The main AAdvantage change you need to know for most Oneworld Alliance airline partner flights beginning January 1, 2016 is many economy class booking codes that earned 100% EQM elite qualifying miles and 100% RDM redeemable miles in 2015 will have reduced EQM earning rates in 2016.
The main thing to know in my AAdvantage and Oneworld Alliance EQM-RDM earning table below is partner airline booking codes apply to flight segments not ticketed as American Airlines codeshare flights. If flight is operated by a Oneworld Alliance partner airline and ticketed with an AA number, then American Airlines AAdvantage chart applies for EQM/RDM earning.
Link: American Airlines AAdvantage airline partners (aa.com)
Oneworld Alliance airline links for AAdvantage earn miles webpages.
- Air Berlin
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Japan Airlines
- LAN Airlines
- Malaysia Airlines
- Royal Jordanian
- S7 Airlines (Russia)
- Sri Lankan Airlines
- Tam Airlines
[Note: Technically my table below should show 2015 EQP and not 2015 EQM. I named it 2015 EQM, since the 2016 elite qualifying route essentially takes the 2015 EQP measure and renames it EQM for 2016.]
All the highlighted cells show reductions in EQMs, elite qualifying miles earned in 2016. British Airways and Iberia are the only Oneworld Airline partners reducing redeemable miles for discount economy booking codes.
Redeemable miles earning will be changed in the second half of 2016 when American Airlines moves to revenue-based miles, similar to Delta and United Airlines.
The main impetus for these changes seems to be to encourage AAdvantage members seeking elite status to fly American Airlines rather than Oneworld Alliance airlines.
Loyalty Traveler series on 2016 AAdvantage Changes