American AAdvantage

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  • The Hidden Advantage

    Jun 26, 2013 by ulysses4 is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Hotels & Travel
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: There are some good travel reward opportunities.
    Cons: Not all are accessible from their website. BA is a reluctant participant.

    Summary: American started the whole frequent flyer game, so we need to give them credit for that. With over one hundred reviews on this topic already in the system, I only wish to point out a recent experience which might help some folks overcome an on line ... read more

  • AAdvantage - American Airlines Miles Program A Bit More Flexible Than Others

    Nov 25, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Options for keeping miles active, several choices of partner companies to earn miles.
    Cons: Airline itself could be better.  Expensive to purchase miles if you are short.

    Summary: When I lived in the Chicago area, the two primary carriers I used were United and American.  After American lost my luggage a couple of times, I swore them off.  After moving to South Carolina, I became a fan of Delta Airlines, which serviced ... read more

  • The AAdvantage giveth and the AAdvantage taketh away

    Jan 14, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Many ways to earn miles, free perks (miles and other items).
    Cons: Limited seats/flights for AAdvantage, and miles expire abruptly, treacherous rules, complicated, American Airlines.

    Summary: The AAdvantage program is the frequent flyer program for American Airlines. I've been a member of the AAdvantage program for decades and I have an on-line account as well (http://www.aa.com/aadvantage) . I've also been/am a member of many other frequen ... read more

  • Iceland Volcano: American Flew with Empty Seats Rather Than Give Spots to Trapped Award Travelers

    Aug 23, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: There are many ways to accumulate miles.
    Cons: We have always been "lower-class" citizens when using miles.

    Summary: We were some of the travelers to get "ash-trapped" by the Iceland volcano in April of 2010 that stopped all Atlantic air travel. While the airlines can't control natural disasters, they can absolutely affect how they handle passengers. We used AA miles ... read more

  • WORST Customer Service ANYWHERE

    Nov 24, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: None that I can think of. 
    Cons: None.  There are HIDDEN blackout dates that they refuse to acknowledge.  FRAUD.

    Summary: American Airlines AAdvantage program is designed solely so that they can take advantage of every situation and leave you with nothing.  I tried to cash in 30K miles for 4 days' car rental; the redemption certificate was offered (the miles gone), and ... read more

  • AA Advantage: Better than Some Rewards Programs

    Feb 1, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: You can earn miles through lots of activities.
    Cons: Miles can expire, and you need at least 25,000 for a free flight.

    Summary: Overall, I found it easier to get more miles for items other than just flights than some other rewards programs, such as Northwest Airlines Worldperks, Delta Sky Miles, and United Airlines Frequent Flyer Program.  By items, I mean stuff you can buy ... read more

  • Few Rewards For AA FF's

    Nov 7, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to earn miles.  No 1st/2nd checked bag fees.
    Cons: Difficult to get upgrades/free tickets.  Poor service.

    Summary: I have been flying out of St. Louis, MO for about 20 years.  Started on TWA (which was great), have continued with American.  The ease of getting upgrades has drastically gone down.  It used to be if it were available it would happen ... read more

  • AAdvantage Program Gutted

    Jul 28, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Early boarding.
    Cons: Nearly impossible to get an upgrade, Y-ups cheaper on other airlines

    Summary: If you are a frequent traveler that cannot plan 6 months in advance you can forget about AAdvantage now. The upgrade policy has been changed to hand out upgrades (within status level) to the first request. Sounds fair except the upgrades go to the guy ... read more

  • American Airlines miles

    Jun 9, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: 1 free flight, elite status
    Cons: 50 flights to get one free flight

    Summary: Well I think this is a valuable service but the facts remain that 25000 miles gets a domestic flight and 30000 gets an international flight. I got into the program because it is a win-win situation. If you do not fly American you do not get the miles ... read more

  • Good program--but not great

    Nov 3, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Numerous ways to earn miles
    Cons: limited flight schedule if not VERY flexible.

    Summary: I live in a fairly small city; the local airport only has connecting flights to two major metro airports, so there are no direct flights to any other airports other than those two Hubs. I prefer to fly out of my local small airport to save three hours ... read more

  • A Complete Guide To American Airlines AAdvantage

    Jun 4, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A lot of US flights and options to earn miles with non-airline partners
    Cons: Weak airline partners, limited international travel, very hard to find a rewards ticket.

    Summary: I love to write about airlines. Flying a plane is a thrill for me and I always look forward to it. This year I flew over 80 different planes and collected Medallions from AA, Delta and will soon get one from Alaska. But one thing bothers me more and more ... read more

  • AA's AAdvantage Frequent Flyer Program is AAlright

    Sep 30, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Opportunities for earning miles. Frequent updates on membership status.
    Cons: Mileage can expire (but be re-activated). Possibly difficult to redeem for desired flight.

