American Airlines Platinum Pro Benefit Changes & Elite Choice Rewards Launch

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American Airlines today announced changes to AAdvantage Platinum Pro-benefits and the launch of Elite Choice Rewards for Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum-members.

Platinum Pro will become Oneworld Emerald, previously Sapphire, allowing members to access both first-class check-in and lounges instead of business. Eligible members can choose from several Elite Choice Rewards.

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Platinum Pro

Platinum Pro has previously mapped to Oneworld Sapphire, giving business class check-in and lounge access.

Starting in 2021, the equivalent Oneworld status will become Emerald, allowing first-class check-in and lounge.

Elite Choice Rewards

Platinum Pro members can choose one and Executive Platinum members two (some twice and some only once).

Here’s the announcement from AA:

American’s AAdvantage Program Reveals Elite Choice Rewards for Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum Members

Platinum Pro members are elevated to oneworld® Emerald status

The American Airlines AAdvantage® loyalty program is making qualifying for Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum even more rewarding in 2021 with the introduction of elite choice rewards. Eligible members can select a reward from a curated menu to thank them for their continued loyalty. Elite choice rewards gives members the opportunity to choose the reward they value most, whether that’s a systemwide upgrade, an Admirals Club® One-Day Pass or bonus AAdvantage miles.

“Our Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum members spend almost as much time in the air as they do on the ground,” said Rick Elieson, President of the AAdvantage program. “We’re extremely grateful American is their airline of choice and providing more flexibility with elite choice rewards is another way we’re showing our appreciation for the time they spend with us.”

Upon qualifying for the Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum tiers in 2021, eligible members will receive an email with an invitation to select their reward. Members can also find and choose their rewards under the Gifts and Rewards section of their AAdvantage account.

Starting in early 2021, Platinum Pro members will also receive oneworld Emerald status with the oneworld Alliance, the world’s fastest growing and most highly rated global airline alliance. Members will enjoy additional perks such as first class priority check-in, access to first and business class lounges, fast track at select security lanes, higher priority for waitlists and standby, priority boarding and priority baggage handling when they travel on our oneworld partner airlines.

Conclusion

Giving Oneworld Emerald Status for Platinum Pro-members aligns it with what is taking place with Alaska when it joins the alliance on March 31, 2021.

Not sure if American has thought this through, though? There is less incentive for members to reach Executive Platinum status because you get the highest Oneworld tier already at the Platinum Pro-level.

I was executive Platinum with American for several years (remember when you got eight systemwide upgrades yearly) and received million miler status (close to 3M now) that grants lifetime Platinum (Oneworld Sapphire).

Because American didn’t and still doesn’t offer lifetime status that maps to Emerald, I decided to start crediting most of my Oneworld flights to BA’s Executive Club.

I now have 28K lifetime Tier Points with BA, and lifetime Gold (Oneworld Emerald) is mine at 35K that I would have achieved without Covid-19 by the end of 2021.

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