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JUST THE FACTS: 2016 AAdvantage Program Changes Announced 17 Nov 2015

JUST THE FACTS: 2016 AAdvantage Program Changes Announced 17 Nov 2015

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AAdvantage Program Changes for 2016 - Just the Facts
as announced 17 Nov 2015 in FAQ on aa.com

PLEASE READ BEFORE ASKING YOUR QUESTIONS: we are seeing the same questions come up time and again, and those are often addressed here. NOTE: this thread is being closely monitored and moderated as needed to ensure it stays within the narrow remit of its topic.


Please see and post to AAdvantage Changes for 2016 - Discussion and Reaction all reactions, speculation about next steps, opinions, discussion, praise, complaints etc.

Link to AAdvantage program updates and FAQ links (17 Nov 2015)

New related threads:

FAQ: Award changes after 22 March 2016 - which incur redeposit, which not (Award changes 22 March 2016 or after may incur award miles redeposit (fees) and significant increases of miles required to issue new ones - but some changes may be made without doing so.)

See Earning AA Elite Qualifying Miles / EQM on AA, oneworld, partners 2016 for more about earning EQM.

See Earning AA Award / Redeemable Miles / RDM on AA, partners later 2016 for more regarding AAdvantage Award ("Redeemable") Miles.
Link to Gary Leff's article with charts, etc.

Also: brp has revised his spreadsheet for 2016 conditions - now named Miles Tracker v. 8.0. It can be downloaded from Gargoyle's page linked to in the OP, or here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...Tracker-v8.xls (NOTE: due to technical problems, the proper spreadsheet was not uploaded.)

AA reducing some checked baggage allowance tickets pchs on / after 29 Mar 2016

Elite Qualification and Earning Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) - Change 1 Jan 2016
In 2016, there will be two methods to qualify for elite status:
  • Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) or Elite Qualifying Segments (EQS)

  • Elite Qualifying Points (EQP) no longer exist (EQM replaced them).

  • Thresholds for elite status qualification remain the same as 2015.
EQM will continue to be calculated based on distance flown (base miles). All EQM on AA marketed flights ("AA codeshares" / "AA coded flights") will earn at least 1 EQM per mile flown, with bonus multipliers for higher fares (regardless of operating carrier, AA itself or another carrier):


AA Marketed Flights Link
  • 3 EQMs/mile – Full-fare First or Business / F, J
  • 2 EQMs/mile - Discount First or Business / A, P, D, R, I
  • 1.5 EQMs/mile – Full-fare Main Cabin / Y, B and W when AA marketed on airline partners
  • 1 EQM/mile - Discount Main Cabin / all other Main Cabin fares
  • This applies to all AA marketed flight numbers, regardless of operating carrier.
  • Elites continue to earn 500 EQM minimum per segment

    Originally Posted by brp View Post
    Further confirmation of above from inside AA. He (JonNYC) got a message from AAdvantage

    Originally Posted by JonNYC Vie
    That's what I'm told as well-- fix on the way, system not operating as intended at present.
    Further confirmation of above from inside AA. He got a message from AAdvantage
    Originally Posted by AAdvantage
    Thanks for your questions on EQM earning. There is a glitch in how the minimum mileage guarantee for EQMs is being calculated. The calculation should credit the 500 mile minimum before applying the EQM multiplier. Beginning in the next few weeks, we will be running a retroactive process to “true up” any accounts where the member did not earn the proper number of EQMs. This process will continue to run until the calculation can be reprogrammed in the AAdvantage system.
    So, they will do an adjustment for those that were shorted so far and the system will soon be fixed for real.
    Cheers.

    So, they will do an adjustment for those that were shorted so far and the system will soon be fixed for real.

    Cheers.
AA Elite-Qualifying Partner Airlines
  • 1.5 EQMs/mile - First, Business, and Premium Economy
  • 1.0 EQMs/mile - Full-fare economy (typically Y and B, but varies by partner)
  • 0.5 EQMs/mile - All other mileage-earning economy fares
  • This applies to partner-marketed flights which are eligible to earn AAdvantage miles (typically meaning operated by oneworld carriers and affiliates, though this varies by partner), even if operated by AA.
Link to aa.com Partner Airline Miles Earning Charts as of 1 Jan 2016.

The is no minimum dollar spending requirement to obtain status.

AAdvantage Miles Award Charts - Change 22 Mar 2016
Link to American Airlines Award Charts as of 22 Mar 2016 (Note: some region descriptions were updated ~10 Feb 2016.)

