Double AAdvantage Miles from Dallas to Joplin, Missouri

Posted on: January 28th, 2011 by: aadvantagegeek

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“Main Street Joplin” Photo credit: KellyK on Flickr

American Airlines has announced plans to start service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Joplin, Missouri starting February 11, 2011. To celebrate launch of their new service, they’re also offering Double AAdvantage Miles on flights between the two cities.

Joplin officials worked with American Airlines to bring twice daily, non-stop, round trip flights to Joplin’s airport from DFW on American Eagle. According to an article published by the Joplin Independent, bringing American to the city is part of an effort to reverse a decline in passenger traffic that started back in 2007 when Air Midwest and Great Lakes Aviation took over service to Joplin, connecting it to Kansas City. Local passengers started bypassing their own airport, driving instead to Springfield, MO or Arkansas’ Northwest Regional Airport in Bentonville, both or which have had American Eagle service connecting them to DFW and better pricing.

To help attract traffic back to Joplin, American is offering special prices: $59 one-way between the two cities and low introductory fares from Joplin to several destinations. For instance, a mid-week, advance purchase fare to New York La Guardia is available for only $318 round-trip – almost $200 cheaper than a comparable flight from Springfield, MO.

Here’s are the details of the Double AAdvantage Miles offer between DFW and Joplin:

Airline: American Eagle
Award: Bonus Miles
Promotion Code: JLN2X
Dates: Travel between February 10, 2011, and April 30, 2011

Offer: Starting February 10, 2011, American Eagle will offer the only nonstop flights between Joplin, Missouri and Dallas/Fort Worth, twice daily. To celebrate, you can earn double miles every time you fly our new route through April 30, 2011.

Registration is required prior to travel. Go here to register using promotion code JLN2X.

Here are the details of the special fares:

Starting February 10, 2011, American Eagle will offer the only nonstop flights from Joplin, Missouri to Dallas/Fort Worth, twice daily. A low introductory fare of $59 one way is being offered for travel through April 16, 2011. Purchase your ticket by February 17, 2011.

Go here to book your travel or to read more about the special fares.

Order DIRECTV and get 7,500 AAdvantage Miles

Posted on: January 27th, 2011 by: aadvantagegeek

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“Directv” Photo credit: ellibertario on Flickr

Just in time for your Super Bowl watch party, DIRECTV is offering new customers 7,500 AAdvantage Miles when signing up for service.

I used to be a customer of what was probably the most evil cable company that ever existed: TCI. I once called to report an outage and was told by the customer service agent that it would be 5 -7 days till they could schedule a service call to replace a faulty cable box. That pretty much made a DIRECTV customer out of me.  So after too many years of that kind of service, I made the switch to DIRECTV and have been a happy customer ever since.

I’ve had a good experience the few times I’ve called customer service. Most of my calls have been to upgrade equipment, but once I had to have the satellite dish replaced after a particularly bad Texas storm and the repairman showed up the next day and on time. Enough said.

Go here for the DIRECTV 7,500 AAdvantage Miles promotion.

As for TCI, they were swallowed up by AT&T Broadband (not surprising) and I suspect that their customer support group has now been reassigned to work at AT&T Wireless Customer Service .

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Sign up for the free Best Western Rewards loyalty program and get 250 AAdvantage Miles

Posted on: January 26th, 2011 by: aadvantagegeek

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“250 Tesserae” Photo credit: Dauvit Alexander on Flickr

Wow, this is a pretty cool offer.  Best Western is offering new members of their Rewards program 250 AAdvantage Miles just for joining.

They’re also offering new members and current members bonus AAdvantage miles with each stay. Typically when you stay at Best Western you’ll earn 250 AAdvantage Miles, but from February 6 through April 11, 2011, you’ll be able to earn as much as 1,000 AAdvantage Miles with each stay.

From their promotion page:

Join Best Western Rewards, our FREE rewards program, and set your earning preference to American Airlines AAdvantage miles by Apr. 11, 2011 – new members will earn 250 AAdvantage bonus miles just for joining!

Be sure to provide your Best Western Rewards number at check-in and earn 250 AAdvantage miles on every stay.

Between February 6 and April 11, 2011, REGISTER for the spring promotion prior to your first stay and earn 500 AAdvantage bonus miles on your first stay, 750 AAdvantage bonus miles on your second stay, and 1,000 AAdvantage bonus miles for each stay thereafter.

Keep staying and keep earning: There is no limit on the number of bonus miles that can be earned during the Promotion Period.

Go here to sign up for the offer and to earn your 250 AAdvantage Miles.

Terms and conditions here (apologies, but this links to a PDF rather than a web page).

Double AAdvantage Miles from Los Angeles to Vail

Posted on: January 25th, 2011 by: aadvantagegeek

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“Ski Lift Self Portrait” Vail, Colorado. Photo credit: Todd Lappin on Flickr

I was traveling Monday, and earning double AAdvantage Miles and Double Elite Qualifying Miles on a return flight from San Francisco to Dallas.

My in-flight experience on American is generally very good, but once in a while I’ll have one of those flights where the flight attendants deliver and exceptional customer experience and this was one of those flights.

