Double Elite Qualifying Miles for All & Double Redeemable Miles for Elite Members on American Airlines

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American Airlines has had quite a tumultuous past 12 months; first the airline filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and then it had huge operational issues when pilots started two write up mechanical problems and refuse to operate planes until they were resolved.  Some companies and travelers were booking away from American due to these issues.

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Now, American airlines has started a year-end campaign for double elite qualifying miles (DEQM) / double elite qualifying points (DEQP) & double redeemable miles  for thanksgiving travel  (November 16 through 26) (DRDM). American Airlines elite members will also receive DRDM for all travel during the promotional period. You can access this offer here.

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You will receive the DEQM/DEQP if you register for this promotion by midnight CT December 31, 2012. The flights will qualify for this promotion retroactively. You won’t receive Thanksgiving travel DRDM’s unless you register for this offer PRIOR to your travel. The elite DRDM offer registration has the December 31, 2012, registration requirement and the award miles will be issued retroactively.

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There is no ticketing date requirement for this promotion. All travel booked prior to this announcement also qualifies.

Note that only travel on flights operated and marketed by American Airlines, American Eagle, or American Connection qualifies i.e. codeshare flights on AA flight numbers on British Airways are not part of this offer. You won’t get this bonus for travel booked on AA but marketed by other airlines i.e. booked as Alaska codeshare on American Airlines.

I would encourage everybody to register now so that you won’t miss anything.

You can earn your American Airlines status by either EQM’s or EQP’s. If you are flying on discounted economy fares, you will most likely qualify by miles. On the other hand, if you are flying on first, business class, and flexible economy fares, you will most likely qualify on points.

Here’s an example.

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I have only flown 11 Oneworld segments this year. I have earned total of 37456 EQM’s but 54960 EQP’s due to all flights besides one being in business or first class. Last year, I didn’t fly on AA and was downgraded  to Platinum (cannot go lower due to Million Miler status) from EXP. This year, I did the status match from United 1K to EXP and I was then offered to requalify by earning 55K EQM’s or EQP’s by the end of 2012.

Note that if you are taking advantage of the special elite qualification offer of 55K EQM’s/EQP’s that AA sent back in June, the bonus EQM’s/EQP’s from this offer appears to be non qualifying:

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AAdvantage Executive Platinum® membership received through this offer is valid through February 28, 2014. To qualify, you must earn 55,000 elite-qualifying miles or points between April 24, 2012, and December 31, 2012. Bonus elite qualifying miles earned through special promotions are excluded. Upon reaching the required mileage threshold, your AAdvantage elite-status membership benefits will take effect immediately. Your new membership credentials will be mailed to you within four to six weeks after qualification. You must re-qualify for AAdvantage elite-status membership annually.

Conclusion

It has been a rough 12 months for American Airlines and rough past few months for fliers on American Airlines. Now, the airline is trying to court fliers by offering double elite qualifying and redeemable miles.

American has a solid frequent flier program and is probably the best choice, if the routes work for you, for high elites (Executive Platinum members) looking for complimentary domestic upgrades.

This promotion will help quite a few to retain the status they have and few to reach a higher level that they otherwise would have.

Here are the terms and conditions of these offers:

Double Elite Qualifying Miles And Points Terms and Conditions

  • AAdvantage promotion is valid for all travel on purchased, published fare tickets on American Airlines, American Eagle and the American Connection® carrier marketed and operated flights from November 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012.
  • This offer does not require travel to be booked during a specific time frame; travel booked prior to the start date of this promotion is eligible.
  • Offer applies to all eligible segments flown, regardless of the type of trip, i.e. one-way, round-trip, circle trip or trips including open jaws.
  • Registration prior to midnight CT December 31, 2012 is required. Registration automatically applies to both the double elite qualifying miles and points offer as well as the Thanksgiving double flight miles promotion.
  • All eligible travel flown during the offer period, but prior to registration will also be included retroactively.
  • Bonus elite qualifying miles or points will count towards your 2013 membership year.
  • This offer does not increment the member’s prize eligible mileage balance or Million Miler status.
  • Double elite-qualifying miles and points will be calculated at 100% of the base miles or points earned, respectively.
  • The initial posting of double elite qualifying miles and points will be posted to the account of the traveling AAdvantage member within 3-4 weeks after qualifying activity posts to your account. Thereafter, the postings will occur weekly.
  • Promotion does not apply to travel on mileage award tickets or fares that are ineligible for AAdvantage mileage accrual.
  • Flights operated by our codeshare partners or oneworld alliance carriers are not eligible for this promotion.

 Thanksgiving Double Mile Offer Terms and Conditions

  • AAdvantage promotion is valid for all travel on purchased, published fare tickets on American Airlines, American Eagle or the American Connection® carrier marketed and operated flights from November 16, 2012, through November 26, 2012.
  • This offer does not require travel to be booked during a specific time frame; travel booked prior to the start date of this promotion is eligible.
  • Offer applies to all eligible segments flown, regardless of the type of trip, i.e. one-way, round-trip, circle trip or trips including open jaws.
  • Registration prior to midnight CT December 31, 2012 is required. Registration automatically applies to both the double elite qualifying miles and points offer as well as the Thanksgiving double flight miles promotion.
  • All eligible travel flown during the offer period, but prior to registration will also be included retroactively.
  • Double miles will be calculated at 100% of the base miles earned and will be awarded immediately for travel flown after registration for this promotion.
  • Double miles for eligible travel flown prior to registration for this promotion will be awarded within 2-3 weeks after the promotion has ended.
  • Promotion does not apply to travel on mileage award tickets or fares that are ineligible for AAdvantage mileage accrual.
  • Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification or Million Miler status.
  • Flights operated by our codeshare partners or oneworld alliance carriers are not eligible for this promotion.

AAdvantage Elite Status Member Double Mile Offer Terms and Conditionsclose

  • Offer is valid for AAdvantage Executive Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum or AAdvantage Gold members only.
  • AAdvantage promotion is valid for all travel on purchased, published fare tickets on American Airlines, American Eagle or the American Connection® carrier marketed and operated flights from November 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012.
  • This offer does not require travel to be booked during a specific time frame; travel booked prior to the start date of this promotion is eligible.
  • Offer applies to all eligible segments flown, regardless of the type of trip, i.e. one-way, round-trip, circle trip or trips including open jaws.
  • Registration prior to midnight CT December 31, 2012 is required. Registration automatically applies to both the double elite qualifying miles and points offer as well as the AAdvantage elite member double flight miles promotion.
  • All eligible travel flown during the offer period, but prior to registration will also be included retroactively.
  • Double miles will be calculated at 100% of the base miles earned and will be awarded immediately for travel flown after registration for this promotion.
  • Double miles for eligible travel flown prior to registration for this promotion will be awarded within 2-3 weeks after the promotion has ended.
  • Promotion does not apply to travel on mileage award tickets or fares that are ineligible for AAdvantage mileage accrual.
  • Customers who qualify for elite status partway through this offer will receive double flight miles for travel post registration, from the date of qualification for elite status onward.
  • Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification or Million Miler status.
  • Flights operated by our codeshare partners or oneworld alliance carriers are not eligible for this promotion.
  • This offer cannot be combined with the double miles offer for travel during the Thanksgiving period.

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