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American Airlines announced a few program enhancements today.

Q4 2020 Flights Count as 2021 Elite Qualification Miles

The most interesting, to me, is that all of your flights between now and the end of the year will count towards your 2021 status. For example, if you flew 5,000 miles now and 15,000 next year, you’d have Gold until the beginning or 2023.

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You might be asking why I didn’t say 25,000 miles, and that is because the tier requirements for 2021 are also lower:

aa elite qualification lower 2021

Use AAdvantage credit card spend to get waivers on EQDs

If you have an American Airlines credit cardĀ and spend $30,000, you can ignore EQD requirements for Gold, Platinum and Platinum Pro status (but not Executive Platinum).

Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum members rewarded for their loyalty with a new rewards menu.

New “bonus rewards” system for Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum members

They say it will include systemwide upgrades, Admirals Club day passes, bonus AAdvantage miles – but details are not yet available.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. If you reach platinum pro status you get it for the 2nd year too?

    I didn’t understand the 2023 comment. Didn’t know it extended an extra year like that

    • Good question! That part is actually standard. When you earn elite status with the major US airlines, it will last for all of the year you earned it in plus all of the following year. So if you earn it in March 2021 you have it through the end of 2022. In the case of AA it also lasts through Jan 31 of the following year.

      So, status earned anytime in 2021 goes until Jan 31 2023. Hope that helps!

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