AAdvantage elite status

AAdvantage elite status

The perks of being an elite status member

Enjoy a world of benefits designed to make your travel experience more enjoyable

Executive Platinum - 100,00 miles/points or 100 segments

AAdvantage® Executive Platinum

  • 2 elite choice rewards**
  • Complimentary upgrades on American and Alaska Airlines*
  • 100-hour upgrade window
  • 120% elite mileage bonus
  • Complimentary Main Cabin Extra and Preferred Seats*
  • 3 free checked bags^
  • Additional rewards starting at 120,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs)
Platinum Pro

AAdvantage® Platinum Pro

  • 1 elite choice reward**
  • Complimentary upgrades on American and Alaska Airlines*
  • 72-hour upgrade window
  • 80% elite mileage bonus
  • Complimentary Main Cabin Extra and Preferred Seats*
  • 3 free checked bags^
Platinum - 50,000 miles/points or 60 segments

AAdvantage® Platinum

  • Complimentary upgrades on flights 500 miles or less*
  • 48-hour upgrade window
  • 60% elite mileage bonus
  • Complimentary Main Cabin Extra and Preferred Seats*
  • 2 free checked bags^
Gold - 25,000 miles/points or 30 segments

AAdvantage® Gold

  • Complimentary upgrades on flights 500 miles or less*
  • 24-hour upgrade window
  • 40% elite mileage bonus
  • Complimentary Main Cabin Extra Seats at check-in*
  • Complimentary Preferred Seats*
  • 1 free checked bag^

*Benefit may not be available on all flights.

**Choices include systemwide upgrades, Admirals Club® access, bonus miles and more.

^Free checked bags apply, based on elite status, for elite members and guests traveling on the same reservation (excluding group reservations) on itineraries marketed and operated by American Airlines or marketed by American and operated by a oneworld® partner. If the standard cabin allowance is higher than the number of qualified elite free checked bags, then the standard cabin allowance applies.

Reach elite status in 2 ways

Here's how:

Earn Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) plus Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs) on eligible-fare tickets to qualify for Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, Platinum or Gold status when you fly:

  • American Airlines or American Eagle®
  • oneworld® member airlines
  • Codeshare flights with an American Airlines flight number

Plus, Full-fare Economy, Business and First tickets on American-marketed flights will earn EQMs at a higher rate – getting you to elite status faster.

Elevate your status and move up to elite benefits

Earn EQMs, EQSs and EQDs during the calendar year to qualify

You’ll be able to qualify for elite status in 2021 with adjusted Elite Qualifying Dollar (EQD), Elite Qualifying Mile (EQM) and Elite Qualifying Segment (EQS) requirements.

Elite status qualification for 2021:

Qualification Executive Platinum
oneworld® Emerald
Platinum Pro
oneworld® Emerald
Platinum
oneworld® Sapphire
Gold
oneworld® Ruby
EQMs 80,000 60,000 40,000 20,000
EQSs 95 70 45 20
EQDs^ $12,000 $7,000 $4,500 $2,000

^For 2021, we’ll waive the EQD requirement to qualify for Gold, Platinum or Platinum Pro status if you spend $30,000 on net purchases with an eligible AAdvantage® credit card that post to your account between January 1 – December 31, 2021.

Standard elite qualification levels This content can be expanded
EQMs, EQSs and EQDs This content can be expanded
Qualification and membership period This content can be expanded

Upgrades for elite members

Complimentary and 500-mile upgrades

On American marketed and operated flights:

  • Upgrades from Main Cabin or Premium Economy to the next class of service on flights within/between the U.S. (including Hawaii), Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean and Central America
  • Executive Platinum and Platinum Pro members get unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades
  • Platinum and Gold members get unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades for flights 500 miles or less and can use 500-mile upgrades to pay for upgrades on all other flights

500-mile upgrades

On Alaska Airlines flights:

  • Upgrades from Main Cabin to the next class of service on Alaska Airlines
  • Executive Platinum and Platinum Pro members get unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades

Elite status benefits on Alaska Airlines

Systemwide upgrades

As an AAdvantage® Executive Platinum member, you receive a choice of rewards, including the option to choose up to 4 complimentary one-way systemwide upgrades upon qualification. You can also choose additional systemwide upgrades as a reward upon reaching 150,000, 200,000 and 250,000 EQMs.

