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American Airlines has announced the relaunch of its AAdvantage® program, designed to reward members with enhanced benefits, more ways to earn status, ways to unlock a world-class customer experience.
At the center of the program is Loyalty Points, the only metric that, starting March 1, AAdvantage members need to track to earn status. This single-point system, in which one qualifying AAdvantage mile earned equals one Loyalty Point, positions the AAdvantage program as the largest airline loyalty program that will not require members to track miles, dollars and/or flight segments to earn status.
“The past few years have taught us that loyalty is not one-size-fits-all — it comes in different forms,” said Alison Taylor, American’s Chief Customer Officer. “We recognize the path to earning status is different for each individual, which is why we’re giving members more ways to earn Loyalty Points — whether by flying, shopping, or using an AAdvantage credit card. We want to make it easier for our customers to achieve status wherever they may be in their travel journey.”
The simplicity of Loyalty Points
In March, AAdvantage members will have access to an updated online AAdvantage Status Estimator to help project their status qualification from flying and shopping. For every qualifying AAdvantage mile earned, members receive one Loyalty Point. Members have been accruing Loyalty Points since January 1. Also, in March, members will see their progress toward status with Loyalty Points within their AAdvantage account on aa.com and the American Airlines app.
Complimentary upgrades for all status members
To elevate the travel experience for all status members, American is expanding complimentary upgrade access for AAdvantage Gold and AAdvantage Platinum members to include all flights on American within North America regardless of the flight distance. For travel starting March 2, an upgrade will automatically be requested if everyone in the reservation is eligible for a complimentary upgrade. Members will only need to use 500-mile upgrades if they want to upgrade travel companions who do not hold AAdvantage status.
Later this year, American will extend complimentary upgrades to one companion traveling on the same flight as the status member. At that time, all existing 500-mile upgrades in members’ accounts will each convert to 250 Loyalty Points toward the 2022 status qualification period.
Earning miles is easier than ever
In the air: AAdvantage members earn miles when they fly on American, the oneworld® Alliance carriers and other eligible airlines like JetBlue®. With the recently announced exclusive partnership with GOL, Brazil’s largest airline, American continues to expand opportunities for AAdvantage members to earn, redeem and enjoy reciprocal benefits across its global network.
On the ground: Members earn miles from everyday spending with the AAdvantage eShopping, SimplyMiles and AAdvantage Dining programs, booking hotels and rental cars with AAdvantage partners, as well as purchases made with an AAdvantage credit card.
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