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100,000 AAdvantage miles for your thoughts.
We enjoy hearing what you think about the magazine — so much so that if your letter to the editor is published in a 2013 issue, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win 100,000 AAdvantage­ miles. Want a chance at the miles? Simply ­e-mail your thoughts to us at ­editor@americanwaymag.com.



BEST OF SIX DECADES
Sixty years of air travel for business and pleasure to places all over the world have given me the opportunity to read countless in-flight magazines of many airlines. As a fairly discriminating reader, I’ve not generally been impressed with their content, and in recent years, quality writing about meaningful subjects seems to have given way to crass commercialism. But on my most recent American Airlines flight to Florida for a three-generation boat charter, I enjoyed American Way pretty much cover to cover. In fact, with no prompting from the refreshingly attentive cabin staff, I announced to my wife: “This is the best in-flight magazine I’ve ever read.” Keep up the good writing.
Ron Carlson, Lakeland, Minn.
 
Associate Editor Jan Hubbard responds: Wow, Ron. Sixty years of travel. Even when it rolls off the tongue, it’s amazing. Your compliment is very meaningful because you’ve obviously seen your share of magazines. Our staff tries very hard, so it’s wonderful when someone recognizes it.



“EDITOR'S NOTE” SINGS
I was on an American Airlines flight recently and picked up American Way. Editor Adam Pitluk’s “In Just” column (“Editor’s Note,” April 15) jumped out at me. I sing in the San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir, and one of the pieces we’ll be singing is Brian Holmes’ setting of the E.E. Cummings poem “In Just.” Thanks for making my flight feel a little bit shorter.
David Krug, Hayward, Calif.
 
Editor Adam Pitluk responds: Thanks for sharing, David. Wish I was able to catch that perform­ance. I hope to catch the SFBACC soon.



OPPOSITE ATTRACTION
While flying to meet my husband in ­Washington, D.C., I sat down, opened the May 1 American Way and read a letter in the “Air Mail” section from a man who now travels with his ex-wife. Our story is the opposite. I met my husband last year and joined him on a trip to Europe a week after we met. We stayed up all night on the flight from DFW to London Heathrow talking and getting to know each other before finding what had to be the most horribly uncomfortable chairs in the airport to try to nap before our connecting flight. Yet we were with the most comfortable travel companion either of us had ever known, and memories of that trip will last a lifetime.
After our week in Europe, there were trips to Houston, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle, Minneapolis and many other places. The man wrote in the letter that “you never know where American ­Airlines will take you next.” For us it was an AAdvantage award trip to Fiji, where we were married in February.
Jennifer Devillier, Keller, Texas
 
Managing Editor Travis Kinsey responds: Congratulations, Jennifer, both on your recent marriage and on your newfound lease on life. It sounds like you and your husband have a lifetime of happy travel ahead of you.



WORLD TRAVELER
Having traveled to five continents on many airlines around the world, I find ­American Airlines to be the best. The quality of ­American Way, especially, is high, and for someone who loves to travel, this magazine provides great insights into exotic destinations. The April 15 issue about Roatán, Honduras (“Forward and Back”), was an intriguing read with beautiful pictures, details of things to do and places to see. The author also provided an excellent view on the ­impact of tourism on the local economy and population. I appreciate this, and Honduras might very well be my next holiday destination. Keep the wonderful articles coming.
Vinayak Doraiswamy, New York
 
Associate Editor Jessica Jones responds: We do our best to put out the most informative, entertaining and engaging content we can each and every issue, Vinayak, and it’s rewarding to hear that you’re enjoying the magazine.



A BEAUTIFUL SURPRISE
I recently had a trip with American Airlines, my favorite airline for sure. It was great to see Roatán on the April 15 cover, and it was definitely amazing reading the article. I congratulate American Way for taking the time and discovering this lost paradise in this beautiful Caribbean country.
Carlos A. Sorto, Honduras
 
Design Director David W. Radabaugh responds: Thank you for the kind words, Carlos. It was a pleasure for us to feature your beautiful country in our magazine.



MISSING FUN ON ROUTE 1
I have driven California’s Route 1 many times over the years, often staying over in Monterey or Santa Cruz. And Capitola I do know and absolutely adore. So the marvel to me is that I have missed and seemingly ignored the rest of the coast between Santa Cruz and Monterey because I have never checked any of it out. Which is shameful on my part, as Jill K. Robinson’s article (“The Wild Coast,” March 15) shows there is lots to do and see. A good lesson.
Mike Stubbs, London, England
 
Senior Editor Anna K. Fialho responds: Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed Jill’s off-the-beaten-path article exploring California’s coast between Santa Cruz and ­Monterey, Mike. Jill did a fantastic job sussing out the best the area has to offer.



