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Big changes to American Airlines’ international flight destinations

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American Airlines has announced changes to its international network with new destinations in Europe coupled with a number of route cancellations.

The newly added routes to the UK and Ireland are:

  • Phoenix to London Heathrow, seasonal between 31st March 2019 and 26th October 2019 (daily)
  • Dallas to Dublin, seasonal between 6th June 2019 and 28th September 2019 (daily)
  • Philadelphia to Edinburgh, seasonal between 2nd April and 2019 and 26th October 2019 (daily)

Changes to American Airlines' international destinations

The flights will be bookable on the American Airlines website from 27th August 2018.  They should also be available as Avios redemptions via at the same time.

The current UK and Ireland routes which will be closed are:

  • Philadelphia to Glasgow (as of 29th September 2018)
  • New York to Dublin (as of 27th October 2018)
  • New York to Edinburgh (as of 27th October 2018)
  • Chicago to Manchester (as of 3rd September 2018)

How to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards

How to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards December 2023)

American Airlines no longer has its own UK credit card.

There is, however, still a way to earn American Airlines miles from a UK credit card

The route is via Marriott Bonvoy. Marriott Bonvoy hotel loyalty points convert to American Airlines miles at the rate of 3:1.

The best way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points is via the official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card. It comes with 20,000 points for signing up and 2 points for every £1 you spend. At 2 Bonvoy points per £1, you are earning (at 3:1) 0.66 American Airlines miles per £1 spent on the card.

You can apply here.

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Comments (126)

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  • Mike P says:

    OT. I have a couple of BA partner cards available (one Gold and one Silver). If anyone is interested in acquiring these, perhaps as an exchange for Avios or other points, please email me:

    • shd says:

      I’m all for encouraging grey markets where possible/practical, but don’t you think there’s a risk of losing your BAEC (GGL?) account if you openly trade like this?

      Anyway, I’ll stop preaching. I’ll bid on the Gold card 😉

    • Paul says:

      You posted this yesterday too. Are you going to be spamming HfP every day?

    • BlueHorizonUK says:

      MP check your mail please

  • Optimus Prime says:

    OT – can a IHG Credit Card free night certificate be used to book a night after its expiry date as long as the booking is made before such date?

  • Optimus Prime says:

    BTW looks like Marriott are downgrading/refunding travel packages only if they’re first attached to a booking –

    • Alan says:

      They keep changing their mind and not informing their CS reps of what they’ve decided. They announce it semi-officially via Marriott Insiders or FT lurkers but still nothing on their own website or in email to TP holders. The whole thing has been incredibly poorly handled by a major company.

      • Pangolin says:

        Agreed. And all this just emphasises how idiotic it was to merge the programs during the middle of the year.

  • R-J says:

    Interesting that you’ve booked St Regis for 60,000 points per night. I have a booking already for Essex House in December. I booked it for 45,000 points per night but now it’s showing as 60,000. As I haven’t yet obtained the e-certificate does that mean it will cost me 60,000 points per night, or do the original booking conditions apply? If the former I will probably cancel and go for the St Regis.

    • Rob says:

      It does seem that the system is doing this, yes. Whether this is meant to work like that or not I don’t know.

    • Rachael says:

      They might try to charge the new rate but stand your ground as they tried that with me and I called back the next day and they advised me that they would honor the old rate. Ask for their name of the agent if they say yes as they couldn’t change it due to technical problems straight away.

    • Russ says:

      I called yesterday to downgrade a reserved fulfill later award booking after the hotel had gone down a category. The nightly award rate was still showing the old rate. They refunded the now surplus points but took all the points needed for the reservation immediately.

    • Kipto says:

      I booked essex house in New York using points a month ago for next March at the 45000 points a night rate. I have had confirmation etc. Do I need an e-certificate or will the booking confirmation be sufficient ?

  • James says:

    So have ALL of the high end properties including all suites been shoehorned intobCat 7 for now ? Or are some outside of the chart ?

