- Jun 23, 2003
I wonder if these changes will flow through to AAnother FF program. I can't imagine there will still be 100% earn on discount economy to AAdvantage when the fares only earn 25% or 50% in BAs own program.
The simple reason for these drastic changes everywhere (Qantas, Aegean, BA etc) is earning status has become too easy.
Simply put we are getting way too many benefits for very small outlays. The boundaries need to change. It needs to become tougher.
Basically all FF programs are changing.
These changes at BA might see BA disappear for milesAAver awards.
Certainly in premium cabins. Unless AA "enhances" their redemption tables, which I wouldn't be surprised to see.
They seem to have adopted a different approach to QF:
They have kept the partner SC earn stable (unlike Simpler & Fairer).
Points earn mostly decreased except with flexible fares (and especially for OWS)
Quite big increase in points required for redemption for long-haul
Free connecting flights from regional airports to/from London for European redemptions gone (I found this quite a handy use of Avios to engineer a London stopover to/from Europe cheaply)
BAEC still seems quite a reasonable way of getting OW status if you fly on a variety of OW airlines and can do 4 BA flights. American earn/burn now even better by comparison but for how long?
They have enhanced their redemption tables without telling anyone.Premium cabin milesAAver awards are only available 1-2 weeks out from travel internationally.So if wanting to plan award travel further out on AA metal it has to be an AAnytime award at much higher rates.EG-NRT-DFW which is 62,500 in F as a milesAAver is 175000-200000 in F as an AAnytime award.
In the last 6 years we have used 4-6 F milesAAvers between Japan and US each year for both myself and mrsdrron.Never had a problem booking 9-12 months out.For the last 9 months I haven't seen 1 of those awards that far out.