YOU GO, GIRLS!
I have to admit that I picked up your May 1 issue to check out Isla Fisher’s very cute orange dress on the cover. But as my plane took off and I settled in to read the rest of the magazine, I was impressed by all the strong women profiled in the issue. Fisher might still be better known as Borat’s wife, but she exuded such poise and confidence in the story (“Without a Doubt”) that I have no doubt she will be a household name in no time. It was also great to catch up with Anna Chlumsky (“Itinerary”), whom I had known only as My Girl. And then a few Itinerary pages later, I was ecstatic to read about a couple of actresses — Jennifer Morrison and Hannah Simone — from two of my favorite TV shows (Once Upon a Time and New Girl, respectively). And to top it all off, there was the excellent article by Kathleen ­Parrish about her experience at a silent retreat ­(“Silent Lucidity”). Bravo, American Way, for including so many fearless females in one issue.
Roberta Pereira, New York
 
Design Coordinator Betsy L. Semple responds: And bravo to you, Roberta, for your kind words about a group of special women. It was nice that it looked like we planned this issue with your favorite actresses in mind.



BETTER FOR WEAR
When I travel on a different airline, I notice the in-flight magazine is always in pristine condition. Recently I was flying on American Airlines, and when I pulled out American Way from the seat-back pocket, it was easy to see that it had been read by many other passengers. Ragged corners showed a rough life. I thought this was evidence of an airline that didn’t take the time to replace worn magazines. Shortly thereafter, however, my impression completely changed. It took under 10 minutes of reading to realize why this periodical could have such a following. From the use of color, imagery and font size to the intriguing content, I was hooked. Clearly, there is no way you could keep up with having pristine copies because of the hoard of readers that pour through the pages of pure joy. I have collected several of the other airline magazines and placed them on a table in my living room because they have pretty covers. They are never read. Now, I’m replacing them with American Way so they will actually be read.
David Cahoon, Moline, Ill.
 
T.K. responds: “Pages of pure joy?” You have brought pure joy to our office because of your very kind words, David. Your enthusiasm for our magazine and your willingness to contribute to the pass-along factor that gives magazines more readers are very much appreciated.




GETTING HIP
My favorite thing to do while waiting for the plane to depart is read American Way. I like the variety of topics, and they have helped educate me on several new trends in music and the arts. During our family spring-break trip to Nicaragua in March, my two children, ages 20 and 13, were seated two rows behind us. My oldest is a college student and flies home quite often. He has gotten Mom’s habit of reading American Way. As I leisurely enjoyed the March 1 issue, I heard my son whisper, “Mom, see page 25.” I quickly turned to see an article (“Electric Electronica”) on producer/DJ Diplo. My son, a music-composition major in college, has talked to me about what I call “new music,” and I have developed an image of the artists who fascinate him. To my surprise, the young man in the article didn’t look at all like what I envisioned, and I was so grateful for the story. Reading it made me realize the importance of showcasing role models like American Way did. Thank you for educating me.
Minerva Cordero, Ph.D, Arlington, Texas
 
D.R. responds: A big part of our mission, Dr. Cordero, is to keep you informed about music, movies and the arts. I’m glad we succeeded and that you’re up to date on your son’s music world.



A GREAT NEW LOOK
On a recent flight, I fastened my seat belt and reached into the pocket in front of me for American Way. At first I couldn’t find it. There was a magazine, but I thought it was a different magazine that somebody sitting in the seat on a previous flight forgot. Only after a closer look did I realize that this is a redesigned issue. As a person who worked all my life in the graphic-art field, I am writing to tell you how much better the design is — tasteful, modern and well structured. Kudos to your new look!
Dana Jakubovic, Montreal, Canada
 
D.R. responds: We’ve been hearing that from passengers a lot lately, Dana. In addition to the much-appreciated letters from readers who share your opinion, we recently earned Best Travel & In-Transit Magazine, Best In-Flight Magazine and Best Transportation Publication awards. Thanks for noticing.



BUCKED LIST BOOSTED 
Last year I changed jobs within my company to a position that requires frequent international travel. Part of my flying routine that I look forward to is reading American Way cover to cover. I enjoy reading your featured destinations and studying the world map in the back of the magazine to plan future personal and business excursions. I cannot resist taking a copy with me (after I make sure no pages have been removed) for future reference. Through your magazine, I’ve added many exciting adventures to my bucket list. Thank you, American Way, for nurturing my love of travel!
Joy Spohn, San Martin, Calif.
 
Senior Art Director Brian Smith responds: One of our editorial goals is to be a resource when you are planning future travel, so thank you, Joy, for telling us that we’re accomplishing that. It’s nice to know.



A CONFESSION
I have a confession to make, and I am here to be forgiven. Trying as hard as I can to follow the rules, I don’t appear to be doing as I’ve been told. This behavior is not like me. I always follow the straight and narrow. I recycle, do the dishes and make my bed. I don’t speed while driving or step on the crack and break my mother’s back. (OK, so no one under the age of 60 will understand the latter.) But here is where I appear to go hopelessly astray: When the flight attendant asks everyone to power down their devices, people all around me are busy stopping, but not me. Appearing to be defiant, I do not power off my machine until you provide me with the reading material in American Way, which serves as a handy off switch for my electronics. Please forgive me.
Steve Rhodes, Parker, Texas
 
A.P. responds: I like the cut of your jib, Steve. Everything you’re doing is right. Keep it up.