Cadillac’s partnership with American Airlines brings luxury to 30,000 feet

cadillacs partnership american airlines brings luxury 30000 feet caddy aa
Cadillac owners are used to driving in luxury, but thanks to a new partnership with American Airlines, those comforts will extend to 30,000 feet.

The relationship between the American transportation mainstays is still very new, but they’re debuting three exclusive benefits to their customers this month, with more to follow later this year.

The first perk is a Luxury Airport Transfer Program that’s currently being launched at Los Angeles International Airport. The service identifies ConciergeKey members and grants them deluxe, private transportation between gates in a Cadillac CTS, SRX, or Escalade.

ConciergeKey is an enigmatic, exclusive service that sits above Executive Platinum on the airline’s priority list. Its benefits are known only to high profile, high-spending customers who’ve registered as Executive Platinum for several years; reports indicate ConciergeKey members spend around $50,000 a year with the airline.

By the end of 2014, American Airlines hopes to implement similar programs at Dallas/Forth Worth International, LaGuardia, and John F. Kennedy.

The second benefit is the accumulation of AAdvantage frequent flier miles with the test drive of a new Cadillac. When customers call and schedule an appointment ahead of time, they can earn 7,500 miles just by taking a spin in a new CT6.

Related: What’s in a name, anyway? Cadillac forsakes its identity, adopts new naming scheme

In addition, the American automaker plans to open “Cadillac exhibits” at major airports soon, but the company didn’t go into any further detail.

“This is just the beginning of the opportunities we see with our partnership with Cadillac,” said Suzanne Rubin, President of the AAdvantage Loyalty Program. “We are thrilled to be able to offer these benefits to our customers.”

With the groundwork of the partnership laid, what benefits could be next for the crossover customers? Perhaps chrome landing gear on select flights? Specialty cocktails for Cadillac owners? The possibilities, as they say, are endless.


2020 Cadillac CT5 luxury sedan gets turbocharged power, chiseled looks

The 2020 Cadillac CT5 proves the General Motors luxury brand still cares about sedans. Debuting at the 2019 New York Auto Show, it features Cadillac's Super Cruise tech and a lineup of turbocharged engines.

Electric car buying guide: What you need to know before you buy

EVs are better than they've ever been, but buying your first battery-powered car can be an intimidating experience. Digital Trends has compiled a comprehensive guide that walks you through the process of buying an EV.

Here are the best games to play with your friends on the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch's hybrid design adds convenience to your gaming time, allowing you to play Switch games both at home and on the go. The design also benefits multiplayer experiences, from co-op to competitive and online to offline.

From rugged wagons to hot sports cars, the 2019 NY Auto Show brought it all

From city cars to supercars, anything goes at the New York Auto Show. Automakers from all over the globe traveled to the 2019 show to unveil their newest concept cars and production models.

Toyota leads $1 billion investment in Uber’s self-driving tech division

In a move that has been a long time coming, Uber filed its S-1 documents, which sets the stage for the company to finally go public with an initial public offering. The company could be valued at more than $100 billion.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Samsung Galaxy Fold woes, zombie pigs, and more

Today's topics: Samsung Galaxy Fold, Facebook A.I. voice assistants, YouTube comes to Fire TV, facial recognition on airline flights, the SpaceX DART program, Yale's zombie pigs, and much more!
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robots that eat landmines and clean your floors

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!

Carbuying can be tiring: Here are the best used car websites to make it easier

Shopping for a used car isn't easy, especially when the salesman is looking to make a quick sale. Thankfully, there are plenty of sites aimed at the prospective buyer, whether you're looking for a sedan or a newfangled hybrid.

Apple’s interest in self-driving cars reported to be revving up

A new report suggests that Apple is in talks with a number of suppliers to purchase lidar sensors, an essential tool for self-driving cars. The news is once again spiking rumors that Apple might be building vehicles.

Café racer-inspired ebike hits 28 mph quickly and quietly with carbon belt drive

Ebike manufacturer Electra launched the Café Moto Go, an advanced ebike. The Café Moto Go's step-over frame was inspired by café racers. The Café Moto Go is a premium performance ebike built to run smoothly and extra quietly.

Where to go when your EV is low: Rich neighborhoods have most charging stations

If you're running low on juice in your electric vehicle, head for the rich part of town. A survey by found median home list prices in the 20 U.S. ZIP codes with the most EV charging stations were 2.6 times the national average.

Ford is keeping hackers out of its cars by putting key fobs to sleep

Ford found a way to stop thieves who try to hack their way into a car by duplicating its key fob. It developed a smart key fob that puts itself to sleep when it's idle for at least 40 seconds. It automatically wakes up when someone picks it…

This vintage Ford Bronco off-roader has a modern electric powertrain

Zero Labs took a classic Ford Bronco and replaced its gasoline engine with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. So you get the style and off-road capability of a Bronco, but with zero emissions.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Earth Day, indoor container farming, robot submarines

Today on Digital Trends Live, we discuss how technology intersects with Earth Day, a new Tim Cook biography, indoor container farming, robot spy submarines, A.I. death metal, and more.