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American Airlines CRJ-200 Review (Economy) – ‘Twas the Worst of Times

I recently traveled to Abu Dhabi after redeeming miles (90,000 miles and $46) for first class on Etihad’s A380 (the plane with the shower and onboard bar!).  I decided to fly the AUH-JFK route which was about an hour longer than flying in the other direction (jet stream folks).  I’ll post my review of each segment accordingly–this post is the first review of my trip. American Airlines CRJ-200 Review (Economy):  ‘Twas the Worst of Times American Airlines 757-200 Review (Economy):  ‘Twas Still the Worst of Times How to Layover in Amsterdam Etihad A330-300 Review (Economy) Hilton Abu Dhabi Review (Executive…

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Changes to United’s Award Flight Rules Are Coming–Not Good

United recently accounted that it is changing the rules for booking award flights to “streamline” the process.  Given that United already has a fairly good website for booking award flights, it is not clear if the changes will improve booking award flights for the average flier.  For the advanced flier, the new rules will eliminate some pretty cool quirks of the program.  Let me explain (IAD=Washington DC, CDG=Paris, FRA=Frankfurt, Germany, BKK=Bangkok, Thailand, ATH=Athens, Greece, SJU=Puerto Rico). Current State of Affairs Unlike American and Delta, United offers one stopover (extended layover) and two open jaws on a round-trip award flight.  An…