BREAKING: Major Updates to American Airlines Advantage Program Announced!
November 7, 2016
Thanks to previous announcements by American Airlines we knew some changes were coming to the AAdvantage program such as a new Platinum Pro level between Executive Platinum and Platinum. We also knew the program would introduce a minimum spend requirement to reach status levels.
Yes. There is more. A lot more. Here's a primer on what we will talk about:
Elite Qualifying Miles: EQMs are a percentage of the actual distance (in miles) of your flight. This percentage will depend based on your fare code (discount, full fare, etc...)
Elite Qualifying Segments: EQSs are how many individual flights you take. A round trip nonstop flight will earn two EQSs.
Elite Qualifying Dollars: EQDs will be based on the ticket price (including fees).
The most interesting piece of information from this update comes in the upgrade window section where American shows ConciergeKey as the highest upgrade priority. Until now, AA had not recognized ConciergeKey on any information. This should be the beginning of the process to unveil ConciergeKey as an official status level. ConciergeKey is super elite.
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Another interesting tidbit in this update is the first official mention of their new partnership with Barclaycard:
Earn $3,000 EQDs after $25,000 in purchases
Earn up to $6,000 EQDs after $50,000 in purchases
Applications will begin January 2017. No word yet on earning structure or signup bonus.
So there you go. There is still plenty of more detail to be unveiled, but this is a lot of new info to process. The biggest takeaway for next year is you will need to spend a minimum $3,000 to earn elite status.
Does this change your mind on what airline you will fly next year?