For 2021, we’ve lowered the thresholds to 120,000, 160,000 and 200,000 EQMs.

If upgrade seating is available, you or any passenger you designate may enjoy confirmed upgrades to the next class of service at the time of booking on most Business and Economy Class fares when flying on American marketed and operated flights.

Systemwide upgrades

More of a good thing: Earn more miles when you fly

Bonus miles

Executive Platinum members earn a 120% bonus, Platinum Pro members earn an 80% bonus, Platinum members earn a 60% bonus and Gold members earn a 40% bonus on top of base miles earned traveling with American and participating oneworld® airlines.

Elite mileage bonus

AAdvantage® Million MilerSM program

Fly a million miles with us and enjoy Gold status for the life of the Gold program, bonus miles and more.

Million MilerSM program

Elite retention through AAdvantage® credit card spend terms and conditions This content can be expanded

The AAdvantage® Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, or Executive Platinum elite status level held as of January 1, 2021, will be retained through January 31, 2023 for the primary cardholder (“you”, “your”) if the member spends $15,000 (USD) on eligible purchases made with eligible Citi® / AAdvantage®, AAdvantage® Aviator® credit cards, or AAdvantage® credit cards issued outside the U.S. between July 15, 2021 and November 15, 2021. This offer may not be achievable based on the assigned credit line and ability to maintain that credit line.

AAdvantage® program elite status requirements

Spend on purchases may be combined across all eligible AAdvantage® credit cards to reach the $15,000 requirement to retain AAdvantage Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro or Executive Platinum elite status for 2022. The elite status retention offer will not be applied to members if spending an amount less than $15,000. All Citi® / AAdvantage®, all AAdvantage® Aviator® and all AAdvantage® credit cards issued outside the U.S. are eligible.

Eligible purchases, defined as purchases, including those made by authorized users on your account, less credits, returns and adjustments, made with your Citi® / AAdvantage®, AAdvantage® Aviator® credit card, and AAdvantage® cards issued outside the U.S. that post as base miles to your AAdvantage® account between July 15, 2021 and December 15, 2021 will count toward your qualifying spend.

For cards issued in the U.S., purchases exclude balance transfers, cash advances, checks that access your credit card account, items and services returned for credit, unauthorized charges, interest and account fees, traveler’s checks, purchases of foreign currency, money orders, wire transfers (and similar cash-like transactions), lottery tickets, and gaming chips (and similar betting transactions).

To determine the correct spend towards the $15,000, dollars spent will be calculated using the AAdvantage® “base” or “spend” miles (i.e. not counting bonus miles) earned and posted to your account, and then applying the mileage earn rate applicable to the type of AAdvantage® card used by you to make the purchase. For example, if the credit card used has a 1:1 ratio of dollars spent to base miles earned and 100 miles were posted to your AAdvantage® account, then you would be credited with $100 of spend towards the $15,000.

This promotion does not affect the elite status of members with lifetime elite status, or the elite status of members who have already met the qualification requirements for 2022 elite status (the same or higher elite status level as such members held on January 1, 2021) as of June 23, 2021. Temporary elite status held due to a promotion is not eligible for status retention.

Those retaining Executive Platinum or Platinum Pro status through this promotion will not be eligible for 2022 elite choice rewards unless the member meets the 2021 elite qualification requirements for Executive Platinum or Platinum Pro.

The ability to retain status as part of this promotion is a limited-time offer and is non-transferable. You must be a member in good standing of the American Airlines AAdvantage® program ("Member") in order to qualify for this offer. American reserves the right to modify or terminate this promotion without notice. Your account will be updated within 4-6 weeks of completing this promotion.

American Airlines reserves the right to change the AAdvantage® program and its terms and conditions at any time without notice, and to end the AAdvantage® program with six months’ notice. Any such changes may affect your ability to use the awards or mileage credits that you have accumulated.

In order to qualify for this offer, your credit card account must be open and in good standing at all times. If your credit card account is closed for any reason, you may no longer be eligible for this offer.