    Summary: American Airline's AAdvantage Frequent Flyer Program boasts that it is the ''largest and most exciting travel award program in the world". I'm not sure how those qualities are measured, but American Airlines does offer a tremendous flight schedule, ... read more

  • Do not recommend due to difficulty getting seats

    Feb 17, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Web site Giving away rewards to charity
    Cons: Difficulty getting seats to desirable locations at attractive travel times Hassle of making arrangements

    Summary: I have earned over a 1.5 million flight miles on American in the last 15 years and regard myself as an AAdvantage veteran. Since last year, redeeming miles for trips has become a disagreeable hassle. I have found that it takes four or five attempts to ... read more

  • American Advantage: Quite Advantageous

    Sep 11, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Many ways to earn miles. Large number of destinations. Flexibility
    Cons: Fee and high interest rates for co-branded card. Some deterioration in airline service.

    Summary: It used to sound too good to be true—earn free airline trips on the ground. After ten years in the American Airlines Advantage program, I can assure you that this program is the real deal—a way for customers who know how to use the system to fly ... read more

  • Love that Citibank AAdvantage card

    Jun 17, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Gain AAdvantage miles quickly.
    Cons: Citibank

    Summary: A little over a year ago, I was looking through my AAdvantage account with American Airlines, and although like many of you, I get these Citibank card offers for credit cards, with a mileage boost, I always shred them and toss them in the wastebasket. ... read more

  • Great Program. Easy To Accumulate And Use Miles

    Jan 24, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ease of use, ease of accumulating benefits and miles, Partnership programs, customer service, loyalty
    Cons: $75 expedite fees for last minute redemptions. Kinda crazy since it's all electronic anyway.

    Summary: American Airline Advantage program has done a good job of keeping customers loyal to American. They have managed to keep me happy to the point where I haven't flown anyone but American in the last 4 years!!! To really enjoy AA Advantage's perks (or ... read more

  • Aadvantage - Easy To Manage

    Oct 21, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to manage on website. Elite status upgrades. Lots of partners.
    Cons: Bonus miles don't count towards Elite status. High mileage requirements for unrestricted tickets.

    Summary: INTRODUCTION I travel relatively often by air, and because the tiny airport in my hometown is serviced only by American Airlines, and the closest major airport is DFW (American's Hub), do most of my flying with AA. I have been a Gold AAdvantage m ... read more

  • Flying High

    Aug 4, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Best Frequent Flyer Program allowing freedom to travel
    Cons: Restrictive on most requested routes

    Summary: I have been a member of the AAdvantage program since the beginning. I just redeemed 75,000 old miles ... read more

  • AA FFP

    Jul 22, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: gain miles quickly
    Cons: Useless staff in the UAE

    Summary: I have just pulled out of the AA FFP program as the staff at the UAE office are mindless and underst ... read more

  • $10000 in saved airline tickets

    Jul 14, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Online booking of award travel
    Cons: More miles required than other programs

    Summary: I have seen several reviews that confuse the AAdvantage program with the credit card company. This w ... read more

  • Never Again

    Dec 16, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: NONE
    Cons: Obnoxiously rude stewardess, bad service, broken seats, bad schedule, very hard to use miles

    Summary: I have tried to use my miles for the last 5 years, but AA was never able to accommodate my needs. Does not matter how flexible my schedule was, or my willingness to change my plans around their schedule, it never worked until this year. After this trip, ... read more

  • AAdvantage, does it pass the test?

    Nov 19, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: very little black out days for award travel
    Cons: Terrible elite program, not many ways to redeem miles

    Summary: I used the AAdavantage program for about 4 years and currently I am a gold elite but hardly ever use my elite card as Northwest is now my airline of choice because of their good elite benefits. Here are my experiences with American. Elite ... read more

  • Best all-around FF program by far

    Nov 11, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lifetime Mileage includes ALL earned miles, not just butt-in-seat miles. Reasonable award availability.
    Cons: Obnoxious fees to "expedite" awards. Expedite what? Everything is electronic!!!

    Summary: Top reasons why I'm switching most of my mileage-earning activities to AA: (1) Lifetime Gold and Platinum status are attainable by earning 1 million or 2 million lifetime miles. Other airlines have the same type of system, but only AA counts ... read more

  • Other ways to earn advantage miles

    Sep 3, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: You can accumulate miles without even flying and earn free flights.
    Cons: There are no real cons to the programs.

    Summary: It is very easy to became an advantage member of American Airlines. All you need to do is log onto aa.com and click on Advantage. They have instant enrollment - all you do is fill out a form on their site, including your name, address, phone number and ... read more

  • The People's Mileage Program

    Jul 15, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Generous mileage earning; elite status more attainable to discount fliers.
    Cons: Ugly card for non-elites; No BA miles transatlantic.

    Summary: I've recently switched over my loyalty to American Airlines for two main reasons: their seating in economy class, and the AAdvantage program. I do a lot of flying between the States, the UK, and Japan, almost always in coach, and I've found that the ... read more

  • The Advantages of AAdvantage

    Jul 9, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Miles appear quickly
    Cons: None

    Summary: Prolouge So right now I have 24,753 miles in my account. I had TWA miles at 27,200 and 3,00 miles last September and I used it to go r/t to Chicago Ohare. So since October I have earned quite a bit of miles. Here is my honest to goodness review of ... read more

  • American takes you places

    Dec 18, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: One of the best mileage programs with lots of partners.
    Cons: Cannot think of any cons at this point.

