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AAdvantage Changes for 2016 - DISCUSSION, REACTION & POLL

View Poll Results: My plans for dealing with the 2016 AAdvantage changes:
I'm actually benefitting from this - good deal for me.
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I'm neutral - I gain some, lose some. I'll stay.
132
19.53%
I'm not happy, but stuck with AA / oneworld at this point.
176
26.04%
I'm unhappy & will use AA & other airlines opportunistically.
274
40.53%
I'm outta here! Bye, American.
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AAdvantage Changes for 2016 - DISCUSSION, REACTION & POLL

Old Nov 17, 15, 10:28 pm
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Originally Posted by rsydney View Post
Well look like I will be enjoying my last year of AA Loyalty. This provides more bucks for ME Carriers. Atleast if you pay less and get nothing you may as well fly a ME Carrier and get better service overall. Thats probably why AA will be offering low fares next year but I don't think they can match the ME Carrier with service and price. We will see.
Yes. Because nothing sounds more splendid than taking a ME carrier when flying from the U.S. to Europe. Even more so to South America.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 10:32 pm
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The most 'revenue capitalizing' part lies on $-based RDM. They already did it.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 10:36 pm
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Originally Posted by mooper View Post
As someone with my biggest earning days likely behind me, Lifetime Platinum locked in, and a large banked balance of millions of AA miles, I'm actually pleased with these changes because the supply constrictions should at least stabilize, if not boost, the value when redeemed. In simpler terms, because customers will have a harder time earning miles and status, there won't be as much competition to redeem them, so my banked status and miles should go further.
Sadly, I don't think this actually plays out. We all keep telling ourselves that there will be less competition for the same number of award seats but there are never the same number of award seats. AA availability keeps going down further and further and further.

I use EF to monitor a number of routes where AA is more than happy to let NONREVs fill the J and F cabin on a daily basis or let them go out with numerous empty seats.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 10:38 pm
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Originally Posted by mooper View Post
As someone with my biggest earning days likely behind me, Lifetime Platinum locked in, and a large banked balance of millions of AA miles, I'm actually pleased with these changes because the supply constrictions should at least stabilize, if not boost, the value when redeemed. In simpler terms, because customers will have a harder time earning miles and status, there won't be as much competition to redeem them, so my banked status and miles should go further.
LH, NH, OZ F awards are just as hard as they were before UA deval. Suffice to say you will be paying more for awards with the exact same availability. The floodgates will open with more bank and cc bonuses, its just miles inflation.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 10:41 pm
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Originally Posted by unitedbusiness View Post
After lots of time for planning and certainly lots of speculation, why do you think AA chose not to align AAdvantage closer to DL/UA with a dollar/revenue based elite status program? It seems that AA could have made attaining elite status more exclusive by at least raising Executive Platinum requirements or creating a new, higher tier than EXP.

I am by no means complaining, as it is still relatively easy to attain EXP at least for another year...however, it seems it really missed the opportunity to capitalize on the positive revenue environment by not adopting a revenue-based AAdvantage program.
Because they want to maintain a small advantage over UA/DL, or do it gradually.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 10:51 pm
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OK, we all have feelings about these upcoming changes; I get that.

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Old Nov 17, 15, 10:54 pm
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Originally Posted by nk15 View Post
I think the unintended and sad consequences are that some EXPs will just fly less now on AA, as it will be easier to make EXP and not enough rewarding to go over 100k miles. Plus fewer SWUs to support Y flying.
The new EQM criteria means I can cut back on 2x TATL trips but still make EXP. I would normally have used 4x SWUs on those trips.

I've effectively saved 2x r/t discount Y fares to Europe (plus the hotel, etc.). AA has saved on 4x SWUs. I think we are both winners. I still get EXP and the 4 remaining SWUs are normally enough for my non Mileage Run travel.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 11:33 pm
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The small favorable advantage AA had in Hawaii is gone. Sucks... Don't even know how they will compete for local flyers. Horrible changes!
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Old Nov 17, 15, 11:37 pm
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If AA thinks this will induce many of us to buy more AA premium tickets, good luck with that. So much easier and quicker to qualify now. And then we can all play the field. With some highly discounted transcon F ticket purchases, I'll re-qualify for EXP by the end of February, my earliest ever. And for the lowest out-of-pocket ever. Then what?

I don't need RDMs and only use SWUs for domestic flights. With a ridiculous 50K needed for another 2 SWUs, I see no incentive to continue to fly AA on anything other that what I've always done... on the cheapest Y ticket on routes where I'm virtually assured of an upgrade. No need to spend more money later each year on mileage runs. Probably not their intent, but thanks AA!

