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Monday, June 6, 2016

American Airlines introduces changes to the AAdvantage program

I think I may need to evaluate my options.

Some months ago we heard about American introducing changes to the AAdvantage program in the second half of this year.  None of us knew exactly what that would entail but the announcement came today about what those changes will be.  And they're not good.

Award earning based on elite level starting August 1st:

New Elite tier and Revenue Requirements as of January 1st, 2017: Platinum Pro (still wondering about the name...):

Overall, pretty terrible.  In fact, the revenue requirement alone makes it impossible for casual travelers to see any type of benefit.

I think this may cause me to seriously think about being a flying "free agent" while relying on the status provided by credit cards to get me by.  It's really too bad that the three major airlines have all copied each other, though I'd say it's not surprising.

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