In order to streamline our program, we are announcing a change to all AAdvantage miles earned before July 1, 1989 (Miles With No Expiration).
Starting on November 1, 2012, these miles will be converted to Miles Subject to Expiration, and if you have Miles With No Expiration in your account, you will automatically earn a 25% mileage bonus when these miles are converted.
Redeeming Miles With No Expiration
If you have more than 10,000 Miles With No Expiration, then you may redeem these miles for “Regular” Awards from the original AAdvantage award structure by calling AAdvantage Reservations at 800-882-8880 (“Regular” Awards start at 10,000 Miles With No Expiration).
If you have less than 10,000 Miles With No Expiration, then you can combine these miles with any Miles Subject to Expiration to claim awards from our current structure on AA.com. On November 1, the original AAdvantage award structure will be discontinued, and miles may no longer be redeemed for those awards.
Receiving the Conversion Bonus
To have your miles converted and to earn the mileage bonus, you do not need to take any action. Please note that after the conversion, as long as you earn or redeem AAdvantage miles at least once every 18 months, your miles will not expire, just like all miles earned today
Back in 1989 most of my travel was on $29 – $59 Southwest Airlines student fares (those were the days….) and my only frequent flyer program was Southwest’s Company Club. I didn’t join AAdvantage until 1990.
Actually, I joined AAdvantage twice: I sort of lost track of that original account, and when I switched from Delta to American ten years ago, I opened a new AAdvantage account and have been earning AA miles ever since.
A few years ago I found a box of old airline tickets and timetables in my parents’ garage. Also inside that box was a 1990 AAdvantage membership guide, and reading about these old miles reminded me that I still have it, so I decided to scan it and put it online.
Here’s a look at the cover.
The guide has a metallic silver ink cover. That must have been expensive.
American and American Eagle Award Chart.
Back then it cost the same number of miles round-trip or one-way.
Companion Awards and Upgrade Chart.
Notice that Singapore was a partner back then.
How to earn miles: Airline Partners
This must have been before the had an elite program – no mention of elite qualifying miles.
How to earn miles: Hotel Partners
From 6 to more than 76 partners.
How to earn miles: Car rental
Since there was no “online” back 1990 awards were redeemed at a ticket counter or through the mail.
Wow, how times have changed. That was many years and many miles ago….and that brings me to the reader giveaway.
I’m giving away 1,000 Free AAdvantage Miles and a 10 percent discount code!
The miles are courtesy courtesy American Airlines (thank you) and the discount comes from a reader.
To enter, just tell me when you joined AAdvantage by leaving the year in the comments section. I’ll have a random drawing on Monday. One entry per person. The deadline to enter is Sunday, July 22 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.
Good luck and have a great weekend!!