Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan earning rates are changing for AA flights

Posted on June 28, 2016 by in American Airlines AAdvantage, Best use of Alaska Mileage Plan miles

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members will accrue miles at a new rate with AA

As expected, Alaska Airlines has announced changes to the earning of Mileage Plan on flights operated by American Airlines, starting August 1st, 2016. This is meant to better match AAdvantage as it shifts to a revenue-based loyalty program at the same time. However, it will mean that some fares will earn more and some will earn fewer miles than previously.

From August, members will earn miles on AA flights based on a combination of a percentage of fare class and distance flown. Distance will still be used as the basis for the earn rate, but discounted economy fares will earn at a lower rate, which is a blow to those of us who hunt out flight bargains. Here’s the new structure:

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Some questions answered for Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members…

  • If I buy a ticket before August 1st, 2016, which rate will I earn at? The new structure is in place for travel on or after August 1st, 2016, regardless of when you buy your ticket.
  • How will this change affect Mileage Plan miles I earn on Alaska Airlines flights? The change doesn’t affect it; it only affects Mileage Plan that you earn on AA flights.
  • If my flight is a codeshare, how does this affect my miles-earning? If your flight is marketed by AA, but operated by Alaska Airlines, you will earn at the new rate. If your flight is marketed by Alaska, but operated by American Airlines, you will earn miles based on the distance that you fly, as well as any class of service bonuses.

You can read more about the announcement here.