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The 2016 AAdvantage program – What's ahead

How will award miles be calculated for AA marketed flights starting in the second half of 2016?
Starting in the second half of 2016, travel on any eligible purchased, published fare ticket on an American marketed flight (flights sold under an AA flight number) will earn award miles based on your ticket price (base fare plus any carrier-imposed fees) instead of distance flown, regardless of the date you purchased your ticket. Award miles will not consider government imposed taxes and fees, airline fees such as change fees, ticketing fees or charges for products such as seats or checked baggage.
Some ticket types, such as those sold in conjunction with a vacation package or tickets where the actual fare is not disclosed like consolidator, bulk fare or student tickets will earn award miles based on a percentage of distance flown as determined by the fare class purchased.
How will award miles be calculated for partner airline marketed flights starting in the second half of 2016?
Award miles for travel on most flights marketed by partner airlines will be based on a percentage of the flight distance and the fare class purchased. More details will be announced in 2016.
Will this change impact my existing miles?
No, miles earned previously are not impacted, nor does this impact how miles are earned until this change takes effect in the second half of 2016.
How will my award miles be calculated if my ticket includes both AA marketed and partner marketed flights?
For tickets including both AA marketed and partner marketed flights, award miles will be calculated based on the policy for each flight – AA marketed flights will earn based on your prorated ticket price (base fare plus any carrier-imposed surcharges); partner airline marketed flights will earn based on a percentage of the distance flown as determined by the fare class purchased.
How do I know which airline is marketing my flight?
The marketing carrier is determined by the two letter airline code in the flight number. For example AA8938 is marketed by American Airlines, operated by Cathay Pacific and follows the American Airlines earning rules. However, CX885 is marketed by Cathay Pacific and will earn miles according to the Cathay Pacific chart shown on aa.com.
Why are award miles for travel on partner airline marketed flights calculated differently from AA marketed flights?
When you fly with a partner airline, the fare you paid isn’t always shared with American. Therefore, flights that are marketed by American’s partner airlines earn mileage based on a percentage of the distance flown as determined by the booking code of the ticket purchased.
Are there any types of tickets that won’t earn award miles?
Yes, tickets that currently do not earn award miles, elite-qualifying miles or elite-qualifying segments will not earn award miles in the future. This includes:
Do checked bag fees, seat purchases, 500-mile upgrades or other products/service fees count toward earning award miles?
No, only the base fare paid for your ticket including any carrier-imposed fees will count toward earning award miles. Fees for other products or services will not be awarded miles, including but not limited to the following: checked baggage fees, Admirals Club® memberships, Wi-Fi passes, in-flight food and beverage purchases, in-flight entertainment, unaccompanied minor fees, pet travel fees, 500-mile upgrades, Mileage Multiplier, BuyMiles, GiftMiles, ShareMiles or other mileage purchases, ticket change fees, ticketing fees, same-day confirmed flight change or standby fees and service charges.
How will award miles be calculated for Lifetime AirPass members?
Lifetime AirPass members (Limited and Unlimited) will earn award miles as they do today, based on the distance of the flight.
Will I earn award miles if I purchase a ticket for someone else?
No, just as is the case today, award miles will be awarded to the account of the member who travels, not the member who purchases the ticket.
Will I earn award miles if I purchase a ticket but don’t fly or cancel the ticket but don’t request a refund?
No, award miles are only awarded on eligible tickets after you’ve flown.
