American Airlines


Ranking The Best and Worst Frequent Flyer Miles

Not all frequent flyer miles are created equal. Not be a long shot! We list which programs are best for you to earn miles with, complete with pros and cons for each type.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Airline Elite Status: Help Me!

Introduction While I consider myself an expert in frequent flyer miles, the one area that I am as novice as almost anyone out there is with elite status.  Since I rarely ever pay for flights, I have never had elite status before. I also have never really considered going after it or delving in to

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My April 2013 App-o-Rama Recap: The Best Laid Plans…(Part 1)

[If you don’t know what an App-o-Rama is, check out this post first.] Well, that didn’t go exactly as I expected. And while I knew that this App-o-Rama might be a little tricky, even I was thrown for a loop by some of the decisions, both positive and negative. Through it all, I’ve learned some

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Taking (AA)dvantage of American Airlines Third Award Chart, the OneWorld Explorer Awards

If you’re reading the title and thinking “wait, Americans Airlines has 3 award charts?”, you’re not alone.  Many, many people don’t realize (or forget) that American Airlines actually has 3 different award charts. These award charts can be used in different circumstances and of course, can be maximized in different ways. By understanding how all

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My April App-o-Rama: Meet the Candidates

It’s Christmas in April.  Yep, time for my first App-o-Rama of 2013! If you don’t know what an App-o-Rama is, check out What the Deuce is an App-o-Rama and the 4 Most Commonly Asked Questions about App-o-Ramas first. This is my 4th App-o-Rama since starting the site (February 2012, August 2012, December 2012), and I’ve got to admit, each

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How To Circumnavigate the Globe for Less Than $500: Wayne’s Story

A ‘Round the World trip sounds magical, and it is. It’s even better when it’s under $500. Here’s how to do it.

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How to Get to the Maldives (or anywhere else in the world) Using Frequent Flyer Miles

Want to go to Hawaii, London, or Tokyo using frequent flyer miles?  No sweat.  All the alliances fly there, and fly there often.  In fact, you’ll most likely have your pick of partners. But what about trying to get to a more remote destination, like the Maldives? This is where using frequent flyer miles can

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My August App-o-Rama: Meet the Candidates

When I first started this blog, one of the first posts I wrote was a breakdown of all the candidates for my February 2012 App-o-Rama.  To this day, it still remains one of the more popular posts and I continue to receive emails about it, 5 months later! Now, as I prepare for my next

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Maximize Your Miles: Stopovers and Open Jaws on American Airlines

[bluebox]The Maximize Your Miles series will teach you how to squeeze the most possible value out of your frequent flyer miles and allow you to take trips of a lifetime for even less! Other posts in the series include: Understanding Stopovers and Open Jaws  <— Read this first. Stopovers and Open Jaws on USAirways  Stopovers

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The Secret to Never Paying Fuel Charges on Award Tickets

[UPDATE:  I’ve actually written a whole series on fuel surcharges that is also more up to date.  Head to the first part by clicking here] You’ve finally done it! You followed all my advice in the Beginner’s Guide to Frequent Flying, earned your points, found the flights you want, and are now set to take

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Trouble Finding Free Tickets To Europe? Air Berlin to the Rescue!

Getting an award ticket using your frequent flyer miles to Europe can be difficult, especially during the main travel season of summer and fall. If you’re looking to use American Airlines miles, you might find it even more difficult, as the major OneWorld partner that flies from North America to the Europe is British Airways.

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Stttrrrreeeettttcccchhhh Those Miles By Traveling Off-Peak

I love many, many things about using frequent flyer miles to travel (like, you know, flying for free) but nothing makes me happier in this little game than redeeming miles for an off-peak award and saving even more miles! It’s like the cherry on top…or more appropriately, its like the cherry on top of the

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Credit Card March Madness Matchup #7: Barclays USAirways vs. Citi AAdvantage Visa [EXPIRED]

If you haven’t read the original post explaining the rules or voted in Matchup #1 or #2, then I’d suggest you take a minute and read them quickly. Just remember, you are pretending you can only have 1 credit card for the entire next year and you have no existing credit cards or frequent flyer

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The Joys of Frequent Flyer Miles: First Class To New York and Hello Mumbai!

I LOVE the game of collecting frequent flyer miles and points so much that sometimes I forget about the best perk of it all:  The actual FREE TRAVEL!  Today, I want to share a quick story with you about how frequent flyer miles will be benefitting me in the future.  No, this isn’t to make

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The Free Flight Primer, Part Six: Getting Your Miles

Getting Your Miles Parts 1-5 have focused on picking a destination and finding availability to that destination.  Now, it’s time to shift our focus and actually begin getting you the miles you need to fly for free.  If you’ve been following the Free Flight Primer and already have a stockpile of miles, great!  But for

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