Virgin America comes to Dallas. American responds with Double Elite Miles and Giveaways

Posted on: November 30th, 2010 by: aadvantagegeek

Unicorn Chaser - Virgin America at LAX
Unicorn Chaser – Virgin America at LAX by J Brew on Flickr

(Editor’s note: the 15 Days of Give Aways has ended, but the Double AAdvantage Miles and the Double Elite Qualifying Miles promotion is still active.  Go here and use promotion code LASF2 when you register for this offer)

Virgin American starts service from Dallas-Ft. Worth to Los Angeles December 1 and San Francisco on December 6.  This is from the Virgin America website:

Flying without live TV, WiFi, leather seats, power outlets and food on demand is just plane un-American.

Ouch!

To fight back, American Airlines just announced that they’re offering Double Elite Miles on flights from DFW to LAX and SFO and introducing a ‘15 Days of Giveaways‘ promotion where passengers can win prizes. Here are the details:

American Airlines will surprise and delight customers flying between Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles or San Francisco this winter with a new promotion and prize giveaway launched today.

Between Nov. 29, 2010 and Feb. 28, 2011, American will reward AAdvantage members who fly round trip on nonstop service between DFW and LAX or between DFW and SFO with double elite qualifying miles and double flight miles. With this great offer, members can reach AAdvantage elite status faster and add to their mileage balance at the same time. To qualify, register prior to travel and obtain complete details at http://www.aa.com/15days using promotion code LASF2.

Additionally, between Dec. 1 and 15, American will introduce a ’15 Days of Giveaways’ promotion where customers on several mystery flights a day between DFW and LAX or between DFW and SFO will be selected to receive complimentary giveaway items including:

Avis Rent A Car Reward Day Coupons
Movie passes to see the new film “The Fighter”, courtesy of Paramount Pictures
Admirals Club One Day Passes
5,000 AAdvantage Miles
AA Vacations $100 Coupon
And more!

A friend of mine, a big Anchor Steam fan, is having a birthday in January. He’s suggested that a group of us all travel to San Francisco to gather together to visit the Anchor Brewery, and to celebrate his birthday at the Bourbon & Branch speakeasy.

I’ve heard so many good things about Virgin America that I’ve considered flying with them on this San Francisco trip just to see if they live up to their reputation. But now that American is offering double AAdvantage Miles and, more importantly, Double Elite miles, there’s no way I’ll give that up just to try Virgin. Yes, I am ashamed that I’m such a sucker for miles, but it’s not like Virgin offers enough flights from Dallas to enough cities that I’m going to switch and give up AAdvantage miles anyway.

I welcome Virgin and the competition they bring to Dallas. American has a vitrtual monopoly on the DFW market and it irks me that we pay so much more for fares than travelers in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Atlanta, even Detroit.

Anyway, you have to register in advance of travel using promotion code LASF2.  Go here for details, terms and conditions.

Earn Double AAdvantage Miles when traveling on S7 Airlines

Posted on: November 29th, 2010 by: aadvantagegeek

S7 Airlines
S7 Airlines by Mika V. Stetsovski on Flickr

To celebrate adding Russia’s S7 Airlines joining the oneworld Alliance, American is offering Double AAdvantage Mile for travel between November 15, 2010 and January 15, 2011.

Here are the details:

Between November 15, 2010 and January 15, 2011 (dates inclusive), fly S7 Airlines on any segment network wide and earn double miles for travel in eligible inventories in business class and economy class. There is no limit to the number of bonuses you can earn during the promotion period and the bonus miles are in addition to your standard base miles and class of service bonus.

Double Miles
Business Class (booked in J, C)

Double Miles
Economy Class (booked in Y,B,H,K,M,L,V,T,R,S,N,Q,O)

Terms and Conditions:

The offer applies to J, C, Y, B, H, K, M, L, V, T, R, S, N, Q, O fares only. Offer valid for flights operated by S7 only or marketed by S7 Airlines and operated by Globus. Travel must be completed between November 15, 2010 and January 15, 2011. Offer is not combinable with any other offer. AAdvantage miles must be earned for flights to qualify for the bonus. Bonus miles do not count toward elite-status qualification. Registration prior to travel is required using Promotion Code S7DBL at www.aa.com/offers.

