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Up to 100,000 Bonus Miles for Premium Class (and Expensive Coach) Fares to Europe on AA

American Airlines is offering a bonus miles promo for flights to Europe on AA, British Airways and Iberia for flights from the US and Canada to Europe through January 31st. Fly in First, Business or full-fare coach* and you’ll get 15,000 bonus miles for the first flight; 30,000 for the second flight; and 50,000 for the 3rd flight.

Visit this link and enter code AAEUR to register.

*Includes First Class and Business Class fares booked in F, A, J, R, D or I; Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H on American Airlines operated flights; First Class or Club World fares booked in F, A, J, R, C, D or I; World Traveller Plus or full-fare World Traveller booked in W, E, T, Y, B or H on British Airways operated flights; Business Class fares booked in J, C, D, R or I; Economy Class fares booked in Y on Iberia operated flights.

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American Airlines Will Eliminate First Class On All Planes Except 777-300ER

I’m actually not sure if this is new news or not, but American Airlines will eliminate its first class product on all aircraft except the 10 777-300ERs that it will be receiving beginning later this year. Those aircraft will fly to London and Sao Paulo. American believes those are currently the only markets where a 3-cabin layout makes financial sense.

AA will eliminate the 16 first class seats in its 47 777-200s and in its place, they’ll put 45 lie-flat business class seats (whenever the hell they get around to doing that). They also fly 15 767-200s in a 3-class configuration. Some of those planes will be retired, and others will be retrofitted with the new lie-flat business class seats. (When? Eventually.)

With United (eventually) eliminating first class from its transcon PS service, it makes sense for AA to eliminate first class from its (primarily) transcon 767-200 flights.

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American Announces Los Angeles as Next 777-300ER City; You’ll Just Have to Wait a Year

American made a splashy roll out for their new 777-300ERs recently, showing off their upgraded premium cabins that will now match what a bunch of airlines had several years ago. At the time they said that the first planes with the new cabins would fly Dallas – Sao Paulo beginning in December, with Dallas – London; New York – London; and New York – Sao Paulo coming early next year.

Today, they added Los Angeles – London to that list of routes, with service set to begin (wait for it) June 2013. If you can’t wait until June 2013 for a flatbed in business class on that route, feel free to take Virgin Atlantic. Or Air New Zealand. Or British Airways. Or United. Whew, American really needs to set up their game.

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Qantas and Jetstar Awards Now Bookable on AA.com

AA.com just got a whole lot more useful: You can now check (and book, obviously) Qantas and Jetstar award availability on AA.com instead of having to use Qantas’ website to that. 2 things worth noting:

1) Coach seats are available all the time.

2) The longstanding rule about getting business class seats on Qantas has been to call 330 days out to get seats. That’s mostly still true, but I do see scattered dates (check out October) where you can get 1 (and occasionally 2) business class seats for 125,000 miles round trip (pretty good, right?). How? From the West Coast, the Jetstar flight from Honolulu to Sydney has dates available here and there. The LAX-HNL portion is frequently available as well. However, from the East Coast, it’s tough to get business class seats to Honolulu on the same days that the Jetstar flights are available. From the East Coast, the Qantas flights from Dallas to Brisbane have sporadic availability for 1 business class seat. I can’t find any days with 2 available right now.

Also, don’t be spooked when it says your desired class of service is not available on one of the legs (when you choose Business class). That often just means that the domestic leg will be a two-class aircraft where the premium service is listed as “First” not “Business.”

Nice enhancement to AA.com.

(Hat Tip to Milepoint)

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American Airlines to Launch Asuncion, Paraguay

American Airlines will launch nonstop service from Miami to Asuncion, Paraguay, on November 15th. Paraguay is a new country for American, though I recall that they had flown there in the 1990s and prior (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong here).

Flights will operate on a 757 4x per week, departing Miami on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sundays at 11:40pm, arriving at 9:40am the next morning. They’ll return on Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and Mondays at 11am, arriving at 5:05pm.

It’s been at least 20 years since Paraguay has had nonstop service from the US.

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American Airlines 5% Off Promo Codes for Many Dates and Cities This Year

The fine folks at Fatwallet have compiled a useful list of American Airlines Promo Codes offering 5% off your flights to select cities throughout the rest of the year. I don’t want to just copy & paste somebody else’s work, so feel free to use the link above, but just know that if you’re flying within the US on American in 2012, you should almost always be able to get 5% off the lowest fare.

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American to Resume Haneda Flights

Quick note: American, which had dropped its service to Tokyo Haneda during the tourism downturn, is now resuming the flights beginning tomorrow (or, as I’m writing this from Australia, where it’s already tomorrow, they will resume the flights today. Which is tomorrow. But not here. OK, June 1st).

JAL will fly the JFK-Narita route while American will take the JFK-Haneda trip. Flights depart JFK at 655pm, arriving at 1015pm (due to slot restrictions at Haneda, international flights arrive at off hours); then depart at 650am, arriving exhausted for the day ahead at 640am in New York.

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American Airlines Adds a Couple of New Benefits to Their Business Credit Card

I know a bunch of people have American Airlines business credit cards sitting around as part of their (now-every-18-month) American Airlines card churn, so I thought I’d pass along that they’ve actually added a couple of new benefits to the card:

– First checked bag is now free for you and 4 others.
– You’ll earn double miles on office supplies, telecom and car rental.
– When you renew your card, you’ll get a 5% bonus on the previous year’s spend (effectively letting you earn 1.05 points on every purchase, and 2.10 points on the bonus categories above, though that’ll cost you the $95 annual fee).
– Priority boarding
– 25% off in-flight purchases
– You’ll get a $99 companion certificate after you spend $30,000 annually (weak!)

(UPDATE: I spoke with the AAdvantage folks, and existing cardmembers CAN get these new benefits by calling the number on the back of your card and ask to be upgraded to the CitiBusiness AAdvantage World Mastercard that includes these new perks.)

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British Airways, Other Partners Now Searchable for Awards on AA.com

A bit of helpful news for AAdvantage miles holders: you can now search for award availability on British Airways, Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines on AA.com. Apparently Alaska has been available for some time, but BA and Hawaiian are new. Unfortunately, BA awards are pricing fuel surcharges correctly, which is a giant bummer (unless you enjoy spending $1,000 in addition to using your miles).

You can search itineraries originating both from the US and overseas, which is helpful if you’re looking at intra-Europe flights on BA.

There don’t appear to be any bargains in the new functionality, but AA’s tool is easier to use than BA’s (and I find it easier to use, though far less comprehensive, than Qantas, which has been the go-to search site for Oneworld award travel).

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Update: American Is Pricing Etihad Awards to Maldives Correctly

A few months back I wrote about some of the rather confusing routing rules involved with using AAdvantage miles to book on Etihad. I had mentioned that for a time, American was not pricing awards to the Maldives correctly. They should have priced as one award to the Middle East. Instead, they were pricing as two awards (North America to Middle East, then Middle East to Indian Subcontinent).

Well, it’s be fixed. A reader (thanks XF) wrote that he got AA to price out a one-way award from North America to Maldives in F on Etihad at 90k miles, which is correct. (I know this won’t affect most of you, but I did leave this as an open question in the earlier post…)

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