American Airlines AAdvantage Elite Qualification Changes Effective January 1, 2019

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American Airlines today announced changes to its AAdvantage elite program that will be effective January 1, 2019.

American Airlines

Elite Qualifying Dollar (EQD) requirement for Executive Platinum status will move to $15K from $12K, EXP members that reach 150K/200K/250 EQMs can choose additional rewards, British Airways/Finnair/Iberia/JAL EQMs earnings are aligned with those of AA and some changes to how special fare tickets are handled.

You can access AA’s page for these changes here.

1. Elite Qualifying Dollar Requirement Change

Executive Platinum qualification requires $15,000 EQDs come 2019 up from $12,000 in 2018.

2. Additional Rewards For EXPs

AA EXP Additional Rewards

Executive Platinum members that reach 150,000, 200,000 and 250,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) can choose additional rewards:

3. Aligned Earnings On JV Airlines

American Airlines has aligned the EQM earnings on Joint Venture partner airlines of British Airways, Finnair, Iberia and Japan Airlines.

Here’s an example from BA:

AA JV BA

4. Drop In Number Of EQMs Earned In Y

American Airlines changes the EQMs earned in Y fare class from 1.5 to 1.

Conclusion

American Airlines also notes that they have increased the number of airlines whose awards can be booked online or using the app without having to call the the airline. Let’s hope that they can bring the rest online as well.

AA here is merely following Delta and United with the updated EQD requirement for the Executive Platinum status. Interesting to see how high they will go and what is the limit.

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