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Please review The Travel Guide on Jetnet frequently for updates. A new Travel Guide was just published on February 20, 2016.


U. S. Passports - Renew Early

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If your U.S. Passport expires in 2016, the State Department urges you to renew it now, as it expects a surge in renewals of 10-year passports issued in 2006 and 2007.

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative implemented in 2007 required anyone, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air to the U.S. from all foreign countries (including Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda) to have a valid passport. More than 30 million people applied for U.S. Passports during the 2006-2007 timeframe.


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RESET YOUR SYSTEM ACCESS MANAGER
(SAM) PASSWORD

If your password has been disabled or you have been locked out; contact the Help Desk at 918-833-3333 for Password Assistance and FOLLOW THESE PROMPTS:.

1. Choose Prompt #1 for American Airlines assistance; allow for next menu to load.
2. Choose Prompt #2 for Commercial and Desktop Support; allow for next menu to load.
3. Choose Prompt #3 for Password Assistance; allow next menu to load.
4. Choose Prompt #1 for Passcode Assistance.
5. Enter your American Airlines ID Number.

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CHANGES TO YOUR TRAVEL BENEFITS

Changing Between D1 and D2, D2R Classifications

LAA (Legacy AA) and LUS (Legacy US Airways) now have the same policy for changing between travel priority classifications.

Prior to the merger LAA did not permit non-revs to change from a D1 to a D2 status or from a D2 to a D1 status after check-in.

Prior to the merger LUS did permit non-revs to change from a D1 status to a D2 status or from a D2 status to a D1 status after check-in.

Effectively immediately all employees and retirees will now be permitted to switch from/to, a D1 or D2, D2R priority statuses up until one hour before domestic flights and two hours prior to international flights.

After check-in you must cancel your original PNR listing and create a new PNR to switch your boarding status from a D1 to D2, D2R, or from a D2, D2R to a D1. You MUST make this change in NRTP (Non-Revenue Travel Planner). Airport Agents CANNOT make any of these changes for an employee or retiree. So be certain to have the appropriate APPs downloaded to your mobile devices to access the NRTP.

Unfortunately for Sabre Retirees, you are not able to make any changes to your priority status classifications because American Airlines has not provided access to the NRTP to you and the Airport Agents cannot make these changes for you.

AA explains that this is the only solution in the short-term because the system cannot track or monitor the changes between travel statuses.

AMRRC does not necessarily agree with these changes because up until one-hour prior to the departure time of a domestic flight; the priority list will probably render itself inaccurate because both employees and retirees will be permitted to change their travel classifications up almost up until departure time of a domestic flight. Making plans for travel based on the number of non-revs listed for a flight in the NRTP will also make it more difficult to determine how many D1s, D2s, or D2Rs are listed are really going to travel in the classifications displayed when these can so easily be changed.

We hope these changes do not further create any more issues during the boarding process at the gates with double listings, or in any uncertainties as to whether the changes to the classifications were changed during the timeframes specified.


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DOUBLE-LISTING FOR FLIGHTS IS NOT PERMITTED

Please be considerate of other non-revenue travelers and cancel your flight listing(s) if you do not intend to travel on that flight.

Double Listings create MORE WORK for the gate agents trying to process non-revenue travelers. If there are double listings on the airport standby list, the agent must also process those names on the standby list as a No Answer or Cancel them. Double listings also create inaccurate numbers for those non-revenue travelers trying to plan a trip because more travelers have listed than plan on traveling.

Prior to the merger, LAA was NOT PERMITTED to ever double list for any flight. Prior to the merger LUS was PERMITTED to double list for flights. LUS also has many flight crews commuting and many still continue to double list for flights to ensure they get to work, and return home.

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AA Retiree Identification (ID) Card

February 9, 2016

AA is now issuing Retiree IDs for all retirees considered to be Mainline Airline retirees.

Retirees of Express Carriers will not be issued Retiree IDs. Express Carriers include PSA, Piedmont and Envoy.

Retirees can request their retiree ID electronically. Please follow the instructions posted with the form on Retiree Jetnet. http://Retirees.AA.com

You are still able to request a Retiree ID by mail but it will probably take longer to process the request. The application form is available on Jetnet, however, for your convenience we have posted the exact form here for those retiree that would prefer to send their request by U.S. mail. CLICK HERE FOR THE RETIREE ID FORM.

Follow the instructions on the Application Form. Although, there is no place on the form to enter a date you submit the form; we recommend entering a date in the upper right-hand corner of the form. Retain a photo-copy of the completed application for your records.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please email the Retirement Services team at retirement.services@aa.com or contact Retirement Services at 1-800-447-2000 and follow the prompts to Retirement Counseling.

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Our Mission Statement

The American Airlines Retirees Committee goal is to Preserve Retiree Benefits through Communications and Determination!

AMRRC, Inc. was incorporated as a 501(c4) tax exempt, nonprofit corporation, dedicated to represent all Retirees from American Airlines, from past mergers and to protect Retiree benefits for future Retirees.

