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Alternatives to AAdvantage
Lucky – Given the impending changes to the AAdvantage program next year, are there any other Oneworld or AA partner frequent flier programs (e.g. Alaska) which you would recommend crediting flights to instead of AAdvantage?
What is more important for you status or miles for future redemption’s?
For Oneworld status BA might be the way to go if you are routinely flying in premium cabins. Domestic US F can earn Tier points quite quick, but flip side is that the program sucks for long haul redemption’s and you need to fly something like 4 sectors on BA each program year.
Think the earning are something like this from memory
Segments up to 2000 miles
J: 40 Tier points
F: 60 Tier points
Segments over 2000 miles
J: 140 Tier points
F: 210 Tier points
There is also a higher Tier points earning rate for longer flights of J:160 and F:240, but I can’t remember the distance in my head right now
So flying AA LAX/SFO-JFK non stop in F would earn you 420 Tier points for a R/T flight, while LAX/SFO-DFW-JFK in F would earn you 240 Tier points for a R/T flight just as an example.
1500 Tier points will get you Emerald status with Oneworld.
Alaska might be be a good option for storing miles if/when AA devaluation hits, but I would not be surprised if AA changing earning rates might also lead to changes at AS, unknown what kind at this time.
My advice would be to wait what happens with award charts at AA before making the leap.
Thank you so much for the detailed reply. I think I will wait to see what happens with the AA award chart, as you suggest. I hope the changes, if any, aren’t too bad!