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AA’s Elite Status Changes
Due to how American is changing their structure for awarding elite miles, will you be changing your philosophy around purchasing tickets?
[B]Elite Status Changes Re-cap[/B]
Full-fare First/Business – 3.0 EQMs per mile flown
Discount First/Business – 2.0 EQMs per mile flown
Full-fare Economy – 1.5 EQMs per mile flown
Discount Economy – 1 EQMs per mile flown
I’m curious if anyone out there will be paying more attention to cheap first/business class seats and purchasing those over a cheap economy seat because of the increased elite miles earned for spending more.
I needed a one-way ticket to NYC in late February as a positioning flight, and the first class ticket was about $240 (economy was $84) and I ended up buying the first class ticket because of the new elite structure, however the cost will get refunded to me since I incurred the charge on my Citi Prestige card which refunds up to $250 per year, including ticket purchases.
Is anyone else changing their purchasing strategy if the first class or business class ticket price is reasonable?
Drew–Ben posted his thoughts here: [URL]http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2015/11/20/american-aadvantage-loyalty-2016/[/URL]. I’m sure many people (not constrained by corporate travel policies) are making similar choices.