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AAdvantage Gold - Reservations, Bonus Miles And More

AAdvantage Gold Benefits

What can the special reservations desk help me with?

AAdvantage® Gold members have access to a dedicated Service Desk, where representatives are happy to provide personal service across a wide range of areas. Representatives can assist you with booking reservations, upgrade purchases and requests, making award reservations, AAdvantage account inquiries and more.

Need to call the AAdvantage Gold Service Desk? Just dial the number on the back of your membership card: 1-800-848-4653. You can also access this desk from many locations around the globe; please visit for detailed instructions (long distance charges may apply).

Are award processing charges waived for me?

Absolutely. We will automatically waive the award processing charges when you use AAdvantage miles from your account to book an award reservation for travel within 21 days of departure.

As a Gold member, do I earn mileage bonuses on every flight? Do those bonus miles help me to re-qualify for elite status?

AAdvantage Gold members receive a 25% mileage bonus on the base or guaranteed minimum miles for eligible flights on American Airlines, American Eagle, select oneworld® airline partners and Alaska Airlines. For details, please visit

Although the elite status bonus miles you receive do not count toward elite status qualification, they will help you get closer to your next award trip.

Do I receive a minimum mileage guarantee on flights less than 500 miles?

Yes, as an elite status member, you will earn a minimum of 500 AAdvantage base miles for every eligible flight. Of course, some exceptions apply. In some instances the minimum mileage amount earned may be less than 500 miles for travel on oneworld member airlines and AAdvantage participating airlines. For details, visit our Minimum Mileage Guarantee page.

How do I re-qualify for next year?

To re-qualify for AAdvantage Gold status, simply fly 30 elite-qualifying segments or earn 25,000 qualifying miles or points during the calendar year (January - December).

How are elite qualifying miles and segments calculated?

Elite qualifying miles and segments are accumulated based on the actual miles you earn or segments flown on eligible purchased tickets for travel on American Airlines, American Eagle, Alaska Airlines (including Horizon Air), oneworld member airlines and/or American Airlines codeshare flights (when the ticket shows an American Airlines coded flight number).

Please Note:

You will need to fly at least four segments on American Airlines or American Eagle within the calendar year to qualify for elite status. Qualifying miles include the minimum mileage guarantee, where applicable, but they do not include class-of-service bonus miles, other participant miles or any other AAdvantage bonus miles.

How are elite qualifying points calculated?

Points are calculated using a combination of earned miles and the booking class purchased. The chart below outlines how points are calculated for flights on American Airlines, American Eagle and/or American Airlines codeshare flights:

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, AA 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.

Where can I learn more about qualifying for elite status when flying on other airlines?

For a complete list of eligible fare classes and the equivalent elite points earned on oneworld member airlines and AAdvantage participating carriers, view the following: Alaska Airlines, airberlin, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7.

What is the difference between the elite qualification period and the elite membership year?

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


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.


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.

Here's a Tip
You can view your elite qualifying points/miles/segments on or on your monthly eSummary. If you are not signed up to receive your eSummary, sign up now!

Do AAdvantage partners offer special bonuses or recognition to elite members?

AAdvantage Gold elite status entitles you to receive exclusive recognition and earn automatic mileage bonuses from select AAdvantage participants. Some of these offers can be found on our elite offers page, while others are offered through our AAdvantage promotions email. Sign up to receive AAdvantage promotions emails.

Want more rewards, more often? Register for Elite Rewards.

We want to thank you for flying the extra mile, so we've designed a new Elite Rewards program offering special gifts in addition to your existing elite status benefits, for those that qualify. Rewards are now attainable all year long, with four distinct milestones. Starting at 40,000 miles, points or 45 segments, you'll be able to choose one reward from each milestone you achieve. The more you fly, the faster you'll reach your next reward. Plus, you can qualify with elite-qualifying miles, points or segments. Learn more and register at

AAdvantage Program Terms and Conditions
American Airlines reserves the right to change the AAdvantage® program and its terms and conditions at any time without notice, and to end the AAdvantage program with six months' notice. Any such changes may affect your ability to use the awards or mileage credits that you have accumulated. American Airlines is not responsible for products or services offered by other participating companies. For complete details about the AAdvantage program, visit

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