American Airlines has launched a new offer for select AAdvantage members that can earn elite status purely based on the spend on American Airlines, codeshare, or Oneworld flights.
The offer starts at $5,000 for Gold and $22,000 for Executive Platinum. Partner tickets Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQD) are calculated based on the fare class and number of miles flown, and thus eligible members can qualify on much lower real spend.
You can access AA’s page for Promotions here.
Here are the requirements:
Reach elite status by earning EQDs only
Exclusive opportunity to qualify for elite status in 2020
Register by Dec 30, 2019
In 2020, you have an alternative way to qualify for status and keep it through January 31, 2022. Either qualify with the normal requirements or by only earning Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs):
■ $5,000 EQDs for Gold
■ $9,000 EQDs for Platinum
■ $13,000 EQDs for Platinum Pro
■ $22,000 EQDs for Executive Platinum
■ Register by December 30, 2019
■ Earn qualifying EQDs when traveling on eligible American Airlines and oneworld’ flights from January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020
United Airlines already allow members to get 1K status by earning $15,000 in Premier Qualifying Miles (equivalent to AA’s PQDs).
It seems that the US-based programs are entirely decoupling the number of miles flown and elite status earned by making them based on spend only. This works best for those that fly on partner airlines and premium economy and business class.
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:
Promotion code: 5229P
■ This exclusive offer is only for members who receive the offer directly from American Airlines
■ Register by 11:59 p.m. CT on December 30, 2019
■ Flights that don’t earn EQDs won’t count toward this promotion
■ Bonus EQDs don’t count toward EQD thresholds for this promotion
■ Offer applies to eligible purchased, published fares flown from January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020
■ After you reach the required thresholds, your elite-status benefits will be extended through January 31, 2022
■ You can only participate in 1 alternate method of elite qualification in the 2020 calendar year
■ You must requalify for elite status membership annually
■ American may, at any time and without notice, change, stop or end this promotion in part or in full
■ EQDs are awarded based on ticket price (includes base fare plus carrier-imposed fees, but excludes government-imposed taxes and fees) on American-marketed flights
■ Flights marketed by oneworld° carriers will earn EQDs based on a percentage of the flight distance and the fare class purchased