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Earlier this year, American Airlines announced some major changes to their AAdvantage program, with the introduction of Elite Qualifying Dollars was the airline goes to a revenue based system. Well, more changes to their 2017 program have been announced and below is a rundown.
In 2017, start earning toward a new level, Platinum Pro, with all the benefits of Platinum, and more, which earned after 75,000 EQM’s or 90 flight segments:
- Unlimited complimentary upgrades in 500-mile upgrade markets
- 9 award miles/U.S. dollar (80% bonus)
- 72-hour upgrade window
- 2 free checked bags
- oneworld® Sapphire status
New Elite Qualifying Dollars Requirement:
How Credit Cards Help You Earn Elite Status
AAdvantage Aviator Red, Aviator Blue and Aviator Business MasterCard accounts can earn up to $3,000 EQDs by spending $25,000 on qualifying net purchases during the calendar year.
AAdvantage Aviator Silver MasterCard accounts can earn up to $6,000 EQDs by spending $50,000 on qualifying net purchases each calendar year. They’ll earn $3,000 EQDs after spending $25,000 on qualifying purchases and another $3,000 EQDs after $50,000 on qualifying purchases.
Later in 2017
Upgrade prioritization You’ll be listed according to elite status level, followed by the number of EQDs earned in the last 12 months.
Upgrades on Award tickets Executive Platinum members will be able to use their complimentary 500-mile upgrade benefits on AAdvantage® award tickets for travel on American from Main Cabin to the next class.
With the merger of US Airways and American being old news, the new airline can really focus on their new loyalty program which is what their doing.
When it comes to new tiers being added Platinum Pro sounds sort of like a gimmick to me, however I’m sure there are some American flyers who don’t fly enough to make Executive Platinum, who will find this new tier as a nice addition. American is also making their current invite only ConciergeKey status now a published tier.
Lastly, the introduction of Elite Qualifying Dollars comes as no surprise, as American follows in Delta and United’s footsteps on this one.
What are your thoughts on the new 2017 American AAdvantage program? Feel free to share your thoughts below or ask any questions!