    • Rob says:

      In theory they are all bookable. Apparently IT issues mean that, in practice, some can’t be booked because there was a block in the system which stopped them being booked which Marriott seemingly didn’t know about.

  • Pgw says:

    Disappointing that Manchester loses another AA route.

    • Kip says:


      Done this route a few times. bmi used to run it years ago before AA so has been there a while. Looks like now will have to go via Philly (AA) or Dublin (EI). The quickest routing looks via KEF but it’s still an additional 4 hours.

      • Andrew says:

        It’s looking like a gradual exodus from Glasgow in favour of the Capital.

        It would have to be two separate bookings, but wouldn’t Manchester to EDI on Flybe then EDI or ORD be a possibility too?

  • Ian M says:


    Had a BA baggage nightmare yesterday. Few WAW-LHR. After an hour waiting at the baggage carousel at T3 a few of us went to ask what the hold up was. It took BA another half an hour to tell us that they had left EVERYONE’S bags in Poland. How does that even happen!? How did they not notice they’d not loaded the bags? How did the ground crew at Heathrow not notice when they opened the baggage hatch that it was empty and perhaps think to tell someone!? Surely the pilot would have noticed the plane was lighter than it was meant to be? The communication from BA was dreadful. There’s no way it should have taken them over an hour and a half to tell everyone that they’d left EVERYONE’S bags behind.
    By the time they had given us all the paperwork to complete we had all lost 2hrs at the airport.

    • shd says:

      There are airlines that would tell you proactively that your bag was missing (don’t AA tell you via their app). Qatar even sent an agent to meet me at the top of the jetway last time they mislaid my checked bag.

      BA don’t bother with such customer service niceties.

      • Andrew C says:

        BA sent me an SMS when I landed at CDG and my bag wasn’t onboard. I was first off the plane and knew before I even got to the baggage belt.

        • shd says:

          Some BA “surprise and delight” feature, like the pies in the lounges? 🙂

      • Chris says:

        I got an SMS and Email waiting for me on landing in MAD.

        Althought the webpage for tracking the bag still showed they hadn’t located it hours after I’d picked the bag up (waited for it to arrive on a later flight as I needed the contents)

        But the woman at the baggage desk at Madrid T4 was the same woman I had two years ago when last I needed assistance and she’d done nothing to improve her attitude in the interim I can say…

    • clo says:

      Ba few months ago manage to loose all 3 our bags on our way back from FCO. we where on a late flight and the lady at the BA desk that took details of the bags was grumpy and unhelpful explaining what do.
      the day after I call the insurance I had through the Platinum card, but it didn’t cover the bag delay because it was on our way home. After searching and reading online few passenger rights website I found out that when your bag is delay (even on your way home) you can buy all the things you need that you had in your bag (off course if you buy a suit you will be ask to prove that you really needed)
      our bags came bag in 3 deliveries over 5 days without any kind of consistent communication. In the mean time I had to buy few things for our 20 months old twins and most of my make up and cream (I don’t store double of everything) and I spent around £350.
      after receiving the bag I filled the online claim form explaining why I needed what I bought and BA refund everything without asking

  • Memesweeper says:

    OT: has anyone linked an HSBC World Elite card to Curve successfully in the last month or two? All my efforts fail and Curve customer ‘service’ is failing to provide anything useful. Other cards, including other HSBC cards , are fine to add and use.

    • Jonathan says:

      Yes, added and worked fine immediately. This was 5 weeks ago.

    • Benylin says:

      Yes linked to 2 cards to 2 separate Curve accounts in August and June.

    • the_real_a says:

      Curve customer service is going down hill rapidly as they grow. Support is becoming more like the regaulr banks who they criticise so much. Just scripted replies which do not address the problem.

      • Memesweeper says:

        I’ve found them to be hopeless in this case 🙁 shame as I wish them every success—it’s great when it works

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