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JUST THE FACTS: EQD, status tier, other changes announced 6 Jun 2016

JUST THE FACTS: EQD, status tier, other changes announced 6 Jun 2016

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AAdvantage Changes Announced 6 Jun 2016 - JUST THE FACTS

This thread is dedicated to "JUST THE FACTS" about the changes announced June 6, 2016.

For discussion of impact, reactions, etc. please use REACTION, DISCUSSION: EQD, status tier, upgrade changes as of 6 Jun 2016


Link to AAdvantage Program Updates page on aa.com.

Link to Gary Leff's "View from the Wing" blog article on these changes.

Link to Ben "Lucky" Schlappig's take in "One Mile at a Time" on View From the Boarding Area

Summary of changes:

aa.com: Unknown but intended: aa.com updated to show EQM, EQD and RDM/AW for your convenience when booking and in your account for keeping informed about your accruals.
Aug 2016:

Change to earning Award / Redeemable Miles to revenue based begins (see FT thread

Bonus award miles "More Miles" for premium cabin discontinued

For travel beginning August 1, 2016

Earn award miles based on your ticket price and elite status on American-marketed flights.

You earn miles on the base fare plus carrier-imposed fees minus government-imposed taxes and fees. The more you spend (and the higher your elite status level) the more you’ll earn.
  • AAdvantage® member – 5 miles for every U.S. dollar
  • Gold member – 7 miles for every U.S. dollar (40% bonus)
  • Platinum member – 8 miles for every U.S. dollar (60% bonus)
  • Platinum Pro - 9 miles for every U.S. dollar
  • Executive Platinum member – 11 miles for every U.S. dollar (120% bonus)
On most flights marketed by partner airlines, you'll earn award miles based on a percentage of the flight distance and the fare class of your ticket. Rates will be available by July 15.

NOTE: this also pertains to "special fares", such as those purchased through AA Vacations. (not AA language)

Domestic First cabin fares recoded 12 Nov 2016

Also see AA 2 class Domestic US50 First re-coded as J, D, I, R, C Nov 12, 2016


1 Jan 2017:

Status earning to have EQM/EQS criteria AND "EQD" revenue spend requirement

In addition to the (same as 2016) required EQM or EQS, to earn status one will have to also earn "Elite Qualifying Dollars" / "EQD" spend credit as follows (during the calendar year):

"EQDs will be awarded based on:

Ticket price (base fare plus carrier-imposed fees, excluding any government-imposed taxes and fees) on American-marketed flights

EQD calculations will not include change fees and similar (premium seats, baggage, etc.) charges.

Q. Do checked bag fees, seat purchases, 500-mile upgrades or other products/service fees count toward earning award miles and EQDs?

No, only the base fare paid for your ticket including any carrier-imposed fees will count toward earning award miles and EQDs. Fees for other products or services will not be awarded miles or EQDs, including but not limited to the following: checked baggage fees, Admirals Club® memberships, Wi-Fi passes, in-flight food and beverage purchases, in-flight entertainment, unaccompanied minor fees, pet travel fees, 500-mile upgrades, mileage upgrade cash co-payments, Mileage Multiplier, BuyMiles, GiftMiles, ShareMiles or other mileage purchases, ticket change fees, ticketing fees, same-day confirmed flight change or standby fees and service charges. (Thanks to ty97.)
Flights marketed by oneworld® carriers and Alaska Airlines will earn EQDs based on a percentage of the flight distance and the fare class purchased (as may "special fares" - not AA language)

NOTE: EQD offset may be earned by spend on Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red and Silver cards (added language not from AA)

With the addition of EQDs, we’ll remove the rule that 4 segments must be traveled on American or American Eagle during the qualifying year to receive elite status."
New EQD requirement
  • Gold - $3,000
  • Platinum - $6,000
  • Platinum Pro - $9,000 (beginning 1/1/17)
  • Executive Platinum - $12,000
Elimination of four AA marketed EQS requirement

NOTE: Concierge Key is treated as a higher status tier than Executive Platinum for upgrade Priority, but is not otherwise an AAdvantage status tier.

