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AA Lowers Booking Bonus.  
User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

Effective Dec 15th, 2006...

A round trip ticket in economy after booking at AA.com now earns you 250 miles instead of 500.

A round trip ticket in First/Business after booking at AA.com now earns you 500 miles instead of 1,000.

This is a real shame but oh well.

Source:
http://www.aa.com/apps/netSAAver/Vie...ry&itemDescriptor=PromotionContent

Alex


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User currently offlineB4REAL From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2629 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1865 times:

This shouldn't really be a surprise, DL did a similar online bonus reduction and the airlines want online to be the norm, so the norm would be without bonus IMO.


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User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24729 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1850 times:

Quoting Atrude777 (Thread starter):
This is a real shame but oh well.

Remember these type of bonuses were introduced years ago to reward/encourage people to use the airlines online booking tools over other distribution methods.

Now that a much larger percentage of passengers are doing so, AA is reducing this incentive. After all why should they be giving away millions of miles needlessly?

This is just like any other promotion except a longer running one aimed at changing consumer buying habits. Once it accomplishes what it was meant to I'm sure it will be eliminated entirely.



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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1826 times:

I understand, hence its a shame, but I also added oh well cause I know we cannot do anything about it.

No problem Ill go about my business and just contine booking the cheapest airline for me though admittedly the booking bonus is what gave AA the edge sometimes when I had to choose between airlines being the same price.

Alex



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User currently offlinePtugarin From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1759 times:

The bonus is not just to lure customers to use online tools, but specifically to build AA.com awareness and minimize the number of seats sold through third-party online distributors.

User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1754 times:

It was an incentive. As nearly 90% of passengers now ticket on line, the goal of the incentive has been achieved.

I think it's perfectly normal for them to drop it, or eliminate it all together.

People have learned how to and accepted on line bookings. It's now the norm.



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User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1675 times:

Disappointing, but the reduction is nothing compared to WN's decision last year to virtually eliminate double-credit for booking online. Those were the days - just four round-trips booked online would get you a reward ticket.


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User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1457 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1613 times:

As has been mentioned, as people book and check-in online, the extra milage will disappear. I recall Alaska rewarded passengers with 500 for each online check in. When I was flying between Oakland and Portland I would receive over 3,000 miles per trip by booking online, checking in online and then the actual miles flown.
As a WN flyer, having their Signature Visa helps gather points quickly since they reward $2 for every $1 spent on WN purchases and partners plus beginning in January 2007 2 points annually.


User currently offlineB4REAL From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2629 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1559 times:

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 5):
As nearly 90% of passengers now ticket on line,

I don't know about it being that high, but it depends on how you apply the statistic. Most business travelers do not book online directly with the airline. Many have 'self-service booking engines' that are a website portal to their travel agency - and really not much different than what the travel agent themselves would use.



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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1530 times:

I know Im going off topic, but the days of having paper tickets was actually pretty cool (ahh the souviners!). Now that we are in the internet age, its a 'no duh' now.


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User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3238 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1504 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 9):
I know Im going off topic, but the days of having paper tickets was actually pretty cool (ahh the souviners!). Now that we are in the internet age, its a 'no duh' now.

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I do like the convenience of e-tickets, but I'm also nostalgic of the physical paper tickets... Ah, the memories!

Tony



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User currently offlineB4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2629 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1454 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 9):
I know Im going off topic, but the days of having paper tickets was actually pretty cool (ahh the souviners!). Now that we are in the internet age, its a 'no duh' now.

Right on. I even keep boarding passes in this HUGE storage container of travel keepsakes - boarding passes, a magazine from the plane, premium cabin menus, amenity kits, and everything in between. The most bizarre keepsake (and admittedly a little overboard) is a packet of salt and a packet of pepper from flying Cronus (X5) FCO-ATH in 2001 on a 737. The thermal boarding passes from kiosks fade and the online boarding passes are a little less interesting than ticket stock bp's. So I do a little nicety and write a little story or what the trip was for with my keepsakes.



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