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Things I Miss That AAdvantage Used to Do

Old Nov 22, 22, 5:55 pm
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Originally Posted by sbrower View Post
1. Being able to "pay the difference" to upgrade an award ticket. Flying to LAX to JFK in the 747, overnight flight. Award was always counted as a "Y" fare. The "Fn" fare was only $25 more. So I paid the $25 and flew in First Class.
2. "Last seat" availability for award travel. Order my certificate for a domestic round trip to anywhere (I think it was 20,000 miles?). Walk into LAX 2 hours before the flight to JFK and say "I want to fly to JFK in 2 hours and return on Thursday" and hand them the certificate and they handed me back the ticket.
3. Block the seat next to me, in coach (the block went away at the gate, but it almost always held up).
4. Lifetime miles that were guaranteed to work off the same award chart for life. (It was in a letter from Mike Gunn that I kept in my file.) They broke that promise about 15 years later, and it is one of the few times that I felt that AA cheated me.
5. Channel 11 for air to ground communication throughout the flight.
6. Anna Jefferson (LAX) greeting me a few times a week and giving me a first class seat without any upgrade instruments, before I was a Platinum, because she (and others) had the authority to make decisions.
7. Going to the Aadmiral's Club whenever I was at the airport, not limited to flying AA (after having paid for 38 years of membership I probably should have bought lifetime).
8. I thought I would miss "hard" tickets. I was wrong.
9. Talking to my seat mate (it was common to talk for an hour or two going trans-con - now I make trans-con flights without saying "hi" to the person next to me).
10 Taking 2 carryons (garment bag and LARGE briefcase) plus a personal item (computer case) and hanging my garment bag in the front closet. (Well, as I get older and less interested in carrying 70 pounds I may not miss it too much.)
11. Full meals served in coach. I agree it was almost never amazing food. But why has it become accepted that people want to sit in a seat, for 3-6 hours, without a meal.
12. Hot meals served in First Class. I won't eat a "wrap" even if I am hungry.

I am probably forgetting some others.
Wow! Anna Jefferson, Super AAngel! Thanks so much for mentioning her...that brought back a lot of great memories! My wife and I moved to LA from the East Coast in 1991, and I did quite a bit of flying on American from LAX during the 90s. I wasn't a super flyer by any stretch, but it didn't take Ms. Jefferson very long to begin addressing me by name when I walked into the Admirals Club. Super nice lady who really tried hard to accommodate whatever your request was.

I really miss those days of air travel...
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Old Nov 23, 22, 2:03 am
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Originally Posted by herrina View Post
Wow! Anna Jefferson, Super AAngel! Thanks so much for mentioning her...that brought back a lot of great memories! My wife and I moved to LA from the East Coast in 1991, and I did quite a bit of flying on American from LAX during the 90s. I wasn't a super flyer by any stretch, but it didn't take Ms. Jefferson very long to begin addressing me by name when I walked into the Admirals Club. Super nice lady who really tried hard to accommodate whatever your request was.

I really miss those days of air travel...
I was hoping that someone else would recognize her name. It was a pretty long time ago, but she was special. Somehow it seems that you met more people back then.
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Old Nov 23, 22, 10:19 am
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Originally Posted by River in Sight View Post
Those were a crazy deal - my last was an OW80C BOS-LHR, LHR-BCN, BCN-PRG (ticketed as such but Malev went out of business in the meantime; ended up routed via MAD), CDG-BOS. All in business class for 80,000.. crazy!!
I loved the Oneworld Explorer awards. In about 2004, I flew ABQ-LAX-AKL//SYD-HKG-FRA-DFW-ABQ in J, with stopovers everywhere except DFW and LAX, for something like 100K miles. Just a great deal. Ironically, when AA deleted them, they stated that the reason was because "they are very unpopular". Yeah right.

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Old Nov 23, 22, 10:24 am
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Another thing I really liked about the old AA was the MD-80! Comfortable wide seats in first and especially coach. Seat 21F was my go-to seat: lots of legroom, full recline, often empty middle seat adjacent. The A-B seats were great when travelling with a partner. So much to like!

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Old Nov 23, 22, 10:58 am
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Originally Posted by saunders111 View Post
Another thing I really liked about the old AA was the MD-80! Comfortable wide seats in first and especially coach. Seat 21F was my go-to seat: lots of legroom, full recline, often empty middle seat adjacent. The A-B seats were great when travelling with a partner. So much to like!
I loved how the F seats on the MD-80 were so quiet, with the engines being in the back of the plane. At cruising speed you'd get some noise from wind resistance but right at takeoff and before landing it was eerily quiet.
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Old Nov 23, 22, 1:49 pm
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Originally Posted by fatmac70 View Post
I was lucky enough to get into the Concorde cockpit inflight (before 9/11) - and at certain times of the year had the relatively unique experience of seeing the sun rise from the west!
Awesome. I had a single Concord flight in my life. I was star struck as is - but the view from the flight deck must have been amazing
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Old Nov 24, 22, 9:35 am
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Originally Posted by flying_geek View Post
The first time I was in the cockpit I was told about "sterile cockpit" - which essentially means "shut up if things look problematic". The captain explained that I am expected to be quiet if things look like trouble, but "when we start screaming, you can scream too. It won't be long then"
Sounds like you were on a flight with Captain Clarence Oveur.
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Old Yesterday, 4:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Pickles View Post
Sounds like you were on a flight with Captain Clarence Oveur.
It was a non native English Airline - he actually said those things in a different language. He was also advised that there were still bags on the tarmac when the plane pushed back. He asked if any of them had employee tags - when the ground crew said no - He said "then we are good to go"
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Old Yesterday, 5:06 pm
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I miss the triple miles that were offered in the 80s after there was a strike. I was traveling to LAX from the eastern Great Lakes regularly and they added up quickly.
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Originally Posted by Pickles View Post
Sounds like you were on a flight with Captain Clarence Oveur.
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Old Today, 12:03 pm
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First long distance award we used was in 1998 to take a family of four to Australia/NZ in J on Qantas. The ticket was quite literally free, and included 2 trans tasman flights to get to and from NZ and a rental car for a week IIRC. They may have been hotel for a week as well. I dont remember the mileage amount but I'll bet it was less than one one way to Australia today. As mentioned above, one of the highlights of the trip over was an escorted trip into the cockpit for my son and husband which the latter has never forgotten, as it certainly could not happen today. I am not complaining though since we are taking the maybe fifteenth or so trip next month to Australia and NZ on miles, each time a different routing with stops along the way and enjoying each and each time. Although the rules have changed, we studied and benefited. Nothing remains the same, including ourselves.
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Old Today, 3:57 pm
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500 mile stickers where sometimes ya had a chance for upgrades.

Now they undersell F for TOD *randomly* making almost all status worthless for upgrades.
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Old Today, 5:20 pm
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Originally Posted by Pickles View Post
Sounds like you were on a flight with Captain Clarence Oveur.
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Old Today, 8:32 pm
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Originally Posted by LowValueCustomer View Post
Loyalty programs should be designed on the premise that consumers on balance skew rational and should be designed to offer aspirational experiences which would otherwise be unattainable to incentivize loyalty.
Agree completely in your premise that programs are shifting away from this model. My initial years of travel were with DL, but I was loyal to reach the prescribed goals for aspirational travel. I essentially only redeemed for RTW trips in J and it was a truly great value. I did my last DL RTW in 2014 (just before they discontinued the program) and in fact decided to move over to AA to take advantage of the OWE awards. I signed up for an EXP challenge sometime in 2014, which of course was the year AA abruptly discontinued the OWE awards.

Originally Posted by Catbert10 View Post
I seriously miss upgrade priority based on time of upgrade request with connecting pax having priority over originating pax. As a network consultant who knew my schedule weeks/months in advance I'd fly 50 weeks a year, 4 flights a week, with a 99% upgrade rate
This was the change that made me wake from my airline loyalty trance. After this change, I started booking whoever could get me where I needed to be the fastest. Allegiant/Frontier/Spirit included. Unless you are a hub captive or in a city with single airline service, it is extremely unlikely that any 1 airline can get you where you need to be in the least amount of time, every time. In many, many cases your brand loyalty is coming at the cost of significant amounts of time. The hours that I have saved in transit over the last few years are all the award currency I need!
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