Another Side Effect of the AAdvantage Changes: Crediting to Alaska Devalued

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Alaska Airlines American Earning Rates

Alaska Airlines American Earning Rates

Alaska Airlines has announced that American flights credited to Alaska will earn different rates for travel on or after August 1, 2016. These changes are to better align earning rates to the new American Airlines AAdvantage revenue based earning program. Specifically:

For travel beginning Aug. 1, 2016, the structure of earning Mileage Plan miles when flying on American Airlines-operated flights will change. The chart below has the specific details.

As is usual, some flights will earn more miles, but the vast majority will earn less. Here is the old chart where all economy tickets earn 100%:

Alaska Airlines American Earning Rates

And here is how the new one looks. Notice that fare classes have been broken out significantly and how the vast majority of flights in economy class earn far less.

Alaska Airlines American Earning Rates


This change isn’t surprising and it eliminates a potential loophole that many were looking to take advantage of when the revenue based earning was implemented. Alaska has setup a website with more information and answers to frequently asked questions. You can find it here. You can also find the above charts here.

What are your thoughts? Is this a surprise or did you expect this with the announcement of revenue based earning from American? Let us know in the comments.

HT: Single Flyer

Shawn Coomer
Since 2007 Shawn Coomer has been circling the globe with his family for pennies on the dollar. He uses that first-hand knowledge and experience to teach others how to achieve their travel dreams for the least amount of money possible.

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  1. Disappointing to see Alaska adjust miles I am still in the camp that says a mile flown is a mile flown and a hotel night spent is just that. Not crediting for third parties or reducing because a partner lowers their program should not cause Alaska to adjust the miles credited on AA.


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