Elite retention through flight terms and conditions This content can be expanded

The AAdvantage® Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, or Executive Platinum elite status level held as of January 1, 2021, will be retained through January 31, 2023 if the member earns $2,000 base Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) on eligible flights marketed and/or operated by American Airlines and our elite qualifying partner airlines between September 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

This promotion does not affect the elite status of members with lifetime elite status, or the elite status of members who have already met the qualification requirements for 2022 elite status (the same or higher elite status level as such members held on January 1, 2021) as of August 24, 2021. Unless specified, bonus EQDs granted in connection with other promotions do not count toward this promotion. Temporary elite status held due to a promotion is not eligible for status retention.

Those retaining Executive Platinum or Platinum Pro status through this promotion will not be eligible for 2022 elite choice rewards unless the member meets the 2021 elite qualification requirements for Executive Platinum or Platinum Pro.

AAdvantage® program elite status requirements

Flights marketed by American Airlines, or marketed and operated by American Airlines, our oneworld® airline partners, and JetBlue are eligible for this promotion. Offer applies to eligible purchased, published fares flown between September 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021. Flights flown before September 1, 2021, aren’t eligible. Flights that don’t earn AAdvantage® EQDs won’t count toward this promotion. Basic Economy fares, award tickets and certain partner airline fares are not eligible for this promotion.

Partner airline EQD earn rates

The ability to retain status as part of this promotion is a limited-time offer and is non-transferable. You must be a member in good standing of the American Airlines AAdvantage® program ("Member") in order to qualify for this offer. American reserves the right to modify or terminate this promotion without notice. Your account will be updated within 24 hours of completing this promotion.

American Airlines reserves the right to change the AAdvantage® program and its terms and conditions at any time without notice, and to end the AAdvantage® program with six months’ notice. Any such changes may affect your ability to use the awards or mileage credits that you have accumulated.

EQD waiver terms and conditions This content can be expanded

The Elite Qualifying Dollar (EQD) requirement will be waived for the primary cardholder (“you”, “your”) for AAdvantage® Gold, Platinum, or Platinum Pro status for qualification in 2021 for elite status applicable to the year of 2022 if the member spends $30,000 (USD) on purchases on eligible Citi® AAdvantage®, Aviator AAdvantage® credit cards, or AAdvantage® credit cards issued outside the U.S. posted between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Member must also meet Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) or Elite Qualifying Segments (EQS) requirement to qualify for status. This offer may not be achievable based on the assigned credit line and ability to maintain that credit line.

AAdvantage® program elite status requirements

Spend on purchases may be combined across all eligible AAdvantage credit cards to reach the $30,000 requirement to qualify for the EQD waiver. Partial waivers will not be applied to members if spending an amount less than $30,000. All Citi®/AAdvantage®, all AAdvantage® Aviator® and all AAdvantage® credit cards issued outside the U.S. are eligible.

Purchases, less credits, returns and adjustments, made with your Citi® AAdvantage®, Aviator AAdvantage® credit card, and AAdvantage® cards issued outside the U.S. that post to your AAdvantage® card account, between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021, and purchases made by authorized users on your account will count toward your qualifying spend.

For cards issued in the U.S., purchases exclude balance transfers, cash advances, checks that access your credit card account, items and services returned for credit, unauthorized charges, interest and account fees, traveler’s checks, purchases of foreign currency, money orders, wire transfers (and similar cash-like transactions), lottery tickets, and gaming chips (and similar betting transactions).

For cards issued outside the U.S., to determine the correct spend towards the $30,000, dollars spent will be calculated using the AAdvantage “base” or “spend” miles (i.e. not counting bonus miles) earned and posted to your account, and then applying the mileage earn rate applicable to the type of AAdvantage card used by you to make the purchase. For example, if the credit card used has a 1:1 ratio of dollars spent to base miles earned and 100 miles were posted to your AAdvantage account, then you would be credited with $100 of spend towards the $30,000.

The ability to earn status as part of this promotion is a limited-time offer and is non-transferable. American Airlines reserves the right to change the AAdvantage® program at any time without notice. American may discontinue this program at any time without notice or liability to you. You must be a member in good standing of American's AAdvantage® program ("Member") in order to qualify for this offer.

In order to qualify for this offer, your credit card account must be open and in good standing at all times. If your credit card account is closed for any reason, you may no longer be eligible for this offer.

You may also like...