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Question 563

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by Brian, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. Brian

    Brian Reader

    Lucky, I'm a London-based BA Gold card holder. I book a lot of TATL premium economy and until now loved the ability to upgrade using Avios. But that's getting a lot more expensive with the devaluation, to the point where I'm not sure it's even worth it to upgrade. I also fly a fair bit of discounted intra-Europe economy for business and pleasure, often availing myself of buy-ups to Club Europe to accelerate my tier points earning. I occasionally also buy AA domestic first when it's cheap, because it's a cost-effective way to get Tier Points. Given those habits, it's pretty certain I wouldn't make AA EXP even though I regularly make BA Gold. Still, I'm thinking of doing an AA status challenge and crediting my flying over there. My typical redemption pattern is using BA Amex 2-4-1 vouchers to fly BA First long-haul with my partner. That will still be an OK-ish deal with the new award chart. But the changes really do suck. What do you think? Should I move over to crediting with AA instead of BA? Or do I wait to see how their post-merger deval shakes out? There would be some switching costs of moving to AA, and I would likely have to settle for PLT. Thoughts?
     
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  2. Lucky

    Lucky One Mile At A Time

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    @ Brian -- That's a toughie. As a BA Gold you at least get oneworld Emerald status, so have good lounge access. With American it's anyone's guess what happens after this year. I wouldn't be surprised to see earning rates for BA matched, given their transatlantic joint venture. It won't happen overnight, but I wouldn't be surprised to see it next year. So does the new BA program suck? Yep. But I probably wouldn't switch, sadly.
     
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