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
*Members must fly at least 4 segments on American or US Airways during the qualifying year to receive elite status.
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||Gold||Platinum||Executive Platinum|
|Flights 500 miles or less: Unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades|
|Flights over 500 miles: Use earned or purchased 500-mile upgrades||Unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades on flights over 500 miles|
|Upgrade one companion traveling with you on the same flight with 500-mile upgrades|
|Upgrades confirmed before departure
(as early as)
|24 hours||72 hours||100 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||Gold||Platinum||Executive Platinum|
|Unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades|
|Complimentary upgrade for one companion traveling with you on the same flight|
|Upgrades confirmed before departure
(as early as)
|2 days||3 days||4 days|
On codeshare flights:
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.
|Elite mileage bonus||100%||100%||25%|
|Minimum mileage guarantee|
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
|Priority through the airport at check-in, security and boarding|
|Checked bag fee waived||3||2||1|
|Priority baggage delivery|
|Complimentary same-day standby|
|Complimentary same-day flight change on American Airlines|
|Complimentary same-day flight change on
|Discounted Admirals Club® membership|
More information about benefits at the airport
Priority check-in, security and boarding on American
Priority check-in and security screening lanes
Want a fast check-in? Use aa.com or our self-service check-in machines when traveling on American. 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.
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!
First and Envoy (Business) Class check-in, security and boarding on US Airways
Enjoy a fast and convenient airport experience with priority check-in, security lanes and dual-lane boarding.
This option allows you to skip the line and check in at designated Preferred ticket counters. If a Preferred counter is not available, check in at:
Our First Class counters within:
Our Envoy Class counters for travel to/from:
Priority security lanes
Priority security lanes let you and your travel companions sail through security and get to your gate even faster. At participating airports, simply show your:
Priority dual-lane boarding
Available at over 60 airports, dual-lane boarding allows you to be seated faster and get first choice on overhead bin space. After our uniformed U.S. military and First/Business Class customers, you will board as follows:
Please note that you'll be called to board by your oneworld tier as opposed to your AAdvantage elite status level. And rather than wait for a specific zone, you can skip the line even if you're late to the gate!
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
|Exclusive service desk|
|Complimentary preferred seats|
|Complimentary Main Cabin Extra seats||Within 24 hours of departure (50% off in advance)|
|Waived ticketing service charge|
|Guaranteed availability in the Main Cabin*|
|Waitlist priority for purchased First or Business Class (on American)|
|Complimentary alcoholic beverage and snack in the Main Cabin|
|Exclusive partner offers|
|Complimentary confirmed flight changes|
*Except on flights to/from Venezuela
More details on reservation assistance, special benefits and more
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:
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 traveling on revenue or AAdvantage award tickets.
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 and American Eagle 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
|Award processing charge waived|
|Expanded award seat availability on American Airlines|
|AAdvantage award change and reinstatement charge waived|
|Special discounts on hotel and car awards|
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*||Executive Platinum
|oneworld priority check-in and standby|
|oneworld priority boarding|
|oneworld priority security|
|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 Airline benefits||Executive Platinum||Platinum||Gold|
|Priority check-in and boarding (First Class or MVO)|
|Express security line at select airports|
|Checked bag fee waived (first 2 bags)|