Tagged With "AA-USAir"

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Re: "New AA" Details Dates for Alliance, Loyalty Change-overs

PortMoresby ·
Thanks for the update. It's already been useful. I have a few thousand USAir miles, not a lot but still enough to not let lapse. I've been making the occasional purchase of gifts through their site to keep them alive. After reading the article and the miles merge date I just bought my mother's gift through the AA site instead, the better to see them added to the bigger pile sooner. Thanks!
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Re: Mediation for AA/US Airways Merger

Former Member ·
This case seems very peculiar to me. I have never understood why what is acceptable for some large airlines - Delta and United - is considered unfair competition for others. The airlines have been growing and merging since the Pan Am Clipper days. Why is this transaction any different ?
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Re: Mediation for AA/US Airways Merger

PHeymont ·
In a nutshell: AA and USAir are making exactly the argument you are, and the Justice Dept. is saying, in effect, "We shoulda stopped them, too." Obviously a lot of issues (both in terms of fares and of maintaining service to smaller cities), but not clear why the line's been drawn here. Meanwhile, Texas pulled out of the suit, Florida may follow, mayors of cities with AA and USAir hubs have backed the merger, airport operators are chiming in...so the mediation may end up being Justice's way...
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Re: Mediation for AA/US Airways Merger

Former Member ·
the Justice Dept. is saying, in effect, "We shoulda stopped them, too." A stronger, healthier Delta and United is a bad thing because ?
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Re: Mediation for AA/US Airways Merger

PHeymont ·
Anti-merger views generally argue that the mergers reduce competition, raise fares, and cut service to smaller cities. Others might reply that the key to these new large carriers' survival is not so much that they got larger as that all of the carriers involved passed through bankruptcy, shedding workers, benefits, contracts and perhaps maintenance standards as they went...
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Re: United, AA to offer "basic economy"—that's the Spirit!

PortMoresby ·
Change at the low end of American's menu of fare options isn't the only one they plan for economy flying. An upscaled version of premium economy will be rolled out, starting next year, for long-haul flights. http://www.aa.com/i18n/urls/pr...title=premiumeconomy
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Re: United, AA to offer "basic economy"—that's the Spirit!

PHeymont ·
They do have a great game going: Take it away from you, and then ransom it back. And there's more...in the next couple of days, Gumbo will have a news update about what may be ahead for the premium end of the plane, too!
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Re: Update: Loyalty Programs and Credit Cards

PortMoresby ·
A very useful bunch of information, PHeymont. I've been an AA/Citibank cardholder for over 8 years now and am a satisfied customer. I realize I might squeeze more points out if I open new accounts but I prefer to not have to think too much, be the tortoise and concentrate on piling up the points in 1 place by putting every possible purchase on the card, never spending more than I normally would. Also, when making large purchases, all other aspects being equal, I choose a company that accepts...
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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: Update: Loyalty Programs and Credit Cards

Travel Rob ·
Thank you PHeymont. Very useful & updated info. Appreciated the links too soI didn't go to the wrong card application by mistake.
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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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Re: AA, USAir frequent fliers: the next step is here

PortMoresby ·
Well, that was easy! Log in on AA.com, window comes up, no searching for a link, enter Dividend Miles number, no additional password, done! I knew airlines could make it simple, if they wanted to. Well done AA & thanks, PHeymont.
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AA/USAir: Justice Dept. May be More Open to Deal

PHeymont ·
Remarks by Atty Gen. Eric Holder, quoted in the NY Times Monday may indicate the AA/USAir merger might be moving toward a deal that would allow the merger and avert the anti-trust trial set for Nov. 25th. Read it HERE
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AA Plans to Squeeeeeze More Seats into 737s and MD80s

PHeymont ·
American Airlines will go into its new merger with a plan that may merge your knees with the seatback...it's announced to its flight attendants that it will begin squeezing more rows into its narrow-body MD-80 and 737 fleets. The FAs got the word...
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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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USAir Frequent Flyer Mile-Share Bonus: Up to 100%

PHeymont ·
Buying frequent flyer miles is usually not a great deal, since the airlines sell them at a premium and charge a fee for the transaction (usually only makes sense if you need that last couple of thousand to claim an award). But, through Dec. 6, USAir...
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Southwest, Virgin America buy LGA gates from AA, new service soon

PHeymont ·
Southwest, now the biggest U.S. domestic carrier, and Virgin America will expand service from New York's Laguardia Airport using gate slots bought from American Airlines. The sale was part of the requirement for merger approval of AA and USAir, which...
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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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"New AA" Details Dates for Alliance, Loyalty Change-overs

PHeymont ·
Now the American Airlines and USAir have closed their merger, they've begun rolling out more details of the merger planning. Scott Kirby, who was USAir president and is now president of AA, announced dates for joint operations, for aligning loyalty...
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Qatar, USAir create Philly code-share hub

PHeymont ·
Not a sexy headline, but good news for travelers in USAir cities around the country as Qatar Airways and USAir expand their codeshare arrangements so that travelers from USAir cities such as Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami,...
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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 "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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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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AA/USAir: Start the Miles and Lounge Sharing

PHeymont ·
Now the frequent flier part of the AA/USAir merger begins. AA announced yesterday that members in both its AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs can earn miles in either program on all AA or USAir flights. In addition, elite members of either program...
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Airlines on a Plane-Buying Spree; Older Planes Retiring

PHeymont ·
Worldwide, airlines are buying newer, more fuel-efficient planes that fly farther on less fuel and have more of the amenities travelers demand. It's often cheaper to buy new planes than to invest in heavy maintenance and upgrades. So, it was goodbye...
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American Eagle Changes Name, But You Won't Notice...

