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American Airlines and US Airways make changes to frequent flier program

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Following Delta and United Airlines lead, American Airlines and US Airways have increased the number of miles needed for some award tickets and increased checked bag fees reported the Wall Street Journal on April 8, 2014.

Without any advance notice to their frequent fliers, American Airlines and US Airways announced major changes to their frequent flier programs Tuesday morning.

American Airlines frequent flier program changes include:

• Elimination of oneworld explorer award
• Elimination of stopovers in North American gateway cities on one-way tickets
• Increased the cost of AAnytime awards
• $25 first checked bag fee for flights to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America (previously first checked bags were free)
• $100 second checked bag fee for trans-Atlantic flights (previously second checked bags were $60)
• Free second checked bag to South America (previously second checked bags were $70)
• Passengers using frequent-flier miles to book tickets and passengers on full-fare coach tickets will pay for their first two checked bags for flights is the US
• One-way travel in the US reduced to 20,000 miles during off-peak season
• One way travel in the US increased to 30,000 miles on and 50,000 miles during peak season

Some changes to US Airways include:

• Roundtrip travel in the continental US and Alaska increased 10,000 to 20,000 miles for First Class tickets
• Roundtrip travel between the US to Hawaii decreased 10,000 to 20,000 miles for coach tickets

American Airlines new award charts can be viewed here.

US Airways new award charts can be viewed here.

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