    Summary: The airline itself (see my review of August 2001) I regard as rather impersonal and sometimes overrated, even though it has a vast route structure and most planes are new and/or well-maintained. However, AA is an "anchor member " (together with British ... read more

  • The AAdvantage of American

    Dec 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of Ways to Get Miles, American flys EVERYWHERE
    Cons: Sometimes hard to get flights you want

    Summary: When I immigrated here from Canada back in 96 Delta was the main carrier from my City in Alberta and so thanks to earning 8,000 miles in one swoop I initially signed up for Delta Skymiles. In 3 years thanks to a combination of a few flights and many ... read more

  • American AAdvantage: Nothing like a free trip to Aruba!

    Nov 12, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of ways to earn points to fly to great places
    Cons: They won't upgrade you when you're flying on a free ticket.

    Summary: The only thing better than going to The Caribbean is going for free! How Can You Travel for Free? American Airlines AAdvantage Program allows you to claim a free ticket to The Caribbean (from the United States, ... read more

  • Turn Pop Tarts into American Airlines Charity Miles !!

    May 6, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Turn Pop Tarts into Miles into Free Tickets for Charity
    Cons: None

    Summary: Read this even if you donít fly American Airlines. Read this even if you donít fly. You could help some sick child fulfill a wish before they pass away. You donít need to rate this Epinion either Ė but please tell your friends. So Whats The ... read more

  • Why do my miles expire?

    Mar 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of partners = lots of ways to earn miles
    Cons: Miles Expire

    Summary: I don't understand why my AAdvantage miles expire after three years. My miles on Northwest's WorldPerks don't expire. You would think that in this competitive age American would let you keep your miles a little longer. For those of us that don't travel ... read more

  • I love TWA, but AA is ok :)

    Mar 6, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good choice for TWA fans
    Cons: None yet, stay tuned.

    Summary: I have only begun flying on vacations and stuff recently, but the first frequent flyer plan I had was TWA Aviators, so I am partial. I was treated great by TWA and I will be sad when they merge with American, but it seems to be a match made in ... read more

  • this is the program for you!

    Feb 1, 2001 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: everything!
    Cons: i do not have enough time to use them all!

    Summary: This has been a wonderful experience for me. The frequent flyer program from american airlines has been the easiest and fastest way for me to get free airfare. they have many different ways of earning miles. I use my tom thumb reward card, which earns me ... read more

  • American Airlines: There's Something Special in These Miles

    Jan 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Many, Many ways to earn and redeem miles
    Cons: Limited flight availability

    Summary: American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flyer program provides customers with many opportunities to accumulate miles for free flights, free hotel stays, free merchandise, and much more. I have been a member of the AAdvantage program for the past seven ... read more

  • Executive Platinum

    Nov 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Flexible, great upgrades
    Cons: Hard to get used to not being at that level any more

    Summary: I want to talk about the top tier elite status in the AAdvantage Program, known as Executive Platinum. I have been at this level for the past two years and I have to say that the service I have received has been superb. There is a special ... read more

  • The AAdvantages of American AAdvantage

    Nov 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Mileage accrues quickly, customer service always helpful, partners with many airlines
    Cons: Miles can take time to post to account

    Summary: I have been flying a number of years now, especially since my entire family is spread out across the nation. Over time, I feel I have been through just about every possible calamity that can befall the average traveler on an airline, and having flown a ... read more

  • The First Frequent Flyer Program, Still the Best

    Oct 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Many benefits, easy qualification, good service
    Cons: Can't use upgrades on partner airlines

    Summary: I've been a member of the AAdvantage program since 1987, and I have a few tips to share. If you're just getting started flying, or if you're considering switching programs, AAdvantage is a great choice. American flies just about everywhere in ... read more

  • AAdvantage & AOL Deal--hype & no substance?

    Oct 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good system when it works
    Cons: Problem getting postings from collateral sources

    Summary: I am a firm believer in the Aadvantage program-- miles are generally posted without delay, at the Gold and Platinum levels you can get upgrades, and there are generous bonuses for hotel stays, etc. One of the biggest problems is that some of the partners ... read more

  • Hub defines program to use

    Aug 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Most flights to Caribbean
    Cons: Not free upgrade when seats empty in B.Class

    Summary: It is my opinion that the hub your are flying from and too defines what frequent flyer program you should join. A frequent flyer program works the best if you collect a lot of miles. For the last 5 years I'm flying on all major (domestic) airlines. For ... read more

  • Great program in virtually every way!

