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If you and a companion are waitlisted for the same type of upgrade, you can sponsor them to receive your priority level. You'll stay prioritized together, even at the airport.
Companions don’t have to be AAdvantage members; the upgrade can be deducted from any account.
To sponsor a companion for a new or existing trip, contact Reservations.
Today, you and another elite status member can be prioritized together on the 500-mile upgrade waitlist. If the upgrade isn’t cleared before you get to the airport, you are prioritized based on individual status.
Now, you can ask an agent to reconnect you on the list at the airport. If available, the 500-mile upgrades will be deducted from the sponsor’s account.
Upgrade requests will be prioritized by elite status level, then:
If the upgrade type and 12-month Rolling EQD value are the same we’ll look at the booking code then date/time of the request to determine prioritization.
Before you get to the airport, requests for systemwide and mileage award upgrades are processed independently from 500-mile upgrade requests.
At the airport, upgrades requested will be prioritized in this order:
Your 12-month Rolling EQD value is updated daily and is different from your Year-to-Date (YTD) EQDs, which is used to track your progress toward elite status.
As a ConciergeKeySM or Executive Platinum member, you’ll be able to use your complimentary 500-mile upgrade benefits to upgrade yourself and 1 companion on AAdvantage® award tickets for travel within North America on American from Main Cabin to the next class.
You can also upgrade 1 companion traveling on the same flight. This benefit applies if just 1 or both of you are traveling on an award ticket.
The number of upgrades needed for the companion will be deducted from the sponsor member’s account, even if the companion is an elite status member and has their own 500-mile upgrade account.
The number of upgrades needed for the companion will be determined based on the companion’s elite status level. The policy for award tickets is the same as purchased tickets.
As a reminder:
To qualify for elite status, you need to meet thresholds for Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) plus Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs).
|Qualification||Executive Platinum / oneworld® EmeraldSM||Platinum Pro / oneworld®
|Platinum / oneworld® SapphireSM||Gold / oneworld® RubySM|
EQDs are awarded based on ticket price (includes base fare plus carrier-imposed fees, but excludes government-imposed taxes and fees) on American Airlines-marketed flights.
Flights marketed by oneworld® carriers and Alaska Airlines earn EQDs based on a percentage of the flight distance and the fare class purchased.
AAdvantage® Aviator® Red, Aviator® Blue and Aviator® Business MasterCard® accounts can earn up to $3,000 EQDs by spending $25,000 on qualifying net purchases during the calendar year.
AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver MasterCard® accounts can earn up to $6,000 EQDs by spending $50,000 on qualifying net purchases each calendar year. They’ll earn $3,000 EQDs after spending $25,000 on qualifying purchases and another $3,000 EQDs after $50,000 on qualifying purchases.
In 2017, start earning toward a new level, Platinum Pro, with all the benefits of Platinum, and more:
See the perks of each elite status level.
Award miles are awarded based on ticket price (includes base fare plus carrier-imposed fees, but excludes government-imposed taxes and fees). The more you spend, and the higher your elite status level, the more you earn.
On most flights marketed by partner airlines, you earn award miles based on a percentage of the flight distance and the fare class of your ticket. Elite status members get additional bonus miles applied to the base award miles earned on eligible partner airlines just like the bonus applied for American flights.
You can see exactly what you'll earn when you book flights on aa.com.
AAdvantage® member flying round-trip on an American-marketed flight from Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) to London-Heathrow (LHR):
|Elite status||Base fare (USD)||Carrier-imposed fees (USD)||Award miles/USD||Award miles earned|
If you have an AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver, Aviator® Red, Aviator® Blue, or Aviator® Business MasterCard account, you will have the opportunity to earn EQDs with qualifying spend.
Customers who are residents of the United States (with the exception of Puerto Rico and the US territories) with AAdvantage® Aviator® Red, Aviator® Blue and Aviator® Business MasterCard® accounts will have the opportunity to earn $3,000 EQDs when you spend $25,000 on purchases during the calendar year.
AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver MasterCard® accounts will have the opportunity to earn up to $6,000 EQDs when you spend $50,000 on purchases each calendar year, by earning $3,000 EQDs after $25,000 in purchases and another $3,000 EQDs after $50,000 in purchases.
