Elite status benefits

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, US Airways, oneworld member airlines and Alaska Airlines.

AAdvantage elite status qualification

Qualify for AAdvantage elite status by earning elite qualifying miles, points or segments in a calendar year.

Qualification* AAdvantage Executive Platinum
oneworld Emerald
AAdvantage Platinum
oneworld Sapphire
AAdvantage Gold
oneworld Ruby
Miles/points 100,000 50,000 25,000
Segments 120 60 30

*Members must fly at least 4 segments on American or US Airways during the qualifying year to receive elite status.


Upgrades

Upgrades will still be different on American and US Airways until we have a single reservation system later this year. For now, here’s how upgrades will work:

On American

On American Executive Platinum Platinum Gold
Flights 500 miles or less: Unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades available available available
Flights over 500 miles: Use earned or purchased 500-mile upgrades Unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades on flights over 500 miles available available
Upgrade one companion traveling with you on the same flight with 500-mile upgrades available available available
Upgrades confirmed before departure
(as early as)
100 hours 72 hours 24 hours

Upgrades on American 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 10,000 elite-qualifying miles you earn during the membership year after you achieve status.

On US Airways

On US Airways Executive Platinum Platinum Gold
Unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades available available available
Complimentary upgrade for one companion traveling with you on the same flight available available available
Upgrades confirmed before departure
(as early as)
4 days 3 days 2 days

On codeshare flights:

Systemwide upgrades

You’ll receive 8 systemwide upgrades when you qualify or re-qualify for Executive Platinum status. Upgrades are valid, when available, for one-way travel on any US Airways or American marketed and operated flight (up to 3 segments) and you can give them to anyone, even if you're not traveling with them.


Mileage bonuses

Benefits Executive Platinum Platinum Gold
Elite mileage bonus 100% 100% 25%
Minimum mileage guarantee available available available
  • Elite mileage bonus

    Executive Platinum and Platinum members will earn a 100% bonus and Gold members will earn a 25% bonus, based on the flight miles or minimum miles guaranteed, when traveling with:

  • Minimum mileage guarantee

    Elite members will earn at least 500 miles for flights under 500 miles on American Airlines and American Eagle (including codeshare flights booked as an American Airlines flight number) and participating AAdvantage and oneworld airlines:

    1LAN includes LAN Airlines, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru.


Benefits at the airport

Benefits Executive Platinum Platinum Gold
Priority through the airport at check-in, security and boarding available available available
Checked bag fee waived 3 2 1
Priority baggage delivery available available
Complimentary same-day standby available available available
Complimentary same-day flight change on American Airlines available
Complimentary same-day flight change on
US Airways
available available available
Discounted Admirals Club® membership available available available
  • More information about benefits at the airport

    Priority check-in, security and boarding on American and US Airways

    Priority check-in and security screening lanes

    Want a fast check-in? Check in online or with our self-service check-in machines when traveling with us. In addition, we also offer curbside check-in and priority check-in areas:

    After checking-in for your flight, we invite you to use our exclusive security screening lanes at select airports.

    Priority boarding

    You are among the first invited to board the plane as an AAdvantage elite status member. After our uniformed U.S. military and First/Business Class customers, you are welcomed to board as follows:

    If you arrive late to the gate, you may bypass the General Boarding lines and enjoy the convenience of boarding anytime via the dedicated Priority boarding lane. Just show your boarding pass, and you'll be on your way!

    Checked bag fee waived

    The checked bag fees will be waived for all elite members and guests traveling on the same reservation (excluding group reservations) for travel in the Main Cabin on flights marketed and operated by American Airlines or marketed by American or American Eagle. The number of waived bag fees depends on your elite status.

    Oversize or overweight bags may incur additional fees. For tickets issued prior to April 8, 2014, Gold members may continue to check two bags free of charge.

    AAdvantage elite status members also receive checked bag fee waivers on US Airways.

    Priority baggage delivery

    Executive Platinum and Platinum members' checked bags will be tagged as priority and be among the first bags delivered to the baggage claim area on American Airlines and US Airways flights.

    Same-day standby and flight changes on American Airlines

    There's no charge for all elite members to standby for a different flight on the same day of travel when flying to/from:

    Same-day standby and flight changes on US Airways (MoveUp fee waiver)

    Move up to an earlier flight and we'll waive the fee as long as you move to an earlier flight within six hours of your originally scheduled departure.

    Admirals Club® membership discount

    Receive a special discounted price on an Admirals Club membership and enjoy a tranquil atmosphere for business or pleasure before, after, or between flights. To learn more, visit our Admirals Club page or call 1-800-237-7971 from the continental U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico.


