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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 www.aa.com 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!