Purchases exclude returned goods and services, cash advances, convenience checks, transferred balances, credits, fees and interest charges.
You can apply for the AAdvantage® Aviator® Red MasterCard® on your next trip either in the airport or during the flight by asking the flight attendant for an application.
AAdvantage® Aviator® Red, Aviator® Blue and Aviator® Business MasterCard® accounts can earn up to $3,000 EQDs by spending $25,000 on qualifying purchases during the calendar year.
No, your spend on all of your AAdvantage® Aviator® MasterCard® accounts cannot be combined to count toward the spend requirement to earn EQDs.
Regardless of how many AAdvantage® Aviator® MasterCard® accounts you have, you can earn a maximum of $3,000 EQDs each calendar year (unless you have the AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver MasterCard®). If you have the AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver MasterCard® (regardless of whether you have multiple AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver or other Aviator® MasterCard® accounts), you can earn a maximum of 6,000 EQDs each calendar year.
At this time, you cannot earn EQDs through your Citi® / AAdvantage® card.
We are constantly evaluating the benefits on all our cards, but we are not introducing this benefit to the Citi® / AAdvantage® cards at this time.
Ticket types, like those sold in conjunction with a vacation package or tickets where the actual fare is not disclosed like consolidator, bulk fare or student tickets, will earn award miles based on a percentage of distance flown as determined by the fare class purchased. Additionally, there may be times when the ticket details are not available at the time your flight is posted to your account. In these cases, you will earn award miles and EQDs based on a percentage of distance flown as determined by the fare class purchased.
For tickets including both American marketed and partner marketed flights, award miles and EQDs will be calculated based on the policy for each flight – American marketed flights will earn based on your prorated ticket price (base fare plus any carrier-imposed surcharges); partner airline marketed flights will earn based on a percentage of the distance flown as determined by the fare class purchased.
The 50% award mile bonus will be calculated at 50% of the base miles earned (excludes elite status and class of service bonuses). For travel on or after August 1, 2016, the base miles will be calculated using the base fare plus carrier-imposed fees.
When you fly with a partner airline, the fare you paid isn’t always shared with American. Therefore, flights that are marketed by American’s partner airlines earn mileage and EQDs based on a percentage of the distance flown as determined by the booking code of the ticket purchased.
Tickets that currently don’t earn award miles, EQMs or EQSs won’t earn award miles or EQDs in the future. This includes:
No, only the base fare paid for your ticket including any carrier-imposed fees will count toward earning award miles and EQDs. Fees for other products or services will not be awarded miles or EQDs, including but not limited to the following: checked baggage fees, Admirals Club® memberships, Wi-Fi passes, in-flight food and beverage purchases, in-flight entertainment, unaccompanied minor fees, pet travel fees, 500-mile upgrades, mileage upgrade cash co-payments, Mileage Multiplier, BuyMiles, GiftMiles, ShareMiles or other mileage purchases, ticket change fees, ticketing fees, same-day confirmed flight change or standby fees and service charges.
No, award miles and EQDs are only awarded on eligible tickets after you’ve flown.
The base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges will be converted to USD (based on the 5-day IATA rate on the date the ticket was issued) and this amount will be awarded as your award miles and EQDs.
Yes, tickets purchased in full or partially with vouchers will receive full credit for the base fare and carrier-imposed fees associated with the ticket price.
Yes, a maximum of 75,000 miles will be awarded per ticket (inclusive of any class of service and elite status bonus miles). There is no maximum for EQDs.
No; flights marketed by American will earn award miles regardless of where the ticket was issued based on the ticket price (base fare including carrier-imposed fees, excluding any government-imposed taxes and fees); most flights not marketed by American will earn based on a percentage of the flight distance and the booking code of the purchased ticket.
The actual base fare of the ticket, including any carrier imposed surcharges, less the discount associated with the promo code or corporate discount, will be used to calculate the award miles and EQDs earned.
Award miles and EQDs will be awarded based on the policy in effect at the time you travel.
Non-Lifetime AirPass members will earn award miles and EQDs in the same way as they are calculated for all other AAdvantage® members.
Lifetime AirPass members (Limited and Unlimited) will earn award miles based on the distance of the flight. EQDs will be awarded based on 20% of the flight distance.