What You Need to Know About American Airlines’ Updated Status Program
Attention, frequent fliers: American Airlines has updated its status program, and we've got the information you need to know.
A true overhaul, American's AAdvantage loyalty program is doing away with different metrics that contribute to elite status and replacing them with Loyalty Points. This new system is simpler and more direct, where the "Loyalty Points" earned over the course of 12 months determines a flyer's status.
American Airlines Updated Loyalty Program
How Do I Earn Loyalty Points on American?
In the past, to achieve elite status with the AAdvantage program, people had to earn a mix of elite-qualifying miles, segments, and dollars spent through flying on American and its partner carriers.
Now, passengers will make progress toward elite status through both flying and spending money with co-branded credit cards, as well as other activities not related to air travel.
The number of Loyalty Points earned is directly linked to how much you spend, not necessarily to the distance flown or amount of segments.
One Loyalty Point is earned for each qualifying AAdvantage mile with the following:
- Flying on American, its oneworld partners, and JetBlue
- Using an AAdvantage credit card
- All Citi/AAdvantage, AAdvantage Aviator, and AAdvantage credit cards issued outside the U.S. are eligible
- Shopping online through the eShopping portal
- Dining out through the AAdvantage dining program
- All other activities with partners, such as SimplyMiles
There are some exclusions to earning Loyalty Points, however. These include:
- You'll only earn Loyalty Points on the base AAdvantage miles accumulated, meaning the value of sign-up bonuses or special offers don't apply
- Purchases made with cobranded credit cards will count based on the date the activity posts to a customer's AAdvantage account, not necessarily the date of purchase
- Bonus miles earned from special promotions, as well as miles that were purchased, gifted, or transferred between accounts or from partners
Loyalty Points and Elite Status
Members that are already AAdvantage elite will earn miles from flights at an accelerated rate, compared to the 5x miles per dollar that a general member earns. A nice bonus for them: multipliers will in fact count towards earning Loyalty Points.
- General Members: 5 award miles/USD spent
- Gold: 7 award miles/USD spent
- Platinum: 8 award miles/USD spent
- Platinum Pro: 9 award miles/USD spent
- Executive Platinum: 11 award miles/USD spent
Requirements to Earn AAdvantage Elite Status in 2022
As you accrue Loyalty Points, you'll advance in status with American. Starting in 2022, these are the new requirements for each level within the program:
- Gold: 30,000 Loyalty Points
- Platinum: 75,000 Loyalty Points
- Platinum Pro: 125,000 Loyalty Points
- Executive Platinum: 200,000 Loyalty Points
More Changes With the Loyalty Points Program
There are lots of new details and caveats to consider with the overhaul of American's elite-status program. Here is a brief summary overview to help get you oriented a bit more:
- The status-qualifying calendar used to run from January 1 – December 31, with the metrics resetting at the start of each new year. Now, the elite qualification period will last from March 1 through February 28 of the following year. If a flyer achieves elite status during that period, it will remain valid through the following March 31.
- To accommodate the revamp to AAdvantage, American is granting all current elite members a two-month status extension. All current elite membership will now lapse on March 31, 2022. If a flyer has already re-qualified for status this year, their membership now expires on March 31, 2023.
- To unlock extra Loyalty Choice Rewards, elite members will need to fly at least 30 segments on either American or qualifying partners. These perks were previously granted on an automatic basis.
- The upgrade request priority system is changing, too: Beginning March 2022, the tie-break between two qualifying elite members will be their 12-month rolling Loyalty Point balances. Previously, the metric used was the 12-month rolling elite-qualifying dollar (EQD) balance.