I received an email from American telling me how the new revenue-based earning is for a customer like me, because on one trip I where I actually bought first class I earned almost as many miles as I would have before (miles which don’t go as far because they devalued their award chart).
On your recent flight to DFW on […], you earned even more American Airlines AAdvantage® award miles than in the past.
That’s because you now earn more when you spend more on American-marketed flights. And, as an AAdvantage® Executive Platinum member, you earn 11 miles for every U.S. dollar you spend (includes a 120% mileage bonus).
This is the first email of the sort that I’ve gotten. They don’t send you an email when you earn fewer miles.
It’s also only true from a certain point of view. I flew Washington National – Dallas – Austin. They’re telling me about the miles I’m earning for the one segment. Remember, now under the fare based mileage accrual method they allocate your fare across each flight segment and then award miles based on that breakdown.
I flew a cheap buy up to first class. Coach was expensive, and coach non-stop on United and even Southwest was more expensive.
Here’s what I actually earned before the changeover to revenue-based earning in August for Washington National – Dallas: 3980 miles, not 2980. American is comparing earning to what they offered two years ago, not what they offered before the change to revenue-based.
And here’s what I earned for the Dallas – Austin segment before the changeover to revenue-based earning: 2001 miles.
So I earned 5981 miles for a similar one-way back in July. Let’s compare that to my November trip: 5610 miles.
I actually earned 371 fewer miles on a first class ticket between DC and Austin under their new revenue based earning, and American is tell me how great the new system is for me… by not pointing out all the other times I earn fewer miles.