American Airways proclaims optimistic adjustments to the AAdvantage program

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American Airways has put out a press launch addressing its plans for the AAdvantage program in 2024 and surprisingly, the information is definitely good. Advantages should not being enhanced away, elite standing shouldn’t be being made more durable to earn, award charts aren’t being decimated, and there’s no suggestion that the airline plans to carry the members of its frequent flyer program in the identical contempt as Delta holds SkyMiles members.

So, what are the plans for AAdvantage in 2024?

New Loyalty Level Reward decisions from March

When the brand new program yr rolls round on 1 March, AAdvantage members will be capable to choose bonus Loyalty Factors as a reward to assist enhance their progress to larger elite standing.

Particularly, that is what the choices will probably be:

  • Once you earn 15,000 Loyalty Factors you’ll be capable to select 1,000 bonus Loyalty Factors as your reward.
  • Once you earn 175,000 Loyalty Factors you’ll be capable to select 5,000 bonus Loyalty Factors as your reward.
  • Once you earn 250,000 Loyalty Factors you’ll be capable to select 15,000 bonus Loyalty Factors as your reward (may be chosen twice).

These choices are being added to all the opposite choices which might be already in place and whereas I can’t see point out of any factor being eliminated (per the airline’s press launch), VFTW experiences that on the 175,000 Loyalty Level milestone the choice to decide on a 15% rebate on an award redemption is being eliminated (see right here for the opposite Loyalty Level Rewards).

With only one possibility being eliminated and with new choices being added, that is largely a optimistic transfer and can most likely please anybody who usually solely simply earns/re-qualifies for AAdvantage Elite standing.

The most effective new possibility seems to be the one on the 15,000 Loyalty Level degree as a result of the prevailing choices are weak, however I may also see a bonus of 5,000 Loyalty Factors being standard with some flyers that attain the 175,000-point marker.

Flagship Eating passes on the best way (choose elites solely)

One other change that’s apparently ‘coming quickly’ is the one that may see elites with Platinum Professional standing and above in a position to redeem miles for Flagship Eating passes.

No info has but been supplied telling us what number of miles a eating move will value so it’s inconceivable to inform if it is a genuinely good new possibility or if this only a new means for American to extract some miles from flyers with extra miles than they’ll use in different (presumably extra economical) methods.

Optimistic adjustments to upgrades

In some unspecified time in the future in 2024, American Airways will introduce three key adjustments to upgrades:

  1. Upgrades which might be paid for with money will earn Loyalty Factors and AAdvantage Miles
  2. AAdvantage members will be capable to redeem miles for upgrades on choose accomplice airways.
  3. Systemwide upgrades will turn into requestable on-line.

All three of those adjustments are very optimistic but it surely’s the introduction of accomplice upgrades that excites me probably the most.

Relying on which companions are included (I believe that American’s transatlantic JV companions will most likely be the primary to permit upgrades utilizing AAdvantage miles), and relying on what guidelines are introduced in to control these upgrades (will there be a minimal fare requirement and the way a lot will upgrades truly value), this may very well be a really good (and real) enhancement to the AAdvantage program.

The query that follows on from that is the one which asks if members of accomplice loyalty applications will now be capable to improve on American utilizing their currencies?

Some advantages changing into unique to AAdvantage members

As some unspecified level in 2024, American Airways will make just a few adjustments that may make it useful to be an AAdvantage member in the event you plan to fly with American Airways.

  • AAdvantage members may have 6 extra months than non-members to make use of their Journey Credit score when canceling journey on-line.
  • Solely AAdvantage members will be capable to buy one-day Admirals Membership passes.
  • Solely AAdvantage members will be capable to buy entry to American’s Flagship Lounges.
  • Solely AAdvantage members will be capable to put flights on maintain freed from cost for as much as 24 hours.

For journey on or after 1 March 2024, solely AAdvantage members* will probably be allowed to stand-by for an earlier flight.

Remember your new flight should, depart on the identical day, function from and to the identical airports as the unique flight, have the identical variety of stops (on the similar airports) as the unique flight, and be operated by American Airways or American Eagle.

With the AAdvantage program being free to affix, not one of the above are an enormous deal but it surely’s attention-grabbing to see American taking additional steps to push increasingly folks to affix its frequent flyer program.

*Identical-day standby will proceed to be out there to oneworld® standing members, energetic U.S. navy and Essential Cabin Choose prospects even when they’re not members of the AAdvantage program.

Cancellation advantages on choose Fundamental Economic system fares are coming

Later this month, American Airline will start to permit AAdvantage members to cancel choose Fundamental Economic system fares on-line and to obtain a partial journey credit score (for a $99 price!)

The caveat to that is that the reserving have to be for a home flight, your journey should not have commenced, and the reserving should have been made instantly with American Airways.

Backside line

Followers of the AAdvantage program can, in the intervening time, stand down from no matter elevated DEFCON mode they’ve been in as they awaited information from American Airways because it seems like their most popular frequent flyer program isn’t being devalued in 2024.

In fact, there’s nothing to cease American Airways introducing some nasty surprises at some later date this yr, however at the moment’s announcement is stuffed with overwhelmingly optimistic information.

Extra Loyalty Factors Rewards choices, accomplice upgrades on the best way, on-line SWU redemptions, and extra flexibility on choose Fundamental Economic system bookings are all issues that may make the AAdvantage program higher, in order I’m normally very fast to criticize American every time it makes its frequent flyer program worse, now could be a very good time for me to say effectively completed to whichever group of individuals in Dallas determined to not ‘do a Delta’.

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