Tag Archives: American Airlines

Returning Home: Cathay Pacific First Class HKG to ORD, ORD Flagship Lounge, and American Sucks

This is the sixteenth and final in a series of posts documenting my January 2019 trip around the world, which took me to Victoria Falls, Cape Town, Chiang Mai, and Hong Kong.  You can read my last post, which summarized my time spent in Hong Kong, here. Cathay Pacific Flt…. Read more »

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…. Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Colombia Trip Overview and Preview

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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. … Read more »

Why I’m Saying Goodbye to American Airlines

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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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Hamburg Trip Preview

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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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »