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2019 Trip Report – Swiss Alps & the Tour de France – Getting There (DFW AA Flagship Lounge; BA Biz Class; H+ Hotel Zurich)
2019 Trip Report – Swiss Alps & the Tour de France – Getting There (DFW AA Flagship Lounge; BA Biz Class; H+ Hotel Zurich)

2019 Trip Report – Swiss Alps & the Tour de France – Getting There (DFW AA Flagship Lounge; BA Biz Class; H+ Hotel Zurich)

Introduction To kick off the detailed articles in this trip report, we thought we’d combine 3 experiences into a single article about getting to Switzerland and getting settled. So, in this article we’ll provide mini-reports on (1) the DFW AA…

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A Strategy to Convert Amex Airline Fee Credits to AA Travel Vouchers (Today & Tomorrow Only; May Be Risky)
A Strategy to Convert Amex Airline Fee Credits to AA Travel Vouchers (Today & Tomorrow Only; May Be Risky)

A Strategy to Convert Amex Airline Fee Credits to AA Travel Vouchers (Today & Tomorrow Only; May Be Risky)

Introduction Ever since the demise of the gift-card-purchase method in early 2019, it has become increasingly difficult to effectively use Amex airline fee credits. In 2020, this problem has become even more challenging due to coronavirus-related restrictions bringing air travel…

Additional Details on AA Coronavirus “No Change Fee” Policy Make It Difficult to Bank Amex Airline Fee Credits
Additional Details on AA Coronavirus “No Change Fee” Policy Make It Difficult to Bank Amex Airline Fee Credits

Additional Details on AA Coronavirus “No Change Fee” Policy Make It Difficult to Bank Amex Airline Fee Credits

Introduction and Background Ever since gift cards stopped working to redeem Amex airline fee credits in early 2019, it’s become much tougher to redeem the credits. This is especially true for people who mostly fly on American Airlines, as so…

[Updated 5/14/20] Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs
[Updated 5/14/20] Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs

[Updated 5/14/20] Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs

Introduction Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen credit card companies and loyalty programs introduce many consumer-friendly changes. There have been so many that it’s hard to keep up with everything! Last week, we published a summary of the consumer-friendly…

Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs
Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs

Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs

Introduction While we’ve been on our housemoving-induced hiatus for the past few weeks and continuing even through today, we’ve seen credit card companies and loyalty programs introduce many consumer-friendly changes. There have been so many that it’s hard to keep…

AA Termination – Update #2 – No Response from AA; Escalation to Executives
AA Termination – Update #2 – No Response from AA; Escalation to Executives

AA Termination – Update #2 – No Response from AA; Escalation to Executives

Introduction If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you already know that AA terminated my AAdvantage account recently, as part of their recent waves of account shutdowns. I’ve been reporting at each stage of my lockdown and eventual termination,…

Middle Age Miles News & Notes 3/3/20 – last day for Marriott reservations at old award rates; airline fee waivers; Amex Offers & transfer bonus for Hilton; Payce
Middle Age Miles News & Notes 3/3/20 – last day for Marriott reservations at old award rates; airline fee waivers; Amex Offers & transfer bonus for Hilton; Payce

Middle Age Miles News & Notes 3/3/20 – last day for Marriott reservations at old award rates; airline fee waivers; Amex Offers & transfer bonus for Hilton; Payce

On this Super Tuesday election day here in Texas and in other states, let’s take a much-needed break from AA shutdowns and cover several other topics of interest in the travel, credit card and points-and-miles world: 1 – Last Day…

AA Termination – Update #1 – My Initial Communications to AA
AA Termination – Update #1 – My Initial Communications to AA

AA Termination – Update #1 – My Initial Communications to AA

Introduction As you probably know if you’ve clicked into this article, AA terminated my AAdvantage account last Friday. We recounted the details here and provided some initial thoughts on how we might proceed in order to get my account reinstated…

Terminated by AA – Initial Thoughts on Next Steps
Terminated by AA – Initial Thoughts on Next Steps

Terminated by AA – Initial Thoughts on Next Steps

Introduction As regular Middle Age Miles readers know, since mid-December my AAdvantage account has been locked. I’ve been chronicling this situation here, along with providing thoughts on strategy and potential alternatives during my lockdown limbo period as well as in…

Huge Airline News – Alaska to Reconnect with American and Join Oneworld – Details & Our Preliminary Thoughts
Huge Airline News – Alaska to Reconnect with American and Join Oneworld – Details & Our Preliminary Thoughts

Huge Airline News – Alaska to Reconnect with American and Join Oneworld – Details & Our Preliminary Thoughts

Introduction Today was supposed to be Hyatt day at Middle Age Miles (and we’ll eventually get there), but huge airline news that promises a dramatic impact on the travel and points-and-miles world broke this morning. Alaska Airlines has announced that…