500-mile upgrades

500-mile upgrades American Airlines

Elite status members: Upgrade your experience

AAdvantage® elite status members can upgrade from any purchased, published fare in the Main Cabin to the next class of service on American Airlines marketed and operated flights.

Upgrades are always complimentary for Executive Platinum members. For Platinum and Gold members, upgrades on flights 500 miles or less are complimentary and flights greater than 500 miles require 500-mile upgrades.

If possible, upgrades will be confirmed before departure based on elite status


Upgrades on American

When booking your flight on aa.com, you'll see the number of flight miles and whether or not the upgrade is complimentary. After you book your flight, you can view your reservation from 'My Trips' to see if your upgrade is complimentary.

Complimentary, auto-requested and confirmed upgradesThis content can be expanded
On American Gold Platinum Executive Platinum
Flights 500 miles or less: Unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades available available available
Flights over 500 miles: Use earned or purchased 500-mile upgrades available available Unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades on flights over 500 miles
Upgrade one companion traveling with you on the same flight with 500-mile upgrades* available available available
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.

*Your travel companion can be booked in the same reservation or in a different reservation when traveling on American Airlines marketed and operated flights. If your companion is booked in a different reservation, call American Airlines reservations to link the two reservations.

Two ways to get 500-mile upgrades

Earn upgrades

AAdvantage Platinum and Gold members will earn four 500-mile upgrades for every 10,000 EQMs earned during each membership year. Effective March 1, 2016, members will earn four 500-miles upgrades for every 12,500 EQMs earned during each membership year.

Mileage counters used to determine the number of 500-mile upgrades earned are reset to 0 at the beginning of the membership year.

Note that the membership year for elite status earned prior to 2016 is March 1 or the date you qualify for elite status, through the last day of February. The membership year for elite status earned on January 1, 2016, and beyond is February 1 or the date you qualify for elite status, through the last day of January.

Buy upgrades

You can buy 500-mile upgrades at a discounted price:

You can also buy 500-mile upgrades:

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Purchase method Price
(per 500-miles) 1
aa.com or airport kiosk $30
Agent-assisted purchase $35

1Price is subject to applicable taxes and fees if purchased outside of the U.S.

Elite status members can also buy eight upgrades for 35,000 AAdvantage miles.

How to upgrade on American marketed and operated flights

Step 1

If everyone in your reservation is eligible for a complimentary upgrade, upgrades will be auto-requested.

If you need to use your 500-mile upgrades, you'll need to request an upgrade when you make your reservation or any time before departure:

If you want to opt-out of automatic upgrades, contact American Airlines Reservations.

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Traveling with a designated companion?

Traveling with other people in your reservation?

Step 2

If your upgrade is confirmed, we'll send an email to the address in your AAdvantage profile to let you know you've been upgraded.

If you're not upgraded right away, we'll keep checking for upgrade availability – up to 3.5 hours before your flight.

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Upgrade not confirmed at check-in?

Checking in with another airline? If your first flight is on another airline, you won't automatically be added to the standby list. You'll need to see an American agent to be added to the list.

Step 3

If you need to use your 500-mile upgrades, they'll be deducted from your account before departure.

Track your 500-mile upgrades