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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 email your thoughts to us at

On my flight from Dallas to L.A., I read the letter from Phil Sanfilippo (“Air Mail,” Aug. 1), who questioned the editorial policy of American Way. In the letter, he mentioned “you choose not to print any letter with an opposing point of view.” To begin with, I liked the author’s view and appreciated his attempt to enhance discussion of the editorial policy of American Way. What impressed me the most was the audacity and courage displayed by American Way in publishing the letter and displaying the true spirit of journalism. I especially liked the sincerity and clarity in the response provided by Adam Pitluk, where he touched on the focus of coverage. It also made me realize that we as readers also own the responsibility of not having a partial view before reaching conclusions. I felt connected after seeing this letter printed with a positive intent to make things better. I am sure this will encourage the AA travelers to express their views more intently. I would like to say that not only does the spirit of journalism dwell in American Way, it also acts as an entity that connects people.

Mahesh Kashyap, Irving, Texas

Editor Adam Pitluk responds: The editors at American Way — we are all professional journalists with credentials under our belt ranging from Dallas’ D magazine to Time magazine to Soap Opera Weekly — take this job seriously, Mahesh. We don’t like to be accused of yellow journalism, but on the rare occasion when we are, we take it as an opportunity to stop, reflect and, whenever possible, improve.

Being an international pianist, I tend to fly a lot as part of my profession. Long-haul flights can be tedious, so I was thrilled to read the beautiful article on Montevideo (“A City Reborn,” June 15), a city I went to as a kid and, thanks to you, cannot wait to rediscover. I am so grateful to be ­reminded­ of the wonderful smells of the Mercado del Puerto (where I ate my first codfish), the beautiful buildings in Punta Ballena and the general warm atmosphere of the people. The article brought back all of these good memories and more.
Matan Porat, Tel Aviv, Israel

Senior Editor Jessica Jones responds: Sounds like a very special trip for you, Matan. I’m glad our article could bring back those memories and encourage you to revisit Montevideo soon.

My dad recently went on a business trip and read your magazine on the plane. He found it very interesting and brought it to my brother and me. While I was reading it, I found your contest to win 100,000 AAdvantage miles and decided to submit my thoughts. I found two articles that I enjoyed reading very much. They were both in the July 15 issue: “The Making of American Chefs” and “Picky Eaters.” These articles were very thought-provoking for 11-year-old kids like me. For example, I was able to relate to “Picky Eaters” because I was a picky eater when I was younger. Also, I learned that people can be picky eaters their whole lives. Your articles are very interesting and teach lessons to us kids as well as adults. They are very thoughtful and funny. I hope you continue to keep publishing articles like these in your magazine.
Neha Satish, Naples, Fla.
Senior Art Director Brian Smith responds: Neha, I have a 12-year-old son who dabbles in picky eating from time to time, so he can also relate to that story. But I’m sure he’d love to see someone near his age win the 100,000 miles. Good luck to you.

With our economy’s current condition, I find more and more airlines looking for new ways to cut corners. I’m thankful American Airlines is still reliable, comfortable and continues to provide luxuries such as American Way. I can’t help but indulge myself with articles and pictures that feed my desire to travel. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Boulder, Colo., my hometown and a one-of-a-kind place where you can always feel free to be yourself, was featured in the July 1 issue (“Street Scene: Pearl Street”). Thank you for such a fine article and another­ reason to be satisfied with American Way.
Jackie Troschinetz, Boulder, Colo.
Associate Editor Jan Hubbard responds: There’s no greater compliment for an in-flight magazine than someone saying we make them want to travel, Jackie. A sincere thank-you.

Courtesy Sydney Whipple
Sydney Whipple of Lincolnshire, Ill., was the lucky winner of our Tim McGraw sweepstakes (“King of Country,” June 1, 2013). Sydney, whose name was drawn at random from more than 3,000 entries, won two tickets to the Tim McGraw concert on July 27 at the Farm Bureau Live for the Arts concert venue in Virginia Beach, Va. She received two nights’ hotel accommodations at the Hilton Virginia Beach ­Oceanfront, two Admiral’s Club passes and 50,000 ­AAdvantage miles. Congratulations, Sydney!