PHeymont ·
American Airlines' regional subsidiary American Eagle is getting a new name: Envoy Airlines. The new name is to distinguish it from the other American Eagle, the name used for the flights operated for American by independent regional carriers...
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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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Boeing's next seat squeeze...in the lavatory!

PHeymont ·
    Say goodbye to this much space as Boeing plans to squeeze the toilet to install more seats.    Photo: Kristoferb / Wikimedia   If you thought seating in economy is getting too tight, get ready for this one: Boeing has...
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AA talks tough on discount competition, sees change ahead

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, the world's largest air carrier, isn't planning to let any Davids mess with its Goliath market share. CEO Doug Parker says that if smaller rivals take advantage of fuel price drops to add seats and then discount them to take market...
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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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Pope Francis to take AAdvantage of American

PHeymont ·
  Well, maybe he won't be collecting miles on his travels, but the Pope's travels from DC to New York and on to Philadelphia, and then home to Rome will be on a chartered American Airlines 777. He flew from Rome to Cuba and then to Washington on...
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American Airlines drops out of Israel: No profit

PHeymont ·
American Airlines is cancelling its money-losing service to Israel, as of January. The company's only US-to-Israel service, a daily flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv was originally operated by US Airways before the merger with AA in 2013.   In...
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American adds Cancun flights from more cities

PHeymont ·
American Airlines will be flying to Mexico's Cancun vacation mecca from more cities this spring, adding non-stops from Kansas City, Raleigh-Durham, Pittsburgh and Nashville.   All four of the cities will be served by a Saturday round-trip,...
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U.S. Airways: Last flight in October in AA merger

PHeymont ·
Next October 17, passengers on U.S. Airways Flight 434, a 10 pm red-eye from San Francisco, will arrive in Philadelphia as the last ever to fly on U.S. Airways. When they leave the plane at 6 a.m., it will be over, and all flights now flown as U.S....
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American adds Caribbean, Mexico routes

PHeymont ·
American Airlines is adding service to more Caribbean points from Los Angeles, Charlotte, Chicago and Dallas, and is restoring direct flights between New York and Caracas.   Most of the new routes are aimed at leisure travelers, although one,...
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American, USAir loyalty programs will merge Q2 2015

PHeymont ·
American and USAir have just notified their frequent flier program members (AAdvantage and Dividend Miles) of more detailed plans for merging the two plans, including a date: 2nd quarter of 2015, as well as details of the merger plan.   All USAir...
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Heritage liveries on display on AA planes

PHeymont ·
American Airlines heritage livery plan gets its last two jets.
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United, AA to offer "basic economy"—that's the Spirit!

PHeymont ·
Ultra-low cost carriers like Spirit are pushing the majors into the no-frills arena. United has announced it will follow Delta next year, and offer "basic economy" style fares with no baggage, upgrade or airport privileges, and American has indicated that it's exploring the idea, too.  Fares like that—Spirit calls it a "bare fare"—have been the staple of flying on the ULC carriers such as Spirit and Frontier, but the majors have resisted up to now because they have wanted to...
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BA Avios can save on U.S. domestic flights

PHeymont ·
Most domestic economy flights, paid for in loyalty points/frequent flier miles go for 25,000 miles round-trip, almost no matter the route. A few carriers, such as American and USAir, allow a discount for holders of the right credit card.   On the...
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More DFW China Flights for American

PHeymont ·
Seems like almost every day one airline or another is announcing increased service between the U.S. and China—and American is not sitting out the increasing competiton. They're adding non-stop daily routes between Dallas-Fort Worth and Shanghai,...
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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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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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AA/USAir miles programs merge starting Saturday

PHeymont ·
The time has come for the next step in the 15-month-old merger of American Airlines and USAir: merger of the USAir Dividend Miles program into American's AAdvantage. All USAir accounts will be frozen on Thursday, Mar. 26 for the transfer; anyone...
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More Merger News: AA to get"single certificate" next week

PHeymont ·
The Federal Aviation Administration is allowing the merged American/USAir to take the next step on its merger path; it announced Monday that it will issue the "single operating certificate (SOC)" that will remove the last barriers to the company...
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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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Update: Loyalty Programs and Credit Cards

PHeymont ·
For some of us, credit cards are more than a convenient way to pay—they are the lifeline to free travel through loyalty programs. Between points for purchases and bonuses for opening or upgrading credit card accounts, it's possible to get quite...
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AA announces its first Dreamliner routes

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, which last month took possession of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, has announced first routes. Starting May 7, it will take over a DFW to Chicago route, and on June 2, it will start using 787s on DFW-Beijing flights. DFW-Buenos...
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AA joins Delta, United in tweaking capacity

PHeymont ·
   AA's 787s...arriving slower                                The last MD-80s...leaving sooner   U.S. legacy airlines are all making money again, but...
 
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