AAdvantage program updates

What’s new

Changes to award levels for Canada and Hawaii

Effective for award travel booked on or after January 16, 2019, the following changes will apply:

  • The Canada region will become part of the Contiguous 48 U.S. states region award levels. In some cases, the mileage levels will decrease, and in others, they will stay the same
  • Mileage levels for travel to/from Hawaii in the premium cabin will increase for most regions

2019 AAdvantage® program updates

We’re introducing a few updates effective January 1, 2019, for AAdvantage® members, including new qualification requirements for AAdvantage® Executive Platinum status and extra rewards Executive Platinum members can choose.

Additionally, we’re changing how you earn Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) on American and select oneworld® airlines, and what you earn when flying on special fares (such as bulk or consolidator fares) and exception tickets (cases when ticket/fare details are unavailable).

Executive Platinum qualification and rewards

The Elite Qualifying Dollar (EQD) requirement for AAdvantage® Executive Platinum status is increasing from $12,000 EQDs to $15,000 EQDs for the 2020 membership year.

Upon qualification for Executive Platinum status, members will continue to receive 4 systemwide upgrades. Additionally, members who reach 150,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs), 200,000 EQMs and 250,000 EQMs can choose a reward.

Reach 150,000 EQMs and choose from:

  • 2 systemwide upgrades
  • 40,000 bonus miles
  • Gift of AAdvantage® Gold status

Reach 200,000 EQMs and choose from:

  • 2 systemwide upgrades
  • 40,000 bonus miles
  • Gift of AAdvantage® Platinum status

Reach 250,000 EQMs and choose from:

  • 2 systemwide upgrades
  • 40,000 bonus miles
  • Gift of AAdvantage® Platinum status

You can track your progress toward reaching these reward levels in your account. Once you reach these goals, your reward choices will be available in your wallet.

Your account

Earning Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs)

The EQMs you earn on select oneworld® airlines are increasing to be aligned with what you earn when flying on an American-marketed flight.

The EQMs earned on American-marketed flights on fares booked in “Y” are decreasing from 1.5 EQMs to 1.0 EQMs per mile flown to be more in line with the ticket value.

American Airlines

Earning on special fare tickets

We’re adjusting the award miles, class of service bonus, EQDs and EQMs to match the value of the ticket for select booking codes for travel on American-marketed flights on these ticket types:

  • Special fares (such as bulk and consolidator fare tickets)
  • Earning when ticket/fare details are unavailable

In some cases what you earn on these tickets is increasing and in other cases it’s decreasing.

Special fares

Book AAdvantage® award travel using the American Airlines app

We’ve made it even easier to redeem your miles for award travel on American and various partner airlines when booking through our app.

How to use this new feature:

  1. Download our free app
  2. Log in to your AAdvantage® account
  3. Choose your flights

Redeem your miles online for travel on even more partner airlines

Dreaming of a trip? You can now redeem your AAdvantage® miles on aa.com for travel on even more partner airlines:

  • Air Tahiti Nui
  • Cape Air (Beginning December 5, 2018)
  • Fiji Airways
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • S7 Airlines (Beginning December 5, 2018)
  • SriLankan Airlines

A new look for your account

We’ve updated the look of your AAdvantage® account, added new features and moved a few things around.

All your information is now organized under 3 tabs:

  • Account summary
  • Promotions
  • Wallet

Your account

Account summary

View your progress toward elite status, upcoming trips and program news.

Promotions

Check out current promotions available to you and track your progress toward completion.

Wallet

Find all your account balances in one place, like award miles (including Million MilerSM activity) and 500-mile and systemwide upgrades.

Companion benefits

Systemwide and mileage award upgrades

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.

Companion and sponsor qualifications:

  • Book on the same flight (same or separate reservations)
  • Use the same upgrade type (systemwide or mileage award upgrades)

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.

AAdvantage® customer service

500-mile upgrades

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.

500-mile upgrades

Upgrade prioritization

Upgrade requests will be prioritized by elite status level, then:

  1. Type of upgrade
  2. 12-month Rolling EQDs

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.

Type of upgrade

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:

  1. Systemwide and mileage award upgrades
  2. 500-mile upgrades on purchased tickets
  3. 500-mile upgrades on award tickets

12-month Rolling EQDs

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.

Rolling EQDs are based on:

  1. EQDs actually earned in the 12 last months
  2. EQDs earned from reaching qualifying spend thresholds on eligible AAdvantage® Aviator® MasterCard® cards

Earning EQDs

Booking code

Booking code priority:

  • From Business to First (for systemwide and mileage award upgrades only): J, R, D, I, C
  • From Main Cabin to the next class: W, P, Y, H, K, M, L, V, G, S, N, Q, O, T

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