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GUIDE: Earning AA Award / Redeemable Miles / RDM on AA, partners 1 Aug 2016

GUIDE: Earning AA Award / Redeemable Miles / RDM on AA, partners 1 Aug 2016

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Earning AA Award ("Redeemable") Miles / RDM earning as of 01 Aug 2016
on American Airlines and its partner airlines
Note: Earning RDM / Award Miles changed 1 Aug 2016 -

Award Mile changes: American Airlines announced 1 Aug 2016 they have implemented a revenue-based scheme for earning what American is calling Award Miles (previous AA terms have included "Prize-winning miles", also frequently referred to as Redeemable Miles (RDM) in this forum).

This means miles that can be spent on awards are now earned on the basis of price paid (base fare plus carrier-imposed fees such as fuel surcharges, not including government-imposed fees and taxes such as airport passenger service fees, etc.) times a factor determined by one's status. This change applies only to AA-"marketed" flights -- that is, flights booked with an "A" flight number -- with exceptions described under "Special Fares".

Partner-marketed flights (flights with a flight number other than an "AA" one) continue to earn based on miles. See below. This change applies to all flights flown on or after 1 Aug 2016, regardless of when the ticket was purchased.


Elite Qualifying Miles / EQM are merely mile posts to count for status qualification as of 01 January 2016. NOTE: some airline partner EQM changes occur 1 Aug 2016. See here. These are no longer Redeemable.

Bonus Miles: The earning of Bonus Miles (which are always Award or Redeemable Miles, never Elite Qualifying), has changed as a result of the new system. Cabin service / fare class bonus miles may be earned on flights marketed by AA airline partners; see the mileage earning chart for 1 Aug 2016 for each airline partner on aa.com.

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

Link to aa.com page "AAdvantage program updates".

Award Miles (also called Redeemable miles)

Earning as of 01 Aug 2016 and beyond

Earn miles

To earn AAdvantage® miles when you fly on American and American Eagle marketed flights (including flights sold as AA codeshare flights operated by other airlines):
  • Buy an eligible published fare ticket in an eligible booking code

  • Fly an eligible route

  • Specific flights, routes or cities that are excluded from earning miles or award travel are listed as exceptions if applicable.

Calculating award miles

For travel beginning August 1, 2016, you'll earn miles based on ticket price (base fare plus carrier-imposed fees, not including government-imposed taxes and fees). The more you spend, and the higher your elite status, the more you'll earn.
  • AAdvantage® member – 5 miles for every U.S. dollar

  • Gold member – 7 miles/U.S. dollar (40% bonus)

  • Platinum member – 8 miles/U.S. dollar (60% bonus)

  • Platinum Pro member (New in 2017) - 9 miles/U.S. dollar (80%bonus)

  • Executive Platinum member – 11 miles/U.S. dollar (120% bonus)

Or, as mchensel said in another post, to clarify:

AAdvantage® member – 5 miles for every U.S. dollar*

Gold member – 7 miles/U.S. dollar* (5 miles + 2 miles, 40% bonus)

Platinum member – 8 miles/U.S. dollar* (5 miles + 3 miles, 60% bonus)

Platinum Pro member - 9 miles/U.S. dollar* (5 miles + 4 miles, 80% bonus)

Executive Platinum member – 11 miles/U.S. dollar* (5 miles + 6 miles a 120% bonus)

*dollar spent on basic fare and carrier imposed fees only - not government fees or taxes, ancillary fees such as baggage, upgrade, changes, etc.

NOTE: You can earn a maximum of 75,000 award miles per E-Ticket. Note that a single PNR might have more than one E-Ticket, and various kinds of changes may cause an E-Ticket to be re-issued, which we believe resets the maximum mileage counter.

Earning award miles for travel on most flights marketed by partner airlines is based on a percentage of the flight distance and the fare class purchased. Updated tables were posted 15 Jul 2016 and reflect new award earning rates on partner / fare class combinations.

See here.

Elite bonuses on partners: Earning on flights marketed by Alaska and almost all oneworld partners will also use those same elite status bonus ratios (40%/60%/80%?/120%), as announced by AA on 1 Aug 2016. See here.

Special Fares: AA has specified a set of "Special Fares", which includes AA Vacations. NOTE: Award Miles earning varies for "Special Fares" (e.g. AA Vacations), and the chart for those changes on 11 Jan 2017. See here.

Some fares (such as bulk or consolidator fares) earn award miles and Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) at a modified rate based on a percentage of the distance flown as determined by the booking code.

Special fares are often purchased through a specialized agent, third party or as part of a package including air transportation and lodging.

Examples:
  • Bulk fares

  • Cruise fares

  • Consolidator fares

  • Discounted or inclusive tour packages

  • Vacation packages, including American Airlines Vacations® (AAV) packages

  • Other tickets where the fare isn't disclosed, excluding bookings made through priceline.com or hotwire.com where the carrier isn't disclosed before buying
Initial reports have revealed interesting cases which apparently fall under that final "fare isn't disclosed" catch-all, and therefore earn according to the Special Fares mileage-based table:
  • At least some purchases made with Citi TYPs and the like

  • At least some reissues, whether changed beforehand or due to IROPS
Again, these reports are few and preliminary. Further data points to confirm or refute these, or to add to the list, are welcome.

Elite Bonuses on Special Fares: The Special Fares page also says, "AAdvantage elite member bonuses will be applied in addition to the percentages shown for award miles." These bonuses are the same as for partner flights.

See the "Special Fares" earning chart (and note the chart for those changes on 11 Jan 2017). See here.

BE SURE to read the FAQs here.

Sample calculation

AAdvantage member flying round-trip on an American marketed flight from Dallas (DFW) to London-Heathrow (LHR) (NOTE: All $ figures are USD / U.S. Dollars)

Code:
Elite status	        Base fare    Carrier imposed fees   Miles/USD 	Award miles earned
 AAdvantage member	$1,436	     $458	            5	        9,470
 Gold	                $1,436	     $458	            7	        13,258
 Platinum	        $1,436	     $458	            8	        15,152
 Executive Platinum	$1,436	     $458	            11	        20,834
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:



Bonus miles

Bonus (award) Miles are no longer earned as before - see earnings for EQM, A/RDM (and for 2017 EQD) here and from other partner activities such as hotel stays, auto rentals, purchases from AA shopping portal vendors and partners, credit cards, etc.

(NOTE: Bonus miles are Award / Redeemable, not Elite Qualifying, miles)
"Exceptions
Certain airline ticket types aren't eligible for mileage accrual regardless of the booking code. These include, without limitation:
  • All tickets issued as AAdvantage® awards
  • Charter flight tickets
  • Companion tickets
  • Infant tickets
  • Items occupying a purchased seat
  • Other free ticket promotions including free or reduced rate tickets
  • Tickets purchased through a travel agency where the airline is not disclosed prior to purchase, such as Priceline or Hotwire
  • Tickets issued subject to special provisions
  • Travel agency/industry reduced rate tickets"
Older speculative and obsolete posts in this thread have been moved to the Archive, ARCHIVE: Earning AA Award / Redeemable Miles / RDM on AA, partners (obsolete posts).

Updated 07 Jan 2017 - JDiver with thanks to spammersarescum

Historical information moved to ARCHIVE thread, link to same renewed. JDiver

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Old Aug 5, 16, 3:43 pm
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Where was AAA and BBB?

( 1325+445 ) / 5 indicates that the earning was based on a fare of $354

without knowing the route and , therefore, what the tax component would be, it isn't easy to know if it is correct and that the tax element was more than you thought or whether it is incorrect

If the eligible earning was $464.89 , then the amount credited seems incorrect
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Old Aug 5, 16, 3:50 pm
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AAA is DCA and BBB is HPN.

Fare is shown as $464.89 and taxes as $58.57 for a total of $523.46 on my confirmation.
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Old Aug 5, 16, 3:59 pm
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Doing a check on ITA, the taxes would seem to be about correct

Based on the fare paid, it would seem that the mileage earned is lower than would be expected

Looking at the fare breakdown, the 1325 matches up to a fare of 264.33 ( rounded up to 265 ) whilst the 445 doesnt match up to $201 on the fare breakdown
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Old Aug 7, 16, 12:18 am
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Originally Posted by teemuflyer View Post
RDMs are now earned purely on spend:

"For travel beginning August 1, 2016, you'll earn miles based on ticket price (base fare plus carrier-imposed fees minus government-imposed taxes and fees). The more you spend, and the higher your elite status, the more you'll earn.

AAdvantage® member – 5 miles for every U.S. dollar

◾Gold member – 7 miles/U.S. dollar (40% bonus)

◾Platinum member – 8 miles/U.S. dollar (60% bonus)

◾Executive Platinum member – 11 miles/U.S. dollar (120% bonus)

You can earn a maximum of 75,000 award miles per ticket."


Nothing to do with miles flown.. EQM (Elite Qualifying Miles) are based on the actual miles flown.
The OP clearly understood this.
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Old Aug 7, 16, 12:46 am
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Are tickets purchased through credit card loyalty programs (Chase UR, etc.) subject to the "Special Fare" rules? I believe these fares are considered bulk or consolidator fares.

How is the elite bonus applied to these tickets?
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Old Aug 7, 16, 6:47 am
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Originally Posted by MillenniumFlyer View Post
Are tickets purchased through credit card loyalty programs (Chase UR, etc.) subject to the "Special Fare" rules? I believe these fares are considered bulk or consolidator fares.

