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You’ve worked hard to earn AAdvantage® elite status, and we want to reward your loyalty on every trip you take with American. Starting this fall, along with enjoying Priority access and Preferred boarding, elite members who buy a Basic Economy fare will receive:
For travel starting January 1, 2021, Basic Economy tickets will no longer earn Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM), Elite Qualifying Segments (EQS) or Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQD) toward future elite status.
We’re giving you more flexibility by eliminating change fees on AAdvantage® award travel within the U.S. and between the U.S. and:
We’re also waiving change fees for all other tickets bought by December 31, 2020, for future travel regardless of fare type or itinerary.
Contact Reservations for help making changes to award travel.
We’re waiving reinstatement fees on all AAdvantage® award travel ticketed by December 31, 2020. If your trip is eligible, your miles will be automatically reinstated within 48 hours of canceling your trip online. For all other trips, contact Reservations to have your miles reinstated.
Check if your trip is eligible:
We‘ve paused the expiration of AAdvantage® miles through December 31, 2020. If your miles were set to expire on or before December 31, 2020, they will now expire on January 1, 2021, if there’s no additional activity in your account before then.
We’re working to update member accounts with the new expiration date. Rest assured if your miles expire before we make the adjustment, we will reactivate them.
Effective July 1, 2020, the 18-month activity requirement won’t apply to AAdvantage® members under age 21. For members who turned 21 years of age before July 1, 2020, the 18-month qualifying activity period will be applied on a pro rata basis.
Example: If a member turned 21 on March 1, 2020, the 18-month qualifying activity period for this member will start on March 1, 2020.
This means AAdvantage® members won’t be subject to mileage expiration until 18 months after their 21st birthday if they don’t have qualifying activity in their account at least once in 18 months following their 21st birthday. If the account does not include a birth date in the member profile, the account will be subject to the 18-month activity rule. Be sure to keep your account updated to get the latest information.
AAdvantage® members are among our most loyal customers, and we want you to know how much we value your choice to fly with us. When the time is right for you to travel again, we’re doing all we can to ensure you receive the benefits of your membership and elite status.
If your current elite status expires on January 31, 2021, we’ve extended the expiration date until January 31, 2022.
You’ll continue to enjoy all the benefits that come with your status, and you can earn a higher status through lower elite qualification requirements this year.
You’ll be able to qualify for a higher elite status in 2020 with lower Elite Qualifying Dollar (EQD), Elite Qualifying Mile (EQM) and Elite Qualifying Segment (EQS) requirements.
|Qualifying metric||Executive Platinum
To qualify, you must meet the required level of Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs), plus either the required level of Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs).
|Qualifying metric||Executive Platinum
Members who reach the lower thresholds during 2020 will receive their status immediately upon qualifying, valid through January 31, 2022.
Any unused systemwide upgrades with an expiration date of January 31, 2021, have been extended through July 31, 2021.
While we’re not awarding new systemwide upgrades with the extension of Executive Platinum status, members who qualify or re-qualify for Executive Platinum status in 2020 will receive 4 systemwide upgrades valid through January 31, 2022.
Previously, members who qualified for Executive Platinum status received a choice of 1 reward upon reaching 150,000, 200,000 and 250,000 EQMs, respectively. For 2020, we lowered the levels required to earn these rewards:
We’re introducing a limited-time promotion to help you reach Million Miler℠ status and receive benefits like elite status. For all eligible Citi / AAdvantage® and AAdvantage® Aviator products, as well as select AAdvantage® credit cards outside the U.S., every dollar spent on net purchases that post between
May 1 – December 31, 2020, will count as 1 mile toward Million Miler℠ status.
We’re giving AAdvantage® elite members another reason to look forward to a vacation. On July 1, 2020, a special one-time credit of up to $400 to use toward an American Airlines Vacations package was deposited in Your Wallet for eligible members.
|Elite status||Credit amount|
|Platinum and Platinum Pro||$350|
Elite members can redeem their credit on or after July 1, 2020, by calling us at 800-321-2121.
AAdvantage® members can now earn miles on GOL Airlines, Brazil’s largest carrier, with more than 750 daily flights to over 75 destinations.
AAdvantage® members can now earn miles on all Alaska Airlines marketed and operated flights network wide. Your ability to redeem miles throughout Alaska Airlines’ network remains unchanged.
AAdvantage® members can now earn and redeem miles throughout Royal Air Maroc’s network of more than 200 daily flights to more than 90 destinations in more than 50 countries.
AAdvantage® elite members are now eligible to earn more benefits with World of Hyatt®. Link your AAdvantage® and World of Hyatt accounts, and you can earn both World of Hyatt points and AAdvantage® bonus miles on qualifying Hyatt hotel stays and experiences.
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You can now redeem AAdvantage® miles for travel in Premium Economy, available on international flights to/from Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and South America as well as on select domestic flights to/from Hawaii and Alaska.
Premium Economy amenities include:
Premium Economy awards are available for as few as 25,000 AAdvantage® miles each way plus any applicable taxes and carrier-imposed fees.
You can book Premium Economy awards via all of our channels.
Upgrades into Premium Economy using your AAdvantage® miles or other AAdvantage® products aren’t available at this time. Premium Economy awards for travel on our partner airlines are limited to select airlines.
If you and a companion are waitlisted for the same type of upgrade, you can sponsor them to receive your priority level. You’ll stay prioritized together, even at the airport.
Companions don’t have to be AAdvantage® members; the upgrade can be deducted from any account.
To sponsor a companion for a new or existing trip, contact Reservations.
Today, you and another elite status member can be prioritized together on the 500-mile upgrade waitlist. If the upgrade isn’t cleared before you get to the airport, you are prioritized based on individual status.
Now, you can ask an agent to reconnect you on the list at the airport. If available, the 500-mile upgrades will be deducted from the sponsor’s account.
Upgrade requests will be prioritized by elite status level, then:
If the upgrade type and 12-month Rolling EQD value are the same we’ll look at the booking code then date/time of the request to determine prioritization.
Before you get to the airport, requests for systemwide and mileage award upgrades are processed independently from 500-mile upgrade requests.
At the airport, upgrades requested will be prioritized in this order:
Your 12-month Rolling EQD value is updated daily and is different from your Year-to-Date (YTD) EQDs, which is used to track your progress toward elite status.