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Earn Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) plus Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs) on eligible-fare tickets to qualify for Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, Platinum or Gold status when you fly:
Plus, Full-fare Economy, Business and First tickets on American-marketed flights will earn EQMs at a higher rate – getting you to elite status faster.
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.
EQMs represent a percentage of the actual miles flown (including applicable minimum mileage guarantees) based on the airline and the booking code purchased.
AAdvantage® members earn a base of 500 EQMs for eligible flights under 500 miles on American and oneworld® airlines; 250 EQMs for eligible flights under 500 miles on Basic Economy fares for travel through December 31, 2020. Starting January 1, 2021, Basic Economy fares won’t earn EQMs, EQSs or EQDs.
To calculate final EQMs earned, the multiplier for airline and booking code flown is applied to this base.
EQMs don't include class-of-service bonus miles, elite bonuses, other participant miles, any other AAdvantage® bonus mileage, or miles obtained from BuyMiles or GiftMiles.
AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver MasterCard® accounts can earn 5,000 EQMs for every $20,000 in qualifying net purchases each calendar year (up to 10,000 EQMs each year).
Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite® Mastercard® cardmembers earn 10,000 EQMs after spending $40,000 in purchases within the year.
EQSs are segments you earn on eligible purchased tickets for flights on American or partner airlines.
EQDs are awarded based on ticket price (includes base fare plus carrier-imposed fees, but excludes government-imposed taxes and fees) on American Airlines-marketed flights.
Flights marketed by oneworld® carriers will earn EQDs based on a percentage of the flight distance and the fare class purchased.
Learn about the EQMs, EQSs and EQDs you can earn when traveling with American or partner airlines:
American Airlines marketed codeshare flights (ticket must reflect an American Airlines flight number)
There are two timelines associated with elite status membership – the qualification period and the membership period.
Membership for elite status is valid from February 1 or the day you qualify, through January 31 of the following year
Since you begin receiving elite benefits immediately upon qualification, the beginning of your membership year is the day you qualify for your elite level. Then, when the new membership year begins, every elite member’s year starts over.
As an AAdvantage® Executive Platinum member, you receive 4 complimentary one-way systemwide upgrades upon qualification. You can also receive additional systemwide upgrades as a reward upon reaching 150,000, 200,000 and 250,000 EQMs. If upgrade seating is available, you or any passenger you designate may enjoy confirmed upgrades to the next class of service at the time of booking on most Business and Economy Class fares when flying on American marketed and operated flights.
Executive Platinum members earn a 120% bonus, Platinum Pro members earn an 80% bonus, Platinum members earn a 60% bonus and Gold members earn a 40% bonus on top of base miles earned traveling with American and participating oneworld® airlines.
Fly a million miles with us and enjoy Gold status for the life of the Gold program, bonus miles and more.
*Benefit may not be available on all flights.
***500-mile upgrades (including complimentary upgrades for elite members) and systemwide upgrades cannot be used with a Basic Economy fare.
+Gold members who buy Main Cabin Extra seats on or after September 5, 2018 will no longer receive a 50% discount.