See this post by Smiley90 for a compilation of new mileage redemption charts and changes.

Link to oneworld and other airline Award Charts as of 22 Mar 2016

Link to tool for old and new award chart comparison by bgriz18.

The number of miles required for many awards changed effective March 22, 2016. Award flights ticketed on or after March 22, 2016 will be subject to the new award charts.

In addition, off-peak (OP) periods have been sharply reduced. For example, Europe OP has changed from Oct. 15-May 15 to Nov. 1-Dec. 14 & Jan. 10-Mar. 14.
NOTE: Region changes

  • Bolivia and Manaus, Brasil: changing from South America 2 to South America 1
  • Venezuela: changing from South America 1 to South America 2
  • Guam: changing from Asia 2 to South Pacific
  • Sri Lanka: changing from Asia 2 to Indian Subcontinent/Middle East
  • Kiribati, Palau, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu: added to South Pacific region
Earning Redeemable Miles (RDMs) / Award Miles - Change second half of 2016 (EST. ~1 OCT 2016)
For the first part of 2016, RDMs will continue to be earned as they are today. Sometime (most likely later) in "the second half of 2016" RDMs will switch to spend-based model, akin to Delta and United.

RDMs earned will be the base fare plus carrier-imposed fees (excluding any government-imposed taxes and fees) times the following multiplier based on status level:
  • 5 miles/U.S. dollar – non-status AAdvantage member
  • 7 miles/U.S. dollar – Gold Member
  • 8 miles/U.S. dollar – Platinum Member
  • 11 miles/U.S. dollar – Executive Platinum Member
It appears from the FAQ NO 500 mile minimum for elites - further information will be forthcoming from AA as these changes roll out.
In the example below, in Costa Rican Colones so used only for illustrative purposes, the airport and countered fees and taxes would be excluded from RDM calculations:

As it states in the thread specific to this issue, it appears ~01 October is the likely start date for revenue-based Award Miles earning - and they'll announce one month in advance.

Earning AA Award / "Redeemable" Miles / RDM on AA, partners later 2016

Originally Posted by Fernando_BR View Post
(2 May 2016)

Hi everyone,

This is what I´ve read on a Brazilian blog.

The blogger met Suzane Rubin on the T-Mobile Arena, and posted that she told him that they would not change before September, and probably only in October, with a 1-month notice.

I have a booked roundtrip Sao Paulo to Dallas in August, so I hope he is right and this information helps !

I don´t know him, but I follow his blog. You can check it (in Portuguese):
http://www.mestredasmilhas.com/2016/...ards-2016.html

(Reformatted for wiki use.)

"Agora vamos às novidades. Tive o privilégio de conversar particularmente com a Suzane Rubin, e a equipe do AAdvantage, e já posso adiantar algumas informações aqui. Eles me confirmaram que a mudança para revenue não irá ocorrer antes de setembro, mas com data provável em Outubro deste ano, e com pelo menos 1 mês de aviso prévio. Também o crédito de pontos será na data do voo, ou seja, se você compra uma passagem agora, e voa somente em dezembro, provavelmente irá receber pontos, e não milhas pela distância voada."

Translated:

Now for the news. I had the privilege to talk particularly with Suzanne Rubin and the AAdvantage team, and I can share some advance information here. It was confirmed to me that the change to revenue (based earning) will not occur before September, but with a probable date in October this year, and with at least one month's notice. Also the credit points will be for the date of the flight, or if you buy a ticket now, and fly only in December, will probably get points, but not (Award / Redeemable) miles by distance flown.

Business Extra changes

Effective 30 Nov 2015, European Business Extra members' accounts have been migrated to the joint AA-BA-IB "On Business" programme. (Announced 24 Nov 2015)

Apparently effective ~1 Jan 2016, BPX- upgrades become more restricted. See this post. (Remains unannounced!)

24 hour ticket hold gone as of 1 April 2016

HOLD ticket WILL change 1 Apr 2016 - 24 hr hold or / & cancel

Effective April 1, you will not be able to put paid bookings on 24-hour hold if making them by telephone.

The 24-hour hold (as well as "pay for extended hold") will be available online, though 24-hour hold will only be available for an indeterminate, interim period of time.

There will be no free cancellation if travel is booked less than seven days out.

