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Hang on to your wallets - $50 co-pay increase for mileage upgrades, effective Oct 1st

Hang on to your wallets - $50 co-pay increase for mileage upgrades, effective Oct 1st

 
Old Aug 5, 08, 7:10 pm
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Hang on to your wallets - $50 co-pay increase for mileage upgrades, effective Oct 1st

New Changes to Upgrade Awards

In addition to the award changes already announced that are taking effect October 1, 2008, AAdvantage will be announcing the following tomorrow:

Effective October 1, 2008, a non-refundable co-payment of $50.00USD will be required to claim one-way upgrade awards used with most Discount Economy fares when traveling:

Within the continental U.S. / Canada
Within and between the continental U.S. / Canada / Mexico / The Caribbean
Between North America and Central America

Additionally, the non-refundable co-payment required when claiming one-way upgrade awards from most Discount Economy fares when traveling between North America and Europe, Japan, China, India, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, or Uruguay will increase from $300.00USD to $350.00USD. Co-pays on upgrades to/from Hawaii and South America Zone 1 will remain at $150.00USD.

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Old Aug 5, 08, 7:18 pm
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Originally Posted by pdog02 View Post
New Changes to Upgrade Awards

In addition to the award changes already announced that are taking effect October 1, 2008, AAdvantage will be announcing the following tomorrow:

Effective October 1, 2008, a non-refundable co-payment of $50.00USD will be required to claim one-way upgrade awards used with most Discount Economy fares when traveling:

Within the continental U.S. / Canada
Within and between the continental U.S. / Canada / Mexico / The Caribbean
Between North America and Central America

Additionally, the non-refundable co-payment required when claiming one-way upgrade awards from most Discount Economy fares when traveling between North America and Europe, Japan, China, India, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, or Uruguay will increase from $300.00USD to $350.00USD. Co-pays on upgrades to/from Hawaii and South America Zone 1 will remain at $150.00USD.
I'll wait for the link...
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Old Aug 5, 08, 7:20 pm
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Originally Posted by captaink View Post
I'll wait for the link...
Here you go, quite reliable.
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Old Aug 5, 08, 7:29 pm
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Originally Posted by captaink View Post
I'll wait for the link...
No need:
http://www.travelingbetter.com/forum...ead.php?t=2648
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Old Aug 5, 08, 7:32 pm
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This change will likely have a lot of interest on this board - perhaps a more descriptive title will result in fewer duplicate threads on the same subject.
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Old Aug 5, 08, 7:39 pm
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This change will likely have a lot of interest on this board -.
Can I nominate this as the understatement of the year?

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Old Aug 5, 08, 8:03 pm
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Can I nominate this as the understatement of the year?mike
As my High School English teacher would respond, "Yes you may"
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Old Aug 5, 08, 8:06 pm
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Hmmm... I guess if they're going to charge to use stickers, I'll just have to drink more.




Not very welcome news. I'm EXP at the moment (will they leave EXPs alone, I wonder?), but I don't see keeping that for many more years, so upgrade charges will definitely figure into my strategy for using stickers.
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Old Aug 5, 08, 8:12 pm
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I think the $50 co-pay is for mileage one-way upgrade awards, not stickers.
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Old Aug 5, 08, 8:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Telfes View Post
Hmmm... I guess if they're going to charge to use stickers, I'll just have to drink more.




Not very welcome news. I'm EXP at the moment (will they leave EXPs alone, I wonder?), but I don't see keeping that for many more years, so upgrade charges will definitely figure into my strategy for using stickers.
As justforfun correctly points out, this $50 fee is for upgrade award using mileage, not for using electronic upgrades ("stickers"). An EXP will still be exempt from paying expedite fees. Like everyone else, however, EXPs will still have to pay the co-pay in addition to using mileage for the upgrade.
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Old Aug 5, 08, 8:36 pm
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Originally Posted by miamigrad View Post
As justforfun correctly points out, this $50 fee is for upgrade award using mileage, not for using electronic upgrades ("stickers"). An EXP will still be exempt from paying expedite fees. Like everyone else, however, EXPs will still have to pay the co-pay in addition to using mileage for the upgrade.
Oh good grief -- where's my brain? I forgot mileage upgrades existed.
Thanks to both miamigrad and justforfun for regrounding me!
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Old Aug 5, 08, 8:59 pm
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Looks like our eVIPs are getting more valuable by the week.

Good news for EXPs. Fewer elites competing for mileage/eVIP upgrade seats.
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Old Aug 5, 08, 8:59 pm
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It's OK. Reading this thread would make anyone's mind feeble.

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Old Aug 5, 08, 9:31 pm
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Originally Posted by ESpen36 View Post
Looks like our eVIPs are getting more valuable by the week.

Good news for EXPs. Fewer elites competing for mileage/eVIP upgrade seats.
So you think this makes up for all those e-vips floating around in the hands of the newly minted AADR Exps?

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Old Aug 5, 08, 9:35 pm
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Originally Posted by ESpen36 View Post
Looks like our eVIPs are getting more valuable by the week.

Good news for EXPs. Fewer elites competing for mileage/eVIP upgrade seats.
Does anyone use eVIPs for domestic flights? I would just use stickers for upgrading domestic flights and save the eVIPs for international, which this new fee doesn't apply to.
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