For example, one of the passengers was late in boarding, he was making a connection from an international flight, and was seated in the first row of first class.  When he boarded the flight, all the overhead luggage space was taken, so the flight attendeant found a spot for him just behind the first class cabin.

Just before we landed, she found him a seat in coach close to his bag and moved him back there so he could grab his luggage and exit without having to wait for everyone else to get off the flight to retrieve his bag. It’s a small thing, but it’s one of those customer service details that only a polished professional would think of and that’s what made the crew so remarkable, because it was the whole flight crew that was like that throughout the flight and not just this one flight attendant. So to the the crew of American Airlines flight 1528, nice job and thank you!

Anyway, back to today’s episode.

If you in live in Los Angeles and you’re tired of the 75 degree winter weather you can take a break from the warmth and head to Vail or Beaver Creek and get Double AAdvantage Miles from now through February 22, 2011. Here are the details of the promotion:

Dates: Travel between February 22, 2011 and April 4, 2011
Book your reservation between January 21, 2011 and February 22, 2011

Offer: Looking for a winter getaway? Vail and Beaver Creek are calling. With daily nonstop flights on American Airlines between Los Angeles and Vail (Eagle airport), it’s easy to get there and you can earn AAdvantage bonus miles along the way!

To qualify, book a round-trip between January 21 and February 22, 2011 and complete your travel between February 22 and April 4, 2011 to earn double AAdvantage miles.

You have to register before you travel using promotion code LAEGE – go here to register or to read the terms and conditions.

American Airlines disables powerports on all 767-200s and some 767-300s

Posted on: January 21st, 2011 by: aadvantagegeek

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“Electrical Outlet” photo credit: grendelkhan on Flickr

I’m traveling today.  Last night I went online to AA.com to see if wifi is available on my flight (it isn’t) so I decided to see what movie selection was being offered in January and came across this:

Powerports on the 767-200, select 767-300s and the 757s have been proactively disconnected while American reviews an issue recently discovered during a routine maintenance check. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

I knew that the powerports on 757s had been deactivated  several months ago and last week in one of the AAdvantage forums I follow, a reliable source posted some information about an issue with the powerports on 767s, but this is the first official notice I’ve seen from American about this problem.

No idea what the problem is, American hasn’t provided much information about the matter, nor has there been any information about when the issue will be fixed, but given the fact that the powerports on their 757s have been deactivated from several months now, it might be some time.

It’s frustrating that wifi isn’t more readily available, but this is really irritating.   It’s getting to the point that I’m going to have to start avoiding flights on anything but their 737s, which are more likely to have wifi and at the very least, functioning powerports.

At least with my MacBook Pro I’ve been getting 6 hour battery life even when watching a DVD.

American Airlines orders the new Boeing 777-300ER.

Posted on: January 20th, 2011 by: aadvantagegeek

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A Boeing 777-300ER assembled in less than 5 minutes.

American Airlines will be the United States launch customer for the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The new 777-300ER will be the largest twin-engine, long-range, commercial jetliner when it enters service, capable of flying 7,930 nautical miles or, more importantly since AAdvantage Miles appear to be calculated using statute miles, it will be able to fly 9,125 AAdvantage Miles.

From the American Airlines press release:

“These additional widebody aircraft will bolster our network strategy, particularly the international growth opportunities we expect from our joint businesses with oneworld partners in the trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific markets,” said Tom Horton, President, AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines and American Eagle. “We value the combination of size, range and performance of the 777-300ER, as well as the extensive customer amenities it offers. The seating capability of the aircraft will give us growth flexibility in slot-constrained airports and provide us with greater ability to serve new long-haul markets.”

The new 777-300ER is one of the two latest versions of the 777 aircraft family. From the Boeing website:

The 777-300ER extends the 777 family’s span of capabilities, bringing twin-engine efficiency and reliability to the long-range market. The airplane carries 365 passengers up to 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km).

The first 777-300ER was delivered to Air France in 2004 and as of September 2010 it has become the best selling version of the 777, outselling the successful 777-200ER.

This is good news. The new plane doesn’t replace any of the aircraft that American already has in service, so hopefully this means that they are expecting growth and to add to markets. Delivery is expected in late 2012.

Rent a car from Thrifty and get Triple AAdvantage Miles

Posted on: January 19th, 2011 by: aadvantagegeek

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Thrifty Car Rental is offering triple AAdvantage Miles with their “Book Smart. Earn Triple Miles” promotion.

American Airlines AAdvantage members will earn triple miles on rentals of a Compact car or larger vehicle for three days or longer. Offer valid for pick up January 15 – May 15, 2011 at all worldwide locations.

To earn the bonus AAdvantage Miles, go here to make your reservation, use the promotion code TPL1 and provide your AAdvantage number.

For Terms and Conditions, go here.

The Next Generation Check-In Experience from oneworld member Qantas

Posted on: January 18th, 2011 by: aadvantagegeek

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Qantas is testing a new “Next Generation” check-in service with premium members of their frequent flyer program in Sydney and Perth.   This new ground service will enable their premium customers to bypass the lines and to speed through the check-in process.

