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An Elite Qualifying Dollar is a dollar amount spent with American Airlines or one of its partners, that is a component to obtaining elite status with American Airlines. EQD's are awarded as such:
EQDs are awarded based on ticket price (includes base fare plus carrier-imposed fees, but excludes government-imposed taxes and fees) on American Airlines-marketed flights.
Flights marketed by Oneworld carriers and Alaska Airlines will earn EQDs based on a percentage of the flight distance and the fare class purchased.
So, on flights with AA the EQDs you earn will be based on the price of your ticket excluding taxes and fees. When traveling with partners, you will earn EQD’s as a percentage of the distance flown and the fare class of your ticket.
Why Do I Need AA EQDs?
EQDs were brought in by AA to ensure that their elite passengers have spent a reasonable amount of money with them and partner airlines. You need to meet a minimum EQD threshold for elite status as well as fly a specific number of miles or complete a number of segments.
The following thresholds are needed for status with AA:
- AA Gold: $3,000 EQDs
- AA Platinum: $6,000 EQDs
- AA Platinum Pro: $9,000 EQDs
- AA Executive Platinum: $12,000 EQDs
Other Ways To Meet Your EQD Requirement
Fortunately, you can earn more EQDs by meeting qualifying spending requirement on your co-branded AA credit cards. The following cards will earn you $3,000 EQD for spending $25,000 on qualifying purchases during a calendar year:
- AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard®
- AAdvantage® Aviator® Blue Mastercard®
- AAdvantage® Aviator® Business Mastercard®
If you hold the AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver World Elite Mastercard® you can earn up to $6,000 EQDs per year for spending $50,000 on the card. You will earn $3,000 EQDs after the first $25,000 of qualifying purchases, and a further $3,000 EQDs after hitting $50,000 in qualifying spend.
Regardless of how many credit cards you have, the maximum number of EQDs you can earn in a year is 6,000. Exact language from AA is:
Regardless of how many AAdvantage® Aviator® MasterCard® accounts you have, you can earn a maximum of $3,000 EQDs each calendar year (unless you have the AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver MasterCard®). If you have the AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver MasterCard® (regardless of whether you have multiple AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver or other Aviator® MasterCard® accounts), you can earn a maximum of 6,000 EQDs each calendar year.
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