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REACTION, DISCUSSION: EQD, status tier, upgrade changes as of 6 Jun 2016

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REACTION, DISCUSSION: EQD, status tier, upgrade changes as of 6 Jun 2016

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AAdvantage Changes Announced 6 Jun 2016 - REACTION, DISCUSSION

This thread is dedicated to "REACTION, DISCUSSION" of the changes announced June 6, 2016.

For "JUST THE FACTS", please use JUST THE FACTS: 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)

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 in 500-mile upgrade markets
  • Earn 9 award miles/U.S. dollar (80% bonus)
  • 2 free checked bags
  • oneworld® Sapphire status
  • 72 hour upgrade window
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, EQM, and RDM/AW 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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REACTION, DISCUSSION: EQD, status tier, upgrade changes as of 6 Jun 2016

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Old Jun 6, 16, 10:11 am
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REACTION, DISCUSSION: EQD, status tier, upgrade changes as of 6 Jun 2016

This is still too vague and ripe for carnage-qualifying:

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.
As well as this, for EQD earning:

Flights marketed by oneworld® carriers and Alaska Airlines will earn EQDs based on a percentage of the flight distance and the fare class purchased.
Also, if you're going to be over 50K EMQs this year, don't bother pushing for I-can't-say-it-so-stupid-name-it-hurts:

If I reach 75,000 EQMs or 90 EQS during 2016, will I qualify for Platinum Pro in 2017?

No, qualification for Platinum Pro does not begin until January 1, 2017 and requires meeting the minimum EQD threshold in addition to the EQM or EQS threshold.
OMG, "Platinum Pro"? :headdesk:
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Old Jun 6, 16, 10:11 am
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EXP at 100,000 status miles (or 120 segments) and $12,000 spend getting 11 redeemable miles per dollar looks good compared to DL.

Using spend to prioritize upgrades will essentially reverse the waitlist on average since last minute tickets are the most expensive (unless someone deliberately buys refundable/changeable fares).
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Old Jun 6, 16, 10:14 am
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Originally Posted by no1cub17 View Post
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?
I kinda like the elimination of Upgrades by time of request- I don't want to "waste" stickers on a flight where I won't avail of the enhanced service, but sometimes it's hard to know that weeks in advance. And given that I've got some expensive flights coming up in H2 2016, I'd assume that at least some spend in 2016 will be counted toward UG priority, unless "later in 2017" is December 31st.

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.
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How will award miles and EQDs be calculated for Lifetime AirPass members?

Lifetime AirPass members (Limited and Unlimited) will earn award miles as they do today, based on the distance of the flight. EQDs will be awarded based on 20% of the flight distance.

I feel like that gives a bit of a hint as to how much we can expect to earn on non-AA coded flights, since it won't be a straight $ value for EQD. Obviously that will vary based on fare class.
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Just noticed this tidbit on the VFTW - which is not stated on the AA page -
. "But Concierge Key members earning their status via spending will now have priority for upgrades for Executive Platinums who aren’t spending enough to become Concierge Key."

Also I suppose inline with UA and GS re:upgrades, but I think there are fewer CKs than GSs so probably not the end of the world.
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Old Jun 6, 16, 10:15 am
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
EXP at 100,000 status miles (or 120 segments) and $12,000 spend getting 11 redeemable miles per dollar looks good compared to DL.
Except that spend is more than $12K to get $12K EQD. Not sure how much more it will really work out to...

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Some of these changes are great for CKs and other high spenders! Pretty much will always be at the top of the upgrade list even when Exec Plats are bountiful... This solve

What is most exciting to me about the changes is this gem here:

Award tickets

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.
About damn time!
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Old Jun 6, 16, 10:15 am
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Info is out
http://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/pr...antage2016.jsp
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Old Jun 6, 16, 10:33 am
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No big surprise to see AA following the leader. Unfortunately for AA they aren't nearly as good of an airline as DL.
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Old Jun 6, 16, 10:34 am
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Nothing really new or innovative here (even the name of their new fourth tier is really derivative). I'll be making Platinum this year thanks to a international Business Class trip and I'll have no chance to keep it next year, but I may make a run for Platinum Pro just for fun and because I'll be close.

On another note, I am glad I'm a Million Miler, at least I'll keep some status no matter what my spend. Even in a good year it's rare I spend more than $2000 on AA.
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Old Jun 6, 16, 10:35 am
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Will international (non-US) members get exempt from the EQD requirements just like what United and Delta do? Gary said no, but I did not see it from the FAQ.
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Old Jun 6, 16, 10:38 am
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Not surprised by the introduction of EQD since, as noted, everyone else has it.

But still somewhat ironic considering AA has been so aggressive in trying to push the "buy Gold" for $650 or whatever when they now want a minimum of $3000 spend to earn the same status.

Personally, I would have preferred boosting EXP a bit (say 125k EQM) and moving PLT into the middle (say 75k EQM) and sticking with three levels.
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Will international (non-US) members get exempt from the EQD requirements just like what United and Delta do? Gary said no, but I did not see it from the FAQ.
My guess is no based on this:

I purchase my ticket in a different currency, how will award miles and EQDs be determined?

The base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges will be converted to USD (based on the 5-day IATA rate on the date the ticket was issued) and this amount will be awarded as your award miles and EQDs.
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12 cents per mile EQD is not bad. And the upgrades get better. Three improvements I see:

- No longer being at the bottom of the list when booking last minute is nice.
- Upgrades on award travel.
- In the odd year I don't make EXP, I still get unlimited upgrades (at much lower priority, of course) as Platinum Pro (ugh, that name!).
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