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After years of devaluations and cuts, American has gone above and beyond in enhancing their elite program this year.
In April they shocked the world by bringing back the ability to spend your way to lifetime million miles elite status for the remainder of 2020. Alas it appears that the million miler spending promotion will not be extended for 2021 spending. The million miler announcement overshadowed their extension of elite status from 1/31/21 to 1/31/22.
Plus they also removed basic economy restrictions. Passengers with basic economy fares can now purchase upgrades, priority boarding, preferred or main cabin extra seating, or same day confirmed flight changes.
Elite members on basic economy fares can now get free upgrades, use upgrade certificates, select free preferred or main cabin extra seating, and make same day confirmed flight changes!
Last month they announced that they will lower elite status requirements and allow spending on their cards to replace spending on flights to help earn elite status.
- Starting tomorrow, award redeposit fees will be eliminated on all routes! If you cancel on AA.com you’ll get a full refund of the miles spent with no fees.
- Mileage expiration is now paused through 6/30/21. American previously announced that miles won’t expire until a member hits 22.5 years old.
- Phone booking fees are being eliminated.
This is some truly amazing news for AA miles! Award redeposit fees were supposed to go up to $150 per person. That never happened due to COVID-19 and now comes the news that they will be eliminated altogether!
Your move Delta and United!