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Table with AAdvantage OneWorld and Partner Airline Award Changes March 22, 2016

As a newly minted AAdvantage Executive Platinum member in 2015, I am trying to figure what the changes to American Airlines AAdvantage mean to me. There are three main areas with program changes in 2016.

  1. AAdvantage Elite status will be more difficult to earn when flying Oneworld Alliance airlines and other partner airlines, unless the flights are ticketed as AA codeshares.
  2. In the second half of 2016 there will be a change to earning redeemable miles based on ticket price and elite status rather than flight miles. Discount economy flyers will earn far fewer redeemable miles when this new system takes effect. Currently, I earn 25,000+ EQM and redeemable miles on a $500 round trip ticket between San Francisco and Stockholm. That will be reduced to 11 miles per base fare, likely under 5,000 redeemable miles on a $500 ticket price that includes taxes and fees.
  3. Award miles increase for many American Airlines awards and OneWorld partner awards, especially in Business and First Class. You can book award travel using AAdvantage miles at the current award chart level through March 21, 2016 for travel as far out as the schedule allows. New award miles prices take effect March 22, 2016.

American Airlines Award Comparison for OneWorld Alliance and Partner Airline Awards current price levels and new price levels as of March 22, 2016.

AAdvantage Awards LT table Partner Airlines 2015-16 changes

American Airlines Oneworld Alliance and Partner Airlines

http://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/earnMiles/airlines/main.jsp

oneworld airline partners

Additional airline partners

Overall, economy class partner airline awards are not hit hard with the new changes. Middle East and India even drop in miles for economy class awards.

Alaska and Canada awards increase across the board. This makes a big hit on Alaska Airlines partner awards.

Business Class awards are less for travel to Mexico, Central America and Caribbean in 2016.

The primary increases are in Business Class and First Class awards. Combine the higher miles awards with a 2016 AAdvantage program planning to reduce miles earned for actual flights places AAdvantage First Class awards firmly in the realm of credit card miles earners, rather than flyers.

My chart only looks at flights with USA 48 origination or destination. Award increases have occurred in all regions around the globe.

Link: AAdvantage Award Charts

Loyalty Traveler – American Airlines AAdvantage 2016 changes with new award charts on aa.com

Loyalty Traveler – AAdvantage 2016 Business and First Class American Airlines Award Chart changes

Loyalty Traveler – AAdvantage 2016 Changes to Off-Peak Seasons for discount economy awards

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. How will redemptions be affected to/from Europe? For example, Etihad First Class from LHR to AUH (currently 40k AA miles) or from AUH – SYD/MEL (Currently 60K AA miles), post-March 2016? I can’t seem to find an updated table for AA partner redemptions that do not leave from or travel to the USA.

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