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As 2022 Approaches, Airlines and Hotels Extend Elite Status Once Again

While the number of people flying and driving great distances hit a pandemic high over the Thanksgiving holiday, the travel industry isn’t seeing sustainable increases as the world heads into the final six weeks of the year.
Airlines and hotel chains are making note and taking steps to keep their best customers happy with yet another year of bestowed elite status, mirroring at least in part what happened at the end …

American’s Operational Woes Continue as Airline Cancels Over 500 Flights on Monday

American’s Operational Woes Continue as Airline Cancels Over 500 Flights on Monday

American Airlines, which was forced to cancel some 20% of its flights over the Halloween weekend, cancelled 500 more on Monday.
As of 8 p.m. EDT, the airline had cancelled 481 flights scheduled for Monday, a figure representing 16% of its total operations for the day, as well as 40 more that had been scheduled for Tuesday.
The airline blamed severe weather that started Thursday at its main hub at Dallas/Fort Worth …

American Airlines Cancels Hundreds of Flights Over Halloween Weekend

American Airlines Cancels Hundreds of Flights Over Halloween Weekend

American Airlines was forced to cancel over 1,300 flights over the course of Halloween weekend, citing severe storms and staffing issues.
The world’s largest airline had cancelled 537 flights – representing 20% of its total schedule – as of 9:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday according to FlightAware, a service that tracks such information.  It had already cancelled 342 flights on Friday and has preemptively cancelled 447 on Sunday and 18 on …

American Airlines Transcon Flight Diverted After Passenger Attacks Flight Attendant Over Mask Rule

American Airlines Transcon Flight Diverted After Passenger Attacks Flight Attendant Over Mask Rule

A transcontinental American Airlines flight was diverted to Denver after a passenger assaulted a flight attendant over the face mask rule.
American Flight 976, which had departed New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at 4:29 p.m. local time en route to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, was diverted due to the incident.
The passenger was arrested at the gate upon arrival after landing at Denver International Airport at 6:30 …

American Airlines Revamps Frequent-Flyer Program, Changes How Elite Status is Earned

American Airlines Revamps Frequent-Flyer Program, Changes How Elite Status is Earned

American Airlines announced major changes to its AAdvantage frequent-flyer program on Tuesday.
Perhaps recognizing that the system of Elite Qualifying Miles, Elite Qualifying Points, and Elite Qualifying Segments had become too complicated, the airline is replacing those three metrics with Loyalty Points.
“We’re thrilled to introduce updates to the Aadvantage program that will make it simpler for you to earn status,” said Alison Taylor, the airline’s chief customer officer, in a note …

American Airlines Transcon Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Madison After Reports of Smoke in the Cabin

American Airlines Transcon Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Madison After Reports of Smoke in the Cabin

An American Airlines flight en route to Los Angeles from New York was forced to make an emergency landing after a report of smoke in the cabin.
American Airlines Flight 3 departed New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at 12:19 p.m. local time.  The A321T – part of American’s special transcon subfleet – landed at 2:20 p.m. local time at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wisconsin, after three hours …

JetBlue, American to Offer New Reciprocal Award Redemptions and Elite Benefits

JetBlue, American to Offer New Reciprocal Award Redemptions and Elite Benefits

American Airlines and JetBlue Airways announced that they are adding new benefits to their frequently flyer programs, some directly related to the two airlines’ new Northeast Alliance.
Effective Wednesday, the two carriers are offering reciprocal elite benefits to members of their respective frequent-flyer programs with the necessary elite status.   Some benefits will start within the next few months, however.
The benefits that go into effect on Wednesday for TrueBlue members with Mosaic …