American officially launches its revamped AAdvantage program
American Airlines leads the way in customer loyalty with the official launch of the revamped AAdvantage® program, designed to reward members with more benefits, more ways to move up in status and the easiest way to unlock a world-class experience.
At the heart of this innovative approach are Loyalty Points, which beginning March 1, AAdvantage members will need to register to earn their status. This is a single point system, where one AAdvantage mile earned equals one Loyalty Point, positioning the AAdvantage program as the largest airline loyalty program that will not require members to track miles, dollars and/or flight segments to obtain your status.
"The past few years have taught us that loyalty is not a one-size-fits-all thing, it comes in many forms," said Alison Taylor, American's chief customer officer. We recognize that the path to earning status is different for everyone, so we're giving members more ways to earn Loyalty Points, whether it's flying, shopping or using an AAdvantage credit card. We want to make it easy for our customers to purchase this status at any time during your trip."
British Airways is offering free upgrades on flights – but there’s a catch
British Airways is offering free upgrades on flights for some passengers - but it's not as cheap as it seems.
The airline will dish out a free upgrade to passengers who spend at least £10,000 in a year on their credit card, which requires a monthly fee.
However, for anyone who doesn't want to pay the monthly fee, they will need to spend at least £20,000 a year to get the same offer - which works out at roughly £1,600 per month.
The new credit card, Barclaycard Avios Plus, costs £20 per month for card holders and gives 1.5 Avios points for every £1 spent on it.
7 Airlines Making it Easy to Maintain Elite Status
Elite status members are usually an airline's most valuable flyers. So, airlines try to incentivize current elites to remain loyal by offering perks such as upgrades, bonus miles, priority boarding and free baggage. Some airlines take this even further by making it easier to requalify for elite status by lowering status requirements or offering accelerated earnings to existing elites.
With these programs, it's easier to maintain elite status than earn it.
And now, a familiar program joins the list: American Airlines AAdvantage elite members can currently requalify for elite status significantly faster than non-elite members.
If you're considering a long-term partnership with a new loyalty program, you might want to consider one that offers reduced requirements to maintain status. Here are seven airline loyalty programs that make it easier to requalify once you're already an elite.
How Russia's invasion of Ukraine is changing air travel
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is turning into a seismic event for the aviation industry just as it emerges from the COVID-19 downturn.
Why it matters: The closure of vast stretches of airspace from North America to Russia has airlines scrambling to determine what routes are still feasible and which flights can be rerouted. Flight times are increasing, along with their carbon footprints.