Other key changes
  • As of January 1, 2016, EXPs will earn 4 SWUs (down from 8) upon requalification with 100K EQM. Two additional SWUs will be earned at 150K EQM, and again at 200K EQM.
  • As of March 1, 2016, Gold and Platinum elite members will earn 4 "stickers" for each 12,500 EQM flown (up from 10,000 EQM) in a membership year.
  • As of March 1, 2016, the price to purchase a "sticker" (online, kiosk, agent) increases to $40 (up from $30 online/kiosk, $35 agent).
  • As of March 1, 2016, the price to purchase 8 "stickers" using miles increases to 40,000 RDM (up from 35,000 RDM).
  • Elite status earned in 2016 for 2017 will expire on January 31, 2018.
  • No announcement about the rumored revised status challenge has been made
Link to ARCHIVE: 2016 AAdvantage Program Changes (formally unannounced, but reliably sourced)
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Old Nov 18, 15, 4:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Spock Seat View Post
"5 miles/U.S. dollar – non-status AAdvantage member"

Hmmm. So a non-status AAdvantage member now gets bonus miles for every flight based on the price of the ticket? If that's true, they should scrap it and give those "extra" bonus miles to the Platinums. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuupp!!
Those aren't bonus miles...those are THE redeemable miles that they earn for their ticket. Now purely based on $ spent - has nothing to do with distance flown any more.
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Old Nov 18, 15, 5:15 pm
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This has come up several times as changes have been discussed, it can be done today, there is a waiver in place for the fee too. Cannot be done online, but can be done by calling in.

Originally Posted by dgparent View Post
I really hope one of the new features they are considering is the ability to upgrade for a fee after you purchase your ticket.

I fly weekly for business in coach only, if I could purchase the ticket and get a receipt for it then go and upgrade to business/1st on my own that would be great. Hope they are looking into this as a option
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Old Nov 18, 15, 6:04 pm
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Originally Posted by dgparent View Post
I really hope one of the new features they are considering is the ability to upgrade for a fee after you purchase your ticket.

I fly weekly for business in coach only, if I could purchase the ticket and get a receipt for it then go and upgrade to business/1st on my own that would be great. Hope they are looking into this as a option
Originally Posted by stephem View Post
This has come up several times as changes have been discussed, it can be done today, there is a waiver in place for the fee too. Cannot be done online, but can be done by calling in.
Yes, policy was posted here:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/25710470-post1306.html
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Old Nov 18, 15, 9:32 pm
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Am I seeing this right, NA-Europe F is going from 125k to 170k? <redacted>....... so much for no award devaluation from the other thread... not only will we earn way less but redemptions will also be way more expensive? damn. I was already contemplating moving to crediting to AS after the earn-rate changes were announced, but with the redemption changes that's pretty much solidified. Hope AS holds out on this BS as long as possible.

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Old Nov 18, 15, 9:33 pm
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Do others have the impression that the 100% elite status bonus for EXP and PLT will remain in effect for OW airline travel after accrual on AA flights goes revenue based, at least for 2016?

Looking over the individual airline mileage accrual tables, the only loss I see for paid premium travel are I fares on JAL. All else seems to stay the same.

The takeaway I have for mileage/EQM accrual on OW operated/market flights will be that it becomes less advantageous than AA operated/marketed flights, but no worse than today. Do others agree?
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Old Nov 18, 15, 9:39 pm
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Originally Posted by PresRDC View Post
Do others have the impression that the 100% elite status bonus for EXP and PLT will remain in effect for OW airline travel after accrual on AA flights goes revenue based, at least for 2016?
Not a conclusion I draw, personally.

Only guidance that was in the training document was:
More details on award miles earned on flights marketed by AAdvantage partner airlines will be available nearer rollout in 2016
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Old Nov 18, 15, 9:51 pm
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Originally Posted by JonNYC View Post
Not a conclusion I draw, personally.

Only guidance that was in the training document was:
I saw that, but the FAQ on AA.com links you to the Elite Status Page, which shows the existing elite status bonus structure. My interpretation - which could be very wrong - is that you may earn fewer miles from partner flights, but you would still get the 100% bonus on those miles. At least for 2016.

If I am correct, then an EXP flying on a paid J ticket on QR would continue to earn 2.25 miles for every mile flown after AA goes revenue based accrual.
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Old Nov 18, 15, 10:12 pm
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Brief scare tonight with OW partner airlines and EQMs, 2016 onward. Looks like AA codeshares will earn at least 1 EQM (it's not good news if it's not a codeshare). Please correct me, if I'm wrong.
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Old Nov 19, 15, 1:16 am
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Due to rapid thread growth and high signal to noise ratio (facts, questions and answers becoming lost in the thread being swamped with reaction discussion), this thread has been retitled and rededicated as "http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...ov-2015-a.html". Only facts, questions about the changes and replies answering are appropriate here.

