Major Changes to American’s AAdvantage Program Announced

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American Airlines has announced some new changes to their AAdvantage program starting later this summer, which will impact members of all levels, so below is a rundown of the changes.


Earning in 2016 and beyond

For travel beginning August 1, 2016

Earn award miles based on your ticket price and elite status on American-marketed flights.

You earn miles on the base fare plus carrier-imposed fees minus government-imposed taxes and fees. The more you spend (and the higher your elite status level) the more you’ll earn.

Elite status in 2017

New status level

In 2017 you can start earning toward a new level, Platinum Pro, with benefits like:

Ways to qualify

Starting January 1, 2017, we’ll add Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) to our earning requirements. Qualify in 1 of 2 ways:

EQDs will be awarded based on:

With the addition of EQDs, we’ll remove the rule that 4 segments must be traveled on American or American Eagle during the qualifying year to receive elite status

Bottom Line

In a monkey see, monkey do world, it surely seems that American is following both Delta and United’s leads with respect to their loyalty programs.

Similar to their competitors, they’ve added a new tier, which they’re calling Platinum Pro.

What are your thoughts on these latest changes from American?

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