With all the fuss about the rumored new United elite levels and benefits I got wondering if AA is now ahead or behind the competition in having only three as opposed to four elite levels? As I see it the competition is Delta and United as of 1/1/2012. I really can't take US Scareways seriously and am sure they will be engulfed by someone else (possibly AA) at some point. So now both DL and UA have a "Diamond" tier above the old top tiers. I am wondering if AA will be tempted to go to a model with an EXP-Lite at 75k and a full EXP at 125k? The one thing I think makes this interesting for AA is a fourth level would allow them to get away with diluting benefits for the current second tier. I am pretty sure AA feel they probably have too many lifetime platinums who are harder to extract ancilliary revenue from and this may just give them the chance to lower the benefits to this group without in any way removing their "lifetime" status Thoughts?