Well here’s a curious move, that I suspect may have an ulterior motive. American AAdvantage and Qantas Frequent Flyer have just cut mileage earning rates for travel on one another. This change doesn’t impact any of their other partners, but rather both airlines are just cutting mileage earning on one another.
In and of itself that’s not unusual. Airlines often renegotiate their contracts, and changes are typically reciprocal. That’s because you don’t want to create some great arbitrage opportunity that will cause members to switch programs.
Here’s how the American AAdvantage mileage earning rates for travel on Qantas are changing: