American Airlines: Upgrade Policy for domestic flights changed March 10 to use Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQD)

Hi all,

Just a quick note.  American Airlines changed the domestic upgrade policy on March 10 2017.  Previously, it was Status followed by date of booking.  So book first and get upgraded first.  This didn’t really reward the late booking business travelers who spent the most.  As of March 10th Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQD) now take a roll in figuring out where you land on the upgrade list.

I do not have all the details yet but I am sure those will leak out on the awesome travel blogs soon enough.

Marriott.com Too Many Redirects and Access Denied on landing page

From time to time the http://www.marriott.com website appears to die.  The errors may show for login or on search.

marriott-redirect-1

Google, Firefox, and Chrome all state “Too Many Redirects”.   This means the cookies have become stale and are causing issues.

The easiest solution is to remove the cookies for the effected website.

Chrome

  1. Open Chrome
  2. chrome://settings/cookies
  3. Search for the website that is having issues
  4. marriott-redirect-2
  5. Remove all shown
  6. Done
  7. Reload the page .. should still give you the error. Reload forced CTRL+F5 (this reloads without using local cache)

Chrome Cookies Location

Settings > Show Advanced Settings > Privacy > Content Settings > Cookies > All Cookies and Site Data
%localappdata%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies

Safari: “Could not open the page, too many redirects”

This might happen if you visit a page that’s been set to open another page, but the next page is instructed to go back to the original page.

This issue can be caused by the website you’re trying to view. Safari might be able to open the website at a later time, when the website’s redirect problem has been corrected.

This issue can also happen if redirect information has been cached after it’s no longer needed. In some cases, removing related cookies and cache in Safari can resolve repeated redirects:

  1. Safari, choose Safari > Preferences.
  2. Click the Privacy icon to view Privacy settings.
  3. Click the Details button that appears under the Remove All Website Data button.
  4. Search for the name of the website that you are trying to view.
  5. Click the Remove button.
  6. Close the Safari Preferences window.

If the issue continues, repeat the steps without searching for a specific website. Click the Remove All Website Data button to remove all of your cookies and cache files. If this does not resolve the issue, contact the owner of the website you’re trying to view for additional help.

Power on AA Planes: Tales of an Energy Zombie

While walking through airports it is fun to watch Energy Zombies scanning walls and seats looking for power.  Beware the Energy Zombie with a low battery looking for a hit of energy.  The unfocused shuffle until they see an open socket no matter where it is located then the desperate surge to plug in before anyone else.

I am going to focus on American Airlines planes with power so you can land with full charge.  Tools you’ll want from a professional Traveler:

  1. High AMP DC adpater with two USB ports (Think car cigarette adapter)
  2. Two USB cables (one at least a meter in length)
  3. AC power block with high AMP rating

That’s it.  You have these 4 items you can take advantage of power on all the planes.  Even seats that have two adapters.

32B – Airbus A320 Sharklets

Every seat has a screen 110v AC power (international multi plug) and USB 0.5 amp (slow charge) right below the screen

MD80 – Dirty 80 (2×3 seating)

Between seats is a DC plug (think car cigarette lighter).  You’ll need to bring your own USB Adapter.  Side note two USB port 1.0 A 5v DC adapters are cheap.  The real trick is check the AMPs.  The higher the AMP the faster you’ll charge.  Repeating myself because it is worth it.  Also these adapters are great for rental cars.

757-200, 767, 330-200, and 330-300

The old US airways planes tend to have power in first class the extra space seats only.  Keep in mind some of the older planes won’t have power so this is a hit an miss section!

737-800/900 (3×3 seating)

Shared Universal AC power in seats.  This means two per side of row so be nice and share with your fellow travelers

CRJ/CRJ700/CRJ200/ERJ

NO POWER!  Become an Energy Zombie

 

Little Green Light woes?

Green light means power is available.  I know right?  The reason I am calling this out is some older planes while tethered to the gate will have power.  However as the boarding process is completed and before the engines start power will drop out.  To start it again you will need to unplug and replug in but only after the engines have started.  Also on some older planes especially 15v DC connections you can draw to much power with bigger electronics and the green light will drop out.  You’ll need to lower the draw on your device and keep fiddling.  To lower power, for example, on a tablet turn off extra apps until you can get the device to charge effectively.  Keep green!

