American’s Chief Commercial Officer, Vasu Raja, said the move is around “creating a more meaningful travel rewards program for our AAdvantage members”.
“Only our members will have access to everything American has to offer,” he said. “Achieving status will unlock an even wider world of unique experiences with the airline and our partners.
“With these and other innovations to come, we are continuing to deliver on our commitment that travel is better when you’re an AAdvantage member.”
In March 2023, he said American will introduce opportunities to receive benefits and earn rewards more often and give members more options to customize their travel experiences.
For example, Raja said, members will unlock their first Loyalty Point Reward — formerly known as Loyalty Choice Rewards — after earning only 15,000 Loyalty Points and before reaching AAdvantage Gold status.
These members will receive the benefit of Group 5 boarding for the membership year and the choice between two Loyalty Point Rewards of Priority check-in, security and Group 4 boarding for one trip or five preferred seat coupons.
As members continue to advance toward higher levels of status by earning Loyalty Points, they will receive new benefits such as Loyalty Points bonuses for shopping with some of American’s partners and status with the airline’s preferred car partner, according to Raja.
Additionally, American is removing the previous 75,000 limit on miles that a member could earn on a single ticket, making flying with American even more rewarding. Members earn miles for flights based on the ticket price and AAdvantage status.
Also, on American and eligible partner flights, AAdvantage members will earn two miles per dollar spent on Basic Economy fares for all tickets issued on or after Jan. 1, 2023, for travel starting March 1, 2023.