Are these really "important"?

Old Apr 8, 14, 8:16 am
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Are these really "important"?

Just received the following Important Updates email:

Learn about important updates

Hello xxxxxx,
AAdvantage Executive Platinum Number: xxxxx

As we integrate our two airlines, our goal is simple: restore American Airlines to its status as the greatest airline in the world. That's why we're taking delivery of two new aircraft every week, have given you access to the world's best network through a codeshare agreement, and now offer the ability to earn and redeem miles on both carriers.

As we continue to align our business, we have a few updates to share with you about our new award travel levels and checked bag policies:

Redeem for less. Effective today for travel starting June 1, 2014, a one‑way AAnytime award now starts as low as 20,000 miles plus applicable taxes and carrier–imposed fees. Plus we've lowered the minimum number of miles needed for AAnytime awards to popular destinations like Hawaii, the Caribbean and Europe. Our lowest AAnytime mileage levels are available for more than 50% of the year. Don't forget we still offer MileSAAver awards that can be redeemed for as low as 12,500 miles each way, plus applicable taxes and carrier-imposed fees.

No blackout dates! Continue to use your miles for any seat on any American Airlines flight using an AAnytime Award. Award levels vary by date and a few select dates throughout the year are now offered at higher mileage levels.

For complete information, visit the American Airlines award chart.

Checked Baggage — We've also updated our baggage policies, effective for tickets issued on American Airlines flights on or after April 8 and for tickets issued on US Airways flights on or after April 23.

For complete information, visit

Thank you for flying with us. We appreciate your loyalty and will keep you updated as we continue to build the new American.

Suzanne L. Rubin
AAdvantage Loyalty Program
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Old Apr 8, 14, 8:19 am
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Yes, the email says so! AA is changing and change is good. That's what the email says. I have no reason to question this.
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Old Apr 8, 14, 8:23 am
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Check out a grid for an award redemption for a domestic trip in peak season...

This is definitely NOT a solely good change. They are using dynamic AAnytime pricing now... no longer all 25k... some of the Anytime awards are much higher, and I see AAnytime domestic first class for 75k one way!
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Old Apr 8, 14, 8:23 am
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There's actually a pretty significant devaluation here.
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Old Apr 8, 14, 8:24 am
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Looks like this is already being discussed on the Consolidated board. Sounds important alright. Importantly bad.
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Old Apr 8, 14, 8:58 am
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I am glad that AA sent the email. Better to know than to be surprised later. The checked bag one is that is pretty important to GLD
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