Last year American AAdvantage introduced a 75,000 mile elite level between Platinum and Executive Platinum called ‘Platinum Pro’.
The name is so bad (and by the way several people on the AAdvantage team agree) that I listed changing it as one of the things American needs to do to fix the airline alongside offering saver availability and focusing on the needs of business travelers rather than the airline operation as though passengers aren’t a part of the equation.
Platinum Pro requires 75,000 miles flown or 90 segments and a minimum of $9000 in elite qualifying dollars. Platinum Pros receive an 80% bonus on earned miles from flying and unlimited complimentary domestic upgrades (rather than needing 500 mile upgrade certificates on flights 500 miles and over).
That means Platinum Pro members — like Executive Platinums and ConciergeKey members — will be able to change to an earlier or later flight on the same calendar day with the same origin and destination without paying a $75 fee for US domestic trips (including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands) as well as Canada and the Caribbean, and without paying the $150 fee for New York JFK – London Heathrow trips. It’s not available for other international travel.
Rules don’t allow you to change connecting cities (so those options won’t be presented online) but I’ve had success with some agents who still have the ability to do it. “E” bucket inventory has to be available on the flight you’re changing to, something you can look up yourself on day of travel using Expert Flyer.