Via @JonNYC, American changed how confirmed upgrade instruments get listed on upgrade priority lists and how companions are treated at the airport.
Now in effect for users of @AmericanAir’s SWUs– good news for non-top level members who have them (gifted to them or whatever):
Here’s the change:
An Executive Platinum traveling with a companion would be upgraded together automatically in advance of travel, but at the airport would usually be separated on the upgrade list each with their own status. Companions now inherit the status of their upgrade sponsor at the airport.
Update: American reaches out to stay that the information in the document above is incorrect.
We have not implemented companion benefits when traveling on a mileage-award upgrade or on a systemwide upgrade. The only new thing introduced on Jan. 1 is with the RV and RI priority codes. Companions will now inherit the priority of the elite member they’re traveling with (if they’re in the same PNR) when listed as an RI or RV on the airport priority list.
‘R’ in these cases stands for revenue (paid ticket) and I and V are voluntary and involuntary, these are codes for passengers standing by from another flight — an involuntary would be, for instance, someone bumped off of another flight that was oversold or who experienced other irregular operations.