    Jun 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of mile earning opportunities, great range of awards, Gold/Platinum challenges
    Cons: On-line Customer Service is slow to respond

    Summary: Aadvantage was the first frequent flyer program, and in many ways, it is still far ahead of the competition. I've been a member for almost 2 years, and in that time, I earned 4 free flights, 8 upgrades, and still have over 50,000 ready-to-use miles in my ... read more

  • Looks great on paper

    Jun 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Miles don't expire
    Cons: 25k miles to get anything at all

    Summary: I'm told the AAdvantage program is the most popular frequent flyer program out there. I've been a member myself for five years - but I have to wonder. I've flown for business, flown for personal, and even had miles earned through having an ... read more

  • Getting the flights that you want

    Jun 17, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: many ways to get miles other than flying
    Cons: difficult to initially get seats on desired flights

    Summary: Others have stated that in order to get the flights one wants, they need to book almost one year in advance. There is another way to almost always get the flights that you want: Call the AAdvantage desk an book your trip. No way ... read more

  • The easiest frequent flyer program I know of

    Jun 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Promotions, Great Customer Service, Fast Processing
    Cons: Only Update Miles Once Every Quarter.

    Summary: There is an amazing number of frequent flyer programs - and some with very complex alliances, let alone rules. I belong to nearly 20 frequent flyer programs, and so far, American Airlines has stood out as the best program to deal with. They ... read more

  • Easy if you are flexible

    Jun 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy too book free flights
    Cons: Must be flexible

    Summary: I have been a memeber of the Aadvantage program for over 10 years and i have collected over 500,000 miles. I have used all of those miles on free trips within the United States, Europe and South America. I have never had a problem booking a flight as ... read more

  • Redeem points - and keep your sanity!

    May 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very easy to redeem points
    Cons: none

    Summary: American Airlines is my favorite airline - and I must admit that it has the only frequent flier program that doesn't drive me nuts. My pet peeve about frequent flier programs is that they have WAY too many clauses built into them, I personally ... read more

  • Elite Status without Flying!

    May 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lifetime Gold Elite Status
    Cons: Where are those system-wide upgrades?

    Summary: "No way! That's impossible, you are full of it!" I can hear the comments now. As incredible as it may seem American AAdvantage allows you to become a Gold AAdvantage member (The first rung on their elite hierarchy) without taking a single ... read more

  • AAdvantage FF

    May 15, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: free flights?
    Cons: poor treatment

    Summary: OK, I admit it, I love to travel for free. That is what I have told myself countless times as I charge away on my AAdvantage Visa. I have to admit though that I find it interesting how the Airlines not only know you are on a frequent flyer ticket ... read more

  • Is it worth it????

    May 8, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Dollar savings
    Cons: Aggravation

    Summary: I have been a member of the AAdvantage milage club for approximately 3 years. For the first two years I really thought it was great because as long as I requested my tickets a month or 2 ahead of time I had no problem getting seats. For the last year it ... read more

  • AAdvantage is the Only Way to Go

    May 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: miles add up fast, web site always lists ways to earn miles
    Cons: none

    Summary: I belong to 4 frequent-flier programs, and this is the best because there are so many ways to earn miles. I send flowers via 800flowers.com and earn miles, I dine at one of many restaurants in my area and earn miles -- the best part about that is I just ... read more

  • It's all about the miles, baby! (new and improved epinion)

    Apr 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to earn miles
    Cons: American charges $5 for headsets in Coach.

    Summary: I just took a new job- hurray! This job involved traveling back and forth to San Jose, CA from Chicago every week for two months- doh! Well, I could dwell on the 9 or so hours a week that I'd spend on a plane, or I could get real and imagine the ... read more

  • My first frequent flier program

    Apr 17, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good program if you plan ahead and have time flexibility
    Cons: Must know which airline will have a cobranded flight on certificate redemption

    Summary: (Minor update 11/11/02) Since I've only used the program for domestic flights and flights to/from Canada, I can't comment on long international flights. However, I've had some problems with the program.... Flights on many airlines ... read more

  • AAdvantage benefits us

    Apr 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: save money in some case
    Cons: difficult to earn enough points

    Summary: My husband joined this program for a long time since American Airline is a big airline in Dallas. So far we are both happy that they have this plan. Once we had an emergency thing and needed to flight the next morning. At that time, my husband just got ... read more

  • The Granddaddy of all FF

    Apr 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Free flights
    Cons: Hard to book

    Summary: You can now earn frequent flier miles and therefore free trips without ever flying. American and other airlines now have tie ups with other companies where they offer miles as rewards. For example, you can get mileage for American through Citibank ... read more

  • Excellent program

    Feb 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great program and Web site
    Cons: None

    Summary: I fly American often, and enjoy the program. I was a frequent Delta flier, but American's program is superior in its execution. It's painless to enroll and accrue AAdvantage miles. Upgrade awards are easy to use, and given American's first ... read more

  • AAdvantage for Businesspeople

    Feb 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy upgrades, "Gold" status fairly easy to get
    Cons: Should not charge annual fee for AAdvantage credit card

    Summary: The AAdvantage program is terrific for people who travel a lot on business. I belong to six other FF programs and it's easiest to get "upgraded" status on American using AAdvantage than with any other airline program. It's easy to become a ... read more

  • THE FACTS ABOUT ADVANTAGE MILES!

