Tag: American Airlines

Memorial Day in Spain Part 1: AA DCA-BOS Shuttle, BA Lounge Boston, & Iberia Business Class Boston to Madrid

This is part 2 of a series documenting my Memorial Day weekend trip to Sitges, outside of Barcelona. You can read an overview of the trip here. Sorry for the delayed post, as I had a computer meltdown. American Airlines Flt. 2119 Washington-National to Boston (DCA-BOS) Embraer ERJ-190, Economy Sch. Dep. 1:30PM            Sch. Arr. 3:01PM
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Sitges Trip Preview and Award Anatomy

In just a few days I’m heading off to Sitges, just outside of Barcelona, for a long weekend. In this post, I’ll give you an overview of the trip and how I booked it. The genesis of this trip was actually my upcoming August-September trip to Manchester and Scotland.  I had hoped to use miles
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Exhibit #23 Why I Left AA and It is A Customer-Unfriendly Airline

As of a week ago, I dropped down from AA Platinum status to AA nothing, after four years of being an elite.  I detailed the reasons why I left the airline here.  Nonetheless, I still have tons of AA miles — since they are never usable. I’ve even started redeeming for DC to NY flights
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Colombia Trip Overview and Preview

For the past several years, I’ve taken a big trip in the fall and another in February.  Last year, that was New Zealand and South Africa/Namibia; the year before was South Korea/Taiwan and Brazil. But with my change in jobs, I have less vacation days, less holidays, and less money.  So, I decided this year
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Why I’m Saying Goodbye to American Airlines

For most of my life, I was a Delta guy – both growing up in New York, in law school, clerking in Los Angeles, and then working in New York. I was a Delta elite member for four or five years, oscillating between Silver and Gold Medallion, and it generally worked well for me.   Then
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To Hamburg! DCA-BOS on American and Lounge-Hopping in Boston Logan Terminal E

This is the first in a series covering my extended Labor Day weekend trip to Hamburg. You can checkout an overview here. American Airlines Flt. 2149 – Washington (DCA) to Boston (BOS) ERJ-190, Economy Sch. Dep. 2:30PM             Sch. Arr. 4:01PM Actual Dep. 2:25PM         Actual Arr. 3:50PM The beginning to my Hamburg adventure was pretty uneventful. 
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Hamburg Trip Preview

Yet another interruption in my Norway/Netherlands/Malta trip report series… Just six weeks after I returned, I’ll be heading back across the Atlantic for a bit of a wacky trip that includes mile earning and burning, and hopefully some relaxation if events beyond my control don’t get away. It also feels like the past month has
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South Africa & Namibia Preview #1: Booking Award Travel to South Africa

In a few weeks I’ll be traveling to South Africa and Namibia, which will be my first trip to the mainland of Africa.  (Back in 2014, I went to the Seychelles with layovers in Ethiopia.)  At this point, South Africa, China, India, and Japan are pretty much the only major global destinations I haven’t been,
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New Zealand Conclusion:  LAX Admirals Club and LAX-DCA in American Main Cabin Extra

This is the conclusion of my 16-part series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. I’ve actually never connected at LAX before.  Particularly if you have luggage, I don’t recommend an international connection there.  Landing at the Tom Bradley International Terminal itself wasn’t that bad, and there was no
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2016 Index and Year in Review

I won’t belabor the point, but 2016 was pretty terrible.  My travels were pretty good,though.  I still owe you all a few posts from my November New Zealand adventure, but as we say goodbye to the dumpster-fire of 2016, here’s a look back at my year in travel.  For previous years’ retrospectives, check out 2015,
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