If I purchase my ticket in a different currency, how will award miles be determined?
The base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges will be converted to USD (based on the 5-day IATA rate on the date the ticket was issued) and this amount will be awarded as your award miles.
Will the cash co-payment charged in conjunction with an AAdvantage mileage upgrade award count toward my award miles?
No, the cash co-payment associated with an AAdvantage mileage upgrade award will not count toward the award miles earned.
If I pay for my ticket using an American Airlines-issued voucher, will that count toward the award miles earned?
Yes, tickets purchased in full or partially with vouchers will receive full credit for the base fare and carrier-imposed fees associated with the ticket price.
Lifetime and Unlimited Lifetime Airpass members will earn award miles as they do today, which is based on the distance of the flight.
What happens if my flight gets re-routed due to weather or some other issue? How will you calculate the award miles in that situation?
You will receive award miles according to the original fare paid across the actual flight segments flown.
Is there a maximum number of base award miles that can be earned on a ticket?
Yes, a maximum of 75,000 miles will be awarded per ticket (inclusive of any class of service and elite status bonus miles).
Is there a requirement that the ticket be issued by American Airlines in order for award miles to be earned according to the ticket price versus the flight distance?
No, there is no requirement that the ticket be issued by American Airlines to earn miles based on theticket price. Flights marketed by American will earn award miles based on the ticket price (base fare including carrier-imposed fees, excluding any government-imposed taxes and fees); most flights not marketed by American will earn based on a percentage of the flight distance and the booking code of the purchased ticket.
Will the 500-mile minimum for elite members on all flights and for non-elite status members on shuttle flights for award miles continue to apply under this new methodology?
No, the 500-mile minimum for elite members on all eligible flights and for non-elite members on shuttle flights will be removed when the changes to award miles are implemented in second half of 2016.
If I use a promo code to receive a discount when purchasing my ticket, how will my award miles be calculated?
The actual base fare of the ticket, including any carrier imposed surcharges, less the discount associated with the promo code, will be used to calculate the award miles earned.
If a corporate discount was applied to the price of my ticket, how will my award miles be calculated?
The actual base fare of the ticket, including any carrier imposed surcharges, less the discount associated with the corporate discount, will be used to calculate the award miles earned.
If I book and pay for my ticket now for travel in the future, will I earn award miles based on the rules in effect at the time I bought my ticket?
No, award miles will be awarded based on the policy in effect at the time you travel.
Is there a minimum number of award miles I will earn on a flight?
There will be no minimum number of award miles earned on a flight. The current minimum mileage amounts that exist today on some airlines/flights will no longer apply when this change implements in the second half of 2016.
Will I still earn class-of-service bonus miles and elite status bonus miles when these changes are implemented?
For American marketed flights, where we are awarding miles according to the base fare of your ticket.
The class-of-service bonus will no longer be a separate bonus, but is part of how we’ll calculate the base miles earned when multiplying the base fare by 5 (and more for elite status members).
Elite status members will earn bonus miles according to their elite status level:
For tickets that will earn award miles based on the flight distance and the purchased booking code of the ticket, you will earn a separate class of service bonus and an elite status bonus based on the rules for the airline marketing your flight.
Source: Amereican Airlines

