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ARCHIVE: 2016 AAdvantage Program Changes (formally unannounced, but reliably sourced)

ARCHIVE: 2016 AAdvantage Program Changes (formally unannounced, but reliably sourced)

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ARCHIVE: 2016 AAdvantage Program Changes (Consolidated thread)
For the thread on the Nov 17, 2016 official announcement, click HERE

This thread has now been archived in favor of 2016 AAdvantage Program Changes Announced 18 Nov 2015

The speculation thread has been archived to ARCHIVE: Speculation: Future changes to AAdvantage program?

Q. What do we know at this point?

AA announced changes to EQM earning and status benefits in the 2017 status year (status earned in 2016) on Nov 17, 2015. These changes were previewed by member and travelingbetter.com founder JonNYC here and on travelingbetter.com.
  • No minimum spend requirements for AAdvantage elitestatus levels.

  • No changes to EQM / EQS requirements for AAdvantage elite status tiers.

  • All currently published fares on AA continue earning at least 100% EQM. EQP will not be a factor, and "disappear"; EQM will be variable beyond 100%. higher spend rewarded with EQM bonuses. travelingbetter.com says:
  • Full fare First/Business F/J 3 EQMs per mile flown
  • Discount fare First/Business 2 EQMs per mile flown
  • Full fare Y/B 1.5 EQMs per mile flown
  • Discount Main Cabin 1 EQM per mile flown
  • Partner-marketed flights will earn 0, 0.5, 1.0, or 1.5 EQMs, according to the airline partner earning charts. Generally, most discount economy fares earn 0.5 EQMs per mile flown, and all discount and full fare premium economy, business, and first fares earn 1.5 EQMs per mile flown.

  • Status year will reset Jan 31 (2018) for those earning status in C/Y 2016

  • SWU earning for EP will be variable - 4 for 100k EQMs, 2 more at 150k EQMs, and 2 more (8 total) at 200k EQMs.

  • 4 SWU for Concierge Key / CK.

  • SWU still usable on all currently published fares.

  • 500 mile upgrade earning goes to 4 for every 12.5k EQMs (as opposed to current 4 for every 10k base miles) beginning on March 1, 2016, and MTEU year commences 1 Feb to align with new status period

  • No major changes to AAdvantage awards, though some yet unannounced devaluative changes will may be made March 22, 2016 (others than travelingbetter.com)

  • Changes coming later in 2016 regarding earning RDM / Redeemable Miles; earning RDM apparently will be "radically different" according to travelingbetter.com, and likely significantly impact RDM earning on lower fares - "$$ X status" says JonNYC.
  • Per Gary Leff at View From the Wing, here are the new RDM earning levels¹:

    Please note: There are NO additional elite status bonuses.
    ¹Award miles will be calculated using the fare purchased less any taxes and fees; flights sold with an AA flight number will include any carrier-imposed surcharges.

Q. When would a change occur?
  • Elite earning and SWU changes above would be effective for 2016 program year (for earning status for 2017)
  • We don't know the exact implementation date for the RDM changes in later 2016.
Sources: travelingbetter.com
Earlier: Mr. Parker stated there would be no changes for 2015.

Mr. Parker said he'd not be averse to using others' ideas if they worked.

28 Sep 2015: AA spokesperson Laura Nedbal to Gary Leff:
"If we were to issue changes like this we would be certain to give plenty of advanced notice."

"More than half to the company’s revenue — and 87 percent of its seats sold — come from passengers who fly American once a year or less" - S Kirby

Recently, President Scott Kirby said he was hoping for “more innovation within the frequent flyer program" (Lucky, http://="http://onemileatatime.board...ges-2016"]here.




AAdvantage program updates
Starting in 2016, we’ll make changes to the American Airlines AAdvantage® program. We’re evolving to build a rewarding program for all members, while giving our best customers access to our best benefits.

