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TheBOSman Nov 17, 15 12:00 pm

JUST THE FACTS: 2016 AAdvantage Program Changes Announced 17 Nov 2015
 
A really quick cut and paste job, page is live (also added to Wiki): http://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/pr...antage2016.jsp

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

ashill Nov 17, 15 12:00 pm

Right on cue, reload aa.com/aadvantage2016 at 14:00:10, and it's live.

TheBOSman Nov 17, 15 12:01 pm

Quick lowlights:

72,500 USA-South Pacific in F will be 110,000

Originating from contiguous 48 states:
To: Main Cabin
Off Peak Main Cabin Business / First First
Contiguous 48 U.S. states+ – 12,500 25,000 50,000
Canada & Alaska+ – 15,000 30,000 55,000
Hawaii+ – 22,500 40,000 65,000
Caribbean+ – 17,500 27,500 52,500
Mexico+ – 17,500 27,500 52,500
Central America+ – 17,500 27,500 52,500
South America Region 1+ – 20,000 30,000 55,000
South America Region 2 – 30,000 57,500 85,000
Europe* 22,500 30,000 57,500 85,000
Middle East / Indian Subcontinent* – 40,000 70,000 115,000
Africa* – 40,000 75,000 120,000
Asia Region 1 – 35,000 60,000 80,000
Asia Region 2 – 37,500 70,000 110,000
South Pacific – 40,000 80,000 110,000

JonNYC Nov 17, 15 12:03 pm


Originally Posted by TheBOSman (Post 25728700)
Quick lowlights:

72,500 USA-South Pacific in F will be 110,000

Yeah, F to Asia and SWP biggest increases for sure. Everything else seems palatable to me, IMO.

Superguy Nov 17, 15 12:06 pm

Interesting tidbits I see:

50k EQM earn for 2 more SWUs as EXP
Sticker prices going up to $40 each
75k maximum revenue ticket earn
Current mileage promo extended until new earning style kicks in

stephem Nov 17, 15 12:07 pm

The F/J (3x) and R,D,I (2x) EQM levels are only applicable to AA marketed flights, like this year. So BA flights in premium cabin will all just get 1.5x multiplier. Sensible and predictable.

EQMs for additional SWUs also makes sense if you think that they are trying to make the rewards stay similar for their higher end flyers. Extra 50kEQMs per each additional 2 SWUs. So a person flying all F/J is going to get EXP at 50k BIS miles (4 SWUs) and then another 50k BIS miles will deliver them another 2+2 SWUs for a total of 8 SWUs at 100k BIS miles. The EQM promo this year should have been a good hint of where AA was planning to focus rewards...

ukinny2000 Nov 17, 15 12:08 pm

At least we have four months to book those flights for redemption that are much higher

JonNYC Nov 17, 15 12:12 pm


Originally Posted by Superguy (Post 25728735)
Interesting tidbits I see:

50k EQM earn for 2 more SWUs as EXP
Sticker prices going up to $40 each
75k maximum revenue ticket earn
Current mileage promo extended until new earning style kicks in

Good summary of slightly less noticeable changes.

Plus this one:

One change not noted here is that international business class awards which include business class on a 3-cabin flight within North America will cost an additional 7500 miles. So if you’re flying American’s premium transcon service between New York and Los Angeles or San Francisco, if you’re flying 3-cabin equipment Miami – Los Angeles, or you’re flying Cathay Pacific between Vancouver and New York JFK you’re going to pay 7500 miles more one way.
http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea....tive-march-22/

stephem Nov 17, 15 12:16 pm

A couple of flaky changes in the award tables:
US-Asia1 60k and US-Asia2 70K (business)
Canada-Asia1 65k and Canada-Asia2 72.5k (business)

Current tables have 50k (asia1) and 55k (asia2) regardless of whether you start in US or Canada. For YVR-HKG, this is kind of silly. It's less flying than LAX-HKG or SFO-HKG. Odd that it's a premium in the new tables, they must be assuming a Canada-US-Asia routing and thinking that is more costly....

crimsona Nov 17, 15 12:16 pm

Europe to Middle East J and F going from 30 and 40 to 42.5 and 62.5
Middle East to Australia J and F going from 45 and 60 to 80 and 100

Affects Etihad residences.

Superguy Nov 17, 15 12:17 pm

I'm still going thru the info, but CX earning is horrid in Y. :td:

Y, B 100%/1.00
H 100%/0.50 :td:
K, M, L, V, Q, S, G, N 0%/0 :td: :td: :td:

JL is awful too:

Full-Fare Economy Y, B 100% – 1.00
Discount Economy H, K, M 70% – 0.50
Discount Economy L, V, S, G, O, R 50% – 0.50
Discount Economy N, Q 30% – 0.50

So not only do they gimp your base miles, but then they chop your EQMs in half on top of that. 15% total EQMs? :td:

ashill Nov 17, 15 12:20 pm


Originally Posted by Superguy (Post 25728811)
I'm still going thru the info, but CX earning is horrid in Y. :td:

Y, B 100%/1.00
H 100%/0.50 :td:
K, M, L, V, Q, S, G, N 0%/0 :td: :td: :td:

That's very little change, though. The only changes are Y,B go from 1.5 EQP (1.0 EQM) to 1.0 and H goes from 1.0 to 0.5. CX earning is :td:, but it always has been.

chrisremo Nov 17, 15 12:21 pm

With the award chart changes upcoming, is it safe to speculatively book award travel before March, then change dates as needed, given AA's policy of not charging for award changes when origin and destination remain the same?

stephem Nov 17, 15 12:23 pm


Originally Posted by jamespvg (Post 25728823)
0.5 EQM for most AS fares and a cap of 1.5 BA EQM even on JBA routes are supremely disappointing to me. The BA decision especially. If they're interested in incentivizing us to buy-up to higher cabins, what's the sense in capping EQMs on revenue shared, métal-neutral services? Rubbish.

For AS, I often find the AS metal flights with AA codes for about the same price, maybe a few $$ higher, so you can book that way and get 1EQP multiplier instead of .5

Not always the same for BA, but clearly some may see an incentive for booking AA codes on the deep discount business class fares that we keep seeing.

ashill Nov 17, 15 12:23 pm


Originally Posted by Superguy (Post 25728811)
I'm still going thru the info, but CX earning is horrid in Y. :td:

Y, B 100%/1.00
H 100%/0.50 :td:
K, M, L, V, Q, S, G, N 0%/0 :td: :td: :td:

JL is awful too:

Full-Fare Economy Y, B 100% – 1.00
Discount Economy H, K, M 70% – 0.50
Discount Economy L, V, S, G, O, R 50% – 0.50
Discount Economy N, Q 30% – 0.50

So not only do they gimp your base miles, but then they chop your EQMs in half on top of that. 15% total EQMs? :td:

No, the chart now lists EQMs per mile flown, NOT EQMs per base mile. So JL bottoms out at 0.5 EQM/mile flown, which is an increase on the cheapest fares.

In fact, every partner I've looked at bottoms out at 0.5 EQMs on all non-zero-earning fares, so that's an improvement on EQMs cheap fares on JL, QF, what was previously announced for BA, and a substantial improvement over the EQPs (which were as low as 0.5*0.25 = 0.125 for QF, for example).


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