 

American Airlines Executive Platinum – So close and yet 2016

I travel for work… a lot.  It is a surreal experience to do a trip where you leave early in the day fly across the country and return home the same day in time for dinner with your family.

With just over a week left in the year I am 4 Elite Qualifying Segments (EQS) away from a status with American Airlines (AA) that I have never achieved before.  Executive Platinum (EP). I look forward to EP as it is a status you cannot get with a credit card nor status challenge.  2017 AA is also introducing a new mid tier called Platinum Pro (PP) that slots in perfectly between Platinum and Exec platinum like the Porsche Cayman.  Of note you cannot qualify for PP in 2016.

Why do these two levels matter to me?   AA is the largest airline in the US and they hand out status like candy.  This is very frustrating for those of us who fly for work.  I am always looking for ways to reduce stress and save time.  Professional travelers and there are a lot on AA in Austin, efficiently go through TSAPre Check, board quickly, pack appropriate luggage, sit quickly, and leave the plane quickly.  All of these mean everyone has a better experience.  Those who get the status via a credit card travel infrequently and are just not as fast.  This increases stress.

Oh well, one more trip to go this year and I will see if my loyalty is justified in 2017.  If not, I may become airline agnostic and fly direct whenever possible.  We shall see!

Happy and Safe Travels!

 

Oh for those keeping track of TLAs.  Today’s post has the following

  • EQS
  • AA
  • EP
  • PP
  • TLA – Three/Two Letter Acronym

Fix: Wi-Fi guest login not found or takes to long try 1.1.1.1

A constant bane of my existence while traveling is connecting to insecure WiFi guest networks.  Yes, I avoid scam networks the best I can.

Chrome recently changes to not try and reload every tab if connection is not present. However, it always says WARNING insecure website and you have to select advanced and accept risk.

Recently I have avoided this whole multi step process by opening a new tab and URL of 1.1.1.1 or 192.168.1.1  this forces the browser to find the local gateway which is where you get to enter credentials.

One day I hope connection to free wifi is as easy as Starbucks accept the EULA once and you automatically connect at every store.

Windows 10 has some new sense options but few details without reading online documentation on what wifi Sense is actually doing. Irony (n).   Well get there.

Side note: Generic click through EULA don’t hold up in court because no one reads them.   As such they are a waste of time.

 

Keeping at it.

ABIA: TSAPre Check line speeds in Austin

As a resident of Austin, TX and a frequent business traveler I have become intimately familiar with Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) and the TSA security.  Here is what you need to know about the 3 security entries.

If you are flying Delta, go to the left two TSAPre Check lines.

If you are flying anything else go to the Center security check point.  This has 1 or 2 (during rush) TSAPre Check lines.  The line on the left has a shorter lead up belt but tends to go faster.

AVOID: the right side security check point.  This does NOT have a TSAPre Check line.  They will give you a card but you still need to take out your liquids and electronics.  Which is slow but what is really slow is the fact you are in regular lines with pleasure travelers which means delays.  This is closest security line for united but you will end up in line for 50% more time every time.

Fix: Renaming American Airlines Reservations

AIn the past year or so the AA website or mobile app changed but you can no longer change a Reservation Trip Name.  This has become and issue for me as I almost always fly through DFW.   That means I have 4 trips that are all called AUS/DFW like

Departure Date Depart from Status Reservation Name
11/01/16 AUS Ticketed on 10/27/16 AUS/DFW
11/04/16 AUS Ticketed on 10/10/16 AUS/DFW
11/10/16 AUS Ticketed on 10/27/16 AUS/DFW
11/16/16 AUS Ticketed on 11/01/16 AUS/DFW

While on the line with an American Airlines (AA) tech support person who did not get the difference between Reservation Name and person flying nor did they appear to speak English as a top 3 language I was able to find a solution

  1. Open AA.com (Login)
  2. Navigate to your reservations (my trips)
  3. Open up the trip you want to rename
  4. Use the following link to change the name
https://www.aa.com/reservation/renameReservationSubmitAjax.do?reservationName=<NEW NAME>
  1. Page will load to a blank page (this is good)
  2. Go back twice (to list of reservations) and see that you can now understand your trip!

Don’t use any special characters as it will truncate the rename.

I have found naming my trips by the ending airport code works best.  At least then I know where I am going… if not why 🙂

An offical response is here: https://www.aa.com/i18n/utility/FAQs/reservations/ChangingReservations.jsp