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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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  • Steve says:

    All – any suggestions for the ‘best’ seat to reserve in 1st class for our flight to CPT? Seems to be some conflicting reviews on seat guru, we’re travelling as a couple so one of rows 4 or 5 would appear to be the best bet, however it does appear that other seats offer more privacy. Is anyone able to proffer more of a view or opinion please?

    (I’m very much aware this a First-world type of problem to have, but our first time in 1st, so would like to make the most of it!).


    • shd says:

      You bothered about sitting next to each other? (I’m not, my OH certainly isn’t!)

      In F I’d always choose (any) window over middle pairs.

    • john says:

      Don’t look at seatguru for a start. Best seats depend on aircraft. Take a look on FlyerTalk forums, this thread is a good starting point: but there are others dedicated to aircraft type too.

      As SHD says, it will vary about what you are looking for. Being able to talk to each other, middle pairs its possible but you have to lean a bit. Remember you can ‘buddy dine’ on the non 787 aircraft facing each other.

    • Chris says:

      I’d say take row 5.

      There’s a degree of privavcy because of the layout of the seats, and you ge to talk if you lower the divider.

      OH and I would always want to be seated by each other (sort of the reason we travel together) so 4 or 5 for certain. Row 1 would be close-ish too, but likely not available

    • John says:

      Use thebasource rather than seatguru for BA planes

  • Alex says:

    OT: is there a BA sale coming up? Looking for a CW flight out to SFO next April but don’t want to book now if there’s a sale next week… There’s been sales end of August most years, correct?

  • George says:

    Did I imagine a chart showing SPG golds being migrated as Marriott Platinum elites (till the end 2018)?

    The conversion website shows Gold for Gold now. I’ve just merged my accounts and that’s what’s going on too…

    • Chris says:

      There was a brief time when it was believed that it would be gold->Plat til end of year (and confirmed ot Rob by the head of MR IIRC?)

      But that got dropped, it’s Gold only I’m afraid…

  • RakishDriver says:

    Re the spg amex card; I’m thinking of self-referring from my plat but unsure whether going for the spg amex now makes sense, having combined (status pending) my Marriott & SPG accounts today.
    I assume amex shall process the posting of future spg card spend points correctly to the ‘combined’ marriott a/c ? I haven’t received the new marriott loyalty number, still the previous one; maybe wait for that to arrive?

  • Jack says:

    OT: what’s the latest on IB 90k promotion and being left with a negative balance if you transfer to BAEC? I used my 90k to book a reward flight on QR. Booking was cancelled..don’t know why. Called IB and they offered to refund the Avios and charges in full. I tried to spend them but wasn’t successful. What would you do? Move them to BAEC or plead with IB not to cancel them in Dec because tried to use them??

    • Peter K says:

      Iberia are a law unto themselves so your guess is as good as anyone’s. Their IT isn’t great so you may well get away with not using them/sending them to BA…but the safe option is to use them with Iberia.

    • Rob says:

      Now they have been returned they may be flagged differently? Claiming you tried to use them will get you nowhere given you can book hotels with them.

      • Jack says:

        Thanks Rob and Peter K. Think I may have found another replacement reward flight so will use the Avios. Thanks guys!!

  • r* says:

    Is there an easy way to search for avios redemptions to anywhere based only on date? Trying to find flights for this weekend, not bothered where to but dont want to pay the overinflated prices that are typical for 2 days before a flight.

    • Neil Spellings says:

      You can search for award availability to regions and countries on a monthly basis in the BA app and then it allow you to narrow it down to cities or specific dates.

  • George says:

    In case anyone is hitting unprocessable condition when they try and do the Marriott / SPG merge – both of my accounts had the same email address (and different passwords) which seemed to confuse it. I changed them to separate email addresses and reset the passwords for both and they merged just fine.

    • FlyUpTop says:

      I merged this afternoon the two, different passwords and it all worked fine. It was working very slow earlier on a smartphone so i switched to a tablet and all worked fine.

      • Kipto says:

        OT. I have paid for specific seats on an an Avios booking in club. I have noticed that there is availability in first class on the same route but on a flight the day before. There is no cost to reserve specific seats in first class. Having checked BA’s t&c’s on seat selection it is vague as to whether I will get refunded for paying for the seats if I change flights. Can anyone confirm whether I am entitled to a refund ?

  • KBuffett says:

    Rob – is the one night free when booking a redemption for five nights now not available with Marriott Redemptions?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, still there

      • KBuffett says:

        Great. I wanted to check as you only booked a three night stay at St Regis NY, but I know you’re a busy man. Thanks for confirming.

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