    Feb 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: advantage Awards on Flights, Rental Cars & Hotels
    Cons: Patients is a virtue, but its worth it for a free ticket

    Summary: American Airlines flies to more than 260 destinations in the U.S. and abroad, and the relationships they have with other distinguished airlines can extend the flying adventure to every corner of the globe (in addition to providing more ways to earn ... read more

  • American: good airline, great frequent flyer program

    Jan 31, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great frequent flyer program, good service, good attitude
    Cons: Plan ahead; an average but not spectacular price

    Summary: Among the major, "big," US airline companies, no one does it better than American. Their staff--barring the occasional bad day, etc.--is the best trained and has the best problem-solving attitude. Over the past 5-6 years, I have ... read more

  • Take AAdvantage of This!

    Jan 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: easily redeemed awards, first class check-in and boarding
    Cons: should have more flexibility in granting upgrades

    Summary: One of the most important points relative to a frequent flyer program is a memberís knowledge of the program rules. Abstaining from the perusal of the provided pamphlets and updates robs travelers of available benefits and knowledge of possible ... read more

  • Best Freq.Flier Program

    Jan 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: easy to redeem, easy to accumulate
    Cons: havent found any yet

    Summary: I have been an AAdvantage member for 7 years and have never had any problems using my AAdvantage miles for trips. With some airlines, they run out of seats that are allocated to their programs, but I have never had the problem with American... even on ... read more

  • It IS an AAdvantage!

    Jan 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: # of participants, locations that American flies, no expiry of miles
    Cons: coach seat assignments (must plan ahead)

    Summary: I belong to almost all the airline frequent flyer programs. I find that American's AAdvantage program is one of the better ones. But you have to rack up a few miles first in order to fully take advantage of it. The pros: - they have finally ... read more

  • American Airlines...Indeed Something Special in the Air!

    Jan 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent all-around Service!
    Cons: None.

    Summary: I hate to fly...who doesn't? But something about flying on American Airlines makes me feel good about the entire experience. I have had excellent flights everytime and have not yet had an unpleasant experience. I will never forget this one ... read more

  • Love Flying with AAdvantage Miles

    Jan 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Customer Service
    Cons: Not always able to take a direct flight using points

    Summary: American Aadvantage is a great service, if it weren't for this great program, I probably would never be able to fly anywhere. Since my husband travels often with American Airlines most of our point come from there but it helps that by using MCI, any ... read more

  • Planning a Trip with AA

    Jan 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Rewards, No Membership fee, Great Service, Many fringe benefits
    Cons: None

    Summary: My fiancee and I will be getting married in the end of July. We immediately decided that we would like to visit Lake Tahoe for a week on honeymoon. After months (yes months) of researching and shopping around, I stumbled upon American Airlines's ... read more

  • Getting sets on AAdvantage

    Jan 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Seats easily available
    Cons: Flights on partners require many miles

    Summary: The easiest way to earn miles on AAdvantage is to use the AAdvantage MasterCard which is issued by Citibank. I have always been able to get AAdvantge seats on the days I wanted to travel. I try to make the reservation as far in advance as ... read more

  • AAdvantage Credit Card

    Jan 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Miles add up
    Cons: Have to deal with horrible Citibank

    Summary: Okay, you can earn free miles when you use the AAdvantage credit card. But is it worth having to deal with Citibank? I signed up about three years ago, and I've spent $150 on annual fees. Since I renovate houses, I charge a lot of money on ... read more

  • Great Deal!

    Jan 17, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: easy, convenient
    Cons: can take awhile to accumulate

    Summary: The AAdvantage Program, when combined with the AAdvantage Credit Card allowed me a free trip to Hawaii last year. I was able to accumulate enough frequent flier miles to pay $250 and get a free ticket to anywhere, and I chose Hawaii. You don't have to ... read more

  • Satified AAdvantage Client

    Jan 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: All of the above.
    Cons: None.

    Summary: I've been using AAdvantage for at least ten years. I'm a satisfied client because of the following: 1.All representatives of AAdvantage have been very professional and helpful in taking care of my needs and ... read more

  • 10,000 miles with TD Waterhouse

    Jan 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: 10000 miles with no flying + other perks
    Cons: Need to have an AA account first.

    Summary: If you open a TD Waterhouse account or if you are already an existing customer, you can get 10,000 miles on American Airlines. And it's actually pretty easy and with no hassle. First of all you need to have an account with American Airlines frequent ... read more

  • If You Are Into Suffering... Then This One's For You Babe

    Jan 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It's Free And Your Flyer Miles Can be Racked Up Fast
    Cons: You Will Suffer A Fierce Hell Ride

    Summary: American airlines has to be the worst out there! I would not recommend this to anyone. If you are into suffering and torture, then by all means go ahead, go for a ride. I have flown with American airlines on a number of occasions. Every time I fly with ... read more

  • Fly for FREE FASTER!!!!!