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Explore oneworld Priority access benefits

Frequent Flyer Benefits

Be Recognized
As a oneworld traveler, satisfaction awaits you around the globe. Your AAdvantage status is recognized across all member airlines. And you are entitled to a range of benefits, which are provided according to the following oneworld tier levels, no matter which cabin class you are flying in:

Look for the oneworld Priority logoon airport signs and follow your path to top tier privileges.

*Access to preferred or pre-reserved seating is in accordance with the individual policy of the oneworld member airline operating the flight. First and business class check-in desks and lounges are not available at all airports. Lounge access for Emerald and Sapphire tier members only. Fast track at security lanes and extra baggage allowance for Emerald members only. oneworld benefits are available only to passengers on scheduled flights that are both marketed and operated by a oneworld member airline (marketed means that there must be a oneworld member airline’s flight number on your ticket). For information on oneworld, visit www.oneworld.com. Air Berlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, TAM Airlines and oneworld are trademarks of their respective companies. TAM Airlines (Paraguay) is currently not a part of oneworld. Some limitations and exceptions may apply. For more information, visit www.oneworld.com/lounges and www.oneworld.com/benefits.

Relax in more premium lounges around the world
If you are an AAdvantage Executive Platinum or Platinum member (equivalent to the oneworld Emerald or Sapphire tiers), or you are traveling in a First or Business Class cabin on any oneworld member airline, you can access more than 600 airport lounges throughout the world. This means you can relax or catch up with work in comfort and style before departure.
To be eligible, you must be departing on a flight that is both marketed and operated by a oneworld member airline.
Some lounges may get busy at peak times, and access to them may be restricted as a result.
A non-affiliated third party may operate some lounges on behalf of the individual airline. Access to some lounges operated by third parties on behalf of oneworld member airlines may be restricted at some times.
Arrivals lounges are excluded.
Spa and pre-flight dining facilities are excluded.
British Airways Concorde lounges are excluded.
Providing more than 600 lounges across the globe:
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oneworld lounge access for frequent flyers by tier status
Enjoy exclusive access to premium airport lounges around the world with AAdvantage Executive Platinum and Platinum status. Members of oneworld airline frequent flyer programs with the equivalent of oneworld Emerald or Sapphire tier status can use any lounge offered by any oneworld airline when departing on any flight marketed and operated by any oneworld member airline, regardless of cabin class being flown.
AAdvantage Executive Platinum (oneworld Emerald) tier members can use First Class, Business Class or frequent flyer lounges.
AAdvantage Platinum (oneworld Sapphire) tier members are welcome in Business Class* or frequent flyer lounges. *Does not include Qantas Domestic Business Lounges
Emerald and Sapphire members may invite one guest to join them in the lounge. The guest must also be traveling on a flight operated and marketed by a oneworld carrier.
You must be prepared to show your boarding pass and frequent flyer membership card, with oneworld Emerald or Sapphire tier status, to access a lounge.
The following exceptions apply:
American Airlines and Qantas offer programs enabling customers to pay to gain access to their lounges. These programs are not part of the oneworld agreement, and members of these programs are not entitled to access lounges under the oneworld agreement.
American Airlines AAdvantage® members, regardless of their tier status or class of travel, cannot access American Airlines lounges when traveling solely on North American flights within or between the U.S., Canada, Mexico (except Mexico City), the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean. For more information, visit our Admirals Club page.
Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold members, regardless of their oneworld tier status, cannot access Qantas Domestic Business Lounges.

oneworld lounge access for First Class or Business Class customers
Indulge yourself before departure in a wider range of airport lounges when you fly First Class or Business Class with any oneworld member airline.
Customers flying First or Business Class have access to the equivalent class of lounge regardless of their frequent flyer status. First Class passengers may use a Business Class or frequent flyer lounge if a First Class lounge is not available.
First Class passengers may invite one guest to join them in the lounge. The guest must also be traveling on a flight operated and marketed by a oneworld airline.
Connecting between oneworld marketed and operated flights:
First and Business Class customers connecting on the same day of travel, or before 6am the following day, can access the lounge when traveling between an international long haul* and an international short haul or domestic flight (and vice-versa). (*a oneworld international long haul flight is defined as an international flight marketed and operated by any oneworld carrier with a scheduled flight time longer than five hours)
Lounge access will be determined on the international long haul ticketed flight (either First of Business Class) regardless of the ticketed class of travel on the international short haul or domestic flight.
You must be prepared to show your boarding pass or itinerary showing travel in First or Business class on the international long haul flight, in order to access the lounge before your international short haul or domestic flight.
The following exception applies:
First and Business Class customers who do not hold Emerald or Sapphire tier status are not eligible to access American Airlines lounges when traveling on solely domestic flights within the U.S. or between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico [except Mexico City], the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean) other than the exception listed below:
Customers traveling in First or Business class on U.S. transcontinental flights between JFK-LAX, JFK-SFO and MIA-LAX (and vice-versa) are eligible for lounge access.

Fast Track through security
We know your time is precious and you would prefer to be in one of the more than 600 oneworld lounges rather than waiting in line at airport security. That is why, at select airports worldwide, oneworld Emerald frequent flyers (including AAdvantage Executive Platinum members) can access the “Fast Track” or ‘Priority Lanes’ at security check points no matter which cabin they are traveling in. See where this privilege is available.
Due to restrictions or local agreements with Security Fast Track facility operators, not all oneworld carriers are currently able to extend this benefit to all Emerald tier customers.

