Similar to last year, American Airlines has recently jumped on the Triple Miles and Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) program (link to United & Delta’s Triple Miles & EQM/MQM offer). AA’s offer effectively one up’s United; but it’s still inferior compared to Delta. AA’s Triple Miles and EQM offer allows its customers to earn triple miles and EQM between New York’s LGA and Chicago’s ORD and between LGA and Boston Logan.
AA was pressured to make the triple miles and EQM offer to compete against United at their Chicago hub. AA’s shuttle service between LGA and Boston Logan cannot compete with the hourly Delta Shuttle or US Airway’s Shuttle services. Let’s see if USAir will jump on this triple miles and EQM offer, since they are a direct competitor of Delta’s Shuttle LGA/BOS and LGA/DCA routes.
Looks like a great summer for New Yorkers to earn some airline status this year.
Similar to Delta’s extension of its double MQM (Medallion Qualifying Miles) offer (see: previous post) to selected members, American Airlines (AA) is offering double elite qualifying miles (EQM) to all of its members. Unlike Delta’s offer, American’s offer is not selective or limited to certain class of airfare. You do however have to register. Here’s the link to register at American’s website. This offer is from September 2nd to December 15th, 2009.
If you’ve Elite status with American, you should also register for Elite Rewards (here’s the link). American Elite Rewards are addition perks after you have attained Elite status. For example, if you have earned 40,0000 to 49,999 elite qualifying miles (EQM), you can pick from one of the items below:
- 2 500-Mile Upgrades
- 1 Set of Elite Luggage Tags
- 1 Admirals Club One-Day Pass
- 7,500 AAdvantage Bonus Miles
I am not a frequent American flier. Here’s a link to more info on AA’s programs: link.
AA has finally adopted Alaska Airlines‘ one-way reward model. Passengers are no longer required to book a full roundtrip reward, but can segment out legs of the trip. Think about the opportunities that you have missed in the past:
1. While booking your reward ticket, you see that one leg of the trip requires an AAnytime (50k) ticket, while the other leg only requires a MileSAAver (25k) ticket. Instead of paying 50k, you now only pay 37.5k!
2. While booking a normal ticket and comparing prices, you see that one leg of the journey was 3x as expensive as the other, but it still didn’t make economical sense to use your points on this one.
3. You decide to extend your stay on a trip, but it’s prohibitively expensive to change your return ticket
4. You’re running from the law and you’re not coming back stateside
No, this doesn’t excuse poor service and whatever other faults American Air may have, but it’s a great reach out to its core customer base.