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Book AAdvantage Awards on AirBerlin and FinnAir at AA.com

Just a quick update to let you know that American has added a new feature to the website: now you can book FinnAir and AirBerlin AAdvantage partner awards online at AA.com. Other options when booking an award online inlclude: American Airlines (of course) Alaska Airlines British Airways Hawaiian Airlines Qantas It’s good that they make…

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Video: A look at the new American Airlines Flight Attendant App

You’ve probably been on a flight and witnessed the flight attendant flipping through a thick dot matrix printout of the passenger manifest.  That’s how they know passenger connection information, seating assignments, and elite status information.   American is replacing the printed manifest by giving their flight attendants a Samsung Galaxy Note tablet loaded with a new…

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Video: Installing Wi-Fi on an American Airlines 737

I hope you’re having a good weekend. If you haven’t entered my reader giveaway for a chance to win an AAdvantage logo pencil cup and a 10% discount promo code, there’s still time. The deadline is 11:59 PM Pacific Time. I don’t know the percentage of planes in American’s fleet that have Wi-Fi installed, but…

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Weekend reading: The early days of American Airlines SABRE Computer Reservation System

Just a quick post to point you to a Wired article about the origin of the airline computer reservation system. From “Forget the Booze. The Mad Men’s Best Friend Was SABRE” by Robert McMillian: In the summer of 1953, an eager IBM salesman named Blair Smith boarded an American Airlines flight in Los Angeles bound…

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American Airlines Mobile App: Maya Leibman talks about future features

Former AAdvantage President and current CIO, Maya Leibman gave an interview to Lori Ranson over at the Airline Passenger Experience Association blog, and talked about some of the new features that American has been testing with the mobile app. One of the interesting items was this: American has also conducted trials with mobile applications that would…

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A behind the scenes video of American’s DFW baggage system

Here’s a new video from the behind the scenes series from @AmericanAir. It’s a look at the luggage system at DFW airport. I guess I’ve spent a little too much time at the airport- I recognized every one of the ticket agents! Don’t forget that the Frugal Travel Guy’s Monday Deal of the Day is…

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Planning an AAdvantage Mileage Run? Try out the updated Google Flight Search

Last year Google completed their purchase of ITA Software, the powerful pricing, searching and inventory technology behind several airline and online travel sites.  In September they introduced Google Flight Search to a few US cities.  Last week they reached another milestone with Google.com/flights  which will be helpful when you’re trying to plan a mileage run (from…

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