Earn AAdvantage Miles
To earn AAdvantage miles when you are flying with another oneworld member airline, you do not need to join a separate frequent flyer program. Simply give your AAdvantage number when you make your reservation or when you check in for your flight. After the flight, please allow up to 30 days for the AAdvantage miles to be automatically credited to your account, which you can view online at aa.com. To request missing miles, please complete the Request Flight Miles form.
The number of AAdvantage miles you can earn when flying oneworld member airlines depends on your fare class and which airline you’re traveling on. To find out how many miles you can earn with each airline, view the individual airline page.
When flying on oneworld member airline, you can:
Earn base miles counting toward AAdvantage elite status
Earn class of service bonus miles
Earn Elite Status Bonus

Redeem AAdvantage Miles
When you’re ready to redeem your miles for a travel award, oneworld brings you more options. In addition to the “oneworld & Other Airline Awards” which allow travel on all oneworld airlines as well as other AAdvantage participant airlines, customers needing to travel to multiple destinations with multiple stopovers on one trip can redeem an Explorer Award.
When flying on oneworld member airline, you can:
Earn base miles counting toward AAdvantage elite status
Earn class of service bonus miles
Earn Elite Status Bonus

Source: Amereican Airlines

Delta people ‘Give Them 20’ to salute the troopsBy Lasandra…

Delta people ‘Give Them 20’ to salute the troops
By Lasandra Boykin, Community Affairs
More than 300 employees participated in the #GiveThem20 Challenge Thursday in support of the U.S. Military.     
#GiveThem20 is an initiative of American Corporate Partners, a nonprofit organization that is focused on helping returning military build their next careers. Participation in the campaign is a way to “salute” veterans by dedicating 20 push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks or another move of choice.
Delta was nominated by Expedia to participate in the social media campaign that has already received hundreds of thousands of videos since launching in May.
Approximately 150 Delta people from across the company were filmed participating at 19 different Atlanta facilities, including the Technical Operations Center, Operations Customer Center, Worldport, In-Flight Training Center and Delta Flight Museum.
“I am very proud of the support the Delta team worldwide provides for our returning service members,” said Jim Graham, V.P.–Flying Operations and Chief Pilot. “Participating in the #GiveThem20 challenge is one more way Delta is able to show our gratitude to those who sacrifice so much for us.” 
Delta is committed to supporting the armed services members and veterans nationwide proudly shows its support of military men and women throughout the year by volunteering time and resources to give back to those who sacrifice so much for others.
Delta has nominated Microsoft to participate in the #GiveThem20 challenge. 
Source: Delta Blog

LAX to LUX // A New Standard in Premium TravelBy Taking Off blog…

LAX to LUX // A New Standard in Premium Travel
By Taking Off blog  
We’re setting a new standard for premium travel at LAX. And we’re thrilled to unveil our Terminal 5 renovations tailored to the LA traveler. 
See them here. 

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Source: Delta Blog

The Internetest Safety Video On the Internet  By: Taking…

The Internetest Safety Video On the Internet  
By: Taking Off 
We see you’re on the Internet. That’s great, because we made a safety video starring the Internet. Check out one of our awesome flight crews with some special appearances by Internet notables. Check it out here. deltasafetyvideo.com

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Source: Delta Blog

The Flyers Wingman // Delta Sky Club® Improvements at LAX By:…

The Flyers Wingman // Delta Sky Club® Improvements at LAX 
By: Taking Off blog 
Please pardon our appearance while we work to enhance the Delta Sky Club® experience at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Delta Sky Club updates are part of Delta’s commitment to improving the level of service and security for its customers at LAX.
Key improvements at the Delta Sky Club include:
Additional 100 seats
New shower suites and renovated bathrooms
Updated food area with café seating
New furnishings and fixtures
A $229-million expansion and enhancement of Terminal 5 at LAX, which is scheduled for completion next month, features a full suite of improvements including a new elite check-in, renovated Sky Priority lobby, expanded ticketing lobby, Larger security checkpoints, and a new baggage claim.
Source: Delta Blog

