How to Understand American’s New Award Miles Terminology

How to Understand American’s New Award Miles Terminology

Ok ok, I’m not going to waste any more of your time decrying American’s AAdvantage changes: they’re here and that’s too bad. That said, many of us will still fly with American, so it doesn’t hurt to stay informed about what’s going on.

I have to give American credit where it’s due. In addition to rolling out the new redeemable miles scheme American also added functionality to their website to make everything as upfront as possible during the purchase process. Let’s look at a hypothetical trip from DFW-PDX that I was looking at. On the “Review & Pay” section of the website, I saw the below, clearly listing the various kinds of elite-qualifying miles, segments, and (coming in 2017) dollars I’d earn for this trip.

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