    Jan 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to accrue miles
    Cons: Could use more affiliates to earn miles

    Summary: Every Major Airline has a Frequent Flyer Program. I belong to many but AAdvantage is the best. If you are smart you can earn miles many ways with this program. Besides miles for flying you can earn up to another 60,000 per year by using their VISA card ... read more

  • A good thing while it lasts.......

    Jan 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: free airline ticket, easy to redeem
    Cons: name price plans limit tickets available

    Summary: Aadvantage from American Airlines is the most popular frequent flyer program in America. I have been a member for over ten years now and have no problems or regrets using their services. But, I do see a potential problem brewing on the ... read more

  • AAdvantage Program - It Only Works Well If You Do Advance Planning

    Dec 31, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Free airline tickets to attractive destinations are the ultimate great value.
    Cons: You need to plan in advance if you want the flexibility of choosing your dates and flights.

    Summary: Everyone can relate to the frustration that last-minute travelers experience when they call with visions of exotic locales dancing in their heads, only to have their hopes dashed when they are told they cannot use their miles for a flight on a day or ... read more

  • Parent's letting children travel alone

    Dec 27, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Pay for the service of having your child supervised it is worth the little expense........
    Cons: The price will range from $50.00 to $200.00 in addition to the air fare.

    Summary: Children traveling alone in this day and age is wrong, In some instances this will be not be a choice but a alternative to getting the child to a destination. I have seen many children unattended and flying on the air lines. And I feel that the airline ... read more

  • Triple AAAdvantage for you

    Dec 24, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Free first class travel
    Cons: Being away from home

    Summary: Triple AAAdvantage for you - I highly recommend and urge any flyer to become a dedicated member of American Airline's frequent flyer program AAdvantage Miles. After 30 years I have found none better. You can earn mileage point for everything from ... read more

  • Children Traveling

    Dec 22, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: On time
    Cons: Change departure gates, age limit on young travelers, serve pasta or chicken on every flight.

    Summary: I am currently completing travel on American Airlines. The thing that really bothered me that I had a layover in Miami and there was a girl sitting in the chair next to me. She was going to be getting on the next flight with me. We go to talking and I ... read more

  • What to do with your American miles

    Dec 21, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Free hotel nights cost more than a free Airline ticket
    Cons: having no miles for a last minute trip

    Summary: Frequent flier miles are becoming increasingly difficult to use. American AAdvantage is a case in point. I use to use my miles for last minute trips, but that has become very difficult on American. I no longer fly as much as I use to, so now I ... read more

  • It pays when you are flexible

    Dec 21, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: free tickets
    Cons: restricted times, limited seats

    Summary: I am a research scientist so I travel on occasion to attend meetings both nationally and internationally. The mileage program is wonderful until you want to claim your miles. My experience was travelling to Jamaica from San Francisco. I have both ... read more

  • I will never forget American

    Dec 21, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: easy to amass miles, easy to redeem awards
    Cons: often have to connect out of Dallas

    Summary: I will never forget the time I was on an American Airline jumbo jet from Dallas to my home town, and I felt sick. I told the attendant. She got a physician to come talk to me. I was off loaded with my baggage. Another American Airline employee called ... read more

  • Earn Free Travel Quickly

    Dec 21, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: "Sales" and promos help you fly quicker.
    Cons: Reservations agents have the fine print and AAdvantage members don't

    Summary: 1. Read all the materials the airline sends you and save them for reference. I just redeemed 50,000 miles and $324($250 American voucher for flying first class on a later flight)and $45 check plus $23.75 taxes on one ticket. This would have been 80,000 ... read more

  • a red tape nightmare

    Dec 20, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: was convenient (hubs)
    Cons: evil corporate voicemail nightmare

    Summary: My partner & I had an American Airlines Advantage Visa card, & flew AA almost exclusively. They do not care about their frequent flyers at all! When we had a minor problem (they told us we could change our return time with no added ... read more

  • Disappointed

    Dec 19, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: you can add up points
    Cons: you need to fly more and shop less

    Summary: I have an account with American AAdvantage and I do not like it much. Even though it tells you what other websites you can shop to add up the points, it seems that the points go towards something else. I have points through other websites and it seems ... read more

  • AAdvantage to the Caribbean

    Dec 19, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to build miles with other partners
    Cons: Limited flights to Mexico from West Coast

    Summary: It is easy to build enough mile for a great trip to the Caribbean. Simply fly American when you can, get a Citibank Aadvantage Visa Card, and change to MCI Aadvantage service, (they even charge it to your VISA), and you are well on your way to a great ... read more

  • AAdvantage membership

    Dec 19, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to collect miles using partners
    Cons: Some mile requirements are a bit high

    Summary: American AAdvantage mileage program is one that is easy to use. The awards can be collected in a variety of ways that ensure that even a modest traveler every few years can collect enough miles to obtain a free ticket or an upgrade to first ... read more

  • Striking gold

    Dec 18, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: baggage check in, boarding aircraft, and greater accumulation of frequent flier miles
    Cons: You have to fly a lot to get there. Check each airlines package for details.

