American Airlines explained how they’ll combine their AAdvantage frequent flyer program with US Airways Dividend Miles today, as part of their merger with US Airways. And it’s generally good news, because not a lot is changing.
Some folks were worried there would be major negative changes, like award tickets costing more miles, or transitioning to a revenue-based program (where you earn miles based on the cost of your ticket and not the distance flown) like Delta and United Airlines have done.
I’m happy to report that American Airlines is not changing their award chart or making any major changes to how you earn miles! Most of the changes will impact folks with elite status.
The New AAdvantage Program: Good News for Most Folks!
Let’s look at what’s changing and what it means for you.
Thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader Andres who let us know about a better offer for the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard.
The sign-up bonus for this card is still 50,000 miles after you spend $3,000 in the 1st 3 months. But you’ll also get 2 American Airlines Admirals Club lounge day passes after meeting minimum spending requirements! The previous offer did not include lounge passes.
And the personal version of this card has also been upgraded to include 2 American Airlines Admirals Club day passes!
Now You Get 50,000 Miles and 2 Admirals Club Lounge Day Passes With the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard and CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard
They’ve also re-designed the card, but the rest of the offer terms and conditions appear to be the same as the previous offer.
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Ralph and His Wife on Their 2nd Honeymoon at the Hyatt Andaz in Maui
If you have Hyatt elite status, you may have been enjoying the perks of elite status at MGM hotels in Las Vegas. But the year’s almost up and it’s time to renew your M life (MGM Resorts’ loyalty program) elite status.
Don’t Let Your VIP Benefits Expire
Update: The Chase Ink Plus 70,000 point offer is no longer available, but check Hot Deals for the latest offers!
I’ve written about Virgin Atlantic’s frequent flyer program and how it’s often not the best deal because of the high fuel surcharges they add to most award tickets.
Virgin Atlantic is a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner and you can use their miles on Virgin Atlantic flights, as well as flights on partner airlines like Hawaiian Airlines, Delta, and Virgin America. You can also transfer points to Hilton hotels at a 2:3 ratio.
Will You Get Big Travel With Small Money If You Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Virgin Atlantic?
Is it worth transferring the increased 70,000 point sign-up bonus from the Chase Ink Plus card to Virgin Atlantic, even with the high fuel surcharges? Let’s find out.
Note: The Chase Ink Plus 70,000 point bonus offer ends on October 19, 2014.