The new requirements, which take effect in 2020 for the next year's status levels, determine status by two measurements: Premier qualifying flights and Premier qualifying points.
The new rates include those for the transportation industry; the rate for the incidental expenses; and the rates and list of high-cost localities for purposes of the high-low substantiation method.
Starting October 1, 2020, travelers who want to fly within the United States using their driver's license must have a Real ID-compliant license. This means that your old-school license won't suffice starting next October.
Basic economy has been making the rounds for a few years now - but with more and more airlines joining the game, it can be hard to remember who charges you for a seat, or even just to print your boarding pass.