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American Airlines was named the best mile program in the United States in a vote among thousands of frequent flyers. The Freddie Awards, which have ranked loyalty programs worldwide for over 20 years, were announced last week near New York.
Why was American named best?
A few reasons…
This year, American unseated United Mileage Plus, which has traditionally won. United’s frequent flyers are upset at some changes made to the program as part of its merger with Continental. It still remains a generous program with good availability, but for now they’re giving the nod to the program that has yet to change, American. However American is taking advantage of the unrest among United flyers, and has started instantly matching the elite status of top tier United elite members. If you have 1K or Global Services status with United, go to this thread and you’ll find instructions on how to match your status on American.
As for the future…there is speculation American may merge with US Airways. If that happens, all mileage bets are off. You won’t lose any miles, but the rules could change, availability could become more scarce, and elite privileges may be diluted. But nothing is set in stone there and any change related to that is probably a few years a way.
So how can you take advantage of earning American Airlines miles today…
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