Via Milepoint, American sent out emails to folks with miles left over from the pre-July 1989 frequent flyer program to let them know that their miles would become subject to expiration like any other beginning in November, and that those miles would no longer be able to be used under the 1989 award chart at that time anymore, either.
According to American’s FAQ they will be converting these old miles into current program miles with a 25% bonus. So 20,000 miles in the 1989 program become 25,000 in the current program.
Back then 120,000 miles got you two roundtrip business class tickets to Europe. And they threw in hotel discounts, as well. 150,000 miles got you two roundtrip business class tickets on Singapore Airlines or Qantas, or two first class tickets on American to Tokyo. It strikes me as amazing that 175,000 miles was enough for two first class tickets on Qantas.
Of course it wasn’t quite as easy to earn miles back then, either…
Now, back in 1989 American re-affirmed that these miles wouldn’t expire, and that the pre-July ’89 award chart would continue to be available. So they kept it going for 23 more years. I can’t imagine they view it as too costly to continue to honor the miles that are still left over after 23 years, they’ve continued to incur the costs over that period of time.
So I do buy the idea that it’s probably just costly to maintain the ability to manage a separate program with so few members and so few miles left, and I appreciate that they’re bonusing those miles to recognize that they were more valuable than points in the present program.
Folks with miles left in the pre-July 1989 program, you have three months left to redeem…