Today’s featured link:
American AAdvantage 2016 Changes (Including Award Chart Devaluation) – One Mile at a Time
American announced it was going to a revenue-based program starting next year. You might expect me to have written about it in more detail, but when an airline is the third-mover, it’s not that exciting. In short, you’ll earn miles just like you do with United and Delta now. Redemption levels are going up (most of all in international First Class), but unlike Delta, American still publishes an award chart. Elite qualification is one of the only things that’s differentiated from Delta and United. There is no minimum spending requirement.
I was personally hoping for something more creative, but it didn’t happen. What’s your take? Good? Bad? Not as bad as you thought?
Two for the road:
Allegiant Air to discontinue service between US mainland, Hawaii – Las Vegas Review-Journal
After years of failing to make Hawai’i service take off, the end is near for Allegiant. The airline will retire its 757s and pull out of Hawai’i next year.
Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 16 – CEO Interview: Spirit’s Baldanza – Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast
Airline Weekly has launched a free weekly podcast and this week they devote the entire half hour to an interview with Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza. It’s a great interview and well worth listening.