Tag: American Airlines

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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Surprisingly Not Terrible: American LAX to AKL in Main Cabin Extra

American Airlines Flight 83 Main Cabin Extra, Boeing 787-800 Sch. Dep. LAX 11:10pm     Actual Dep. 12:30am Sch. Arr. AKL 8:20am +2   Actual Arr. 8:55am I was not looking forward to my 13 hours in coach on American on the flight from L.A. to Auckland.  One it’s 13 hours, two it’s in coach, three it’s American. 
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Kia Ora!  New Zealand Introduction and DCA-LAX on American in Main Cabin Extra

  Hello from 36,000 feet over Wichita! I’m currently kicking off a two-week adventure to New Zealand, and I figured I’d give you all an intro and the scoop – and see if you had any tips! Last spring, I had started to think about where I wanted to go for what has become my
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Sick in the Air: Airberlin Business Berlin to Chicago, American ORD-MSP-DCA and the Escape Lounge MSP

Travel is unpredictable.  Award travel can be particularly so.  Add that in with the other variables that can upset a trip and a lot of it’s a gamble.  And, ooh, boy, did I have a terrible trip back from Berlin – not really the result of any airline behavior or anything, just luck. My return
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Labor Day in Copenhagen and Berlin:  Introduction and DCA-JFK on AA, JFK-HEL in Finnair Business Class

I spent an extended Labor Day weekend in Copenhagen and Berlin, 5 nights on the ground plus 1 in the air.  The trip reports on this one will be a bit nontraditional because I had actually lived in Copenhagen for a summer, and been to Berlin twice before, so I didn’t really do much of
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The 51st and Green Lounge at DUB and American Business Class Dublin to Chicago, Chicago to DCA

This is the conclusion of my trip report series from my July 2016 trip to Spain.  For an introduction, see this post. I left the Radisson at 6:30am for my 9:25am flight.  Despite it only being a 10-minute walk to Dublin’s Terminal 2, given the rigmarole of US preclearance processes, I figured the extra time was
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Barcelona Bound:  AA Business Class DCA-PHL-BCN

This is part two in my trip report series from my July 2016 trip to Spain.  For an introduction, visit this post. I was scheduled to fly from DCA to JFK on a Tuesday evening, then on Wednesday evening fly JFK to Madrid on American, followed by Madrid to Barcelona on Iberia.  Not an ideal
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Summer in Spain:  Trip Preview and Anatomy

Since my Brazil mini-vacation, I haven’t stopped traveling, with trips to Minneapolis, New York, and Lubbock for work and family.  I’m glad to be at home in DC for a few weeks, but it also means I need to start turning my attention to my only real vacation of the summer. For each of the
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