Go here for details or here to register.

Photo Contest: Tri-state Residents Can Win 250,000 AAdvantage Miles

Posted on: November 24th, 2010 by: aadvantagegeek

Tahbes Synchro Camera
Tahbes Synchro Camera by John Kratz on Flickr

If you’re a resident of New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut you’re eligible to enter the Americans Airlines Spot Snap Send Sweepstakes.  Here are the details:

We’re glad to be in New York. And if you take a picture of us here, you might win
250,000 AAdvantage miles! A total of 1,500,000 miles will be awarded to
photographers like you who spot one of our ads, snap it, and send it to us.
Get creative and have fun with it, and you might just find your photo featured right
here on our website.

Go here to enter or to read terms and conditions.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Take the American Airlines Celebrated Living Platinum List Survey: win 500,000 AAdvantage Miles and a pair of his and hers TAG Heuer Aquaracer watches

Posted on: November 21st, 2010 by: aadvantagegeek

tag heuer
tag heuer by Taco Ekkel on Flickr

Celebrated Living, the American Airlines luxury magazine found in the seatback pocket in First and Business class, is conducting their annual “Readers’ Choice Platinum List” survey.  The Readers’ Choice issue comes out in the summer and from now through February 14, 2011, when can cast your vote for your favorite luxury hotels, resorts, and spas you’ll be entered in the Celebrated Living Readers’ Choice Platinum List Survey Sweepstakes.

We are anxious to find out which hotels, spas, golf courses, and cruises YOU recommend.  We’ll tally the votes and reveal the winners in the CL Summer 2011 issue.

In the meantime, when you cast your votes for your favorites, you’ll automatically be entered into a sweepstakes to win the Grand Prize of a pair of his and hers TAG Heuer Aquaracer watches, compliments of luxury jewelers Little Switzerland and Jewels, PLUS 500,000 AAdvantage miles!

Five other lucky winners will each receive 100,000 AAdvantage miles.

The deadline to vote/enter is February 14, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Go here to take the survey and to read the terms and conditions.

Weekend Update: Qantas A380, AAdvantage Elite Status, and Darth Vader goes on Vacation

Posted on: November 21st, 2010 by: aadvantagegeek

I’ve been on the road so I’m introducing my first Weekend Update. It’s pretty much the same as the Friday News Roundup, only later.

New Routes

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGEgltND0Tc

American has announced a few new routes this week (from airlineroute.net)

American Airlines from 05APR11 introduces 1 Daily New York JFK – Nashville service with Embraer ERJ145 by American Eagle.

American Airlines from 10FEB11 introduces 2 new service to Mexico, where American Eagle operates Daily service on Dallas – Queretaro with Embraer ERJ135 and Dallas – Veracruz with Embraer ERJ145 aircraft.

American Airlines from 10FEB11 is increasing service with Extra Daily flight on Chicago O’Hare – Champaign (from 5 to 6 Daily) and Chicago O’Hare – Ft. Wayne (from 3 to 4 Daily).

From 05APR11,

American Airlines introduces 2 Daily Los Angeles – Boise service with American Eagle’s Embraer ERJ140 aircraft.

Also, new domestic New Zealand codeshare routes with jetStar

Effective Thursday 18NOV10, American Airlines will begin placing its “AA” code on all jetStar’s Domestic New Zealand service to/from Auckland, which covers Auckland – Christchurch, Auckland – Queenstown and Auckland – Wellington service.

oneworld News


Qantas 90th Birthday A380 Engine Back Side Exhaust

Qantas 90th Birthday A380 Engine Back Side Exhaust by emmettanderson, on Flickr

Qantas delays A380 Service

oneworld partner Qantas continues to keep their A380 fleet grounded after the November 4 A380 emergency landing in Singapore. Europe’s aviation investigators believe that the likely cause of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine blowout was a fire from an oil leak. Qantas has announced that they will continue to suspend A380 service until they can replace the Rolls-Royce engines. (from airlineroutes.net)

As per 19NOV10 GDS timetable display, QANTAS is further postponing planned Airbus A380 service into December 2010.

