A Message from the AMR Travel Club Team
What started as an idea to provide college scholarships to children of American Airlines employees quickly developed into a full-fledged travel club - offering wholesale-priced land packages to AA employees, their friends and family traveling to destinations around the world.
In 1990, a small group of AAers created what was initially known as the AMR Management Club, taking its name from the former parent company of American Airlines. In this pre-internet era, wholesale travel companies were eager to offer amazing itineraries to international destinations at fantastic prices, and the Club quickly grew, with hundreds of AAers taking advantage of their non-rev privileges to see the world. As the travel side grew, the "management" part of the name was eventually dropped and it simply became known as the AMR Travel Club.
Through the next 30 years, the Club offered many incredible trips to our members; which in turn, provided the funding for many college scholarships for our members' eligible children. But as the old saying goes, "all good things must come to an end," and thus, it is with much sadness that we advise the AMR Travel Club will close its doors after the last scheduled trips depart.
This is a very difficult decision, but the current environment and uncertainty of the future prevents the Travel Club from continuing in its present state. That said, all trips that are still active and currently scheduled are planned to go forth and will be honored as long as:
- We are still able to secure the minimum number of participants required for each trip remaining
- It's safe to travel from a health perspective and trips are not cancelled due to Coronavirus/Covid-19 restrictions
With this announcement, we will no longer accept new or renewal memberships. Any new applications submitted up to this point will still be considered active through one year of the date of join and will allow you to participate on any remaining trips that are still open. Membership dues will be applied to the Family Fund donation.
American Airlines Family Fund
After all required funds are applied to the active trips, any remaining money will be donated to the American Airlines Family Fund.
The Family Fund is a public, nonprofit organization that provides short-term emergency and crisis-relief assistance through one-time grants for all active and retired employees of American Airlines, its wholly owned subsidiaries and their families facing sudden, unexpected situations that threaten their health and welfare. Since this is an organization that helps our own in a time of need, we felt this was the best option for our remaining funds.
Once it's safe to gather again, we plan to have one last gala to celebrate the Travel Club and all of our members - past and present - toward the end of 2020. Details will be posted to the Club website, so please stay tuned.
On behalf of everyone who has ever been a part of this wonderful thing - whether you are a member, friend, family or volunteer, we simply say "thank you." It's been a great experience for so many people, and I think we can all say we would not have been able to travel to some unbelievable places had it not been for the AMR Travel Club.
We wish all of you safe travels in the future and thank you for the opportunity to serve as your volunteers!