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Why American Will Introduce a Higher Top Elite Tier – and What It’ll Mean for United

Posted By ViewFromTheWing 645 days ago on Credit Cards

http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com - Last month I wrote that more levels may be coming to the top of American AAdvantage. In fact, it seems inevitable.
With American's merger with US Airways, they didn't keep 4 (all) status levels. They kept American's elite program, more or less, so 25,000, 50,000, and 100,000 mile levels. There are a lot of former US Airways 75,000 mile Platinum members that were unhappy in the transition since they no longer had status above 50,000 mile flyers.
And as with Delta, there's a recognition that as the world's largest airline with a much more comprehensive route network it's possible to stay on one airline now and so there are more customers flying more miles with the airline. As if that wasn't enough, American now makes it much easier to qualify when buying premium fares.
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