Latest resumption dates as follows, note that further postponement is possible as the airline is unsure when its A380 fleet will be able to re-enter service, according to latest article by Reuters filed

Melbourne – Los Angeles eff 05DEC10
Melbourne – Singapore – London Heathrow eff 05DEC10 (LHR eff 04DEC10)

Sydney – Los Angeles QF011/012 eff 04DEC10
Sydney – Singapore – London Heathrow eff 27NOV10, service operates 4 times a week in its first week of service resumption

More troubling though is that beyond losing an engine, the A380s backup electrical and information systems failed to work after the primary systems were taken offline by the engine explosion.

Salon’s Ask a Pilot, Patrick Smith, writes how the five Qantas pilots found themselves coping with a rapidly deteriorating emergency situation in what he describes as a “Qantas’ perfect storm of failures“:

I wrote my article when the story first broke, and relatively little was known — but it’s definitely time for an update. It turns out things were a lot more serious than it first appeared: The failure of the giant Rolls-Royce turbofan triggered a massive fuel leak, as well as 50 or more failures and malfunctions of various systems and subsystems, some more serious than others and not all of which are yet understood.

That the crew managed to land the plane safely seems no less extraordinary than the US Airways 1549 landing on the Hudson River.

S7 Airlines Joins onworld

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Egk8utTK0CM

Russian airline S7 officially joins the oneworld alliance expanding the oneworld network to include 750 destinations in 150 countries. Now you’ll be able to use and earn AAdvantage miles when to visit Russia. Here’s the video that oneworld released for the occasion.


AAdvantage Elite Status


Frequent Flyer” is a 20-minute documentary about frequent flyer miles, the people who collect them, and the world of airports and airplanes that they inhabit.

If you’re trying to achieve or maintain your AAdvantage Elite status for next year, you’re running out of time to earn Elite Qualify Miles. The best milage run options are to take advantage of American’s double Elite Qualify Miles offer for round-trip flights beginning and ending in either Raleigh Durham or St. Louis.

Another option is to enter the Farecompare Map Your Miles and Fly with Status promotion.

FareCompare will whisk one winner on a whirlwind mileage run this December, guaranteed to get you at least 15,000 air miles

That’s enough miles to earn you elite status before the end of 2010!

The winner will get a 15,000 milage run designed by Farecompare CEO Rick Seaney.

Enter before Friday, November 26, 2010.


Weekend Reading


vacation reading, part 2

vacation reading, part 2 by ruminatrix, on Flickr

Charlie Leochas- “Top TSA slogans and TV fun at TSA’s expense

For a lighter look at the TSA controversy, head over to Consumer Traveler and read a list of suggested TSA slogans.
My favorite: You were a virgin.

The Cranky Flier – The New American Airlines Homepage

American’s new website design is Topic of the Week and most of the reviews are favorable. I think my favorite comment may be:

I’d rather have the most functional than the most difficult but beautiful website. Therefore, in that respect, AA may look like a pig but that pig works hard and smart!

Head over there to read or add your own comments.


Technology


The “Coach Section Laptop” concept

. Coach Flight Friendly Laptop

Coach Flight Friendly Laptop by revision3 on Flickr

Take a look at this modified laptop from the Ben Heck Show.

Ever try and use a laptop in coach? It’s pretty difficult, especially if the jerk in front of you leans back.

No longer! For Episode 5 of the Ben Heck Show we built the “Coach Section Laptop” – a modified Toshiba Satellite that can transform to fit your needs!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Iz-81VIsyg

Watch the episode from the Ben Heck show and learn how to make your own.

Free Airport Wifi

wifi

wifi by gune_ in wonderland, on Flickr

Looking for a free airport hotspot? Visit the Free Wi-Fi in Airports directory before you start your travel.


