Alaska Airlines elites no longer receive some of their elite benefits while flying American Airlines on Basic Economy tickets. This change is being made even though American Airlines elite members receive full benefits on basic economy tickets.
- Extra legroom coach seats are no longer available to Alaska Airlines elites flying American on basic economy fares
- Complimentary same day changes are no longer available to Alaska Airlines MVP Gold 75Ks flying American on basic economy fares
American explains the reason for the changes as being to put “us more in alignment with Alaska Airlines’ benefit offerings to our elite customers.” This also avoids incentivizing Alaska elites flying American over Alaska where they don’t receive full benefits on basic fares.
During the pandemic American restored elite benefits to basic economy fares, while removing elite status credit accrual from those fares. Now AAdvantage elites flying basic economy are even eligible for upgrades.
I’d just assumed that the upgrade algorithm was reprogrammed to no longer exclude tickets booked at these fares, however that’s not the case. Instead, elites on these fares have to have their bookings adjusted.