Without any prior notification, American Airlines announced on 8 April 2014 some significant AAdvantage program rescissions and devaluations, effective immediately:
oneworld Explorer awards can no longer be claimed; (pre-existing awards will be honored)
Stopovers at North American gateways for international partner award tickets were eliminated
AAnytime awards now reflect variable, demand-based pricing
US Dividend Miles North Asia premium awards have repriced
AAnytime Awards: Effective April 8, 2014, for tickets issued for travel starting June 1, 2014, we have updated award levels. We will continue to honor any award tickets issued on / before April 7, 2014. For award bookings after April 8 for travel between April 8 and June 1, 2014, these award mileage levels will apply.
oneworld Explorer Awards are no longer available for award booking. We will continue to honor any award tickets issued on / before April 7, 2014.
This thread is specifically to vent and offer ways for readers to protest or complain.
Congress has given the Department of Transportation (DOT) the general authority to prohibit and punish unfair and deceptive practices in air transportation and in the sale of air transportation, 49 U.S.C. §41712(a) , and Congress has specifically authorized the DOT to investigate complaints relating to frequent flyer programs. See FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, §408(6), 126 Stat. 87. Pursuant to these provisions, the DOT regularly entertains and acts on such complaints.
Just wrote an unhappy letter to AA/USAir execs (all email addresses I could find), if you want to feel free to use/build off of the following:
Angry about AAdvantage devaluation / vent / what can I do? (April 2014, consolidated)
Vis a vis the Sneaky AAdvantage Devaluation Ver 1.0:
DAArth Parker appears to be now finally re-showing, yet again, one more time, his true colors. Who here is truly shocked?
He is positioning himself for the "Frank Lorenzo Airline Manager of the Year" Award ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lorenzo ). But unlike Lorenzo, he has the unions (Expense) on his side, and has fired the 1st shot against customers/passengers (Revenue).
Sarcasm on-It is always a good business model, in a competitive environment, to piss off your clients/customers as much, and as frequently, as possible. Sarcasm off
Programs: AA EXP / Marriott Platinum /Hilton Diamond / Hertz PS / National EE
Contact AA and US!
Hello everyone! I think it may be hopeless and the last good frequent flyer program could come to a slide but I recommend as many people as possible email AA and US today to share their concerns. May be a last ditch effort to save Advantage!
Programs: OneSky Alliance Elite+ with Zirconium and oak leaf cluster, Braniff Unobtainium
Let's see, the list of airlines that I can think of that have devalued miles and/or benefits in the past few years, many with little or no notice:
Note that this is off the top of my head. I bet I could find SQ/CX/NH devaluations, too...
So as long as you stay out of those loyalty plans, you should be OK. That should be easy to do for someone based in the US, right?
In a competitive environment where all the other airlines are devaluing their miles and, over time, explicitly linking benefits to revenue as best they can, not doing so is leaving money on the table, sad to say.
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Or, better yet, vote with your wallet. Fly B6, fly VX, buy F and connect on another legacy (DL has recently been undercutting AA's first class fares in many domestic markets).
And, most importantly, remember that you are not hub captive. Every AA hub has plenty of service on non-AA airlines.
Exactly. The legacies rely on blind loyalty. Each year they cut some more and then people are excited to get their little card which gives them a free bag or a decent seat. You can do that without any status at all on jetBlue/Virgin/Southwest--with free bags on B6/WN and Virgin having a good overall product. Plus more and more jetblue planes have free, fast wifi, and in a few months with Mint you can even get a good price for a private suite from LAX/SFO to JFK.
Support the businesses which bring you a product that serves your needs at a price you want to pay. FF programs are moving into becoming more of a rebate scheme, so it is best to prepare for further devaluations. There are only three legacies left and they are all doing the same thing regarding FF programs. One may end up the best of the worst--but not by much.