American Airlines Launches New AAdvantage Loyalty Program

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American Airlines is launching its brand new American AAdvantage loyalty program on March 1, 2022. The biggest change is that earned status will be based on Loyalty Points.

Another enhancement to the program is that Gold and Platinum members will now receive unlimited complimentary first class upgrades without the use of 500-mile upgrades, which was previously required for lower-tier elite members for upgrades.

Airline introduces complimentary seat upgrades for all AAdvantage status members

  • Starting March 1, AAdvantage® members will say goodbye to complicated elite qualifications as they welcome the simplicity of tracking one metric: Loyalty Points.
  • The program gives members more ways to get status as they earn miles and Loyalty Points by flying, dining, shopping and using an AAdvantage credit card.
  • AAdvantage status elevates the travel experience with free checked bags, priority check-in, priority security and priority boarding on American and oneworld® Alliance partners.
  • AAdvantage Gold® and AAdvantage Platinum® members will also receive access to complimentary upgrades on all American flights within North America starting March 2, with complimentary travel companion upgrades coming later this year.

Complimentary upgrades for all status members

To elevate the travel experience for all status members, American is expanding complimentary upgrade access for AAdvantage Gold and AAdvantage Platinum members to include all flights on American within North America regardless of the flight distance. For travel starting March 2, an upgrade will automatically be requested if everyone in the reservation is eligible for a complimentary upgrade. Members will only need to use 500-mile upgrades if they want to upgrade travel companions who do not hold AAdvantage status.

Later this year, American will extend complimentary upgrades to one companion traveling on the same flight as the status member. At that time, all existing 500-mile upgrades in members’ accounts will each convert to 250 Loyalty Points toward the 2022 status qualification period.

What are your thoughts on the new American AAdvantage program? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment below.

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  1. Too bad they’ve been such horrible mask-Nazis. I canceled my AA card and no bennies could bring me back after the terrible way I’ve been treated on their airline the past year.

  2. I have 55 500 mile certificates. I’m unclear what benefit I’ll derive from their conversion. I’m lifetime gold. Can someone enlighten me?

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