In an expected, but disappointing change American Airlines reclassified its US domestic service as Business, rather than First recently. It did this by changing the class of service code for flights after 11 January (mostly from A to D0. If you have any trips booked after that date you should be getting new confirmations pretty soon.
No big deal for most travellers – it’s the same plane, same seat and same service.
BA Tier Points are based on Fare Basis – Tier point earnings decide on what status you have with BA, and so are pretty important. As you can see BA has now confirmed that not only will you earn less Avios following the changes, but the number of Tier Points will go down too. Effectively a flight greater than 2,000 in First Class used to earn 210 BA Tier Points, from 11 January it will only be 140. Shorter flights see earnings cut from 60 to 40 Tier Points. I estimate it’s cost me about 400 Tier Points for just one booking.
All a bit unfair when nothing about the experience has changed.