Reservation assistance, special benefits and more

Benefits Executive Platinum Platinum Gold
Exclusive service desk available available available
Complimentary preferred seats available available available
Complimentary Main Cabin Extra seats available available Within 24 hours of departure (50% off in advance)
Waived ticketing service charge available
Guaranteed availability in the Main Cabin* available
Waitlist priority for purchased First or Business Class (on American) available
Complimentary alcoholic beverage and snack in the Main Cabin available
Exclusive partner offers available available available

*Except on flights to/from Venezuela

  • More details on reservation assistance, special benefits and more

    Reservation assistance

    Elite service desk access

    To provide you with the personalized attention you deserve, each AAdvantage elite status level has its own service desk. Representatives are available to assist with:

    Preferred seats

    As an AAdvantage elite status member, you have complimentary access to Preferred seats which have standard legroom and are more favorably located throughout the Main Cabin. We set aside a number of these seats on every flight for our premium customers and anyone traveling on full-fare Economy Class tickets. This benefit also applies to up to 8 passengers traveling with you in the same reservation.

    You also have complimentary access to Preferred Seats on US Airways flights.

    Main Cabin Extra

    Main Cabin Extra offers up to six inches of additional legroom to stretch out and relax. Located towards the front of the cabin, Main Cabin Extra seating allows easier boarding and deplaning.

    Executive Platinum and Platinum members receive:
    AAdvantage Gold members receive:

    This benefit also applies to up to 8 passengers traveling in the same reservation with you.

    Waived ticketing service charge

    The ticketing service charge is waived on tickets issued by American Airlines Reservations, an airport agent, or at a Travel Center for Executive Platinum members and their companions booked in the same PNR. Companions travelling in separate PNRs must travel with the member on at least one of the segments in order for the charge to be waived.

    Guaranteed availability in the Main Cabin

    Executive Platinum members and one companion can book a full-fare ticket in the Main Cabin on sold-out American Airlines, American Eagle, US Airways, US Airways Express and US Airways Shuttle flights when you make your reservation at least 24 hours in advance (except on codeshare flights and flights to/from Venezuela).

    Waitlist priority for First or Business Class

    If we're unable to confirm a First or Business Class seat on your preferred American Airlines flight, Executive Platinum members will be placed on the top of the waitlist for the next available seat. Please call at least 24 hours prior to flight departure for this service. If you aren't confirmed before arriving at the airport, you can ask an agent to put you on the standby list.

    Complimentary food and drink in the Main Cabin

    Have a snack and drink on us

    Executive Platinum members traveling in the Main Cabin on board American Airlines, American Eagle, US Airways and US Airways Express can enjoy a complimentary beverage from our standard alcoholic beverage selections as well as one snack. The snack on American includes any food item on our menu. The snack on US Airways includes any item from our à la carte menu.

    Exclusive partner offers

    Some AAdvantage participant companies offer exclusive recognition and automatic mileage bonuses to Executive Platinum, Platinum and Gold members.


Award travel benefits

Benefits Executive Platinum Platinum Gold
Award processing charge waived available available available
Expanded award seat availability on American Airlines available
AAdvantage award change and reinstatement charge waived available
Special discounts on hotel and car awards available available available
  • More information about award travel benefits

    AAdvantage Award processing charge waived

    When you request AAdvantage awards within 21 days of departure, AAdvantage award charges will be waived for Executive Platinum, Platinum and Gold customers when using miles from their account.

    Expanded award seating availability

    Executive Platinum members and one companion have exclusive access to additional MileSAAver award seating on American Airlines and American Eagle flights. While this is not a guarantee of available seating, it does provide more flexibility when you are traveling on a MileSAAver award. Please call the Executive Platinum service desk to access this benefit.

    AAdvantage award change and reinstatement charge waived

    Charges will be waived for Executive Platinum members when:

    Special discounts on hotel and car awards

    Elite status members receive special discounts on hotel and car awards.


oneworld benefits

oneworld benefits* Executive Platinum
Emerald
Platinum
Sapphire
Gold
Ruby
oneworld priority check-in and standby available available available
oneworld priority boarding available available
oneworld priority security available
oneworld partner lounge access** First and Business Class and frequent flyer lounges Business Class and frequent flyer lounges
oneworld extra bag allowance Total of 3 bags on American and US Airways
  • *oneworld 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).

  • **Access 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.

Alaska Airlines benefits

Alaska Airlines benefits Executive Platinum Platinum Gold
Priority check-in and boarding (First Class or MVO) available available available
Express security line at select airports available available
Preferred seating available available
Checked bag fee waived (first 2 bags) available available available