A couple of days ago American Airlines sent out a “2018 year in review” email. At first I assumed this would just be generic stats about AAdvantage members, or something, though as it turned out, they did a pretty good job customizing it to give each member an overview of their travel on American this year.
In my case it contained the following information about my “loyalty” to American in 2018:
- Hours in the sky: 101
- Times around the world: 3
- Destinations visited: 9
- Most visited destinations: New York, Miami, Los Angeles
- Furthest flight taken: New York to Doha (6,704 miles)
- Type of aircraft most flown: 737
- Earned Executive Platinum status: November 11
- Times flown to the sun by all Executive Platinum members: 103
- Bonus miles from elite status: 73,434
- Award miles earned without flying: 190,446
- Upgrades received: 10+
- Checked-bag savings: $440
I actually thought this was pretty well done, though I’m not sure it had the result they intended. What’s my takeaway?
- I really haven’t flown American all that much, I’ve only flown them to nine destinations, and most of my EQMs on them this year were actually for travel on British Airway and Qatar Airways
- I actually find the “award miles earned without flying” number to be scary, since I think of how I could have earned more valuable points currencies for those earning methods otherwise
- 10+ upgrades isn’t that much, and I feel like I would have been better off just paying cash for first class when it’s reasonably priced than going out of my way to fly American
- The checked bag savings number definitely isn’t accurate; I only checked bags twice, and one time was when I was on a standard award in business class that had nothing to do with my status, and I was checking three bags
So yeah, in general I thought this was an interesting customized look at my year with American, though I’m not sure it really sends the message of “boy, my loyalty was really rewarded.”
Did you receive one of these “year in review” summaries from American, and if so, what did you make of the results?