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Elite Upgrades under the new American
One issue USAir elites had with AAdvantage program was the elite upgrade rules. As a reminder USAir elites received complementary upgrades per elite tier and miles flown. Upgrades for platinum and gold elites now require 500-mile upgrade certificates.
I’m an USAir silver converted to an AA Gold and routinely fly PHL to DEN. My upgrade never cleared on that route under USAir because it is pretty elite heavy. Tomorrow’s evening flight at 24 hours out shows 3/16 first class seats occupied; thus, all elites who “want” to upgrade have had the opportunity. Although my upgrade opportunities have definitely increased, a main point those defending AAdvantage cited was that first class cabins rarely go out empty. This first class cabin will surely not be full based on the elite upgrade system.
So my question, how do USAir elites feel about upgrades now having some time under the new system?