New AAdvantage Platinum Pro Level

Discussion in 'American Airlines | AAdvantage' started by slalom, Jun 6, 2016.  |  Print Topic

  1. slalom

    slalom Silver Member

    Messages:
    440
    Likes Received:
    359
    Status Points:
    570
    Newscience and lisamcgu like this.
  2. Pizzaman
    Original Member

    Pizzaman Co-founder

    Messages:
    4,725
    Likes Received:
    9,096
    Status Points:
    7,780
    Ultimately, I don't think they'll take anything away from Plats. I just think they created a level because they felt compelled to match the competition. Everyone has their own priorities, but I don't see much difference in the benefits between United's Gold and Plat level. Don't see much difference here with AA either. I think it's just a way to keep these 75K fliers a bit more engaged once they pass 50K on an annual basis.
     
    Newscience likes this.
  3. HaveMilesWillTravel
    Original Member

    HaveMilesWillTravel Gold Member

    Messages:
    12,667
    Likes Received:
    20,388
    Status Points:
    16,530
    > Everyone has their own priorities, but I don't see much difference
    > in the benefits between United's Gold and Plat level.

    The fee waiver (change/redeposit) for plats can be quite valuable. As a gold and former 1K I miss that.
     
    Newscience likes this.
  4. Seat6A

    Seat6A Silver Member

    Messages:
    186
    Likes Received:
    131
    Status Points:
    395
    And no SWUs for Platinum Pro we can assume.
     
    Newscience likes this.
  5. brodyf

    brodyf Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,242
    Likes Received:
    3,639
    Status Points:
    1,945
    The PPs at least get CPUs on all domestic flights just like EXPs do now. No stickers required. But thy don't get SWUs. It's a good way of drawing a line tom distinguish between the two levels.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
     
    Newscience, Seat6A and Gtitan like this.
  6. violist
    Original Member

    violist Gold Member

    Messages:
    4,675
    Likes Received:
    8,319
    Status Points:
    7,280
    US Airways had the four elite tiers, and I was
    kind of wondering when the AA system would
    catch up.
     
    Newscience likes this.
  7. marcwint55

    marcwint55 Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,527
    Likes Received:
    4,591
    Status Points:
    2,580

    They did take away from lifetime platinums as the status is now third tier instead of second.
     
    Newscience, zphelj and brodyf like this.
  8. HaveMilesWillTravel
    Original Member

    HaveMilesWillTravel Gold Member

    Messages:
    12,667
    Likes Received:
    20,388
    Status Points:
    16,530
    Quick, someone copy/paste all those discussions about that MM "tier drop" from the UA forum into the AA forum.
     
    Newscience likes this.
  9. estnet
    Original Member

    estnet Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    2,125
    Status Points:
    1,280
    Yes, but you can earn the higher status with million miler status on UA, but NOT on AA!
     
    Newscience and marcwint55 like this.
  10. Canadi>n
    Original Member

    Canadi>n Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,960
    Likes Received:
    1,617
    Status Points:
    1,130
    Odd that they won't be giving it out for 2017 qualification (only if it is earned before the end of 2017 but not if you earned 75K EQMs this year. I always felt US's 75K elites were punished with the merger and this tier should have been introduced last year for this year's program. Suppose it could be considered ExecPlat lite. While they will get unlimited comp upgrades within NAmerica, they don't earn 500s. Suppose earning this status through next year will give them some to bank for companions, but they'd still need to use them during 2017 if they want to upgrade. Not sure with all the ExecPlats that many of these upgrades will clear, but suppose it does separate the 50/70K Plats from the 75/95K Plats for upgrade priority.
     
    Newscience likes this.
  11. Counsellor
    Original Member

    Counsellor Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,291
    Likes Received:
    1,671
    Status Points:
    1,130
    Which means something more than just lower status, as I understand it, it also means another tier getting a crack at upgrades before you get your turn.
     
    Newscience and marcwint55 like this.
  12. Pizzaman
    Original Member

    Pizzaman Co-founder

    Messages:
    4,725
    Likes Received:
    9,096
    Status Points:
    7,780
    This plus the revenue component for upgrade tiebreakers puts a serious hurting on LT Plats.

    Actually, given the changes they made to employee flying privileges (prioritizing current employees over retirees) was a good pre-indicator.
     
    Newscience likes this.
  13. brodyf

    brodyf Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,242
    Likes Received:
    3,639
    Status Points:
    1,945
    Maybe they will make a Lifetime Plt pro level at 3MM? That would be nice!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    Pizzaman and Newscience like this.
  14. Newscience

    Newscience Gold Member

    Messages:
    14,861
    Likes Received:
    45,423
    Status Points:
    16,495
    Let's face the new reality, as far as AA travel benefits are concerned for many:
    "Gold" is now "Silver", "Platinum" is the new "Gold", "Platinum Pro" is actually "Platinum", and "ExPlat" is where you want to be, but can no longer afford! ;)
     
    Betty Boop and Counsellor like this.
  15. Pizzaman
    Original Member

    Pizzaman Co-founder

    Messages:
    4,725
    Likes Received:
    9,096
    Status Points:
    7,780
    With the minimum spend for EXP and 1K where they are, I'm HOPING I don't have enough travel to complete both next year. Since partner travel doesn't earn PQMs with United, I'm likely to fall short next year unless I made them my dominant primary carrier. If I went that route I'm not even sure I could keep Plat Pro on AA.

    Feels like I'm 4 months from a decision with no apparent upcoming catalysts.
     
    Newscience likes this.
  16. Newscience

    Newscience Gold Member

    Messages:
    14,861
    Likes Received:
    45,423
    Status Points:
    16,495
    PM, I think you hit the nail on the head with describing the changes at AA, and the reasons behind them, with your PIM posts, including this one:
    http://pizzainmotion.boardingarea.c...airlines-rolling-bunch-semi-expected-changes/

    Many of the changes at AA are far from customer-friendly, and following the leads of UA and DL. There's simply not a good reason left for me to have brand loyalty, in the absence of business travel. Domestic airfares are almost always better priced on WN, particularly if you book early, and you won't get whacked with a $200+ change fee if you need to reschedule your flight.

    My current goal is to use accumulated AA and UA miles up, and to pay cash for most all future flights. If you can book smartly, cash is almost always a better deal than using miles for most travel. And the folks having earned "lifetime gold status" with AA now have the equivalent of "lifetime silver". Why should anyone pay an out-of-pocket premium for brand loyalty?
     
    Pizzaman, Betty Boop and Counsellor like this.
  17. Newscience

    Newscience Gold Member

    Messages:
    14,861
    Likes Received:
    45,423
    Status Points:
    16,495
    slalom and Pizzaman like this.
  18. Pizzaman
    Original Member

    Pizzaman Co-founder

    Messages:
    4,725
    Likes Received:
    9,096
    Status Points:
    7,780
    There are certainly arguments for brand loyalty, though they're much thinner given the current model.

    My guess is that when the airlines hit the next rough patch loyalty will no longer be a driver to fill planes, thus they'll need to increase elite benefits/mileage rebate to attract customers.

    This is similar to the hotel loyalty programs. They have very rewarding promos when it's tough to fill rooms, lukewarm promos during the good times (like now).
     
    Newscience and slalom like this.

Share This Page