Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, 11:20 am
Part 1: American Modifying AAnytime Award Chart Rates
Part 2: The Other Shoe Drops: American Eliminates Free Stopovers On Awards
Part 3: The Unannounced MAAsacre Continues
The new American is at best clueless, though I’d just call it deceitful. What a shame the government didn’t make good on their threat to block USelessAirways’ CEO Doug Parker from taking over American.
Clueless because they don’t know how to just give all the bad news in one shot. They’ve updated different parts of their website without any announcement, leaving us to try to figure out the damage. Just rip off the band-aid in one-shot please!
Deceitful because it’s wrong to make changes without giving prior warning. That’s not loyalty, that’s punishment.
Deceitful because they emailed everyone this press release which makes the masses think that good things are happening. They make everything sound great when the only mildly good news here is that the USAirways credit card will finally play catch-up and give free luggage.
The latest bad news:
-AA award ticketing fees for international tickets booked over the phone will climb from $25 to $35 per ticket. These fees are mandatory for tickets that can’t be booked online like flights on El Al and Cathay Pacific.
-AAdvantage Gold and USAirways Silver members will only get 1 free checked bag when flying AA, the same as any AA credit card holder.
-Alaska MVP members will go from having 2 free bags when flying AA to apparently not getting any free bags.
-Full fare passengers will go from having 2 free bags when flying AA to not getting any free bags.
-AAnytime award passengers (who just got hit by massive increases) will go from having 2 free bags when flying AA to not getting any free bags.
-AAdvantage Platinums flying on USAirways will go from having 3 free bags to having 2 free bags.
-USAirways Golds and Platinums flying on USAirways will go from having 3 free bags to having 2 free bags.
Unannounced changes are wrong: #AAdvantageMAAsacre