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The American Airlines-US Airways bloodbath has started. Over the past day, US Airways raised the price of its business class awards from US to North Asia, widely considered their best-value award, American Airlines has gutted their AAnytime Awards and removed free domestic gateway stopovers on awards.
Over the past year I have gone back and forth about moving some or all of my Delta business to United. Each time people have suggested American Airlines. Their network and partners don’t work well for me, but beyond that it seemed that, like with Delta and United before, the merger will be terrible for loyal flyers. Each time an arguably inferior airline gobbled up their target and threw out the best of both. From what I see from the outside, US is bush league and has the most power-hungry CEO. I know some things about executives, and I assume Doug Parker has been gnashing his teeth to catch up, especially with high flying Delta’s turning of the screws on its customers. I expect AA/US to outdo both Delta and United in the carnage. Delta’s recent financial hit parade must be especially galling.
So everything people have told me is so wonderful about AA, I have been extremely cynical would be around for me to take AAdvantage. In contrast I feel like United has done about as much as its ineptitude currently allows. I hope I am wrong, but never underestimate a CEO pissing contest.