AAdvantage® program updates

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More flexibility with you in mind

We’re eliminating many AAdvantage® award travel fees and pausing the expiration of miles to give you more flexibility and peace of mind.

Eliminating award travel fees

Redeeming AAdvantage® miles should feel rewarding. That’s why we’re eliminating service fees for new award tickets issued by Reservations starting November 11, 2020. Whether you prefer to book award travel on aa.com, through the American Airlines app, or by calling Reservations, we’re here for you and ready to help.

Booking flight and upgrade awards

We’re committed to offering flexibility when your plans change. Earlier this fall, we eliminated change fees on award travel within the U.S. and between the U.S. and several international destinations. Effective immediately, we’re eliminating award travel change fees to all remaining destinations. We’re also eliminating award reinstatement fees.

If you cancel an eligible award trip on our website, we’ll now reinstate your miles automatically in many cases. Miles redeemed for eligible upgrade awards, car and hotel awards, and American Airlines Vacations packages can also be reinstated at no charge by contacting Reservations.

Pausing AAdvantage® mile expiration through June 2021

You’ve worked hard to earn your AAdvantage® miles, and we recognize you may need more time than usual to keep them active. We’ve paused the expiration of miles through June 30, 2021. If your miles are scheduled to expire on or before June 30, 2021, they will now expire in July 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.

Elite status updates for 2021

AAdvantage® members are among our most loyal customers, and we want you to know how much we value your choice to fly with us. We're excited to announce updates to our 2021 elite program designed to give you new rewards and more flexibility.

We'll share more details about these updates in the coming months.

The AAdvantage® program updates include:

  • Adjusting elite qualification thresholds for 2021
  • Giving you a head start on elite qualification for 2021
  • Waiving the EQD requirement for AAdvantage® Gold, Platinum and Platinum Pro if you spend $30,000 on purchases with your eligible AAdvantage® credit cards
  • Adjusting EQM thresholds for Executive Platinum rewards
  • Introducing the flexibility to choose your reward for Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum members
  • Expanding elite benefits to Basic Economy fares

Adjusting 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.

Keep in mind, earlier this year, we extended all elite status expiring on January 31, 2021, until January 31, 2022.

Elite status qualification for 2021:

Qualifying metric 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

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).

Members who reach the adjusted thresholds in 2021 will receive their status immediately upon qualifying, valid through January 31, 2023.

Giving you a head start on elite qualification for 2021

All base EQMs, EQSs, and EQDs earned based on flights taken from October 1 – December 31, 2020, will also count toward your 2021 requirements. We’ll automatically roll them over after January 1, 2021. Keep in mind, bonus elite qualifying credits, such as those earned from an AAdvantage® credit card, will not roll over.

Waiving the EQD requirement for select elite levels if you spend $30,000 on purchases with your eligible AAdvantage® credit card

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. More details to come.

This includes all Citi® / AAdvantage®, all AAdvantage® Aviator®* and all AAdvantage® credit cards outside the U.S.

*Select offers / benefits may not be achievable based on the assigned credit line and ability to maintain that credit line.

Adjusting EQM thresholds for Executive Platinum rewards

Previously, members who qualified for Executive Platinum status received a choice of 1 reward upon reaching 150,000, 200,000 and 250,000 EQMs.

For 2021, we’ll adjust the levels required to earn these rewards to 120,000, 160,000 and 200,000 EQMs.

Elite status benefits

Introducing the flexibility to choose your rewards

Starting in early 2021, when you qualify for Platinum Pro or Executive Platinum status, you’ll have the flexibility to choose the rewards that matter most to you.

For our Platinum Pro members, you’ll be able to enhance your current benefits by choosing from a list of rewards such as a systemwide upgrade, Admirals Club® day passes, AAdvantage® bonus miles and more.

For our Executive Platinum members, systemwide upgrades will now become one of many reward options – you can choose to maintain up to the 4 systemwide upgrades you receive today, or you’ll have the flexibility to select from a list of additional rewards. All of your other existing Executive Platinum benefits will remain the same.

More information will be coming soon.

