While every blogger is writing (and re-writing) about the already known AAdvantage devaluation, I want to share my approach moving forward. For starters, we all knew that American Airlines would eventually devalue their program and match Delta and United. There is really no news about the 2016 program, except the fact that e500 upgrades and SWU will become harder to obtain because they will require more flying.
I also believe that American will eventually enforce a spend requirement (Elite Qualifying Dollars) once their IT department can get around to it post-merger.
For me, however, I will continue to fly American. As some of you may know, I am based out of Washington, D.C. and travel to Miami, FL and Los Angeles, CA the most. American offers non-stop service between both cities and has very decent times for their flights. I also have too much invested on American in terms of million miller balance and AAdantage miles. Connecting on Delta and United would be too much of a hassle, plus Delta miles are crap. United is decent in terms of award miles but their customer service is a stinker. Being out of DCA, and a bit far from IAD, United is just not feasible for me at the moment either.
Since the three legacy carriers now have very similar programs, there is really little choice for consumers. Thank you Department of Justice.
What are you thinking moving forward? American? Delta? United? Southwest? Frontier? Spirit?