So, this EXP will be flying a lot more UA and DL paid domestic First, both of which offer a better and, from DEN, more convenient domestic experience.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 11:42 pm
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Originally Posted by ellis01 View Post
That example doesn't seem THAT bad even for Plat. (IMHO, but clearly better for Gold or Exps)
Unless you actually use a reasonable economy airfare in the calculation.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 11:43 pm
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Originally Posted by mooper View Post
As someone with my biggest earning days likely behind me, Lifetime Platinum locked in, and a large banked balance of millions of AA miles, I'm actually pleased with these changes because the supply constrictions should at least stabilize, if not boost, the value when redeemed. In simpler terms, because customers will have a harder time earning miles and status, there won't be as much competition to redeem them, so my banked status and miles should go further.
From those who have already been there with the DL and UA conversions to revenue-based mileage accrual: don't count on having less competition to redeem / more availability.

Also, it's a dangerous fallacy to link the number of miles you receive to their value. If one day your boss decided to start paying you 30% less, the dollars you receive in your paycheck don't suddenly increase in value. You might have to guard them more closely, but they don't buy any more than they used to. Indeed, awards will cost more than they ever have, even while many people will be earning fewer miles.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 11:52 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO777 View Post
If AA thinks this will induce many of us to buy more AA premium tickets, good luck with that. So much easier and quicker to qualify now. And then we can all play the field. With some highly discounted transcon F ticket purchases, I'll re-qualify for EXP by the end of February, my earliest ever. And for the lowest out-of-pocket ever. Then what?

I don't need RDMs and only use SWUs for domestic flights. With a ridiculous 50K needed for another 2 SWUs, I see no incentive to continue to fly AA on anything other that what I've always done... on the cheapest Y ticket on routes where I'm virtually assured of an upgrade. No need to spend more money later each year on mileage runs. Probably not their intent, but thanks AA!

So, this EXP will be flying a lot more UA and DL paid domestic First, both of which offer a better and, from DEN, more convenient domestic experience.
+1 Totally.

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Old Nov 17, 15, 11:55 pm
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Let's say the main current reason for the RDM change delay is to allow the software development time. However, I still wonder if there is a possibility for them to postpone the RDM changes even further if there were key metrics indicators from the first six months in 2016 to indicate some sort of negative customer response that would impact financials and booking behavior. It may be a ridiculous thought, but I suspect that will be more measurable than the social media complaints. The closest example I have is the meal change experiments or rather restorations.

Will AA go to .5 EQM in 2017 for AA marketed discount fares? I think it is possible, but it is clear they are casting a wider elite net in 2016 to see what happens. If this leads to more desirable and loyal customers, I don't think anything is a given. I have to respect the experimentation on those aspects of the program just like how AA launches routes or doesn't have to commit to daily frequencies.

I don't see as much experimentation happening with other carriers (good or bad). Now, why did AA go with the same RDM calculation? I don't know. If I look at it compared to WN, there are lots of double bonus RDM opportunities that exist. I have a feeling keeping expectations low, but allowing potential bonus RDM options to tweak booking behavior seems better to manage. There really haven't been meaningful non business and first domestic RDM bonus promotions in maybe two years.

I found it odd they made the upgrade programs more expensive in so many ways (less upgrade instruments distributed and higher sticker prices). Will they do anything meaningful to improve F service (still would like something better in the food area and longer West bound flights after 8pm)? If they do nothing, I think that would be a missed situation. AA is acknowledging that elite treatment is more important than redeemable miles. I don't think AA is leading in the soft product and service areas. Let's see some more attention there now that those premium services have a higher explicit price.

I think it is acceptable to not have loyalty for cheap fares (see EK or CX sale economy fares), but aspirational award travel is going to continue to be more difficult. It definitely has more tie to fares than before (including the partial reduction in miles needed for economy US to ME travel which has more countries than ever before).

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Old Nov 17, 15, 11:59 pm
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Any separation of US based and non-US based

Hi,

Just curious since I did not see it anyway in the FAQ and the posts here, are there any separation like DL and UA for US -based and non-US based members from earnings point of view?

I don't like the changes - but as far as how it will affect me - it is at least minimal at this point. Biggest is the SWU and the award redemption changes - they don't cost AA money and not everyone uses all always, so that was a big letdown. As for the redemption, such a pity - brings back bad memory like what Flying Blue did to the chart - that is one big heck of a devaluation.

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Old Nov 18, 15, 12:01 am
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I think the changes are quite fair. Discount economy fliers won't like them, but these changes can be a win for people who fly on full (or higher) Y fares, as well as J and F fares.

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