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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

Former Member ·
Wow ! That is a good deal. I need to drill down through those redeem mileage programs and see what I can learn. Thanks for this valuable lesson.
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

PHeymont ·
Thanks for pointing this out! By the way, it is also possible to take a free stopover on the international end. For example, a couple of years ago, we flew from NYC to Copenhagen (the routing) but with a week stopover in Stockholm along the way. We've used that kind of routing a number of times. Adding to your point about Britain: Many of AA's European cities are actually served by their closely-tied partners, British Air and Iberia. With a little persistence, you can find flights that don't...
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

PortMoresby ·
So, PHeymont, when you stopped for the week in Stockholm which airline was it and what fees were you charged for the stopover? You mention Madrid. Presumably that was a different trip, so same questions on that one. Also, can these stopovers be scheduled on the AA website or must you speak to an AAdvantage customer service person and pay the ($25?) fee?
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WorkerBee ·
Originally Posted by PortMoresby: .... can these stopovers be scheduled on the AA website or must you speak to an AAdvantage customer service person and pay the ($25?) fee? I scheduled my flights using the website. When you go to the AAdvantage booking site there are three choices: round-trip, one-way and multi-city. When you choose your flights you see boxes showing the number of miles per leg. The leg between Dallas and San Francisco showed no miles. There was also some kind of comment to...
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

PHeymont ·
Similar to WorkerBee's experience, I've done these bookings using the Multi-City function, which allows you to specify a date for each segment. It didn't require assistance. Actually I've never had to pay a fee for help when booking something that could not be done on line, but who knows these days. I've done these stopover trips a number of times (NY-Budapest/open jaw/Prague-London w/stopover and then back to NY, etc.) The AAdvantage desk agents, by the way, are some of their best and can...
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

PortMoresby ·
All potentially very useful information. Many thanks, Gurus.
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

PHeymont ·
All things to be watched closely, by the way; by January the new AA will start rolling out updated program rules and procedures for what will be a merged program. We'll need to watch closely to see what changes!
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

PHeymont ·
WorkerBee, how long will you be in Spain, and when? We're going for 8 days (not counting the travel days) in February. We'll be in Seville, Cordoba and Granada. Gumbo fans would love to hear how your trip is going and to see pictures along the way!
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

WorkerBee ·
I will be there about a month, from February 12 to March 12. I will be in Madrid for a few days after I arrive and then off to Girona and environs for a few weeks. I may wander into southeast France for a few days as well before I return to Madrid for a couple of days before I fly out.
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PHeymont ·
I envy your trip! We'll overlap in time, but not in place. If you do add France to the itinerary, you might want to look into the new TGV service from Barcelona to Paris that starts this month. I'm not sure of its route as it leaves Spain, but it might go where you want to!
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

WorkerBee ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont: I envy your trip! We'll overlap in time, but not in place. If you do add France to the itinerary, you might want to look into the new TGV service from Barcelona to Paris that starts this month. I'm not sure of its route as it leaves Spain, but it might go where you want to! For some time the AVE has run from Madrid to Figueres which is north of Barcelona and Girona. The TGV has been running from Figueres to Paris for some time as well. I'm told that it takes...
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

WorkerBee ·
It required 40,000 miles for a round-trip economy ticket. All were in-seat miles and all were from a few years ago.
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DrFumblefinger ·
Now I know why your handle is WorkerBee. Persistence and hard work get the job done! Well Done!
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PHeymont ·
Originally Posted by WorkerBee: It required 40,000 miles for a round-trip economy ticket. All were in-seat miles and all were from a few years ago. That's one of the things I like about AA...aside from the one-way awards. When everyone else was 50K to Europe, they were 40K offpeak and 60 peak. Now everyone else is 60K peak, and AA still has the winter bargains. Hope it lasts!
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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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Former Member ·
$ 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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Former Member ·
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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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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Re: Flights to Cuba: lots of planes, not so many passengers

GarryRF ·
Many returning tourists will be telling their American friends that life in a third world country - like Cuba - is worse than just having only one flavour of Ice Cream.
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Mediation for AA/US Airways Merger

PHeymont ·
The planned merger of American and USAir, which has been challenged by the Justice Department will go to mediation, in hopes of finding a solution that will be acceptable to the airlines and the Federal government. A mediator has been selected; if an...
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Not just DC: Govt wants more concession from AA/USAir

PHeymont ·
Reuters reports the Department of Justice wants a broad range of promises and concessions in any deal to withdraw its objections to the merger of American and USAir. Read more HERE
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AA-USAir Wedding Complete, Lots of Work for the Honeymoon

PHeymont ·
The merger of American Airlines and USAir took place today; the new company, with American's name and location, and mostly USAir management in its future, began trading on NASDAQ this morning. Over the next months, they will still have to merge...
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I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

WorkerBee ·
I am traveling Spring 2014 from the US to Spain. I wanted to use my American Airlines frequent flier (AAdvantage) miles to best advantage, so to speak. I learned that it is possible to incorporate free domestic layovers into my journey. As I have family in Dallas, that intrigued me. AA's website showed available flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Madrid (MAD) that connect through Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, New York or Miami. AAdvantage rules require that the layover stops must be on...
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American Adds 1st Class to NYC-LAX flights

PHeymont ·
American's new Airbus A321s will be flying a 3-class service between NY and LA--the only airline currently offering first class on the route. Up to now, only Business and Economy have been available on U.S. airlines. DETAILS
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Free Flights Everywhere: Is this the best employee benefit ever?

