Is American Airlines Increasing Executive Platinum Requirements?


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There are some rumblings that American Airlines will be increasing the amount of miles/points needed for American Airlines Executive Platinum status from 100,000 to 120,000 Elite Qualifying Miles/Points in a calendar year according to this Flyertalk posting.

For comparison, Delta requires Diamond Medallion members to earn 125,000 MQMs per calendar year, so increasing American Executive Platinum status in the near future wouldn’t be out of the question.

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One AA Executive Platinum member wrote in about an unrelated question, and received the following response:

It’s our pleasure to assist our valued AAdvantage Executive Platinum® members. Thanks for contacting us here at AAdvantage® Customer Service.

Please know that the new qualification for Executive Platinum status is now at 120,000 Elite Qualifying Miles/Points in a calendar year.

If you earn a total of at least 175,000 elite points by year-end, I will add 6 more systemwide upgrades into your account. I am hopeful you can achieve this goal since you are currently at 150,895 elite points.

Now, I’ll have to ask you to contact us again when you earn 175,000 elite points, since the adjustment won’t happen automatically. But I’m documenting my promise in your account so you won’t have any problem in receiving these complimentary upgrades when you reach this goal. You are truly a special customer and we’re very pleased for the opportunity to earn your satisfaction.

Thank you for participating in the AAdvantage program. We appreciate your business.

Bottom Line

Do you think this was just a typo on the agent’s part, or is American Airlines going to be increasing the elite qualification requirements needed for Executive Platinum status?

Hat Tip: Flyertalk and View from the Wing

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