Good news and bad news.
1) In another step towards integration of AA and BA (within their joint venture), you can now book BA flights with AA miles on aa.com. This is great for avoiding a phone call to check for availability of same.
2) The bad news: the taxes/fees are outrageous. A direct flight from NY to London in business class come out to the standard 100,000 miles but with $967.40 in fees! I priced a similar trip to LHR on AA aircraft and got only $281.50.
What is in the water over at BA?! These fuel surcharges (or YQ as we call it) have gotten beyond out of hand. Charging nearly a grand in fees on an award ticket is just a wee bit too far in “cost recovery”. Shame on you, BA.
This just in from American Airlines:
American Airlines is partnering with the American Red Cross to help the victims affected by the March 10, 2011, earthquake in Japan and the resulting tsunami in the Pacific.
If you would like to join us in supporting the disaster relief efforts by making a cash donation, American will reward your generosity with an AAdvantage® bonus mile offer. Through April 15, 2011, AAdvantage members can earn a one-time award of 250 AAdvantage bonus miles for a minimum $50 donation, or 500 AAdvantage bonus miles for a donation of $100 or more to the American Red Cross.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.
Received in email and not a bad deal if you book your vacations this way:
Book now and take an additional 10% off hotels, resorts, car rentals and activities with AmericanAirlines VacationsSM – no minimum purchase, no minimum stay, no kidding!
Make the most of our already low rates in 320 worldwide vacation destinations. Just book your vacation on AAVacations.com and enter discount code TAKE10 at checkout. Hurry – this offer won’t last long.