American Airlines Double Elite Qualifying Miles

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And who said all things would go downhill with AA filing for bankruptcy?! This is the type of promotion that loyal AA flyers wait all year for. Between December 13, 2011 and January 31, 2012, American Airlines will be doubling the earned Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) on all flights. The good thing is there are NO restrictions – it does not matter your fare class, when you booked the reservation, etc. However, you must register prior to travel to qualify.

Remember though, this is EQMs, not EQPs, there is a difference! To find out the number of miles or points you need to earn or obtain status for this year you will need to sign into your account at and go to “My Account.” The second row highlighted below will tell you how many EQMs you’ve earned this year and the amount you need to reach each status level. Clearly I am far away to earning status for this year, but I’ve already earned Gold status for life so I am not too concerned. I was Executive Platinum for a few years and I did love it!

This is a great way to get (or maintain) Gold, Platinum, or Executive Platinum Status. The chart below gives the number of miles/points and/or segments needed to achieve each status level for 2011. If you are able to take a few mileage runs within the next 6 weeks, you essentially would only need half the number of miles needed to obtain the desired status. All EQMs earned for 2011 will count towards 2012 status, while all EQMs earned for 2012 will count towards 2013 status. Remember, status is earned based on a single calendar year, not any 12-month time frame. Earning Executive Platinum will give you 8 system wide upgrades (eVIPs) which can be used on any international AA metal paid ticket! This alone is worth a few thousand dollars. You can also use them for domestic travel, but it is probably more fun flying up in front on an international flight!
One Mile at a Time also points out that flights from SFO or LAX to ORD or DFW also earn double EQMs. The best part is that you can take advantage of these two promotions at the same time and actually get triple EQMs! You must, however, have a California, Texas, or Illinois address – changing your AA address is easy to do, hint hint. You must register separately for this promotion here.

Make sure to register for the double EQM promotion prior to flying. Enjoy!

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  1. I’m new to this whole mileage running/travel hacking game. I’ve read about this offer on several blogs and need clarification on a few things. First, if I earn all of these EQM’s in January 2012, will I have elite benefits in 2012 or will I have to wait until 2013 to get the benefits? I’ve read somewhere that American Elite status is good for 2 years. Is this correct? And if so, does that mean I get 8 (one way) international upgrades each year? Your help would be appreciated.

    • @Ariana – Welcome to the obsessive mileage and points hacking game! When you earn status it lasts the entire remaining part of the year plus the entire next year, and actually then continues to the last day of February of the following year. So if you earn status in January 2012, you will actually have it until February 28, 2014.

      If you obtain Executive Platinum status, you earn 8 one-way international upgrades the same time your status expires. So if you make executive platinum in May 2012, your 8 evip upgrades will expire February 28, 2014. If you earn executive platinum status again the following year the previous 8 evip upgrades still hold that expiration date, but you will earn 8 more with a new expiration date.

      Does this help? Let me know if you have any other questions!

    • @Maury – I would since you are still far away from gold I’d actually suggest you wait until January and then start those mattress runs. If you earn the status in 2012 this will keep until Feb 2014. Since aa is a huge hub in Miami you should be good.

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