American calculates EQM and RDM for customers before buying

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There is a big difference now in the number of EQM and RDM you’ll earn with American

ICYMI, American went revenue based, meaning the RDM ( redeemable miles) you’ll earn will be based off of the fare not the miles flown. EQM will still be based off of distance and fare class. I was just booking a ticket from Dub to Lax later in the year when I came upon this new guy illustrating EQM vs RDM:

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Good Lord, where did my Earnings go?!

To avoid any confusion it looks like American will now tell us how many EQM and RDM we will be earning. It kind of makes the new earning structure more painful; It makes it so clear how many fewer miles I’m earning even when spending $1800. Under the old structure I would have earned the same number of RDM as EQM – this is a business class (I) fare earning 2 EQM per mile flown; I would have earned 2 RDM per mile flown after accounting for the 100% Platinum bonus under the old structure.

Oh well, at least I can see exactly how many EQM I’m earning which saves me a call.  I’ve ran into some murky water with EQM credits in the past and I was going to call to confirm the 2x EQM earn rate on all legs.  The ticket is to be issued on AA stock with a few legs are on BA metal. I found the ticket using the ITA Matrix and then used bookwithmatrix to populate the AA.com itinerary. The new alert stating exactly how many EQM and RDM is very helpful and nice that it’s clearly stated up front.

I also put this ticket on hold rather than buying it outright because of the Brexit. The Euro is collapsing and I’m going to phone in tomorrow to purchase the ticket once the systems have updated the new exchange rate…right now the eur/usd is trading under $1.095 and AA is not reflecting the exchange rate. Perhaps I’ll have to offer to purchase in Euros to take advantage of my CC exchange rate rather than AA.com’s

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