AMRRC, Inc. will work to restore Retiree Earned Benefits and to meet the short term and long term challenges that are ahead. Retirees are proud of our decades of hard work that made American Airlines great. Retirees deserve Respect and the Earned Benefits, including travel pass benefits that were promised for our years of service as a part of our Retirement programs.

We look forward to working with old and new members for the long term.

Welcome to the New AMRRC, Inc. April 2015.


The views, comments and ideas expressed on the AMRRC Website do not represent those of the American Airlines Group and its subsidiaries. The logos, flight symbols, all service marks and trademarks contained herein are property of their respective owners. AMRRC is not associated with AAG.


AMERICAN AIRLINES RETIREE TRAVEL CHANGES.

OVER 10,000 RETIREES HAVE SIGNED THE FOLLOWING PETITION:

RETIREES SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN DOWNGRADED IN ALL PASS CATEGORIES.

libertyJoin us in our efforts to restore our pass policy, for equal rights for ALL Retirees, without discrimination to specific work groups, including TWA, USAir, Sabre and other Retirees from AMR.    Thank you.



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News From Your President
April 4, 2016




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AIRLINE QUALITY RATINGS FOR 2015


Performance measures for American Airlines includes performance outcomes for US Airways. The AQR score for the combined airlines declined in 2015 compared to 2014 (-1.35 in 2014 declining to -1.73 for 2015).

The decline in AQR score reflects poorer performance in three of four criteria measured. On-time arrivals improved (80.3% in 2015 compared to 77.9% in 2014). Involuntary denied boardings (0.77 in 2015 compared to 0.55 in 2014), baggage handling (3.98 per 1,000 passengers in 2015 compared to 3.77 in 2014) and customer complaints per 100,000 passengers (3.36 in 2015 compared to 2.12 in 2014) all showed poorer performance. The impact of poorer performance outcomes for most criteria combined to produce a decline (-1.73 in 2015 compared to -1.35 in 2014) in American Airlines’ AQR score for 2015. Delta Air Lines (DL) On-time percentage for 2015 shows an improvement.

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Below is the 2015 numerical ranking of the nation's leading 13 airlines, according to the Airline Quality Rating, with the 2014 ranking in parentheses:

  1. Virgin America (1)
  2. JetBlue (4)
  3. Delta (3)
  4. Hawaiian (2)
  5. Alaska (5)
  6. Southwest (6)
  7. SkyWest (10)
  8. United (9)
  9. ExpressJet (11)
  10. American (7)
  11. Frontier (8)
  12. Envoy Air (12)
  13. Spirit (new to rating in 2015)

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American Airlines Ends Free 24-Hour Reservation Holds


It’s official: As of April 1, 2016, American Airlines is forgoing its free 24-hour reservation holds in favor of a 24-hour refund policy similar to that of other airlines.

According to an AA spokesperson, the decision was made in response to confusion from customers. Since AA’s 24-hour hold policy was different from what other airlines offer.

The DOT requires carriers to permit either free 24-hour holds or free cancellations within 24 hours — as of tomorrow, American will offer the latter. It’s interesting to note that there will be no change in the current process if you’re trying to book award tickets — you’ll still be able to use the 24-hour hold option there.

Customers at AA.com will still be able to use the 24-hour hold option for the time being, although that is temporary. Our policy to meet the DOT rule, which applies to reservations made via a call center or AA.com (or any other American Airlines channel) is the 24-hour refund.

Read More: http://thepointsguy.com/2016/03/aa-ending-free-24-hour-reservation-holds/

The 24-Hour-Hold Option for ID20 Tickets. For now, nothing changes for how employees book The 24—Hour-Hold Option for ID20 Tickets: You can continue to hold your reservations on AA.com and call 1-888-WE-FLY-AA. (1-888-933-5922).


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APRIL 4, 2016

Alaska Air announced a deal Monday to acquire Virgin America, the ninth-largest U.S. airline by passenger traffic, for $2.6 billion, having outbid JetBlue Airways. Alaska Air paid $57 per share to acquire Virgin America, according to an Alaska Air press release.

It will become the fifth-largest U.S. airline, with 1,200 daily departures and hubs in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Anchorage and Portland.

Alaska will also enhance its position at a half dozen congested airports, including LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International in New York, Reagan Washington National and Los Angeles International.

Alaska will operate a fleet of 280 aircraft, including regional aircraft and apparently including Virgin America's 60 Airbus A319s and A320s. In a press release, the carriers made no mention of abandoning the Virgin America fleet in favor of Alaska's Boeing fleet.

Alaska will retain its Seattle headquarters and will continue to be led by CEO Brad Tilden. He and Virgin American CEO David Cush will co-lead a transition team. The carriers said Alaska "will work closely with Virgin America to learn more about the award-winning Virgin America brand and customer experience, (and) over the next few months Alaska will explore with the Virgin Group how the Virgin America brand could continue to serve a role in driving customer acquisition and loyalty to get the best from both brands."


