Back in November American announced that they would mimic Delta and United with mileage-earning for flights based on cost of your ticket instead of miles flown in “late 2016.” That was subsequently revised in future communications to be ‘the second half’ of 2016.
At this time 500 mile minimum redeemable miles earning (but not elite qualifying miles earning) for elites will go away.
The actual change goes into effect for travel (not tickets purchased) August 1 onward. American-marketed flights, whether on American-issued tickets or partner-issued tickets, will earn based on the price of the ticket (inclusive of fare and surcharges, but not taxes).
The change to mileage-earning for flights doesn’t affect credit card earning, or any of the 6 in 10 AAdvantage miles earned for things other than flying
And it doesn’t change redeemable mileage-earning for flights marketed by partners, those still earn based on distance and class of service (although American has reduced earning for discount classes of service for many partners). It also doesn’t affect American tickets sold with vacation packages, bulk fare tickets, or student tickets.
American announced all of this early last month. They’ve just now brought their terms and conditions up to speed on this change. There’s nothing new, per se, simply ensuring that de jure matches de facto.
For travel August 1, 2016 or later, travel on any eligible purchased, published fare ticket on an American marketed flight (flights sold under an American flight number) will earn mileage credit based on the ticket price (base fare plus any mandatory carrier-imposed fees). Mileage credit will not be earned on government imposed taxes and fees or on optional airline fees such as, but not limited to, change fees, ticketing fees or charges for products such as seats or checked baggage. Some types of fares, such as those sold in conjunction with a vacation package or tickets where the actual fare is not disclosed like consolidator, bulk fare or student tickets, will earn mileage credit based on a percentage of distance flown as determined by the booking code purchased. In the event the necessary ticket/fare details are not be available at the time of posting of your mileage credit, you will earn mileage credit based on a percentage of the distance flown as determined by the booking code.
Partner marketed flights (flights sold under a partner flight number) will earn mileage credit based on a percentage of distance flown as determined by the booking code purchased.
For any flights that earn mileage credit based on a percentage of distance flown, the distance is determined on the basis of nonstop distances between the airports where your flight originates and terminates. On connecting flights with different flight numbers, the distance of each segment will be used. On single-plane, through, or change of gauge flights, the nonstop origin-destination distance will be used and credit for a single elite qualifying segment will be given.
The terms and conditions have not been updated at this time to reflect next year’s requirement for minimum spending to earn elite status in the 2018 program year.