AA increases miles to get free ticket

Oct 24th, 2002, 09:35 AM
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AA increases miles to get free ticket

Yikes..now to fly domestic on a free ticket, AA wants 40,000 miles (currently 25,000). Looks like they are reaching to new depths to help cut costs. Still don't know why they don't start slashing CEO's perks and bonuses.
Oct 24th, 2002, 09:41 AM
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I can't find it. Could you please send me the exact URL address of this news. Thank you.
Oct 24th, 2002, 10:04 AM
Oct 24th, 2002, 10:19 AM
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Don't panic. Sister either can't read or is a travel agent. The standard domestic award hasn't changed. It's still 25,0000 miles. The rules are below right from their newsletter.

Award Mileage Increase
Effective for awards claimed on or after May 1, 2003, AAdvantage award mileage levels

For travel within the continental U.S. and Canada will change as follows:
PlanAAhead® First/Business Class award from 40,000 to 45,000 miles
AAnytime® Economy Class award from 40,000 to 50,000 miles
AAnytime First/Business Class award from 80,000 to 90,000 miles.

Between North America and Hawaii
PlanAAhead First/Business Class award from 60,000 to 75,000 miles
PlanAAhead Premium Class award from 80,000 to 95,000 miles
AAnytime First/Business Class award from

120,000 to 150,000 miles
AAnytime Premium Class award from 160,000 to 190,000 miles

*Award Special to/from Hawaii - Travel between California and Hawaii will continue to be available at the current lower award mileage levels for travel through December 31, 2003.
Oct 24th, 2002, 10:22 AM
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Is sister nuts or what?
Oct 24th, 2002, 10:53 AM
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I read the same as Sister..effective May 1, 2003 the award mileage claim will increase. Maybe YOU can't read.
Oct 24th, 2002, 11:15 AM
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Is Barbara nuts or what?! where does it say 25,000 for a free ticket on the letter..I read 40,000. hmmmm...troll
Oct 24th, 2002, 11:31 AM
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If you go AAdvantage FAQs section on aa.com, it still has 25K miles for an economy r/t ticket. I hope the number won't change.
Oct 24th, 2002, 11:38 AM
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Barbara, why the slam against travel agents in your reply? Your disdain for the travel agency industry is very evident in your postings in other categories, but the subject of FF awards has nothing to do with travel agents.

Your animosity toward that profession can’t be healthy.
Oct 24th, 2002, 11:48 AM
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The original post is very misleading. The 25,000 mild award has been the most popular since the inception of the frequent flyer program. She said that it went from 25,000 to 40,000. That's just not true.
Oct 24th, 2002, 11:53 AM
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Ummm, isn't the deal that the mileage to claim an AAnytime Award is increasing, but the mileage to claim a PlanAAhead Award (which is the standard free domestic trip) is staying the same?

If you read carefully they tell you that the PlanAAhead FIRST/BUSINESS CLASS is increasing, and the AAnytime Econ/First/Business is increasing, but they don't say anything about the PlanAAhead Economy award, which suggests that it isn't changing.

It would have been more clear if they had specified that the PlanAAhead Econ wasn't changing.
Oct 24th, 2002, 12:00 PM
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The letter says award mileage increases. If AA had listed all the awards that didn't change they would have had to list maybe a hundred different categories.
Nov 1st, 2002, 04:44 PM
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Well, having used AAdvantage for several years in a row to travel home for Christmas, I can tell you that this year the rules have gotten much more restrictive for 25K "plan ahead" awards. And seats for 25K are much more scarce this year compared to the last nine years. Used to be that I could make as many changes as I wanted with any AA award ticket. Now there's a $100 change fee for *ANY* changes!!! Of course, if you pony up 40K miles for a first class or "Anytime" award, you don't have these restrictions.

I've had an AAdvantage credit card for a while. I'm planning to earn enough for one more ticket, then cancel my AAdvantage credit card. It's become a lot less valuable.


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