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AA LAX to Miami $113 one-way, but only 50% EQM as AS codeshare

American Airlines Los Angeles LAX to Miami MIA is real fare deal booking an American Airlines flight on an Alaska Airlines codeshare ticket to drop the one-way ticket price from $157 to $113.10.

The new 2016 AAdvantage problem with this ticket purchase is an Alaska Airlines codeshare flight booked in T class as a partner marketed flight for American Airlines earns only 50% EQM in American Airlines AAdvantage, even when flying an American Airlines operated flight. The price for the same flight booked through American Airlines is nearly 40% more expensive at $157 one-way.

Departure Dates: Low ticket prices from $113 to $122 one way are available with Alaska, Delta and United for LAX-MIA and MIA-LAX. $113 fares are available with Alaska Air codeshares for AA-operated flights through mid-April. United has this route at $122 into April. Delta offers $117 fares into May 2016.

AAdvantage 2016 Changes impact EQM earning for AS codeshare flights

One of the main points of this post is to show how the 2016 AAdvantage changes impact the Elite Qualifying Miles earned with an Alaska Airlines codeshare ticket for an American Airlines operated flight.

Alaska Airlines ticket for codeshare American Airlines flight.

Los Angeles – Miami nonstop

$113.10  AS economy T booking code Monday February 15, 2016.

LAX-MIAow $113 AS for AA flight

This Alaska Airlines ticket books American 1297 LAX-MIA as AS 1143 codeshare marketed flight. An Alaska Airlines codeshare ticket for an American Airlines operated flight in economy T earns 100% redeemable miles and elite qualifying miles in Alaska Air Mileage Plan. Earn actual flight miles* flown in H, Q, L, V, K, G, T, R, and U class of service; earned flight miles count toward elite status.

2016 American Airlines AAdvantage Rules and Alaska Airlines

The new Jan 1, 2016 American Airlines AAdvantage rules impact Alaska Airlines flights and codeshares. All Alaska Air economy class tickets, except full-fare Y/S tickets and economy R, which few travelers buy, receive 100% redeemable miles, but only 50% elite qualifying miles.

AAdvantage AS economy EQM

Warning: Alaska Air Economy R flights no longer earn AAdvantage miles in 2016.

In 2015 American Airlines gave up its MRY-LAX route in my hometown airport of Monterey, California. One of the changes that impacts me in 2016 is Alaska Airlines now operates MRY-LAX. I have flown this route as an AA codeshare. The problem I have now is the lowest fares on the MRY-LAX route are often priced as Alaska Airlines economy R booking code flights. The 2016 AAdvantage changes make Alaska’s R economy code a non-miles earning fare class. I have come across several Alaska R economy fares in my flight searches this past month when I see a very low Alaska Airlines fare.

AA Flight LAX-MIA on AS codeshare ticket

The American Airlines operated flight to Miami booked as an Alaska Airlines codeshare ticket in economy T earns 100% redeemable miles (2,337 RDM) in AAdvantage, but only 50% EQM in AAdvantage (1,168 EQM).

This creates a dilemma for AAdvantage flyers. We must decide between saving $87 on a round trip LAX-MIA ticket by purchasing an Alaska Airlines ticket marketed as AS 1143 for $226.20 round trip. The Alaska Airlines ticket earns 4,674 redeemable miles in AAdvantage + 2,337 EQM. A ticket for the same flight, marketed as AA 1267, is $43.50 more each way.

American Airlines  Los Angeles LAX – Miami MIA nonstop

$156.60 AA 1267 economy code Q  February 15, 2016

(same flight as Alaska Airlines codeshare ticket seen above for $113.10)

LAX-MIA $157 AA Feb 15

2016 AAdvantage changes require making a value decision between paying $226.20 round trip for LAX – MIA flying an American Airlines operated flight booked as an Alaska Air codeshare or pay $313.20 for a round trip ticket on American Airlines marketed as AA 1297 in economy Q class to earn 4,674 redeemable miles and 4,674 EQM in AAdvantage.

This Alaska Airlines ticket shows the immediate impact of the American Airlines AAdvantage 2016 changes, months before the impact of revenue-based earning for redeemable miles takes effect later this year.

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1 Comment

  • eponymous coward January 11, 2016

    Not much of a dilemma if you credit to AS…

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