American Airlines announced changes to their AAdvantage program, when it comes to earning mileage credit, how elite status is earned, as well as new benefits for Executive Platinum members.
Here’s a rundown of the changes to American Airlines AAdvantage program:
Per American Airlines,
We’re introducing a few updates effective January 1, 2019, for AAdvantage members, including new qualification requirements for AAdvantage Executive Platinum status and extra rewards Executive Platinum members can choose. Additionally, we’re changing how you earn Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) on American and select oneworld airlines, and what you earn when flying on special fares (such as bulk or consolidator fares) and exception tickets (cases when ticket/fare details are unavailable).
How Elite Status is Earned:
American Airlines is increasing the amount of Elite Qualifying Dollar (EQD) requirement for AAdvantage Executive Platinum needed from $12,000 EQDs to $15,000 EQDs for the 2020 membership year, which is earned in 2019.
For comparison, Delta requires $15,000 in spending to earn their top tier Diamond Medallion status. United Airlines has upped their 2019 qualification requirements for Premier 1K to $15,000 in spending.
New Executive Platinum Rewards:
Upon qualification for Executive Platinum status, members will continue to receive 4 systemwide upgrades. Additionally, members who reach 150,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs), 200,000 EQMs and 250,000 EQMs can choose a reward.
When you reach 150,000 EQMs and choose from: 2 systemwide upgrades, 40,000 bonus miles, or Gift of AAdvantage Gold status.
When you reach 200,000 EQMs and choose from: 2 systemwide upgrades, 40,000 bonus miles, or Gift of AAdvantage Platinum status.
When you reach 250,000 EQMs and choose from: 2 systemwide upgrades, 40,000 bonus miles, or Gift of AAdvantage Platinum status.
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