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Post-AS status match, where to credit end-of-year flight on AA metal?
Hey there — long time reader, first time poster.
I’ve been swayed by Ben’s passionate rants against the impending changes to the AAdvantage program, but I do fly the transcon JFK–LAX/SFO route a lot, and drastically prefer American’s business class service on that route to any of the other legacy carriers.
So for the following loyalty year, I decided to status match over to AS (formerly AA EXP, currently Platinum) and got matched to MVP Gold. I did that a couple of days ago, so the status match is valid until February 2017. Before I did that, though, I booked a paid I-class fare on AA for LAX to JFK for December. I have a choice about where to credit this flight (and flights like it for the next few months). Under AA’s new earning rules, Platinums get 8 miles per dollar spent, which means, if I’m doing the math correctly, for my $599 transcon discount business fare, if I chose to credit this flight to AA, I would get 4,792 AAdvantage miles.
Here’s where I’m getting confused — as an MVP Gold, how many miles would I earned on this same flight if I chose to credit to AS instead? I saw that after the August changes covered [URL=’http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/06/27/alaska-mileage-plan-american/’]here[/URL] the earning rate is 1.5x distance flown for I class on AA for all MileagePlan members, so 3712. But one of the [URL=’https://www.alaskaair.com/content/mileage-plan/membership-benefits/mvp-gold.aspx’]published[/URL] benefits of AS MVP Gold status says: “Receive a 100% bonus on miles flown with Alaska Airlines and our elite-qualifying airline partners.” So would that mean 7,400ish..? Or does that 100% bonus just apply to base miles (2475)? I’m positive I’m missing something though, especially because I’m not sure how (or even if) these bonuses stack. Can anyone shed some light?
Thanks a million!
I believe the MVP Gold bonus is based on miles flown.
Assuming youre flying the 3 cabin transcon, LAX-JFK is 2475 miles. You’d earn 2475 miles for flying, 2475 miles for being MVP Gold and another 1237 or 2475 miles for the premium cabin bonus, depending on your fare class.