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Email Newsletter – April 15, 2016

Save the Date!
June 8, 2016

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All Retirees Are Invited to Participate in the Retirees Benefits Rally prior to the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in New York. Wednesday, June 8, 2015 Event Time: 8:00 A.M. (EDT) – New York City
P-I-C-K-E-T-I-N-G and RALLY!

American Airlines Shareholders Meeting 9:00 a.m.

The Law Offices of Latham & Watkins LLP
885 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022
(Corner of Third Avenue and 53rd Street)

Mary McKenna, retired Flight Attendant of AA is the Picket and Rally Coordinator. Retiree Benefits Rally sponsored by American Airlines Retirees Committee www.AMRRC.net

Only Shareholders or appropriately designated Proxy Holders will be permitted to attend the Meeting. Other attendees of the event rally can remain street-side during the Shareholders Meeting.

In 2014 and 2015, the retirees and AMRRC shareholders who attended the annual meeting represented the views of all AA retirees because of the suppression of the Retirees’ Travel Benefits. If the retiree shareholders had not been there to present the views of retirees the BODs would not be aware of them.

The shareholder retirees need to continue to voice their concerns each and every year to the American Airlines’ Board of Directors and must continue to ask questions about the issues negatively impacting AA as reflected with its decline in airline ratings.

The merger can no longer be an excuse for AA’s poor performance and severe drop in the airline industry rankings, or the toxic work environment endured by its employees, or the decline in revenue and loss of its customers who have abandoned their loyalty to AA, or the complete disregard of its retirees who worked for decades to preserve American Airlines. The real causes and effects need to be examined, discussed and resolved or AA will continue to decline in the months and years to come.

We ask that you support our efforts and attend the rally and meeting on June 8th.

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AMRRC also wants to emphasize that any changes in any benefits includes all retirees of all the airlines included in the new AA and we especially want the TWA Retirees to know it includes all of you. We apologize how the previous acquisition by AA affected you and your travel benefits. That should not have ever happened under any circumstance.


PROFIT SHARING

American Airlines announced it will offer profit sharing to its employees in 2016. Analysts say it’s too early to tell if it will improve the corporate culture.

It was a surprising reversal by an airline CEO who for two years had stuck to his guns, saying that higher wages are better for employees than risky profit-sharing plans. But last month, American Airlines’ chief executive Doug Parker announced that the Fort Worth-based carrier would implement a profit-sharing program for more than 110,000 employees. “This is a CEO who had a point of view and then changed it to one that is frankly a more employee-friendly point of view,” said Henry Harteveldt, an analyst with Atmosphere Research.

But will the prospect of getting a profit-sharing check at the end of the year make American employees pull together to make the airline great again? Parker and other senior executives at American hope so.

Read More Here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/business/aviation/sky-talk-blog/article69609767.html


MARCH 8, 2016 – FORT WORTH, TEXAS

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker acknowledged Tuesday that employees at the world’s largest airline “still don’t trust us,” after the pilots union accused management of fomenting a “toxic culture.”

In a presentation to investors and Wall Street analysts, Parker said employee relations are more important than ever as the airline industry has consolidated and management has to do a better job of engaging American’s workers.

“We have to be out working to find ways to positively surprise our employees,” Parker said. “They still don’t trust us. It’s not their fault they don’t trust us. They don’t trust us because of what they’ve experienced. They haven’t experienced trustworthy things. Not because the people they work for are necessarily not trustworthy, simply because the people they worked for couldn’t live up to the promises they made. … They’re still gun shy from it.”

In a letter sent to Parker over the weekend, the pilots union criticized American management, saying a “toxic culture” was returning to the airline. The union outlined several issues, such as crew scheduling and payroll problems that were contributing to poor labor relations.

“We see managers at our airline clinging to their old ways,” the union said in its letter, which also said the airline was putting out an “embarrassing” product to customers.

Parker said the industry has fundamentally changed, with airlines no longer struggling to survive but instead part of global networks that can take customers anywhere they want to go. But managers are still managing as if the airline may not last, he said.

“The American team has lived in that old world of management-labor tension for so long, and changing this culture requires them to understand the industry is now a different place, and they have to get past that. We all have to get past it,” Parker said.

Although the airline has given $3.5 billion in pay raises to several of its labor groups, including pilots, flight attendants and gate agents, Parker says bigger paychecks are not enough to motivate a workforce. But he did not address profit-sharing, which some employees including flight attendants have asked American to consider now that American made $7.6 billion in profits in 2015. Mechanics and ground workers have not received raises as they are in negotiations for a new joint contract.

American is spending $3 billion on customer service improvements and buying hundreds of new planes to replace its aging fleet. But Parker said the investments will be meaningless if employees aren’t proud of the airline.

“If we don’t have our employees engaged and excited about being at American Airlines, it’s all for waste,” Parker said.

Read Letter to Parker from the Pilots Union here
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Rich Slivocka
State of the Airline Meeting
January 29, 2016

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Watch the Introduction and Statement by Retiree, Rich Slivocka to CEO, Doug Parker