Delta Air Lines and Zac Posen // From Runway…

Delta Air Lines and Zac Posen // From Runway to Runway 
By: Taking Off 
Delta Air Lines and New York-based designer Zac Posen are partnering to bring high fashion and function to a different kind of runway as part of Delta’s new uniform program. 
Through the partnership, Zac Posen will design a uniform collection for Delta’s flight attendants and airport customer service agents while advising on the uniform project for Delta’s ramp and ground support agents, Delta Cargo agents and Delta TechOps employees.
For more information: http://news.delta.com/2015-04-30-Delta-teaming-up-with-Zac-Posen-to-bring-modern-American-glamour-to-flying

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Source: Delta Blog

Admirals Club lounge renovations

Admirals Club lounge renovations – Airline clubs and lounges – American Airlines

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A new look for our lounges

Investing in your airport experience, we’ve begun the most extensive Admirals Club® makeover in our history. With each refreshed lounge, you’ll find a more modern, connected and consistent experience offering better food, more power and increased comfort.
We’re also adding furniture that makes it easier to charge your devices – privacy chairs, sofa-like seating, communal tables with built-in power ports and even seats at the bar will have access to power.

Coming soon
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Renovation of our Admirals Club lounge located in Terminal 4, on Concourse A, above gates A7 and A9, is in progress and is set to re-open later this year.

In progress

Miami International Airport
Construction has now begun at the D-15, North Terminal, Concourse D Admirals Club located at Miami International Airport (MIA).

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Source: Amereican Airlines

Flying with Service Dogs

Home Cruise Preparation Flying with Service Dogs
Service dogs are welcome on flights.

Service-dog owners have an extra concern when planning their trips and vacations. It’s not just a matter of figuring out your own affairs: You also have to take your service dog’s needs into consideration. Moreover, there’s the question of dealing with security, bathroom breaks and the flight itself with your companion by your side. Many people are worried about what the security process will be like and whether they’ll find themselves without their service animal at some point. However, if you’re well-prepared, you’re likely to find it’s much easier than you thought. Here’s a quick guide to what you can expect when traveling with your service dog:

The law
On the ground, you and your service dog are protected by the American Code of Regulations rules about service animals. Different laws apply in the air, however, since then you’re actually under the rules of the Air Carrier Access Act. Even though the rules are slightly different, they still allow you to travel with your service dog in the cabin, free of charge. Additionally, any equipment your dog needs (crates, for example) are considered medical needs, and can be flown in the cargo hold at no extra cost.

Airline-specific information
Because certain parts of the ACAA are open to interpretation, different airlines may have slightly different rules and regulations when it comes to service dogs. Generally, it’s a good idea to call ahead to see if there are any specific concerns you should take into consideration when flying with that airline. The customer service line should also give you a good idea of what to expect when you arrive at the gate and during boarding, as well as any forms of proof you’ll need.

TSA rules
The Transportation Security Administration website guarantees that you will not be asked to separate from your service dog at any point in the screening process. However, you and your dog may need to go through a longer screening process. When you arrive, let TSA personnel know you have a service dog with you. If they’re able to, they may move you forward in the line so you can begin the screening process sooner. You will be expected to maintain control of your companion the whole time.

Both you and your dog will need to go through the metal detector, which you can chose to do together or one at a time. Your dog will be patted down whether it sets the alarm off or not. TSA personnel cannot ask you to remove your service dog’s vest or other identifying clothing before, during or after this process.

You must go through screening again if you leave the airport for any reason, including if your dog needs to relieve itself. You can explain the situation and you may be moved to the front of the line: However, it’s best to have your dog go to the bathroom before you enter the airport. Some airports also have animal relief locations inside the terminal: Call ahead to see if this will be available.

Source: Cruise Safely