Leveraging the American Airlines AAdvantage Program-2014 Frequent Traveler University

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This is my presentation from the 2014 Frequent Traveler University, held in Seattle, WA. The presentation was a recap of the American Airlines AAdvantage program, recent changes and opportunities to leverage the program for aspirational awards. If you have questions, you can catch me at http://pizzainmotion.com or at ed -at- milepoint.com

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Leveraging the American Airlines AAdvantage Program-2014 Frequent Traveler University

  1. 1. Leveraging The American Airlines AAdvantage Program
  2. 2. E-mail Me: ed@milepoint.com Milepoint Handle: Pizzaman Twitter: @pizzainmotion Website: pizzainmotion.com Facebook: facebook.com/pizzainmotion Questions? Just Contact Me
  3. 3. The Basics Gold Status 25,000 Miles or Points or 30 segments Earn 4 500-miles upgrades for every 10,000 miles flown (can purchase additional upgrades) 25% mileage bonus Priority Check-In and Boarding (also on Alaska Airlines) Free Access To Main Cabin Extra Seating for up to 8 companions at check-in (NOT AT BOOKING)
  4. 4. The Basics Platinum Status  50,000 Miles or Points or 60 segments  Earn 4 500-miles upgrades for every 10,000 miles flown (can purchase additional upgrades)  100% mileage bonus  Priority Check-In and Boarding (also on Alaska Airlines)  Preferred Seating on Alaska Airlines  Free Access To Main Cabin Extra Seating (up to 8 companions)
  5. 5. The Basics Executive Platinum Status  100,000 Miles or Points or 100 segments  Unlimited Free Domestic Upgrades  100% mileage bonus  Priority Check-In and Boarding (also on Alaska Airlines)  Preferred Seating on Alaska Airlines  Free Access To Main Cabin Extra Seating (up to 8 companions)  8 Systemwide Upgrades  Flagship Check-In at LHR
  6. 6. Upgrades Domestic Upgrades  Upgrade requests are cleared based on the window applicable to your status level: AAdvantage Executive Platinum® members 100 hours prior to departure AAdvantage Platinum® members 72 hours prior to departure AAdvantage Gold® members 24 hours prior to departure AAdvantage non-elite status members*24 hours prior to departure  Upgrade requests are prioritized first by status level, then by fare and finally by the order in which they were upgraded. Request your upgrades early!  It’s cheaper to buy your 500-mile upgrades online/at a kiosk
  7. 7. Upgrades Systemwide Upgrades  EXP members are awarded 8 per year they qualify/re-qualify.  SWUs/eVIPs are valid on virtually ALL fare classes.  SWUs/eVIPS are valid ONLY on American metal.  SWUs are valid for a one-way, one-class upgrade on a paid fare.  SWUs are also earned at certain MM thresholds.  Don’t forget to waitlist for the long segment.
  8. 8. Elite Rewards
  9. 9. Awards Comparing AAnytime Changes (Coach One-Way Awards) Destination Before After Hawaii 45,000 40,000-50,000 Central America 35,000 27,500-37,500 South America 60,000 35,000-75,000 Korea/Japan 65,000 60,000-80,000 China 70,000 65,000-85,000
  10. 10. Awards Comparing AAnytime Changes (Business One-Way Awards) Destination Before After South America 100,000 65,000-150,000 Europe 100,000 110,000-135,000 Japan 100,000 120,000-155,000 China 110,000 140,000-175,000
  11. 11. Awards International Comparison Coach Round-Trip “Saver” Destination American Delta United Europe 60,000(50K) 60,000 60,000 Japan 65,000(50K) 70,000 70,000 China 70,000 70,000 70,000 Brazil 60,000 60,000 60,000
  12. 12. Awards International Comparison Business Class Round-Trip “Saver” Destination American Delta United Europe 100,000 125,000 115,000 Japan 100,000 140,000 130,000 China 110,000 140,000 140,000 Brazil 100,000 125,000 110,000
  13. 13. Where Are We Going?
  14. 14. Other Airline Partners Earn & Redeem Air Pacific Gulf Air Alaska Airlines Hawaiian Airlines El Al Jet Airways Etihad Airways Qatar Airways*** Fiji Airways Earn Only WestJet Redeem Only Air Tahiti Nui Cape Air Seaborne
  15. 15. Merger Facts & Figures # of Destinations
  16. 16. Merger Facts & Figures 328 Destinations
  17. 17. Explorer Award Distance-based awards Maximum of 16 segments and 50,000 miles Can use virtually all oneworld partner flights Business Class is the true gem 110,000 miles to fly to China in Business Class. For 115,000 you could fold in stopovers in places like NRT or HKG. 130,000 miles buys you LAX-NRT-FRA-FCO-MIA-LAX in Business.
  18. 18. Why You Should Love American  Best Treatment Of Top-Tier Elites (Executive Platinum)  Systemwide Upgrades  South American Network  Explorer Awards and Elite Rewards  Did I Mention Systemwide Upgrades?  Newest Fleet Over Next 5 Years
  19. 19. Why You Should Covet Thy Neighbor’s Airline  Weak Network In Asia  Older Fleet Now, But Improving  Potential Integration Issues With US Airways
  20. 20. Merger Update  Codeshare on most flights  Can redeem US Airways miles for American flights and vice versa  Elites receive baggage, priority seating and priority boarding benefits on both airlines.  Can redeem Avios online for US Airways flights  Admirals Club members can utilize US Airways club and vice versa
  21. 21. Mine Is Bigger Than Yours pizzainmotion.com Guess my lifetime balance
  22. 22. THANK YOU! pizzainmotion.com ed@milepoint.com

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