New AAdvantage mileage-earning rates published – and it’s mostly bad news

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AA – the bearer of bad news

Without formal announcement, American Airlines has published its new AAdvantage mileage-earning rates for travel on partner airlines effective for travel from August 1st, 2016 – just two weeks away. There are some huge changes to the rates in the chart – mostly negative, although some positive – and economy travelers have taken the biggest hits.

Earlier AA changes

In June, AA announced its plans to go revenue-based, with the earning structure looking much like Delta and United per dollar spend. The changes were scheduled for August 1st, 2016, but there was no mention at the time if the change to earning award miles on American Airlines flights would also mean changes to earning award miles on partner airlines.

The good, the bad and the ugly…

Here’s some of the biggest changes to the chart. First, some of the good changes, which are mostly for first class or business class flights:

  • Alaska Airlines First Class flights (fare class F) – 175% miles from August 1st, 2016 (was 150%)
  • Etihad Airways First Class flights (fare class P) – 400% miles from August 1st, 2016 (was 150%)
  • Finnair-marketed first class flights (as Finnair doesn’t have a first class service) (fare class F) – 300% miles from August 1st, 2016
  • Finnair Business Class flights (fare classes J, D, C) – 200% miles from August 1st, 2016 (was 125%)

Now some of the bad and the ugly

As well as some discount business class and premium economy class flights, there are many changes to economy flights, including these, all with a 75% decrease in mileage earning from August 1st, 2016:

  • airberlin Economy (fare classes L, V, S)
  • Alaska Airlines Economy (fare class T)
  • Etihad Airways Economy (fare classes M, Q, L, V, U, E)
  • Finnair Economy (fare classes A, G, N, O, Q, R, S, W, Z)
  • Gulf Air Economy (fare classes E, N, O, U, Q, V, S, W)
  • Jet Airways Economy (fare class U)
  • LAN Airline Economy (fare classes X, S, N, Q, O, G, A)
  • TAM Airlines Economy (fare classes L, V, S, G, A)

Plus Royal Jordanian Economy fare class N has a whopping 100% reduction!

If you have a ticket booked for a flight that has an AA partner flight number and it’s departing on or after August 1st, 2016, you can see if you are impacted by any of these changes by checking the fare class on your ticket and comparing with the new chart here.