In between timeouts, I read a couple of TPOL’s old posts. The noteworthy one is called Goodbye US Airways, Hello Devaluation? and is reproduced below.
Woke up this morning ready for the new American Airlines to take flight. Step 1 was to check my shiny, new AAdvantage balance to see the treasure trove of miles. AwardWallet showcased the demise of Dividend Miles. However when I went to American Airlines, the balance had yet to update. I’m slightly nervous as to how smoothly this transition will go especially since my British Avios have disappeared, hack or no hack.
I’m sure eventually the miles will show up making me feel good about having hundreds of thousands of miles that can take me anywhere around the world.
That feeling will quickly pass when the inevitable AA devaluation hits leaving us all scrambling for Etihad Apartments from JFK to AUH. The fact that I still had any US Airways miles in my account means I did a poor job of following my own advice: Shut Up And Book!
So before every blog goes crazy and condemns this for profit airline for making our miles worthless, ThePointsOfLife recommends spending a few minutes planning imaginary trips for when disaster strikes.
That was posted on March 28th, 2015. TPOL isn’t psychic. We’ve all been in this game long enough to know that devaluations are inevitable. What’s striking is how every merger promises more options for the consumers but without fail, within a year, there are always less. Luckily, we don’t have to fall for Marriott’s promises in 2016 only to be searching for aspirational bookings in 2017.