How is the elite bonus applied to these tickets?
That is the speculation but no one has booked one, flown and confirmed yet. If they are the elite bonus would be 40/60/80/120% depending if Gold/Plat/Pro/EXP.

Why don't you be the Guinea pig for us
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Old Aug 7, 16, 7:50 am
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Originally Posted by MillenniumFlyer View Post
Are tickets purchased through credit card loyalty programs (Chase UR, etc.) subject to the "Special Fare" rules? I believe these fares are considered bulk or consolidator fares.

How is the elite bonus applied to these tickets?
Answered by AA: "AAdvantage elite member bonuses will be applied in addition to the percentages shown for award miles."

But I'm not at all sure these would be bulk or consolidator fares, anyway. As I understand it, such fares are only available on certain routes because those are what the agent purchased in bulk; by contrast, you can ask Chase or Citi to book you on whatever AA flights.
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Old Aug 7, 16, 3:23 pm
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Can someone check my math, please? I'm AA PLT and considering crediting an Alaska flight to my AAdvantage account. Am I correct that I get 60% of the flown miles as RDM, but no extra EQM (above the 1.5 modifier for an F ticket)?

AS flight in F, flown miles 2677.
2677 base
75% bonus = +2008
60% PLT bonus = +1606
=6291

I do have an MP account so I could just credit there but if I'm right I would lose that 1606 extra.
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Old Aug 7, 16, 4:04 pm
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Those calculations look correct

Indeed , the EQM is distance flown * 1.5 with no other modifiers in this case
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Old Aug 7, 16, 5:03 pm
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Originally Posted by MillenniumFlyer View Post
Are tickets purchased through credit card loyalty programs (Chase UR, etc.) subject to the "Special Fare" rules? I believe these fares are considered bulk or consolidator fares.

How is the elite bonus applied to these tickets?
I have booked one using TYP and will be flying first leg this month..but I can see the price on aa.com so my guess is it will be similar to paid ticket
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Old Aug 8, 16, 7:58 am
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Knowing that this was a long time a-coming, even before AA announced, doesn't take the sting out because since the USAIR merger most trips started/ended with two 355 mile legs LGB-PHX that netted 2k.

On my first trip of this new non-segmentarian era, LGB-PHX-DEN nets out at 1552, close to a quarter haircut from the "everything used to be better" days. Sigh.
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Old Aug 8, 16, 12:15 pm
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Originally Posted by MillenniumFlyer View Post
Are tickets purchased through credit card loyalty programs (Chase UR, etc.) subject to the "Special Fare" rules? I believe these fares are considered bulk or consolidator fares.

How is the elite bonus applied to these tickets?
I booked a ticket DCA-HPN using Citi TY points. The fare was $214 but I used the TY points to cover it. Only received 117 base miles plus my EP bonus for the first half of the flight - which is around a quarter of what I would've expected. Just posted today and haven't had any time to follow-up on it yet.
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Old Aug 8, 16, 2:52 pm
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Originally Posted by River in Sight View Post
I booked a ticket DCA-HPN using Citi TY points. The fare was $214 but I used the TY points to cover it. Only received 117 base miles plus my EP bonus for the first half of the flight - which is around a quarter of what I would've expected. Just posted today and haven't had any time to follow-up on it yet.
Depending on booking class, Looks like such tikcets are treated as special fares or as unavalable and credited based on mileage

DCA-HPN is 234 miles

H class and lower special fares/ O,G class where fare is unavailable earn 50% of mileage flown , which is 117

Then EP bonus of 141 applied to that , giving a total earning of 258
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Old Aug 8, 16, 4:15 pm
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Originally Posted by River in Sight View Post
I booked a ticket DCA-HPN using Citi TY points. The fare was $214 but I used the TY points to cover it. Only received 117 base miles plus my EP bonus for the first half of the flight - which is around a quarter of what I would've expected. Just posted today and haven't had any time to follow-up on it yet.
So, the $214 was for a round trip, including taxes? Your post isn't clear. If so, you figured maybe $95 EQD for outbound => expecting over 1000 RDM,; and you got a little over 250, as Dave Noble calculated. Right?

You also didn't mention your fare class; was it as Dave Noble is (probably correctly) speculating?

What did you earn in EQM? 500?

This looks bad, but to be fair your trip had a very high cpm at almost 46; a more "normal" cpm of 12 would mean break-even.
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Old Aug 9, 16, 11:45 am
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I am flying LAX-SYD tomorrow on TY points. I can see my fare on aa.com and its beyond depressing - like $475 base fare. Instead of 32k RDMs looking at like 5k RT. I will report back what gets credited
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