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, now with 100,000 employees from both AA and USAir, has rolled out a new version of free travel for employees: anywhere, anytime there's a seat in coach. Includes registered family members and parents as well. With a newly-merged...
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Ghost Images of WWI

PortMoresby ·
With the approach of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I in mind, Jeff Steiner has posted a series of postcards on his website, Americans in France, with ghosts of that war merged with a current view.  As I mentioned the last time I...
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AA-USAir Merger: On fast track to wrap it up soon

PHeymont ·
Now that the Department of Justice has okayed the American Airlines/USAir merger, the two companies are rushing through needed steps to become one. They expect the deal to close next month, although merging all operations will take as much as two ...
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Delta Skymiles: Big Changes Ahead...Very Big

PHeymont ·
If that sounds a bit complicated, here's the deal. When you earn "miles" using a credit card, it's 1 or 2 miles per dollar, but most frequent flier programs give you a "mile" for each mile flown. Delta, starting in 2015, will become the first major...
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Arches National Park, Utah. Where Gumbo was #33

DrFumblefinger ·
  Gumbo was enjoying the unparalleled beauty of the American Southwest.   Without having been there when the photo was taken, I would not have guessed it was taken in Arches National Park, at least not without having tried a dozen other...
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Post-Merger AA Route Changes at DCA, LGA

PHeymont ·
One of the impacts of the deal that allowed American Airlines and USAir to merge was a requirement to give up some takeoff/landing slots at DC's National Airport and NY's Laguardia, two of the busiest airports. Now, AA has announced which flights have...
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AA Keeps Reservation System to Avoid Post-Merger Problems

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, obviously aware of the continuing post-merger problems United has had with its reservation and passenger management systems, has chosen not to change. AA has always used SABRE, which it originally developed, and U.S. Airways, its...
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A Springtime Walk in the Desert

DrFumblefinger ·
  I've been intrigued by deserts ever since I first visited one as a teenager.  The first impression I remember having is of a lifeless, hostile and barren place.  It's certainly a hostile environment but I couldn't have been more wrong...
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American Samoa: The Park, The People and The Culture

59nationalparks ·
When we first started planning our 59 National Park tour, we had no idea that there was a National Park in American Samoa.  This fact gave us pause.  American Samoa is a ten hour flight from Los Angeles.  The islands are expensive...
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Amex's new idea: Plenti points across industries

PHeymont ·
American Express has launched a new points program, called Plenti, that has some unique features. It's a "coalition" program, which doesn't tie points to a particular card or industry. There are interesting features: Although Amex runs it, you can...
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Buffalo-ed by the snow? Airlines waiving change fees

PHeymont ·
Each with its own set of rules, but American, Delta, Southwest and JetBlue are all adjusting rules on schedule and flight changes for passengers affected by the huge snows in the Great Lakes region. The USA Today article has more  DETAILS and...
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WiFi in the air spreads on regional jets

PHeymont ·
The networks of regional flights that connect the major airline hubs to smaller cities are getting wired...or rather, wirelessed. Delta has already added some, United recently announced plans, and yesterday, American put in its bid, announcing that...
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American follows Delta with free entertainment

PHeymont ·
American is making all its inflight entertainment free, following Delta's lead. But when will we get free Wi-Fi?
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AA offers 25% bonus for your hotel points

PHeymont ·
American Airlines is making an unusual (for them, anyway) offer. Between now and March 31, you can convert loyalty points from all the major hotel programs (Choice, Hilton, Hyatt, Wyndham and more) to AAdvantage miles, and get a 25% bonus in AA miles....
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Another "not a good day" for travel

PHeymont ·
After days of stress on the U.S. air transporation system due to weather, a new wave of flight cancellations is hitting Monday travelers for February 23rd. By noon Sunday, nearly a thousand Monday flights had been cancelled, with more expected by...
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Inca trail the hard way: blind, and running

PHeymont ·
Dan Berlin, the American athlete who last year became the first blind man to hike the Grand Canyon, made the challenging 26-mile trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 13 hours...a feat that normally takes 4 days walking.   Berlin, who is 45,...
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Airbnb Teams up with American Express

Travel Rob ·
Starting today, American Express, Card Members can create an Airbnb account with their existing americanexpress.com User ID and Password. It will allow cardholders to easily reserve accommodation at all of Airbnb listings.    Also,...
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AA flight delays blamed on pilot iPad crash

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, the first airline to ditch huge paper pilot flight books for iPads, has had a little trouble with them this week. The airline reports that 24 flights on Tuesday (4/28) and 50 more yesterday were delayed by failure of an app that...
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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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Audubon Terrace - Where Gumbo was (#193)

Jonathan L ·
This week Gumbo visited Audubon Terrace, in the Washington Heights section of New York City. Jonathan L tells us all about it.
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Love it or hate it: Southwest changes its look

PHeymont ·
Southwest Airlines will have a major announcement this morning, including plans for the future—and a new look for its planes, nearly solid blue with red and yellow stripes at the tail and wingtips. The look was supposed to be secret, but blog...
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787 is a cargo shipper's Dreamliner, too

PHeymont ·
  With American Airlines just starting to fly Boeing 787 Dreamliners in passenger service. it comes as a surprise that one of them is being dedicated to cargo service. Boeing is still considering when (or if) to create a 787 freight version as it...
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AA/Qantas add more joint flights on West Coast

PHeymont ·
 American Airlines and Qantas, not only Oneworld partners, but linked in a joint operation and revenue-sharing agreement, are added two more flights to the mix. Starting in December, American will operate a daily non-stop between LAX and Sydney,...
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Now boarding, Flight 9¾ to Hogwarts...

PHeymont ·
Severus Snape checking in passengers at Laguardia? What's going on here?   Well, it's actually not the Potions Master of Hogwarts, played in the movies by Alan Rickman. It's David Dolci, an American Airlines gate agent. After several years of...
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