    Summary: As with most business travelers I feel that airlines, airports, and the hassles associated with flying are a necessary evil. O.K. it's not that bad, but it's not a lot of fun after the first few times. I have very few fond thoughts about ... read more

  • Take a Vacation on American

    Dec 18, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Free Trips
    Cons: Cashing in miles is not easy or fast.

    Summary: American Airlines Advantage program is really a wonderful deal. I usually travel two to three times a year on business and two to three times personally. I always fly on American and receive miles for the trips I take. The miles add up fast. You ... read more

  • Good Program

    Dec 18, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: available seats
    Cons: miles may expire

    Summary: We like American Airline's AAdvantage frequent flier program because we can actually obtain seats using our miles. We have had difficulty with one other major airline in obtaining seats in and out of Columbus, Ohio, the airport we use--and that airline ... read more

  • First Rate AAdvantage Staff but Lousy Compensation

    Dec 13, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good AAdvantage Staff Service
    Cons: No Special Considerations for Elite Members

    Summary: I actively used the America AAdvantage program this year. Within six-months, I made Gold status, and within 10 months - Platinum. American Airlines including the OneWorld consortium automatically award first class upgrades whenever and wherever I fly ... read more

  • easy and rewarding

    Dec 12, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: quick and easy
    Cons: for people who are not frequent flyers it takes longer to accumulate and redeem their miles

    Summary: During the summer, my daughter and son had to make a round-trip flight from St. Thomas, USVI to Puerto Rico. A couple of weeks after their trip, I received in the mail some information. Those 2 short flights gained them over 500 frequent flyer miles!! ... read more

  • Still the best for Us

    Dec 11, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: many bonus programs, ease of use
    Cons: can take time to get vouchers, need to track activity

    Summary: Obviously, any frequent flyer program benefits those whose markets that airline serves. Having lived in Southern California, Dallas and now Raleigh NC, American has always been there. With my husband doing a mix of International Travel and ... read more

  • WOW! 33K miles in 2 years?!?!

    Dec 3, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything!!!
    Cons: None!!!

    Summary: I joined AAdvantage two years ago when traveled to San Francisco. I had never relatively no where at that time, and went to visit a friend. I had heard that there were lots of benefits to joining a frequent flyer club, I just had no idea at the time ... read more

  • Not so good at all- think twice

    Dec 2, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: none
    Cons: bad all around airline, numerous restrictions

    Summary: American Airlines is the worst one to deal with- their AAdvantage miles are not valid at the most frequent travel times, which does not make sense- i personally could not travel the Sunday after thanksgiving, and could not buy a ticket for December 23rd, ... read more

  • Can you say fly free

    Nov 15, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: On time, affordable, great mileage program
    Cons: Not as many daily flights as needed for me

    Summary: I have lived in 6 states since age 19 and travel quite a bit. I go back and forth between 2 airlines. American, mileage makes it great to take advantage of a free trip at least twice a year. It is easy to make reservations on the internet and I find ... read more

  • Miles & Miles

    Nov 14, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to accumulate miles
    Cons: High interest rate if not paid off each month

    Summary: My family has belonged to the American AAdvantage program for about 10 years & would recommend it to anyone who can pay off their Visa card debt each month. The 18% interest rate is high, so you don't want to carry-over high monthly debt ... read more

  • Many Partner Options

    Nov 10, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Miles easy to earn; easy redemption
    Cons: Occasionally hard to find direct flights

    Summary: I've been an AAdvantage member for over 10 years, and have found this program to be the most user-friendly. The hotel, rental car, and partner airlines are very common -- which means that during my travels, my Gold AAdvantage Card seems to be accepted ... read more

  • 1000 Miles a Week

    Nov 1, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything
    Cons: Nothing

    Summary: If you are a member of AAdvantage (or Mileage Plus), sign up for the Dining Program (800.479.5981). It is completely free. When you call the number, a rep will take the number of one of your credit cards. Whenever you use this card at ... read more

  • Gotta Get the Credit Card

    Oct 27, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: miles galore
    Cons: annual fee

    Summary: Man, since I signed up for the AAdvantage Master Card, I have amassed enough miles to get my first free ticket, even though I've hardly flown at all. It's easy -- my husband and I just charge every single thing we buy all month, and then pay off the ... read more

  • I do it for the miles!

    Oct 17, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Miles don't expire, ease of use, customer service
    Cons: difficulty upgrading/using free tickets on some routes

    Summary: I have been a member of AAdvantage for over 8 years. By using this program for business, I rarely pay for personal travel. While I belong to many frequent flyer programs, AAdvantage is the one that I prefer and use the most for these reasons:* Ease of ... read more

  • The Best gets better

    Oct 13, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Miles never expire, great service
    Cons: If you don't have enough for two tickets the 2nd can get expensive

    Summary: Having been a frequent flyer with American Airlines for almost 10 years now. I am happy to relate that now the miles DO NOT expire. This is great news for your average airline traveler who only takes one or two trips a year or less. It can ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • AA Advantage miles VERY hard to redeem

    Jul 3, 2012 by
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    Pros: many merchants to get miles from.
    Cons: never enough miles to redeem for ticket.  never the right availability.

