American Eagle Outfitters is entering a new partnership with American Eagle Airlines (and thus with American Airlines) after the companies both reported high rates of customers mistaking one brand for the other. “After the ten-thousandth person called our customer service line to complain about service on an American Eagle flight, we figured we might as well work with this,” said American Eagle Outfitters Vice President Joe Sanchez. “People need to fly and they need stylish, high-quality clothing at a fair price, so we think it’s going to be great.”
As a result of the union, AAdvantage Executive Platinum members will be guaranteed fitting rooms at the clothing store and will have a designated priority check out lane. AAdvantage Platinum and Gold members are only entitled to the fitting room benefit. In exchange, the clothing store’s employees will be exempt from the new window shade charges on all American and American Eagle flights, and American Eagle will cover the exteriors of several of its planes completely with American Eagle Outfitters advertising. A partnership between the AEREWARD$ and AAdvantage programs is also in the works, though its exact terms are still being ironed out.
Can you tell the difference?
American Eagle Airlines spokesman Ron Butts seemed ambivalent about the entire venture. “We don’t really like people confusing us with the clothing store, but they already do so maybe working together makes sense.” Butts continued, “I’ve always been a Banana Republic man myself, but we have been losing the frat boy demographic in recent years, so I suppose this could be positive for us on that front.”
In related news, Virgin America is expected to enter a cross-promotional agreement with GameStop later this summer.
The travel world is abuzz with speculation about a potential merger between US Airways and American Airlines after the following domains were purchased anonymously:
- american-usairways.com, .net, and .org
- americanairlinesusairways.com, .net, and .org
- usairways-american.com, .net, and .org
- usairwaysamerican.com, .net, and .org
- usairwaysamericanairlines.com, .net, and .org
- usandaa.com, .net, and .org
- aadvantageofus.com, .net, and .org
- advantageofus.com, .net, and .org
- oneworldoneairline.com, .net, and .org
Some see this as incontrovertible evidence that the two legacy carriers are headed for a merger, but here at Points Envy we question how serious they could really be if they aren’t even going after the best URLs. If it were up to us, our new airline would go with something more like one of the following:
At the time of posting, Points Envy was able to verify that the above domain names were still available. If you’re an enterprising cybersquatter looking to cash in on the impending merger, you’re welcome.