American Airlines has just announced some good, positive changes to its AAdvantage program which will come into effect from tomorrow, 11 November 2020. Two fees are being eliminated and mileage expirations are being extended so, although for most people this year will almost certainly be remembered for the terrible toll that Covid-19 has taken, a small crumb of comfort may be that it's also the year that has seen airlines roll back a swathe of fees that most of us have resented for years.
American Airlines has now launched a new mileage sale for November and it's a sale that absolutely nobody should be participating in. Considering the levels at which we've seen AAdvantage Miles sold in the past (and not just during a pandemic), you would have to have taken leave of your senses before thinking that buying miles in this sale is a good idea.
American Airlines has today announced a series of steps its AAdvantage program is taking in an effort to keep flyers happy and to keep them engaged with the program as the current travel crisis continues. Elite status will be easier to earn in 2021 (as long as you are prepared to fly!), new rewards are being introduced, a promised improvement to Basic Economy bookings is now here, and there's more good news too.
The World of Hyatt is currently sending out emails to targeted members with an offer of three AAdvantage Miles per dollar on all Hyatt stays through the end of the year. Considering this offer will stack (very nicely) with the upcoming promotion in which WoH members can earn up to four times the usual number of base points, this is an incredibly generous offer to receive.
American Airlines has come up with another promotion for anyone interesting in buying its currency and in this promotion the airline is selling miles at approximately 1.82 cents each. The promotion runs through the end of the month so there's no big hurry to dive in (do your research) but it's worth noting this is one of the cheaper rates at which the airline offers AAdvantage Miles.
American Airlines is currently running a targeted promotion in which it's offering a very specific kind of elite bonus - the airline will give targeted flyers double the usual number of miles towards lifetime elite status for flights taken by the end of the year.
Up until 2011, all miles earned through credit card spending counted towards American Airlines Million Miler status while the miles earned from the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card counted through 2012. Since then, only miles earned by flying (better known as "butt-in-seat" miles) have qualified to move the needle in the Million Miler program...until now.
Every now and again American Airlines offers a bonus for converting hotel points into AAdvantage Miles, and right now there's a promotion running in which anyone with a World of Hyatt balance can transfer their points into the AAdvantage program and receive a 25% bonus on top of the points that are normally on offer. For most people, this remains a less than tempting proposition but it may still be useful for some.
Around the beginning of this month, American Airlines launched the best mileage sale I've ever seen the airline offer and I was sorely tempted to dive in and load up (I didn't). Now, just days after the last sale ended, American is back with another sale and I'm here to suggest you stay well away.
American Airlines has now joined Delta, United and Alaska Airlines in announcing status extensions for its elite members and, just like its competitors, American used the status extension announcement to reveal a few more moves that it's taking. From a customer perspective, some are good, some are bad and some are utterly pointless.