Change from three status tiers to four - new 75K "Platinum Pro" added

"In 2017 you can start earning toward a new level, Platinum Pro, with benefits like:
  • Complimentary upgrades on flights within North America and between the U.S. and Central America
  • Earn 9 award miles/U.S. dollar (80% bonus)
  • 2 free checked bags
  • oneworld® Sapphire status
  • 72 hour upgrade window* (announced elsewhere)
NOTE: Platinum upgrade window goes from 72 to 48 hours; Concierge Key upgrade window is 120 hours.


February 2017

Introduction of highly restricted AA Basic Economy fares. FT link.

These will accrue 0.5 EQM, 0.5 EQS, will not permit rollaboard size / overhead baggage (only one personal item) unless you have status, no upgrades permitted, etc.


"Late" 2017:

Change to upgrade priority to EQD-based priority

"The way your upgrade request is prioritized will change later in 2017. You’ll be listed according to your elite status level followed by the number of EQDs earned in the last 12 months."
EP, and within EP by EQD spend in last 12 month period; PlatPro, ditto, and on to Platinum, Gold. For both upgrade request and airport list if request goes to airport list.

Executive Platinums able to upgrade MC / coach award flight (On flights 500 mile upgrades are usable, courtesy upgrades; priority within EP by last 12 month EQD spend.

"Starting later in 2017, Executive Platinum members can use their complimentary 500-mile upgrade benefits on AAdvantage® award tickets for travel on American from Main Cabin to the next class."

Peripheral issues:

AA Vacations: AA Vacations packages (like partner airline tickets) will earn EQD based on the distance flown as determined by the fare class purchased. This is in accordance with the "Special Fares" section of the new EQD earnings pages, and confirmed here

EQD requirements will apply to non-US residents as well as US as currently exists

EQD requirements can be partially offset by spend on Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red or Silver cards.

Partners (AS and oneworld): accrual of EQM as reflected on charts on aa.com; EQD credit to be announced (15 Jul 2016)

Status: AA has no current plans to add "Lifetime Platinum Pro" status.


Resources:

GLOSSARY:

EQD: Elite Qualifying Dollars (base fare + carrier imposed fees, - government imposed taxes and fees)

EQM: Elite Qualifying Miles (accrual depends on fare basis, airline and miles flown)

EQS: Elite Qualifying Segments (discrete qualifying segment credited by AA)

Platinum Pro: new tier beginning 1/1/17 requiring $9,000 EQD and 75,000 EQM or 90 EQS in one calendar year

For links to new threads about these and other recent changes affecting AA flyers, see below.

Link to AAdvantage Program Updates page on aa.com.

Link to Gary Leff's "View from the Wing" blog article on these changes.

Link to Ben "Lucky" Schlappig's take in "One Mile at a Time" on View From the Boarding Area

Link to Andy's take on the Award Miles earning changes on View From the Boarding Area.

Links to useful threads:

GUIDE: Earning EQD / Elite Qualifying Dollars on AA and partner airlines (2017 on)

GUIDE: Earning AA Elite Qualifying Miles / EQM on AA, oneworld, partner airlines 2017

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

HELP DESK: Elite Qualifying EQD, EQM & Award / RDM Calculations & Planning 2017

AAdvantage® earning estimates - FAQ (aa.com)
(aa.com "AAdvantage program updates" - link

Link to FT thread: What are AA Platinum Pro Benefits? Are they worth it? (master thread)

Link to FT thread: oneworld not requiring connecting protection or interline baggage 1 Jun 2016

Link to ARCHIVE: Speculation about upcoming changes tba 6 Jun 2016"

Updated 6 Jan 2012 - JDiver


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Old Jun 6, 16, 7:46 am
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JUST THE FACTS: EQD, status tier, other changes announced 6 Jun 2016

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JUST THE FACTS: EQD, status tier, other changes announced 6 Jun 2016

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Originally Posted by ThreeJulietTango View Post
Yes, but this is presumably only bad news for us. AA will undoubtedly spin it as a change we will like.
That line brings back Smisek flashbacks
"“We’re doing to make a lot of changes and we think you’re going to like it,”
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Well that doesn't seem that bad at all...basically $12K min spend for EXP? Am I missing something here?

