American Airlines will next year reconfigure its frequent flyer programme to reward members travelling in first and business class.
The year-long promotion will see AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles members earn miles based on a combination of distance flown, the fare purchased and elite status level.
The move marks the first time that American has taken ticket price into consideration and hasn’t solely awarded miles based on distance flown.
AAdvantage and Dividend Miles members will be rewarded with bonus miles for purchasing first or business class tickets on all eligible flights marketed or operated by American or US Airways. All travel must be taken between January 1 and December 31.
A statement from American said: “Eligible flights for AAdvantage members include all AA and US-marketed and operated flights (including codeshare flights between the two carriers), and AA or US-marketed, partner-operated flights, including British Airways, Iberia, Finnair, Japan Airlines and Qantas.
“Until the company merges the frequent flyer programs in the second quarter 2015, eligible flights for Dividend Miles members will include all AA and US-marketed and operated flights (including codeshare flights between the two carriers).”
US Airways’ Dividend Miles loyalty programme will become part of AAdvantage next year (see news, November 7).
The bonus miles are in addition to base mileage and elite status bonuses that members normally earn and depend on both elite status level and the length of the flight.
Suzanne Rubin, president of AAdvantage Loyalty Program, said: “A mile flown continues to be a mile earned in AAdvantage, and now we’re going to reward customers even more when they purchase a first or business class ticket.”
From March 1, United Airlines Mileage Plus members will earn award miles based on ticket price rather than distance flown (see news, June 11).