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2014 Elite Status Qualification Requirements

Reach Executive Platinum, Platinum or Gold status when you purchase eligible fare tickets and fly on American Airlines, American Eagle, and AAdvantage participating airlines. You can reach AAdvantage elite status levels in one of three ways – points, miles or segments.

AAdvantage Participant Airlines
Earn elite-qualifying points, miles and segments for travel on eligible fare tickets on: American Airlines, oneworld member airlines and their affiliates, Alaska Airlines (including Horizon Air), US Airways (including US Airways Express and US Airways Shuttle) and American Airlines codeshare flights where the ticket reflects an American Airlines coded flight number.

Elite Status Points
The number of elite-status points you earn is based on a combination of earned miles and the class of service purchased. Below is a chart reflecting the number of points earned for travel on American Airlines and American Eagle as well as American Airlines marketed codeshare flights. For information regarding points earned for travel on AAdvantage participant airlines, select the links above to visit the appropriate airline page.

Example: A flight on American Airlines from DFW to New York LaGuardia = 1,389 base miles. If you purchase a full-fare Economy Class ticket booked in "Y," you will earn 1.50 points per mile according to the chart below. 1,389 base miles x 1.50 points per mile = 2,084 points earned toward elite status qualification.

Qualifying Points per Mile Earned on
American Airlines and American Eagle
Fare PurchasedBooking ClassPoints Per Qualifying
Mile Earned
First ClassA, F, P1.50
Business ClassD, I, J,R1.50
Full-Fare Economy Class B, Y,W*1.50
Discount Economy ClassH, K, M, L, W, V1.00
Deep Discount Economy Class G, Q, N, O, S0.50

* In some cases, American Airlines codeshare flights booked in 'W' (marketed by AA and operated by other airlines), represent travel in a Premium Economy cabin or fare and will, therefore, earn 1.50 points per qualifying mile earned.

Excludes Internet fares noted as non-mileage earning.

Elite Status Qualifying Miles or Segments
Qualifying miles or segments are the actual miles or segments you earn on eligible purchased tickets for flights aboard American Airlines, American Eagle, oneworld member airlines and their affiliates, Alaska Airlines (including Horizon Air), US Airways (including US Airways Express and US Airways Shuttle) and/or American Airlines marketed codeshare flights (ticket must reflect an American Airlines coded flight number), including applicable minimum mileage guarantees.

Note: Members must fly at least four segments on American Airlines, American Eagle, US Airways, US Airways Express or US Airways Shuttle to qualify for Executive Platinum, Platinum or Gold status within the qualifying year. Qualifying miles do not include class-of-service bonus miles, other participant miles or any other AAdvantage bonus mileage. Miles purchased through buyAAmiles and giftAAmiles do not qualify for elite status.



Elite-Status Qualification Levels

As we track your activity, we'll notify you when you qualify for membership in one of these premium levels. You can qualify for elite status by earning the required number of miles, points or segments during a calendar year:

2014 Elite Status Qualification
Elite StatusMiles or Points
Required
Segments
Required
Executive Platinum100,000100
Platinum50,00060
Gold25,00030

Learn about the many perks and benefits that come with Executive Platinum,
Platinum and Gold status.



Qualification & Membership Periods

Qualification Period:
Your elite-qualifying activity (points, miles and segments) from January 1 to December 31 is used to determine your AAdvantage membership level.

Qualification Period

You begin receiving elite benefits immediately upon qualification, and as long as you meet the standard qualification requirements, your benefits will last through the end of the next membership year, which runs as follows:

Membership Period:
The membership year, lasts from March 1 through the final day of February of the following year.

Membership Period

Here are some examples of this elite qualification timeline:

  • If you earn 25,000 elite-qualifying points or miles on July 31, 2014 your AAdvantage Gold membership is valid through February 29, 2016
  • If you earn 25,000 elite-qualifying points or miles on January 31, 2014, your AAdvantage Gold membership is valid through February 29, 2016

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, on March 1, every elite member's year starts over.

If you are a Gold or Platinum member, you earn four 500-Mile Upgrades for every 10,000 qualifying miles flown during your membership year. The mileage counters that are used to determine the number of 500-Mile Upgrades earned are re-set to zero every March 1.



Tracking Your Progress

Keep track of your progress toward AAdvantage elite status on aa.com or via your monthly AAdvantage account email.