Elite status benefits

2021 Elite qualification requirements

We’ve updated the elite status requirements for 2021, and soon we’ll introduce elite choice rewards.

As an AAdvantage® elite status member, you'll enjoy a world of perks and benefits designed to make your travel experience more enjoyable when traveling with American Airlines and oneworld® member airlines.

Elite status qualification

There are 2 ways to qualify for elite status based on your activity during the calendar year:

  • Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) + Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs)
  • Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs) + Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs)

2021 Elite qualification requirements

You’ll be able to qualify for elite status in 2021 with adjusted Elite Qualifying Dollar (EQD), Elite Qualifying Mile (EQM) and Elite Qualifying Segment (EQS) requirements.

Elite status qualification for 2021:

Qualification Executive Platinum
oneworld® Emerald
Platinum Pro
oneworld® Sapphire
Platinum
oneworld® Sapphire
Gold
oneworld® Ruby
EQMs 80,000 60,000 40,000 20,000
EQSs 95 70 45 20
EQDs^ $12,000 $7,000 $4,500 $2,000

^For 2021, we’ll waive the EQD requirement to qualify for Gold, Platinum or Platinum Pro status if you spend $30,000 on net purchases with an eligible AAdvantage® credit card that post to your account between January 1 – December 31, 2021.

Standard elite status qualification levels This content can be expanded
Qualification Executive Platinum
oneworld® Emerald
Platinum Pro
oneworld® Sapphire
Platinum
oneworld® Sapphire
Gold
oneworld® Ruby
EQMs 100,000 75,000 50,000 25,000
EQSs 120 90 60 30
EQDs $15,000 $9,000 $6,000 $3,000

Upgrades

On American Executive Platinum Platinum Pro Platinum Gold
Flights 500 miles or less: Unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades1 available available available available
Flights over 500 miles: Use earned or purchased 500-mile upgrades1 Unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades on flights over 500 miles Unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades on flights over 500 miles available available
Complimentary upgrades on award tickets available Not available Not available Not available
Upgrade 1 companion traveling with you on the same flight with 500-mile upgrades available available available available
Upgrades confirmed before departure
(as early as)
100 hours 72 hours 48 hours 24 hours

Upgrades are valid on American marketed and operated flights, within and between the U.S. (including Hawaii) and between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Central America (based on availability). Upgrades are valid from the Main Cabin to the next class of service.

Gold and Platinum members will get four 500-mile upgrades for every 12,500 EQMs you earn during the membership year after you achieve status.

500-mile upgrades

Systemwide upgrades

You’ll receive 4 systemwide upgrades when you qualify or re-qualify for Executive Platinum status. Upgrades are valid, when available, for one-way travel on any American marketed and operated flight (up to 3 segments) and you can give them to anyone, even if you're not traveling with them.

Systemwide upgrades

Beyond Executive Platinum rewards

Members who qualify for Executive Platinum status based on their elite-qualifying activity will receive a choice of rewards upon reaching 150,000, 200,000 and 250,000 EQMs.

For 2021, we’ve lowered the thresholds to 120,000, 160,000 and 200,000 EQMs:

Reach 120,000 EQMs and choose from:

  • 2 systemwide upgrades
  • 40,000 bonus miles
  • Gift of AAdvantage® Gold status

Reach 160,000 EQMs and choose from:

  • 2 systemwide upgrades
  • 40,000 bonus miles
  • Gift of AAdvantage® Platinum status

Reach 200,000 EQMs and choose from:

  • 2 systemwide upgrades
  • 40,000 bonus miles
  • Gift of AAdvantage® Platinum status

Track your progress toward reaching these reward levels in your account. Once you reach these goals, your reward choices will be available in your wallet.

Your account

Mileage bonuses

Benefits Executive Platinum Platinum Pro Platinum Gold
Elite mileage bonus 120% 80% 60% 40%
Minimum EQM guarantee available available available available
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Benefits at the airport

Benefits Executive Platinum Platinum Pro Platinum Gold
Priority through the airport at check-in, security and boarding available available available available
Checked bag fee waived 3 2 2 1
Priority bag delivery available available available Not available
Same-day standby priority available available available available
Complimentary same-day flight change available available Not available Not available
Discounted Admirals Club® membership available available available available
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Reservation assistance, special benefits and more

Benefits Executive Platinum Platinum Pro Platinum Gold
Exclusive service desk available available available available
Complimentary preferred seats* available available available available
Complimentary Main Cabin Extra seats* available available available Within 24 hours of departure
Guaranteed availability in the Main Cabin** available Not available Not available Not available
Waitlist priority for purchased First or Business Class available Not available Not available Not available
Complimentary alcoholic beverage and snack in the Main Cabin available Not available Not available Not available
Exclusive partner offers available available available available
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Award travel benefits

Benefits Executive Platinum Platinum Pro Platinum Gold
Expanded award seat availability on American Airlines available Not available Not available Not available
Special discounts on hotel and car awards available available available available
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oneworld® benefits

oneworld® benefits2 Executive Platinum
Emerald
Platinum Pro
Sapphire
Platinum
Sapphire
Gold
Ruby
oneworld® priority check-in and standby available available available available
oneworld® priority boarding available available available Not available
oneworld® priority security available available available Not available
oneworld® partner lounge access3 First and Business Class and frequent flyer lounges Business Class and frequent flyer lounges Business Class and frequent flyer lounges Not available
oneworld® extra bag allowance Total of 3 bags on American Not available Not available Not available

oneworld® airline partners

*Offered based on available space

**Except on flights to / from Venezuela

2oneworld® benefits are available only to passengers on scheduled flights that are both marketed and operated by a oneworld® member airline (marketed means that there must be a oneworld® member airline flight number on your ticket).

3Access to Qantas Domestic Business Lounges excluded. AAdvantage® member access to American Airlines lounges excluded (regardless of status or class of service) if traveling within North America or between the U.S., Canada, Mexico (except Mexico City), the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean.

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