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Effective immediately, AA has implemented a number of changes mostly beneficial to flyers. — link

* No more change fees. Change fees for all domestic and short-haul international flying on Premium Cabin fares and most Main Cabin fares will be eliminated.

* Fly standby for free. All customers will have the ability to fly standby on earlier flights for the same destination on the same day at no charge starting Oct. 1, 2020.

* More to Basic Economy. Basic Economy fares now come with the ability to tailor your travel experience including upgrades, Preferred and Main Cabin Extra seats, priority boarding and same-day flight changes.

* Same AAdvantage® benefits during your journey, no matter the fare. AAdvantage® elite members will be able to apply their current travel benefits on all tickets, including when purchasing a Basic Economy fare.

NB: Basic economy fares will no longer earn elite qualifying miles, dollars, or segments effective Jan 1, 2021.

See post # 1 for screen shots of the AA release and features.

See post # 99 for change fee waiver for ALL flights purchased by 31 Dec 2020





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Old Aug 31, 20, 11:13 am
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Old Aug 31, 20, 1:41 pm
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AA Eliminates Many Change Fees, Other Benefits 31 Aug 2020


Also: fly standby for free, upgrades + MCE + AAdvantage benefits on BE tickets (though no EQD/EQM/EQS).

https://news.aa.com/news/news-detail...8/default.aspx

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Old Aug 31, 20, 1:57 pm
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Originally Posted by potus18 View Post
https://twitter.com/DeItaOne/status/1300518894357172224

Also: fly standby for free, upgrades + MCE + AAdvantage benefits on BE tickets (though no EQD/EQM/EQS).

https://news.aa.com/news/news-detail...8/default.aspx
Yes! Just like the old days. They will put you standby list and else. Remember the old days??? PPPM.
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Old Aug 31, 20, 2:21 pm
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Yes! Just like the old days. They will put you standby list and else. Remember the old days??? PPPM.
However the flights won't count for status.
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Old Aug 31, 20, 2:23 pm
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Originally Posted by potus18 View Post
https://twitter.com/DeItaOne/status/1300518894357172224

Also: fly standby for free, upgrades + MCE + AAdvantage benefits on BE tickets (though no EQD/EQM/EQS).

https://news.aa.com/news/news-detail...8/default.aspx
Well, AA has used the last day to more fully think through this vs UA. Sometimes following makes sense.

You have to fly main cabin to EARN status (NB: these fares to rise faster than BE fares as soon as the market can bear).

You can preserve benefits when flying with the kiddies or can't justify the main cabin fare.

Plus, they realized the customer service nightmare of voiding unused ticket value when the new ticket is cheaper. Smart, IMHO.
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Old Aug 31, 20, 2:29 pm
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A great one-up of the announced UA and DL changes, with AA issuing vouchers for the fare difference if the new flight is cheaper than the original.
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Old Aug 31, 20, 2:34 pm
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A great one-up of the announced UA and DL changes, with AA issuing vouchers for the fare difference if the new flight is cheaper than the original.
Yes!, and keeping bennies on BE fares is a huge bonus for lifetime status holders, unless they plan to devalue that (again) too. I fear lifetime status could become lifetime* at some point when we are not booking fares that are expensive enough for AA's taste.
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Old Aug 31, 20, 2:37 pm
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Compared to UA, AA:
- includes Canada & Mexico
- vouchers for price drops
- elite benefits on MCE tickets

Sweet.
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Old Aug 31, 20, 2:41 pm
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Is the AA policy only for new tickets or previous issued tickets as well? I just had to pay a change fee so pretty annoyed at myself that I didn't wait it out.
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Old Aug 31, 20, 2:51 pm
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WSJ: American, Delta End Domestic Change Fees

American Airlines and Delta Air Lines said they were removing change fees on most domestic flights, as the levies emerged as a new competitive battleground among airlines.
The moves by the two largest U.S. carriers comes a day after United Airlines said that it is permanently ending flight change fees for most domestic flights, in the latest effort to boost demand in an air-travel industry hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/america...=djemalertNEWS
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Old Aug 31, 20, 3:17 pm
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Is the AA policy only for new tickets or previous issued tickets as well? I just had to pay a change fee so pretty annoyed at myself that I didn't wait it out.
id suggest it’s worth a call or DM to try to get this reversed.
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Old Aug 31, 20, 3:33 pm
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Wow. How long will this last?
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Old Aug 31, 20, 3:37 pm
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Interesting to see longer term how this shakes out, obviously its initially great for everyone but no EQM/EQD from 1.1.21 means you'll need to choose between paying more for status or being something of a free agent (with no benefits). Further curve ball if corporate travel policies pivot to B fares now you can change/standby them, that'd mean no status earning for road warriors.

Long term I see this reducing the pool of elites - lifetimers the real winners here I think.
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Old Aug 31, 20, 3:49 pm
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id suggest it’s worth a call or DM to try to get this reversed.
Thanks! Twitter team said its pretty new news so they are checking on what they can do. But overall this is still amazing news.
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Old Aug 31, 20, 3:58 pm
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However the flights won't count for status.
Do you mean BE fares won't earn EQD and/or EQM's?
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