Concorde devotees loved its glamour, its look, and its celebrity cargo. Above all, they loved its speed. And if there were gripes about noise or wasting fuel . . . well, for most of the world that $12,000 round-trip was a champagne-and-caviar-filled fantasy. David Kamp of Vanity Fair considers the 27-year reign of “the white bird,” the misfortunes that grounded it, and the slender hope that its needle nose will rise again.

I randomly came across this seven page Vanity Fair article from 2003 that you must check out if you’re an aviation geek or Concorde enthusiast.

I’ve always been a huge Concorde fan but unfortunately I had just gotten into the points game as the jet was being retired from active service. That surely would have been a cool redemption though!

Did you know that you were able to redeem AA, Continental, Delta, US, and SPG points and miles amongst other foreign award currencies for a free award trip on the Concorde? As all seats were considered First, the rates weren’t that bad…especially with the SPG Qantas trick –

125,000 AAdvantage Miles
100,000 SPG Points 
200,000 OnePass Miles
160,000 SkyMiles
125,000 US Airways Miles
200,000 Membership Rewards Points


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antignos June 18, 2014 - 9:37 am

Great Post! Very interesting and wish I had ben doing it back then also. Amassing 125K AA miles was not easy back then though.


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