These updates will roll out in phases over time. We’ll keep you updated as we implement these changes.
Elite status in 2016
Qualifying structure
Beginning January 1, 2016, elite-qualifying points will be removed from our qualifying structure. Instead, qualification will be determined by Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs) earned during a calendar year.

The membership year is also changing. Beginning with the 2017 membership year, elite status will be valid through January 31 of the following year.
Qualify for AAdvantage elite status in 2016
EQSs and EQMs
EQMs and EQSs will continue to be earned for eligible travel on American Airlines, oneworld® airlines, Alaska Airlines and American-marketed codeshare flights.

You’ll still earn 1 EQS for each eligible segment you fly.

You’ll continue to earn EQMs based on the airline and booking class purchased. Plus, Full-fare Economy, Business Class or First Class tickets on American-marketed flights will earn EQMs at a higher rate – getting you to elite status faster.

On American-marketed flights:

3 EQMs/mile – Full-fare First or Business
2 EQMs/mile - Discount First or Business
1.5 EQMs/mile – Full-fare Main Cabin
1 EQM/mile - Discount Main Cabin
Learn more about earning EQMs on American
The amount of EQMs you earn on partner airlines will change. Earn rates will vary depending on the airline.

Explore our partner airlines
Earn more EQMs

Also, as a Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive card or AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver MasterCard® credit cardmember, you’ll still earn 10,000 EQMs after you reach your qualifying spend for the year when you use your eligible AAdvantage credit card.

Learn more about the Citi®/AAdvantage® Executive card
Learn more about the AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver MasterCard®
Elite-qualifying thresholds
Qualification* Executive Platinum / oneworld® Emerald SM Platinum / oneworld® SapphireSM Gold / oneworld® RubySM
EQMs 100,000 50,000 25,000
EQSs 120 60 30
*At least four of the segments must be flown on American during the qualifying year to receive elite status.
Upgrades
Systemwide upgrades

If you qualify for Executive Platinum status by December 31, 2015, you’ll still earn 8 upgrades to use during your 2016 membership year.

Starting January 1, 2016, Executive Platinum members will receive 4 systemwide upgrades upon qualification or re-qualification, with the ability to earn up to a total of 8 per year.

Earn additional upgrades
Customers can earn up to 4 additional systemwide upgrades; 2 for every 50,000 EQMs earned above 100,000.

500-mile upgrades

Starting March 1, 2016:

Gold and Platinum members will earn four 500-mile upgrades for every 12,500 EQMs earned during the membership year
The price of 500-mile upgrades will increase to $40, online, at the airport and from an American Airlines agent
The price for purchasing 500-mile upgrades with miles will increase to 40,000 miles for 8 upgrades
Award miles
Earning in 2016 and beyond
In the second half of 2016, award miles for travel on American marketed flights will be calculated based on what you pay for your ticket (base fare plus carrier-imposed fees, excluding any government-imposed taxes and fees) and your elite status; the higher your status, the more you’ll earn.

5 miles/U.S. dollar – AAdvantage member
7 miles/U.S. dollar – Gold
8 miles/U.S. dollar – Platinum
11 miles/U.S. dollar – Executive Platinum
Sample calculation
Earn bonus miles

We’ve extended our 2015 AAdvantage bonus miles promotion! Earn more award miles when you fly on a First or Business class ticket on American and select other airlines until the changes to earning award miles go into effect in the second half of 2016.

Learn more about our AAdvantage bonus miles promotion
Award redemption changes
We’re changing existing award levels for award tickets redeemed on March 22, 2016 and beyond. Plus, we’re introducing new MileSAAver® awards as low as 7,500 miles one-way (plus any applicable taxes and carrier-imposed fees) for flights 500 miles or less.

Changes to American award charts
Changes to other airline award charts
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Old Nov 5, 15, 6:23 pm
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Question ARCHIVE: 2016 AAdvantage Program Changes (formally unannounced, but reliably sourced)

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Old Nov 5, 15, 6:24 pm
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Question 2016 AAdvantage Program Changes

As reported by JonNYC on Traveling Better:

I've now seen the full set of changes.

