American Airlines redesigns AAdvantage loyalty program

American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) has taken the next step in the evolution of its AAdvantage loyalty program, shifting to award miles based on the price of a ticket, the company said.

The AAdvantage program will also make changes to how members qualify for elite status and introduce a new elite level in 2017. For travel beginning August 1, 2016, flights marketed by American will earn award miles based on the price of the ticket purchased.

Award miles for travel on most flights marketed by partner airlines will be based on a percentage of the flight distance and the booking code purchased.

On January 1, 2017, the AAdvantage program will add a fourth elite level for customers. Platinum Pro members can begin qualifying for this new level in 2017. Members will receive benefits, including: complimentary auto-requested upgrades on all eligible flights within North America and between the US and Central America, earn nine award miles/US dollar, get two free checked bags and OneWorld Sapphire status.

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.