In the desperate days before American Airlines changes the way they count miles towards lifetime status (no longer counting miles earned from any source beginning December 1), some folks are turning towards sketchy ways of bumping up their lifetime mileage balances.
One way, and several folks this past weekend at the Chicago Seminar mentioned this, I’ve known about it for a long time but never felt comfortable doing it myself — the lifetime miles counter increments upward when you earn miles, such as via their shopping portal, but when miles are taken away out of your account after merchandise returns that lifetime miles counter doesn’t drop.
You can imagine that there are some folks attempting to exploit this loophole in the AAdvantage IT system. So I thought it important to pass along a warning.
JonNYC at TravelingBetter writes that AAdvantage is specifically looking at this sort of activity.
I was told about a month ago that AA would contacting and/or examining members who were clearly and unambiguously running up their PTD counter using the return-mercahndise-scam– not sure if they are focusing on serial-scammers (like the one(s) Tom911 refers to: http://www.travelingbetter.com/forum…5&postcount=33)) or single-time-abusers as well. Nor, do I know way the threshold for such is– RDM vs PTD, credit cards companies involved or not, etc.
But I’d be very wary at this juncture of using return merchandise scam to boost PTD and/or RDM miles, etc. And don’t be surprised if we see a few “account locked?? what did I do wrong?!” type posts.
Bottom-line is that AAdvantage seems well aware of the activity and is none too amused, so there is certainly risk involved, I wouldn’t go there…