Anyone care to comment around the pros/cons they see when airlines go from a mile-based rewards program to a $-based one?
American Airlines is following other airlines by basing perks like free flights on how much passengers spend on tickets, not how many miles they fly. The change, which matches those at Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, starts with flights on Aug. 1 and rewards American's highest-paying passengers.
Elite-status members of American's AAdvantage frequent-flier program will earn bonus miles for every dollar they spend.
American said most members will earn five miles for every dollar they spend on base fares and carrier-imposed fees. That multiple rises to seven, eight or 11 for elites — gold, platinum and executive-platinum members.
Miles alone will no longer make you elite. Starting Jan. 1, customers will have to hit annual mileage marks and spending minimums, including at least $3,000 for gold and $12,000 for executive-platinum. A fourth level will be added just below executive platinum.
Besides Delta and United, spending-based rewards are now the rule at Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Virgin..