Discussion, speculation, comparisons, intent of not flying AA / flying another airline, venting etc. belong in http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...eaction-2.html. All posts of that nature have been moved there.

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Old Nov 19, 15, 5:58 am
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Originally Posted by Abidjan View Post
Brief scare tonight with OW partner airlines and EQMs, 2016 onward. Looks like AA codeshares will earn at least 1 EQM (it's not good news if it's not a codeshare). Please correct me, if I'm wrong.
You are correct. AA marketed flights (whether they are AA operated or partner operated AA codeshares) earn at least 1.0 EQM for all published fare codes. Most partner marketed flights earn less the 1.0 EQM for discount economy but this will not impact you if you book the AA codeshare.

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Old Nov 19, 15, 6:31 am
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Originally Posted by PresRDC View Post
I saw that, but the FAQ on AA.com links you to the Elite Status Page, which shows the existing elite status bonus structure. My interpretation - which could be very wrong - is that you may earn fewer miles from partner flights, but you would still get the 100% bonus on those miles. At least for 2016.

If I am correct, then an EXP flying on a paid J ticket on QR would continue to earn 2.25 miles for every mile flown after AA goes revenue based accrual.
I definitely do not, at this juncture, have any info or guidance beyond what's now published-- didn't want to leave an impression otherwise-- so, definitely a case of your reading of it is as good, or better than, mine!

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Old Nov 19, 15, 6:33 am
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Originally Posted by PresRDC View Post
Do others have the impression that the 100% elite status bonus for EXP and PLT will remain in effect for OW airline travel after accrual on AA flights goes revenue based, at least for 2016?

Looking over the individual airline mileage accrual tables, the only loss I see for paid premium travel are I fares on JAL. All else seems to stay the same.

The takeaway I have for mileage/EQM accrual on OW operated/market flights will be that it becomes less advantageous than AA operated/marketed flights, but no worse than today. Do others agree?
Originally Posted by JonNYC View Post
Not a conclusion I draw, personally.
From the last question in the "Award Miles" FAQ (bottom of the page) HERE:

"For tickets that will earn award miles based on the flight distance and the purchased booking code of the ticket, you will earn a separate class of service bonus and an elite status bonus based on the rules for the airline marketing your flight."

I'm taking that to mean that Elite Bonuses are staying for OW airline travel.
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Old Nov 19, 15, 6:38 am
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Originally Posted by Mileometer View Post
From the last question in the "Award Miles" FAQ (bottom of the page) HERE:

"For tickets that will earn award miles based on the flight distance and the purchased booking code of the ticket, you will earn a separate class of service bonus and an elite status bonus based on the rules for the airline marketing your flight."

I'm taking that to mean that Elite Bonuses are staying for OW airline travel.
Could very, very easily be-- I really don't have anything more than anyone else to gauge. Only thing that gave me pause was the:
More details on award miles earned on flights marketed by AAdvantage partner airlines will be available nearer rollout in 2016
but maybe/probably that's been integrated into the announce.
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Old Nov 19, 15, 2:11 pm
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Originally Posted by GNRMatt View Post
Question here. Alaska's EQM earning was cut in half for 2016. However, if I bought a ticket before this devaluation was announced, will AA still honor what was posted on their site at the time of ticket purchase?
Related to the changes for AS/Alaska, I found another issue that doesn't (on surface) seem to make sense.

'S' is considered "full fare economy" and gets 1.0 EQM.
'H' (the lowest mileage-upgradeable fare on the AS site) only gets 0.5 EQM.

In looking at some fares, the 'H' fares seems to be higher. In this case, the 'S' fare was on AA.com and was the A codeshare in 'S', so it's not quite apples/apples. Still, in this case it was about $480 for the fare that got 1.0 EQM (and was not upgradeable) and about $750 for the upgradeable 0.5 EQM fare.

Usually (and I know that this is not universal) the higher fare classes have higher fares, and get more EQM.

This one just seems odd.

Cheers.
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Can someone check my math against the new rules:
Assume an EXP buys a $3500 I class discount biz fare from ORD-LHR which for easy math we will say is 4000 miles one way.

So EQM would net out as:
3500 (fare) * 2 (class multiplier) *2 (roundtrip)= 14000 EQM

Award miles earned would be:
4000 * 11 (EXP status kicker) * 2 (roundtrip)= 88000 Award miles earned
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