont ·
Amazing work...and a stark reminder of how recently all this took place.
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Re: Ghost Images of WWI

PortMoresby ·
Recent, indeed. I've taken to comparing events in history to the life spans of people I've known, or who they knew, and it brings it into shocking relief for me. WWI was a fact during the young adulthood of my grandparents, just 5 years before the births of my parents, one of whom is still alive. In that context it seems like it was just yesterday.
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Re: American, USAir loyalty programs will merge Q2 2015

PortMoresby ·
Finally! I've been hanging on to my measly 5,000 USAir miles by buying something through their site every 18 months and must again by January to keep them. It's ok as I only buy things I would anyway. The problem is remembering to go through the USAir site to do it. Last time, whew!
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Re: A Springtime Walk in the Desert

PHeymont ·
Great color and variety! Thanks...I'm going to have to get to the desert in spring, sometime. I visited the Sonora desert in December, and recognize some of these from seeing them without their brilliant display (click HERE for that blog) This is certainly a reminder of how little we know a place when we only know it "in season."
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Re: A Springtime Walk in the Desert

GarryRF ·
How many times do folks say "Why did you go there ? There's nothing to see !" That's why I love going the opposite way from the crowd. Beautiful selection of photo's ! Any little beasties on the loose ?
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Re: A Springtime Walk in the Desert

DrFumblefinger ·
There were a lot of these little lizards around, GarryRF. Generally a good sign because if there's rattlesnakes about they hide. Except for birds, everything else was well hidden.
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Re: Don't Leave Home Without...80 million AmEx points

DrFumblefinger ·
and if he's looking for help using all those points, I'm sure we could help him out with that.... Hard to imagine having all those points.
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Gate announcements: Gone with the future

PHeymont ·
You may not even have noticed, but those long strings of gate and connection announcements just before landing have quietly ended.
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

GarryRF ·
Wonderful piece of planning WorkerBee ! Missing off London to avoid the $18 Departure Tax for Spain seems a bit severe. I presume your return journey is more direct.
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

chatterbot2 ·
$ 18 ? I am puzzled by this. When I have taken flights from London to the US, the tax has been more like $ 150 - $ 200. It was worth it to spend time in London, of course. Still, it was not a small amount.
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

GarryRF ·
The UK departure tax is "Banded" into distances and economy / regular / 1st class. London - Spain is only a short distance.
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

PHeymont ·
Well, but if Spain is the destination, passing up UK makes sense. On the other hand, APD leads to calculations such as Flying NYC-LON-Continental Europe: No problem; as long as your time in UK is less than 24 hours, you are a transit passenger and don't pay APD. Flying Continential Europe-LON-NYC: Not so good; you pay the APD on the trans-Atlantic leg, and that's high. The other issue with this is not APD at all; flying to the Continent through Madrid or Barcelona tends to be cheaper because...
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

Bling ·
Garry RF and PHeymont - Thank you very much for the information. In this case, APD is not incurred - Flying NYC-LON-Continental Europe: No problem; as long as your time in UK is less than 24 hours, you are a transit passenger and don't pay APD. In this case, there is an APD, even if the transit is less than 24 hours ? - Flying Continential Europe-LON-NYC: Not so good; you pay the APD on the trans-Atlantic leg, and that's high. Concerning the third item, this explains why Worker Bee had a...
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

PHeymont ·
I'm not sure on your question about WB's trip, because it depends on routing. From NY, AA most often uses their own seats for the ocean hop, but does use some BA seats from Newark. Other cities...not sure how many BA seats used in that direction. And sometimes it's a matter of class. For instance, last year flying home from Paris, there were AA seats in business class available non-stop, but economy was only available on BA Orly-London-Newark.
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