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

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