American Airlines updates AAdvantage loyalty program

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American Airlines updates to their AAdvantage loyalty program
American Airlines Airbus 330 at Manchester Airport on April 11, 2016. Photo by Riik@mctr/

One the biggest US airline carriers, American Airlines introduces updates to the their AAdvantage frequent-flyer program. The latest updates will simplify how travelers will earn status miles the airline claims.

Starting January of 2022 instead of Elite Qualifying Miles, Elite Qualifying Dollars and Elite Qualifying Segments, you’ll only have one status metric called Loyalty Points.

This is how it will work:

  • Earn 1 Loyalty Point for every eligible AAdvantage mile earned. Eligible AAdvantage miles include all base miles you earn, as well as elite bonus and cabin bonus miles you earn from flying.
  • Now there are two more ways to earn Loyalty Points: One is to travel on Qualifying airlines, and the other is to use an AAdvantage credit card for purchases. Under Qualifying airlines are the American Eagle, or any of the Oneworld airline alliance and the American Airlines Partner airlines.

Extending and earning status

Status valid through January 31, 2022 has been extended to March 31, 2022
January and February 2022 activity will count toward earning both 2022 and 2023 status
In the future, you’ll qualify for status from March through February, with status valid through March 31 of the following year

Learn more about the American Airlines loyal traveler’s program.

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