American Airlines Frequent Flyer Programmes

American Airlines Changes How AAdvantage Miles Are Earned

A big change in the way American Airlines runs its business is coming shortly. The change will affect the way many AA frequent flyers earn their miles. A change that possibly reduces options for travellers to book their trips and still earn miles and loyalty points. So here’s what the airline has planned and when it’ll deploy the change.

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What is Changing in The AAdvantage Programme?

American Airlines in what looks to be a very clear effort to cut costs of commissions to third parties is making some important changes to how Miles and Loyalty points are earned.

What AA is trying to do is incentivise travellers to purchase tickets and book trips directly on the airline’s website or app. The way they are doing it is by not granting Miles and Loyalty points to certain reservations.

Specifically all basic economy bookings, if not placed directly with American Airlines, will no longer be credited miles and loyalty points.

A move that might upset some passengers that now will be in essence forced to use the official AA website and/or app. Only time will tell if passengers will willingly accept these new conditions or it’ll push customers away from American Airlines.

The change will take effect on May 1st 2024. Therefore these new conditions will apply to all tickets purchased after this date. Any ticket booked before then will still have the old conditions apply to it.

American Airlines Boeing 777-200 taking off with the blue sky in the background for a flight that now has new conditions apply to passengers to earn miles and loyalty points.

Other Changes American Airlines is Applying

There is another significant change the airline will be applying to its AAdvantage frequent flyer programme and its fares. American will be adjusting the fees it applies to checked bag on domestic flights, including those to Alaska and Hawaii.

The new fees that apply starting February 20th 2024 are:

  • 35 USD for the first checked bag if purchased online and for short haul international flights
  • 40 USD for the first checked bag if purchased at the airport
  • 45 USD for the second checked bag if purchased online or at the airport and for short haul international flights

Also the new fee for pets in cabin is 150 USD. If you want to have more info about what it’s like to travel with a pet you can read this post.

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