    Summary: What good is it to give perks when those perks are not respected or available to use the same way as you would if you were a normal paying customer.  Isn't that how you got your miles anyway?  They say the AA Advantage miles program is to ... read more

  • Cannot use miles for flights

    Aug 11, 2009 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Easy to get miles
    Cons: impossible to use miles for flights

    Summary: I am Platinum with AA and tried to use 120,000 miles for flights four months in advance to and from Europe.  Tried multiple dates, tried to only use them one way, tried business class, economy class, tried everything.  Nothing worked, in spite ... read more

  • No more AAdvantage for us

    Mar 3, 2008 by
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    Pros: Hard to think of any.
    Cons: Terrible schedules for award flights.

    Summary: Here it is early March and we're trying to book flights from San Diego to Charleston, SC, the week after Memorial Day at the end of May. How do you like a 7-hour layover in Dallas? Or the 6:20 am departure from San Diego? Or a 9:55pm arrival in ... read more

  • Just try to use your miles

    Oct 24, 2007 by
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    Pros: great online booking functionality for worthless miles
    Cons: you will never find a flight for your preferred dates and times

    Summary: I'm trying to find flights months in advance, and AA simply will not let me use my miles. To suggest you can fly somewhere when you want for 25K miles borders on false advertising. Please go to AA.com and try to book an award flight. They have a handy ... read more

  • My experience with AAdvantage was terrible

    Oct 22, 2006 by
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    Pros: None that I can think of
    Cons: Terrible customer service

    Summary: AA cancelled my over 64,000 frequent flier miles back in 2004. At the time, they gave me the run-a-round about lack of activity on my account (although I had flown just three years earlier, just before 9/11). I hadn't received any kind of notice that ... read more

  • D'ONT WASTE YOUR TIME

    Aug 16, 2006 by
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    Pros: They say its "free"
    Cons: Its a scam like saving green stamps

    Summary: I have over 80,000 miles on this program. Everytime I want to use it for a trip the answer is we don't have any seats. We don't go there. If we go there you have to go to Chicago then to Chattanooga. I go to the website like you are encouraged and ... read more

  • Above average program but with value of miles dropping

    Aug 7, 2006 by
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    Pros: Generous elite bonus, Anytime awards on all flts, eVIP upgrades, uniform partner awards
    Cons: Partner awards difficult to get. Merchandize awards too expensive. Demand for popular awards exceeds supply.

    Summary: I am an EXP (executive platinum) flyer on AA with a lifetime Platinum status (getting close to 4 Million lifetime miles - including citicard miles and others). I appreciate the benefits for elite flyers (unlimited domestic upgrades for EXPs, no expedite ... read more

  • Poor Program for International Travel

    Mar 24, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Great if you plan 1 year in advance or fly only domestic
    Cons: $250 "service fee" + 25K miles each way to upgrade internationally is excessive

    Summary: I wanted to upgrade a trip to Italy, and AA told me there's a $250 FEE EACH WAY to UPGRADE from coach to business class, in addition to using 25K miles each way. This was after I tried to book my Italy trip using miles alone. I was told by the agent I ... read more

  • You can't use your miles

    May 6, 2005 by
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    Pros: You can daydream about using your miles.
    Cons: Only a few seats per plane and you can never reserve one.

    Summary: I've been in AA freq Flier program for years. Every time I want to fly somewhere, there are no seats open for Aadvantage customers. They probably have like 2 seats per plane and once those fill up, it won't matter if the rest of the plane is empty, ... read more

  • Poor availability of seats

    Jan 26, 2005 by
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    Pros: American has lots of flights to lots of places.
    Cons: POOR availability of seats for award travelers!

    Summary: I find it nearly impossible to redeem miles on desired travel dates,even several months in advance. AAdvantage customers are definitely second class ... read more

  • Great Europe Getaway

    Dec 2, 2004 by
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    Pros: Plenty of leg room.
    Cons: With all the air circulation the plane can get a little cold inside.

    Summary: I've flown on American Airlines in the past using their vacation program to Europe. The prices for their vacations are very ... read more

  • Be Careful With Upgrade Coupons

    Mar 10, 2004 by
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    Pros: Many places you can fly
    Cons: Miserable customer service

    Summary: Both my wife and I were Platinum AAdvantage two years ago. My wife fell one segment short of maintaining her status due to an AA cancellation. They were so strict that they refused to continue her status. We both quit flying AA. We went to Gold ... read more

  • AAdvantage miles for promotional products.

    Jan 1, 2004 by
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    Pros: Miles can add up quickly for those who buy ad specialty items.
    Cons: Sometime posting takes almost a month Ė too long.

    Summary: Last year, while surfing the net, I came across a company that offers AAdvantage Miles to folks who buy Promotional Products and Company Apparel: DigitizedLogos.com. Being a sales & marketing executive, I am always looking for an overall value. This ... read more

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