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Switch to American?
I have a few questions regarding AAdvantage’s latest changes…
Considering redemption rates are lower in many markets than United’s partner rates, it is easier to obtain status than United because of the EQM system, giving you more miles, would you say that the new program is still better than both United and Delta?
If many awards cost more miles, do you think that people with lots of miles (like you) will have better chances of finding space since some people won’t be able to afford the new rates with the same availability?
Do you think domestic upgrade ability for EXPs will still be better than 1Ks, because there are so many 1Ks on each United flight, especially out of places like Chicago? And are four systemwide upgrades without fare restrictions with the potential to earn more better than just six with restrictions?
While these changes aren’t good, I’m trying to figure out whether they’re better than United and Delta.
Oops, not sure if you read [URL]http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2015/11/17/2016-aadvantage-program-details/[/URL] but I think Ben pointed out the pros and cons of the changes that were announced today. It’s hard to say any one program is better than others without specifying the aspect of the program being discussed. Programs have strengths in partners, routes, pricing, ease of use etc so ultimately it’s a question of which is best for you.
People with more miles will always have a better chance of finding routings than those who don’t. That’s always been an unfortunate fact of life. Hard to assume that upgrade opportunities will better. AA is now the biggest airline and as such will likely have the most number of elites so competition will likely be tough, especially at hubs just like it is with DL and UA at their hubs.
Re: upgrades I think most people prefer the no-restriction four upgrade option over the six restricted versions. Like I said ultimately it depends on what your goals are and what airline can best meet them.