AAdvantage changes mileage retention policy
American Airlines' has updated the mileage retention policy for its AAdvantage frequent flyer programme, and members now need to conduct mileage earning or redemption activity at least once every 18 months if they're to be considered active and keep their miles.
Starting from 15th December 2007, AAdvantage mileage balances will expire if the member has not either earned or redeemed miles within the previous 18 month period.
Back-dated policy On that date, if the last activity on any AAdvantage member's account was before 15th June 2006, all miles that are subject to expiration will expire, effectively back-dating the new expiry policy to June 2006.
Members are being told that they can check on their date of last activity by logging on to the airline's web site. Members are reminded that it does not matter when their miles were earned, and that the new policy expires all miles when the account is no longer considered to be active.
Earning miles Members can earn miles on American Airlines, American Eagle or AmericanConnection flights, as well as with 20 AAdvantage participating airlines. There are also mileage earning opportunities through nearly 100 affinity card products in over 40 countries, and by purchasing products and services from more than 1,000 AAdvantage merchant participants and over 200 online retailers.
In addition, the AAdvantage Dining programme (which boasts more than 10,000 participating restaurants) provides additional miles, and members can even earn extra miles for joining the TrAAvel Perks programme.
Mileage redemption Currently, members can redeem miles for award travel to over 800 destinations worldwide, as well as for hotel stays, car rentals, magazine subscriptions, and merchandise. They can also donate miles (at least 250 at a time) to an eligible charity of their choice.