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America’s push to upgrade airports gains traction as New Orleans opens new terminal later this year

When the new terminal in New Orleans opens later this year, it will be the latest upgrade and expansion of a U.S. airport. Global trade group the Airports Council estimates U.S. airports will need $128 billion in upgrades by 2023. Continue reading America’s push to upgrade airports gains traction as New Orleans opens new terminal later this year

Airlines Adding More Flights To Accommodate Super Bowl Fans

Airlines are adding dozens of flights to serve Phoenix in order to accommodate the large crowds flooding the city for Super Bowl weekend. Travelers are expected to stream into the city weekend between Friday, Jan. 30, and Monday, Feb. 2. United Airlines, is adding 55 flights, including two new routes, to accommodate Super Bowl fans. Alaska, Delta, Jet Blue and American are also adding extra flights to provide flights to the influx of travelers.

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American and US Airways to Merge Frequent Flier Programs in 2015

American Airlines and US Airways will combine the balance of mileage for those frequent fliers who have accounts with both airlines come 2015. Starting this Wednesday, June 11, both airlines will extend same-day upgrade benefits to their elite level frequent travelers when flying on either carrier.

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American Airlines prepares for its first Dreamliner

American Airlines pilots are currently training at American’s training center in Texas for the launch of the Boeing 787 or Dreamliner. American will receive their first delivery of the 787 in November, with passenger flights beginning early next year. The Dreamliner boasts improved fuel efficiencies and can fly long range, making it economical for international routes. In the anticipation of the new aircraft, dozens of American pilots will train in the Dreamliner simulator and learn the nuances of the controls before they can fly the real plane. The plane will be tested first on domestic routes before going into international service.

American, US Airways latest to revamp mileage awards

American Airlines and US Airways have become the latest U.S. carriers to make a dramatic shake-up to their frequent-flier programs, instituting new award levels for frequent-flier awards.

As with other changes made recently by Delta and United – the country’s other two big “legacy carriers” – the changes made by merger partners American and US Airways increase the number of miles needed for certain award tickets.

And, mirroring Delta’s changes, the new award charts at American and US Airways will add new redemption levels – adding complexity for fliers figuring out how many miles they’ll need to use for an award ticket.

American and US Airways also changed their bag fee policies, moving to reduce the number of free bags for most customers outside those flying to South America.

As for the frequent-flier changes, they take effect immediately and apply to all award tickets used for itineraries beginning June 1 and after. New award itineraries prior to June 1 will be subject to the previous award-ticket thresholds.

The changes at American appear to be the most complicated. The carrier is keeping its “SAAaver” and AAnytime” award categories, but it’s tweaking the tiers.

There will now be two redemption levels for SAAver tickets – Level 1 and Level 2 – on most routes. Domestic routes, however, will continue to have a single level. On AAnytime routes, American is going to three levels – Level 1, Level 2 and an unusual Level 3. The third level is unusual in that American is not listing what the threshold is, saying only that those awards will be “offered on a few select dates and will require higher number of miles to redeem.”

In a release detailing a broad set of changes, American says those Level 3 awards “will fall on the busiest travel days of the year. On those days, American will offer a higher award redemption option, which will be available starting at 50,000 miles one way.”

US Airways also is adjusting its thresholds, going to four redemption categories – Low, Medium, High Level 1 and High Level 2 – on domestic routes. On international routes, US Airways will now have five redemption levels: Off-peak, Low, Medium, High Level 1 and High Level 2.

Reaction on frequent-flier blogs has been mixed, though most echoed concern about the changes.

“The good news is that the MileSAAver level of awards is not affected from what I’m seeing,” Seth Miller writes on his Wandering Aramean blog. “For those with flexibility and who can search for the cheap award seats that should be comforting. For those who use the AAnytime awards on occasion, however, the news is mixed. AAnytime awards are now split into three tiers and only two of the tiers are published. The third tier is represented on the chart simply as a star with the fine print…”

American Airlines to end ticketing agreement with JetBlue

(Reuters) – American Airlines said it planned to end agreements covering ticketing, baggage handling and frequent-flyer programs with JetBlue Airways after its merger with US Airways gave it “greater connectivity” along the U.S. East Coast.

American Airlines, which merged with US Airways in December to form American Airlines Group Inc.,  had a so-called interline agreement with JetBlue that allowed customers to buy connecting flights on each other’s planes on one ticket.