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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 17, 15, 3:14 pm
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Originally Posted by beachfan View Post
Still two big questions:

Miles and copay changing?

Date changes allowed after March 22 at old level?

(Related to that is date plus routing changes if keeping origin and destination).
Indeed!
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Old Nov 17, 15, 3:26 pm
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Originally Posted by ckendall View Post
...Is there any indication of what is happening to TATL cash + miles upgrades?
No indiction of any change there thus far.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 3:27 pm
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Originally Posted by PhilWW262 View Post
Just a few weeks ago I flew AMS-HNL-LHR for $450 and picked up 33k RDM. (Already used them towards a J redemption to SFO next year).

Next year as PLAT that trip would earn me 3,600 RDM?
Depends if any of that $450 was tax.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 3:28 pm
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Originally Posted by 2Tall4Y View Post
The award chart devaluation could have been much worse, J levels look pretty solid all around ^
Yeah, but it harder to earn the miles.
If I fly to the East Coast, now I get about 10000 for a roundtrip for 5000 BIS miles. If I buy a ticket for $300 on the new plan, I get 8 x 300 or 2400 miles
AND........I will have to pay more miles for awards
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Old Nov 17, 15, 3:30 pm
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I'm kindof confused for partner earnings, why does one column say Base Miles (Elite Qualifying) and the other says EQMs per mile flown? Then is a mile flown = a base mile?

For example after Feb 1 2016 a KLMNSV fare on BA will earn 50% base miles. And 0.5 EQM per mile flown...so a 2000 mile sector is 1000 base miles earning 500 EQM? or 1000 EQM? Just don't understand what the 'elite qualifying' in parentheses mean next to 'Base Miles' for partners, when there is a separate 'EQM per mile flown' on the very right.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 3:30 pm
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Originally Posted by PolarRoute View Post
Depends if any of that $450 was tax.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 3:40 pm
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Originally Posted by headingwest View Post
Still trying to get my head around these changes (as a member who doesn't credit often to AA). I only have a small number of miles for redeeming as I have status with BA and credit to them. But I'd planned to use up all my miles next year. I have 2 questions that I'm still not certain about, but I'm sure that you folk understand the changes a lot better!

1. How many miles (redeemable miles) will I earn for a BA flight in N bucket, LHR-SIN, on January 24th? As I understand it, I'll still earn 6770 as it's before 1st February.

2. Will award flights still cost the same as now if booked before 22nd March 2016, but flown after?

I only have 13500 miles and plan to credit the SIN flight to take me over 20,000 miles, then I'll book VPS-VIE and call it quits.
1. A BA N fare on January 24, 2016 will earn you 100% RDMs, so your LHR-SIN will earn the full ~6770 RDMs.

2. Any award booking made by March 21 will use the current award charts regardless of travel date.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 3:41 pm
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So off-peak partner awards are going away for all regions except Europe?
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Old Nov 17, 15, 3:42 pm
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Originally Posted by mvoight View Post
Yeah, but it harder to earn the miles.
If I fly to the East Coast, now I get about 10000 for a roundtrip for 5000 BIS miles. If I buy a ticket for $300 on the new plan, I get 8 x 300 or 2400 miles
AND........I will have to pay more miles for awards
There's no love for the new award chart here in Europe either.

I have three business class awards booked for next year:

Europe - Asia 2
Asia 2 - South Pacific
South Pacific - Europe

Total cost in miles was 147,500. Under the new system? 200,000.

It's not like I can even get one of the credit cards with massive 75,000 mile signup bonuses. The best I've seen on the UK card was 20,000.

Sorry American, but the new programme sucks.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 3:43 pm
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are award changes still allowed for free? Anyone?
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Old Nov 17, 15, 3:43 pm
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Originally Posted by G-CIVC View Post
I'm kindof confused for partner earnings, why does one column say Base Miles (Elite Qualifying) and the other says EQMs per mile flown? Then is a mile flown = a base mile?

For example after Feb 1 2016 a KLMNSV fare on BA will earn 50% base miles. And 0.5 EQM per mile flown...so a 2000 mile sector is 1000 base miles earning 500 EQM? or 1000 EQM? Just don't understand what the 'elite qualifying' in parentheses mean next to 'Base Miles' for partners, when there is a separate 'EQM per mile flown' on the very right.
I had this same question. I was looking, for example, at the Deep Discount on BA. It has

25% Base Miles (Elite Qualifying)
0.5 EQM per mile flown.

So, it's either EQM = 0.5 * number of actual flown miles (and the Base Miles column has no meaning)

or it's EQM = 0.25 * 0.5 (=0.125) * actual number of miles flown.

Definitely not clear.

Cheers.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 3:44 pm
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Originally Posted by Big_Foot View Post
are award changes still allowed for free? Anyone?
Shhhhhh! Don't give them ideas on more things to devAAlue.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 3:44 pm
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Originally Posted by simon1606 View Post
Good evening,

Little question from someone who is farm from being a FF and has no status (joys of being a college student ). Does the changes mean that if I fly some cheap return ticket for example AMS/LAX for $700, instead of receiving now something along the lines of 12k miles, it'd get down to 3500 ?
Yes, you would get 3500 RDMs, but 12K EQMs
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Originally Posted by Big_Foot View Post
are award changes still allowed for free? Anyone?
No change from current policy.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 3:46 pm
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Originally Posted by ty97 View Post
1. A BA N fare on January 24, 2016 will earn you 100% RDMs, so your LHR-SIN will earn the full ~6770 RDMs.

2. Any award booking made by March 21 will use the current award charts regardless of travel date.
Thanks for the reply ty97, I appreciate it. ^
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