Art

coruscant

coruscant by Steve Thomas Art, on Flickr

Take a look at these Star Wars Travel Posters inspired by some of the vintage travel posters of the early 20th century. You can view the whole collection from the artist Steve Thomas at his online gallery. Two of the posters from the series, Mos Eisley and Kessel Run, are available for purchase from Acme Archives Direct.


Finally

Here’s a look at Darth Vader’s Hawaiian Vacation (photo from Hawaiian Seamonkey)


Infinite Jest 01

See all the Dark Lord of the Sith’s vacation photos here.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Travel to Brazil and Earn Double or Triple Bonus AAdvantage Miles

Posted on: November 20th, 2010 by: aadvantagegeek

Views of Brasilia
Views of Brasilia by Christoph Diewald on Flickr

American just upgraded a current AAdvantage Bonus Miles promotion by offering up to triple miles for nonstop round-trip travel between New York’s JFK and Rio de Janeiro and nonstop travel Miami and Brasilia. Previously, they were offering up to 5,000 bonus AAdvantage Miles for nonstop travel on these two routes.

Here’s their explanation of the upgraded offer:

In celebration of our new nonstop flights between Miami and Brasilia and between New York/JFK and Rio de Janeiro, AAdvantage members can earn triple miles for travel in Business Class or double miles for travel in Economy Class. To participate in this offer, just register prior to travel and fly round-trip between November 18, 2010, and December 10, 2010.

This offer applies to travel between November 18, 2010, and December 10, 2010 and you have to register for the offer using promotion code BRZ5K. If you already registered for the 5,000 bonus miles offer you won’t need to register again.

All the details, including terms and conditions, here.

Earn AAdvantage Miles on select JetBlue routes

Posted on: November 18th, 2010 by: aadvantagegeek

Jetblue, Hawaiian and American Airlines
Jetblue, Hawaiian and American Airlines by Ryan McFarland on Flickr

American Airlines and JetBlue announced a new reciprocal frequent flyer agreement that will allow each airline’s frequent flyer members to earn miles on select routes when traveling on the other carrier’s flights.

Here’s how the describe their agreement in the press release:

American Airlines and JetBlue Airways announced today the launch of a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement, effective Nov. 18, which allows members of the American Airlines AAdvantage® program and JetBlue’s TrueBlue® customer loyalty program to earn AAdvantage miles or TrueBlue points, respectively, in select markets.

In addition, the commercial agreement announced in March 2010 has been expanded to include one new American Airlines international market and nine new JetBlue domestic markets. Customers will now be able to easily connect on flights to a total of 15 of American’s international destinations departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Boston Logan Airport (BOS), including Barcelona, Spain (BCN); Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (GIG); and Tokyo, Japan; and 26 JetBlue domestic markets, including Portland, Maine; Rochester, N.Y.; or Richmond, Va.

Below is the list of markets where customers can earn AAdvantage miles or TrueBlue points and in which cooperative, interline service is available, including seamless check-in and baggage drop services for customers connecting between American and JetBlue.

American Airlines Flights to/from^

Connecting at

JetBlue Flights to/from

  • UK – Heathrow (LHR)
  • Paris, France (CDG)

Boston (BOS)

  • Baltimore (BWI)
  • Buffalo, N.Y. (BUF)
  • Charlotte, N.C. (CLT)
  • Denver (DEN)
  • Fort Myers, Fla. (RSW)
  • Jacksonville, Fla. (JAX)
  • New Orleans (MSY)
  • Newark, N.J. (EWR)
  • Orlando, Fla. (MCO)
  • Phoenix (PHX)
  • Pittsburgh (PIT)
  • Washington – Dulles (IAD)
  • West Palm Beach, Fla. (PBI)
  • Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (RDU)
  • Richmond, Va. (RIC)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • Washington – Reagan (DCA)
  • Barcelona, Spain (BCN)
  • Brussels, Belgium (BRU)
  • Budapest, Hungary (BUD)
  • Buenos Aires -Argentina (EZE)
  • London, UK – Heathrow (LHR)
  • Madrid, Spain (MAD)
  • Manchester, UK (MAN)
  • Milan, Italy (MXP)
  • Paris, France (CDG)
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (GIG)
  • Rome, Italy (FCO)
  • Sao Paulo -Brazil (GRU)
  • Tokyo, Japan – Haneda (HND)
  • Tokyo, Japan – Narita (NRT)
  • Zurich, Switzerland(ZRH)

