American Airlines will pick up special passengers in Cadillacs

American Airlines super elite frequent fliers can rejoice. 

Soon, they will no longer have to wistfully watch as Delta and United drive passengers to their connecting flights luxury automobiles, while knowing that American offers no such service. 

Yup. Three years after Delta starting surprising its best customers in Atlanta with tarmac porsche rides, American is finally  joining the club. 

At Los Angeles International Airport, American has started whizzing ultra high value customers to their aircraft in chauffeured Cadillacs. Next up for the cars: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, New York LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport. 

It's fun service, though a tiny fraction of frequent fliers actually get to use it. You have to spend a fortune on American to receive a ride. But the travelers who do get picked up usually love the service.

“I think only an appearance from Santa Claus and being able to ride in his sleigh would get people more excited,” travel industry analyst Henry Harteveldt once told me about Delta's pickups. “I have seen adults get all giddy like schoolchildren when they realize they get the Porsche transfer in Atlanta. It’s special. It’s different. It’s distinct. It shows Delta’s appreciation for its most important customers.”

American will start picking up special passengers from aircraft using Cadillacs. Photo: General Motors. 

American will start picking up special passengers from aircraft using Cadillacs. Photo: General Motors.