ETA: Oh just saw the upgrade priority as well, thats an interesting change. Previous 12 months spend not time dictates where you are on the list.
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Quick hits:

New 75k level called Platinum Pro

Reduction in time for Platinum upgrade from T-72 to T-48 (PLTP stays at T-72)

Introduction of EQDs at similar levels to DL and UA

Introduction of revenue based RDMs at similar levels to DL and UA

EXP can use upgrade benefits on award tickets booked in coach (I really could have used this when I was EXP...)


Also:


Upgrades
Upgrade prioritization

The way your upgrade request is prioritized will change later in 2017. You’ll be listed according to your elite status level followed by the number of EQDs earned in the last 12 months.
Bolding mine
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Well that doesn't seem that bad at all...basically $12K min spend for EXP? Am I missing something here?
I agree. This is in line with what I expected. I was hoping for $10K, but $12K is more what I expected it to be. If this is the extent of it for 2017, I'm good with it.

Now we wait for either:

a. More 2017 changes
b. 2018 changes



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Where's the carnage?

Edit: this is interesting

Starting later in 2017, Executive Platinum members can use their complimentary 500-mile upgrade benefits on AAdvantage® award tickets for travel on American from Main Cabin to the next class.
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Old Jun 6, 16, 10:03 am
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Gary has posted a summary: http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea....-elite-status/
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Well that doesn't seem that bad at all...basically $12K min spend for EXP? Am I missing something here?
Earning rates for different fare classes won't be disclosed until later and I think that's where they're really going to drop the hammer.
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Quick hits:

New 75k level called Platinum Pro

Reduction in time for Platinum upgrade from T-72 to T-48 (PLTP stays at T-72)

Introduction of EQDs at similar levels to DL and UA

Introduction of revenue based RDMs at similar levels to DL and UA
And complimentary upgrades (no stickers) for Platinum Pro.

Really, at a glance, this doesn't look shocking or doom-and-gloom to me. Basically a carbon copy of the DL and UA elite programs. Particularly re EQDs:

Flights marketed by oneworld® carriers and Alaska Airlines will earn EQDs based on a percentage of the flight distance and the fare class purchased
and (emphasis added)
On most flights marketed by partner airlines, you'll earn award miles based on a percentage of the flight distance and the fare class of your ticket. Rates will be available by July 15.
So partner flights do count, which was my main objection to MQDs as first implemented by DL and as still implemented by UA.

Upgrades will be prioritized by EQDs earned in a rolling 12 month period. Obviously some will like that more than others.

Effective for earning beginning January 1, 2017 for the 2018 status year, so they gave ≈6 months notice for earning and ≈18 months' notice for the changes taking effect.

All in all, not so bad at first glance.
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This part is actually good:
"Starting later in 2017, Executive Platinum members can use their complimentary 500-mile upgrade benefits on AAdvantage® award tickets for travel on American from Main Cabin to the next class."

I'm worried about the vagueness of "the next class." It might mean Main Cabin Extra. Or Premium Economy.
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I agree. This is in line with what I expected. I was hoping for $10K, but $12K is more what I expected it to be. If this is the extent of it for 2017, I'm good with it.

Now we wait for either:

a. More 2017 changes
b. 2018 changes



Cheers.
Yeah, this is NOWHERE near what the hints & predictions implied. The only thing that concerns me is:

How is the 500-mile EQM minimum benefit applied for elite members?

If your flight is less than 500 miles we’ll raise the base EQM amount to 500 prior to applying any multipliers, according to the booking code purchased. After applying the multiplier, the number of EQMs awarded could be less than 500. For example, if your flight is 300 miles in length, we will raise the base EQM amount to 500. If the multiplier to be applied is 0.50, you will earn 250 EQMs for the flight.
Does this only apply to partner flights that earn fractional EQMs, or are there hidden multipliers for AA marketed Deep Discount fares coming too?
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Old Jun 6, 16, 10:06 am
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Wow - so no more timestamps at all! Interesting. I'm curious though how EQDs will work for partner flights. I.E. CX PEY earns 1.5 EQMs/mile - how will EQDs work for that?
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Is platinum losing oneWorld sapphire and downgrading to Ruby? I realize this isn't written on there, but I PlatPro will be sapphire....
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Any word yet on whether there will be a EQD waiver through any of the credit cards?
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