American, though, didn’t just take away benefits from their most loyal (lifetime) customers. They took away travel benefits from legacy American Airlines retirees, too. Retiree travel priority changed in September 2014.
American Airlines travel waivers — the ability to change your travel when the air system is disrupted, such as because of weather or strikes — won’t fully apply to customers booking Basic Economy fares.
This is something American Airlines explicitly promised wouldn’t happen with new Basic Economy fares but that I predicted.
LSG Sky Chefs was founded as the catering arm of American Airlines but is now owned by Lufthansa. They’re the largest airline caterer. And they’ve had ongoing disputes with labor union UNITE HERE.
The union demands higher pay, and doesn’t just make those demands of their employer but also the airlines they contract with. American Airlines has provided over $22 million in wage supplements for the union’s workers.
Under the new regime whether it bolts down onto the plane or not it’s for sale and nothing’s free. American has changed their policy, and effective August 30 full fare customers and AAnytime awards no longer receive complimentary Main Cabin Extra and they no longer receive complimentary preferred seats either.
No free extra legroom, no free seats closer to the front of the plane. Buy up, sit in back, or take what’s left.
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Frontier Airlines is rapidly developing a reputation as worst airline in the United States and that’s no easy feat considering United and David Dao, and Spirit, normally all you have to do is say ‘Spirit’.
A 12 year old was kicked off a Frontier flight because the airline let him board without collecting the unaccompanied minor fee.
A British Airways flight once literally had to divert because a passenger’s lavatory trip created such a bad smell. But what happens when a British Airways passenger doesn’t make it to the lavatory?
One British Airways passenger flying London – Cape Town was assigned a seat in economy that he discovered was wet. He reports that a flight attendant agreed with him that the moisture was urine. She “handed him wet wipes to clear up the mess himself.”
Business class on Delta’s Airbus A350 is going to be a the Thompson Vantage XL seat with doors.
And for some reason right now saver level business class award availability — 80,000 SkyMiles each way — is wide open on the Atlanta – Seoul route. In fact it’s open for the whole family. There are plenty of days that have 9 or more saver business class seats available for this new business class with doors.