Expanding elite benefits to Basic Economy fares

You've earned your elite benefits, and we want to reward your loyalty on every trip. In addition to enjoying Priority Access and Preferred Boarding, elite members purchasing a Basic Economy fare can now use elite benefits to upgrade, reserve a Preferred or Main Cabin Extra seat or use Same-day Confirmed Flight Change.

Basic Economy

Some of our recent AAdvantage® program updates include:

  • Extending AAdvantage® elite status through January 2022
  • Extending the expiration date for systemwide upgrades
  • Introducing a promotion to reach Million MilerSM status
  • Adding a new American Airlines Vacations offer for AAdvantage® elite status members
  • Eliminating award change fees
  • Waiving award reinstatement fees for the rest of 2020
  • Pausing AAdvantage® mile expirations for the rest of 2020

Enjoy elite benefits during your journey, no matter the fare

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:

  • Upgrade privileges
  • Elite seat benefits, including access to Preferred and Main Cabin Extra seats
  • Same-day Confirmed Flight Change benefits

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.

AAdvantage® elite status

Award mile expiration for members under 21

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® terms and conditions

Caring for you

We’ve made AAdvantage® program updates with our members in mind

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.

The AAdvantage® program updates include:

  • Extending AAdvantage® elite status through January 2022
  • Lowering elite qualification thresholds for 2020
  • Extending the expiration date for systemwide upgrades
  • Lowering EQM thresholds for Executive Platinum rewards for 2020
  • Introducing a promotion to reach Million Miler℠ status
  • Adding a new American Airlines Vacations offer for AAdvantage® elite status members

Extending your AAdvantage® 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.

Lowering elite qualification requirements

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.

Elite status qualification for 2020:

Qualifying metric Executive Platinum
oneworld® Emerald
Platinum Pro
oneworld® Sapphire
Platinum
oneworld® Sapphire
Gold
oneworld® Ruby
EQMs 60,000 45,000 30,000 15,000
EQSs 60 45 30 15
EQDs $9,000 $6,000 $4,000 $1,500

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).

Standard elite status qualification levels This content can be expanded

Members who reach the lower thresholds in 2020 will receive their status immediately upon qualifying, valid through January 31, 2022.

Extending expiration of systemwide upgrades

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.

Systemwide upgrades

Lowering EQM thresholds for Executive Platinum rewards

Previously, members who qualified for Executive Platinum status received a choice of 1 reward upon reaching 150,000, 200,000 and 250,000 EQMs.

For 2020, we lowered the levels required to earn these rewards:

Reach 90,000 EQMs and choose from:

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

Reach 120,000 EQMs and choose from:

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

Reach 150,000 EQMs and choose from:

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

Introducing a promotion to reach Million MilerSM status

$1 spent on eligible AAdvantage® credit cards equals 1 mile toward Million MilerSM status

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.

Million Miler program

Offering an American Airlines Vacations credit

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
Gold $300
Platinum and Platinum Pro $350
Executive Platinum $400

Elite members can redeem their credit on or after July 1, 2020, by calling us at 800-321-2121.

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Companion benefits

Systemwide and mileage award upgrades

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.

Companion and sponsor qualifications:

  • Book on the same flight (same or separate reservations)
  • Use the same upgrade type (systemwide or mileage award upgrades)

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.

Reservations and ticket changes

500-mile upgrades

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.

500-mile upgrades

Upgrade prioritization

Upgrade requests will be prioritized by elite status level, then:

  1. Type of upgrade
  2. 12-month Rolling EQDs

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.

Type of upgrade

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:

  1. Systemwide and mileage award upgrades
  2. 500-mile upgrades on purchased tickets
  3. 500-mile upgrades on award tickets

12-month Rolling EQDs

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.

Rolling EQDs are based on:

  1. EQDs actually earned in the 12 last months
  2. EQDs earned from reaching qualifying spend thresholds on eligible AAdvantage® Aviator® MasterCard® cards

Earning EQDs

Booking code

Booking code priority:

  • From Business to First (for systemwide and mileage award upgrades only): J, R, D, I, C
  • From Main Cabin to the next class: W, P, Y, H, K, M, L, V, G, S, N, Q, O, T

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