They do impact the entire program and are substantial, and they do start in 2016. There's a separate phase on earning (redemption miles, not elite miles) that begins late in 2016

As far as earning status, I think what they've come up with is excellent.

My review; absolutely excellent. YES, there are a few takebacks, etc., but I see this as the best anyone could have possibly hoped for.
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Old Nov 5, 15, 6:26 pm
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Originally Posted by CNMAZ View Post
JonNYC - if you see this - can you give us an idea of when the changes will be announced?
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Old Nov 5, 15, 6:26 pm
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Uh oh... He we go. Fingers crossed!
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Old Nov 5, 15, 6:26 pm
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Exclamation

The beast is about to be unleashed:

http://www.travelingbetter.com/showthread.php?t=5972

As I mention there, -best- *anyone* could have hoped for-- really!
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Old Nov 5, 15, 6:27 pm
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Originally Posted by vhrum View Post
JonNYC - if you see this - can you give us an idea of when the changes will be announced?
Actually, that's the one part I have no idea on!!
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Old Nov 5, 15, 6:28 pm
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Based on the timeframe of changes to the program in the past, is it worth booking any planned award travel immediately and then changing it as the intended dates open up? (Was planning on booking JL travel in a few weeks, and this is making me nervous.)
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Old Nov 5, 15, 6:32 pm
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Originally Posted by chrisremo View Post
Based on the timeframe of changes to the program in the past, is it worth booking any planned award travel immediately and then changing it as the intended dates open up? (Was planning on booking JL travel in a few weeks, and this is making me nervous.)
Can't say if there's anything else, but there's absolutely zero in this phase that has any impact on redemptions. Maybe it's coming (no idea) but it's not in this.
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Old Nov 5, 15, 6:33 pm
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Originally Posted by JonNYC View Post
Can't say if there's anything else, but there's absolutely zero in this phase that has any impact on redemptions. Maybe it's coming (no idea) but it's not in this.
Good to know, thank you for the info!
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Old Nov 5, 15, 6:35 pm
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Originally Posted by chrisremo View Post
Good to know, thank you for the info!
Agree. That's about all I care about at this point. Thinking of burning the AAdvantage miles anyway. It's only a matter of time before they go the Peso route...
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Old Nov 5, 15, 6:40 pm
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Agree. That's about all I care about at this point. Thinking of burning the AAdvantage miles anyway. It's only a matter of time before they go the Peso route...
If they do good on this set of changes, why would they be reckless with changes on the redemption side?
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Old Nov 5, 15, 6:45 pm
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Originally Posted by JonNYC View Post
Can't say if there's anything else, but there's absolutely zero in this phase that has any impact on redemptions. Maybe it's coming (no idea) but it's not in this.
So, to recap, this phase is all about status earning and is good (but from who's point of view: the just barely gold or the long time nearly automatic explat? Aye, there's the rub), a later phase is about redeemable miles, and no phase you've seen is about redemption.
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Old Nov 5, 15, 6:49 pm
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Originally Posted by JonNYC View Post
The beast is about to be unleashed:

http://www.travelingbetter.com/showthread.php?t=5972

As I mention there, -best- *anyone* could have hoped for-- really!
I dunno, I can hope for quite a bit! 😆

Seriously, the best I could hope for would be something like "rollover EQM + soft landings."
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Old Nov 5, 15, 6:49 pm
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I don't have an account on TB so I'll post it here -- JonNYC, what does

"No change to level for elite" mean? That Gold/Plat/EXP are still based on the same EQM thresholds? Or just that there are still three levels with similar benefits, but non-segment qualification is different (e.g. EQP only)?
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Old Nov 5, 15, 6:53 pm
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Hopefully they made the .5 EQP premium fares bonus permanent, as it was for most of this year.
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