New York (JFK)

  • Burlington, Vt. (BTV)
  • Buffalo, N.Y. (BUF)
  • Denver (DEN)
  • Fort Myers, Fla. (RSW)
  • Houston – Hobby (HOU)
  • Jacksonville, Fla. (JAX)
  • New Orleans (MSY)
  • Nantucket, Mass. (ACK)
  • Phoenix (PHX)
  • Portland, Maine (PWM)
  • Portland, Ore. (PDX)
  • Richmond, Va. (RIC)
  • Rochester, N.Y. (ROC)
  • Salt Lake City (SLC)
  • Sarasota, Fla. (SRQ)
  • Syracuse, N.Y. (SYR)
  • Washington – Dulles (IAD)
  • West Palm Beach, Fla. (PBI)

I was looking at this chart and started thinking that if you took the routes and markets served by this agreement and spun them off into a separate airline, you’d have an airline a lot like Pan Am in the final years. Which of course means nothing, just an observation.

American Airlines to offer 5@5 Happy Hour in the month of December

Posted on: November 18th, 2010 by: aadvantagegeek

Vintage Black Russian
Vintage Black Russian by Todd Lappin on Flickr

American just announced that for the month of December, they’ll be offering 5@5 Happy Hour $5 prices on wine, beer, and mixed drinks.  Here’s the the details from their press release:

Eat, drink and be merry this holiday season onboard American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection. Beginning Dec. 1, customers traveling on select flights are invited to enjoy cocktails, wine and beer at a discounted price of $5.

“As we wrap up the year, we want to show our customers that we appreciate their business. Offering an inflight happy hour is our small way of saying thank you,” said Rob Friedman, American’s Vice President – Marketing. “We know travelers have many options for air travel and the 5@5 happy hour enhances the travel experience for our customers while adding an element of fun onboard during the holiday travel season.”

Throughout December, the 5@5 happy hour will be available onboard domestic, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico flights scheduled to depart between 5 p.m. and 5:59 p.m. Customers will enjoy a savings of $1 on beer and $2 on liquor and wine as a thank you for their loyalty. Happy hour prices will be offered for the duration of the flight. As always, American serves complimentary non-alcoholic beverages onboard.

Triple AAdvantage Miles for Transatlantic Travel

Posted on: November 16th, 2010 by: aadvantagegeek

Triple Pool Hall
Triple Pool Hall by Jim on Flickr

American Airlines and oneworld partner Iberia are offering triple miles on select transatlantic routes between the US and France, Spain and Belgium. Here are the details

Choose American Airlines or Iberia for your next trip on select nonstop routes to Europe and earn double AAdvantage miles. Take your pick of our nonstop flights between New York/JFK and Barcelona, Madrid or Brussels, or between Chicago and Paris. And, best of all — this bonus can be earned an unlimited number of times!

You have to travel between November 12, 2010 and January 31, 2011. Use promotion code EUR10 to register before your trip begins. Details and registration here.

Leder Posin: Time to start Voting

Posted on: November 16th, 2010 by: aadvantagegeek

VOTE
Vote by Theresa Thompson on Flickr

The Leder Posin team over at American’s Milestones site have narrowed down the entries from their Leder Posin photo contest to their ten favorites.

We perused a ton of great poses and have painstakingly narrowed it down to our 10 favorite pics. Who will be crowned the Hosen One? Help us decide and you could win 100,000 AAdvantage miles! Pick your favorite pose and vote now. Then come back each day to vote again – you can vote up to 10 times before November 30, 2010, which means 10 chances to win our 100,000 mile prize.

Go here for terms and conditions, to view the ten finalist and to cast a vote for your favorite.

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