Old Jul 28, 01, 7:19 pm
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honu
 
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: too far from the airport
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Well, there are always some differences between programs. As an example, the UA R/T Europe award in coach is 50K year round, whereas AA has an off-peak option for 40K, but the peak award requires 60K. Also, still speaking of Europe, AA requires 90K for Biz class, whereas most other airlines offer this award at 80K. DL econ to Hawai'i is 30K, AA is 35K, etc. etc. You get my drift. As far as devaluation goes, there has been a very significant example of that when, at the beginning of the year, AA discountinued the fabulous VIP2's (no capacity-control systemwide upgrades) and introduced their inferior, capacity-controlled substitute, the VIPOW. However, even with these comparisons, I agree with you that AAdvantage is a great program, and I hope it will continue as good as it is now, or even improve (sure, there are areas where there could be improvement, e.g., the expedite fees for e-tix or upgrades).
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