Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan American Airlines Award Miles Earning Changes August 1, 2016

Alaska Airlines made an announcement about changes in the number of Mileage Plan miles one earns when flying on American Airlines effective August 1, 2016.

Alaska Airlines MileagePlan American Airlines Earning Changes August 1 2016

American Airlines is moving away from awarding miles based on the distance flown to dollars spent and this change is now affecting those too that credit AA flights to Alaska’s program.

You can access Alaska’s announcement here and AA’s partner page here.

Here are the changes:

Alaska Airlines MileagePlan American Airlines Earning Changes August 1 2016 Chart 1Alaska Airlines MileagePlan American Airlines Earning Changes August 1 2016 Chart 2

The full fare F fares earn more under the new chart (expect these to be EXPENSIVE). All business class fares earn more miles than previously and the most flexible business fares now earn 200% (same as the F).

Discounted economy fares that used to earn full 100% of the miles flown will soon earn 25%, 50% or 75%. Only the more expensive and flexible economy fare classes continue to earn 100%.

Alaska Airlines will continue to credit minimum of 500 miles for all flights flown regardless of the fare class.

Conclusion

Not unexpected changes. It was clear that Alaska Airlines had to made changes to its earning chart for American Airlines flights.

This opens up possibility to earn more miles for American Airlines operated flights. Especially those deeply discounted business fares likely earn more Mileage Plan miles (150% of the miles flown) than what $ based AA’s program would give.

It is just remarkable how diverse number of partners from American Airlines to Delta and from Emirates to Icelandair this Alaska Airlines is able to keep and attract.

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