Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Changes to your American Airlines AAdvantage Program

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The AAdvantage Program just got even better - as a way of saying thank you to frequent flyers and first-class customers, American Airlines will be granting you more exclusive benefits every time you fly. Not only will you now earn more miles based on how much you spend with American Airlines, but they will also be introducing a new elite status in 2017.

Beginning August 1, 2016, you can earn more miles based on your ticket price and your elite status on American Airlines flights. The more you spend, the more miles you receive. The number of miles you will receive for every U.S. dollar you spend is detailed below based on elite status:

AAdvantage member                    5 miles per U.S. dollar
Gold member                                7 miles per U.S. dollar (40% bonus)
Platinum member                         8 miles per U.S. dollar (60% bonus)
Executive Platinum member       11 miles per U.S. dollar (120% bonus)

Please note that the minimum mileage guarantee will no longer be in effect, but the 500-mile EQM minimum will still be awarded on eligible flights. 

Beginning January 1, 2017, American Airlines will introduce a new elite status, Platinum Pro. With this status, you will receive benefits like complimentary upgrades on flights, 2 free checked bags, and oneworld Sapphire status. Additionally, you will earn 9 miles per U.S. dollar spent on American Airlines flights (80% bonus). You may upgrade to this status once you meet the minimum EQD threshold and the EQM or EQS threshold. Qualification requirements for each elite status is detailed below:

Gold                                               25k EQMs or 30 EQSs, plus $3k EQDs
Platinum                                       50k EQMs or 60 EQSs, plus $6k EQDs
Platinum Pro                                75k EQMs or 90 EQSs, plus $9k EQDs
Executive Platinum                     100k EQMs or 120 EQSs, plus $12k EQDs

The AAdvantage Program is a great way to earn maximum travel value. Book your next trip with Sanders Travel and let us help you earn more miles on all of your travel expenses or ask your travel advisor for help redeeming these points. For more details regarding these changes, click here.

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