Late last year, some Silver, Gold and Platinum members of their Qantas Frequent Flyer program received a Next Generation Check-In Launch Kit which contained a “Q Card” which has a RFID smart chip embedded in it and a “Q Bag Tag” luggage tag which also contains an embedded smart chip.

When a passenger gets to the airport all they have to do is tap their Q Card against a scanning post to check-in for their flight, then they can use the same Q Card as a boarding pass.   Once they’ve checked in, all they have to do is drop off their Q Bag tagged suitcases at a self-service drop off point.  No more printed paper bag tags.

American Airlines has been testing a self service bag tag at their kiosks in Boston for a few months now.   Not sure that they’ll adopt the same process as Qantas, but I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point in the future they don’t start offering something similar.

You can view more videos of the Qantas Next Generation Check-In on their website.  Ron Hill has a fascinating first hand review of the experience on his City of Sound blog.

Qantas coming to DFW. Now you can earn more than 17,000 AAdvantage Miles direct from Dallas. Even better, a Fare Sale and Double AAdvantage Miles through January 31.

Posted on: January 17th, 2011 by: aadvantagegeek

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“Qantas 747-400 ER” photo credit: Juan Francisco Diez on Flickr

Friday, oneworld member and American Airlines partner, Qantas Airways announced that they’ll launch service between Dallas/Ft. Worth and Sydney starting May 16.   They also announced that they’re canceling direct service from Sydney to San Francisco.  From the Qantas press release:

The route will see Qantas operate direct outbound flights from Sydney to DFW (as QF7), returning to Sydney via Brisbane (as QF8). DFW is the primary hub of Qantas’ fellow oneworld alliance member, American Airlines, and the two carriers will soon seek to expand their commercial relationship.

Qantas will offer four return flights to DFW each week, featuring a three-class Boeing 747 aircraft. Direct Sydney-San Francisco (SFO) services will be discontinued on 14 May 2011, but SFO will remain part of Qantas’ network as a codeshare destination.

Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alan Joyce, said DFW will be an excellent addition to the Qantas network and enable Qantas to strengthen its relationship with American Airlines.

According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, DFW Airport offered a $3.1 million dollar incentive package to get help bring Qantas to Dallas.

If you’re an airplane geek you’ll be interested to know that this will bring to three the number of Boeing 747s that fly into DFW.  British Airways started 747 service to DFW in December and Korean Air has been operating a 747 on the Dallas to Seoul route for some time now.

The flight from Dallas to Sydney is just beyond the 747-400ER‘s range, so it will stop first in Brisbane before continuing just over 250 miles to Sydney.   The total distance of the 19 hour flight from Dallas to Brisbane is 8,303 miles making it the sixth longest non-stop flight.   The 13 hour, 8,578 mile return flight from Sydney to Dallas will be direct, making it the third longest non-stop flight.  According to MileCalc you’ll earn 17,381 total round-trip AAdvantage Miles.

Through January 31, 2011 you’ll find heavily discounted introductory fares from both Qantas and American from DFW to Sydney. I found fares for as low as $1,054 including taxes, which is at least $300 less than the occasional deep discount fare.

Right now, if you register for the Qantas 90th Anniversary Double Miles Offer, you’ll have the opportunity to save money and earn Double AAdvantage Miles (as much as 34,762 according to MileCalc).   At $1,054 your cost-per-mile (CPM) will be just above 3 cents per AAdvantage mile!  Some context: it’s very rare to do better than 6 or 7 cents per mile from DFW and you’re really lucky if you can get your CPM down to 5 cents from this market.

Both the introductory fares and the 90th Anniversary Double AAdvantage Miles offer end on January 31 and you’ll have to travel between March 1, 2011, and May 31, 2011 (dates inclusive) to qualify for the Double AAdvantage Miles.

A word of warning, not all Qantas fare classes earn full AAdvantage Miles.  Some deeply discounted fare classes (Q) don’t earn any.   If you book with Qantas confirm your fare class eligibility, or book your travel through American Airlines on an American Airlines codeshare flight (AA flight number, Qantas operated aircraft) to guarantee eligibility.   I learned this lesson the hard way a few years ago.

Get the American Airlines Google Gadget and search for fares from your iGoogle homepage

Posted on: January 14th, 2011 by: aadvantagegeek

American Airlines Google Gadget on my iGoogle page
American Airlines Google Gadget on my iGoogle page. Photo credit AAdvantageGeek on Flickr

Something I recently discovered is the American Airlines Google Gadget which allows you to search for fares on AA.com from your iGoogle homepage.  You can even embed it on your own website or blog if you’re so inclined.

Use it with the American Airlines Cents-Per-Mile Google Chrome Extension by Kyle Duarte and look for great fares and mileage runs.

Right now it’s 32 degrees in Dallas, I need a cheap fare to someplace warm.  If it wasn’t for the fact that I’d have to go to Atlanta first, that I don’t earn any AAdvantage Miles, and I’m already going on a short vacation soon, I’d be pretty tempted to take advantage (insert obvious pun here) of the really great fares that Delta is offering to Honolulu.

Go here to get the AA Google gadget.

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