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American Airlines has announced more changes to their frequent flyer program AAdvantage. This comes hot on the heels of the changes announced earlier this year. The changes are numerous and include the introduction of a new tier of membership: Platinum Pro.
From 2017 onwards, you can start earning towards the new Platinum Pro level, which will make a great addition to the program, especially for those travelers who do not fly enough to earn the current Executive Platinum but feel that they should get a bigger reward than they are currently getting. The new tier is earned after 90 flight segments, or 75k EQM’s (Elite Qualifying Miles). The benefits of the new tier include but are not limited to the following:
- Oneworld Sapphire status
- Unlimited complimentary upgrades, in 500-mile markets
- 72-hour upgrade window
- 2 free checked bags
- 9 award miles for every dollar spent.
In the later stage of 2017, more additional changes will be implemented into the overall program:
- Upgrade prioritization: passengers will be ranked according to their Elite status levels, followed by how many EQD where earned in the last 12 months.
- Upgrades on award tickets: Executive Platinum members can now use their complimentary 500-mile upgrades on award tickets from American Airlines.
Earning EQD’s with Credit Cards
AAdvantage Aviator Blue, Aviator Red, and Aviator Business MasterCard’s, will earn $3,000 EQD’s for spending $25,000 on qualifying purchases during the year.
AAdvantage Aviator Silver MasterCard will be able to earn up to $6,000 EQD’s for spending $50,000 in a calendar year. Card holders will earn $3,000 after the first $25,000 spent, and will then earn an additional $3,000 EQD’s after reaching a $50,000 spend on qualifying purchases.
This is good news for a lot of regular travelers who don’t quite fly enough to earn Executive Platinum. Also, American is also making their invite-only level ConciergeKey a published tier in its own right. If you regularly fly AA enough to earn elite status, make sure you keep up to date on the changes they publish.
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