As of this year American introduced a new elite tier, Platinum Pro. Prior to that American offered Platinum status at 50,000 elite qualifying miles and Executive Platinum status at 100,000 elite qualifying miles, so they wanted something in the middle. This matched what the old US Airways Dividend Miles program offered, as they only had four elite tiers.
The main things differentiating Platinum Pro from Platinum are the following:
- Unlimited complimentary upgrades within 500-mile eligible regions (as opposed to Platinum members, who have to earn “stickers,” and redeem those for upgrades)
- Higher upgrade priority than Platinum members
- Nine miles per dollar spent, rather than the eight miles per dollar spent for Platinum members
Unlike Executive Platinum members, Platinum Pro members don’t receive four systemwide upgrades per year, don’t receive oneworld Emerald status, don’t receive free upgrades on award tickets, etc.
Well, it looks like American is quietly adding a new benefit for these members. As of February 1, 2018, American AAdvantage Platinum Pro members and companions in the same record will receive free same day confirmed flight changes, similar to Executive Platinum members. Otherwise there’s typically a $75 per person fee for this.
As with any same day flight change, this benefit is only available for the same origin and destination, the same calendar day of departure, and for travel between the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Canada, and the Caribbean, as well as flights connecting at New York JFK and London Heathrow.
There needs to be availability in the “E” fare class in order to make a same day flight change, and as far as I’m concerned American has among the stricter policies in terms of the availability needed to make a change.
This seems like a nice way for American to improve the elite privileges for Platinum Pro members in a way that shouldn’t greatly impact others. Well done, American.
Are any of you Platinum Pro members, and if so, what has your experience been like since the tier was introduced?