American Airlines AAdvantage Elite Status Guide

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Earning elite status with American Airlines’ AAdvantage loyalty program opens the door to an array of valuable perks and privileges when traveling domestically and internationally.

As American Airlines has transitioned to a Loyalty Points system for determining elite status, it is increasingly important to understand how to maximize Loyalty Points earnings through both flying and non-flying activities.

This comprehensive guide will explore the tiers of American’s elite status program – Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, Platinum, and Gold – and detail the benefits awarded at each level.

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American AAdvantage Elite Status Tiers

There are five elite status tiers in American Airlines’ AAdvantage loyalty program. You earn each elite status by earning Loyalty Points, and here’s how to achieve each elite status tier:

  • AAdvantage Gold = 40,000 Loyalty Points.
  • AAdvantage Platinum = 75,000 Loyalty Points.
  • AAdvantage Platinum Pro = 125,000 Loyalty Points.
  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum = 200,000 Loyalty Points.
  • AAdvantage Concierge Key = Invite-only.

American AAdvantage measures Loyalty Points for each qualification year from March 1st through the end of February of the following year.

Additionally, once you earn AAdvantage elite status, it is good as of the day you qualify for the status or April 1 (whichever comes first) and continues through March 31st of the following year.

Elite members can also earn additional Loyalty Points Rewards, which allow elite members to choose additional benefits when reaching eleven thresholds from 15,000 Loyalty Points to 5 million Loyalty Points.

How to Earn Loyalty Points

There are many different ways to earn AAdvantage Loyalty Points, and here’s a summary of the most popular ways:

  • Flying on American Airlines, Oneworld Partners, and other partner airlines.
  • Spending on a Citi or Barclays AAdvantage credit card, including Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® and Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®.
  • American Airlines Vacations and American Airlines Cruises.
  • AAdvantage eShopping portal.
  • AAdvantage Dining (select restaurants).
  • SimplyMiles (offers you load to your credit card).
  • Hotels: American Airlines Hotels, Hyatt, Marriott International, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Vacations, and RocketMiles.
  • Rental Cars: American Airlines Cars, Avis, Budget, Payless, Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty, Alamo, National, Sixt.
  • Partners: Shell, NRG Energy, Reliant Energy, Xoom, and Miles for Opinions.

AAdvantage Gold Benefits

American AAdvantage Gold elite status offers these benefits:

  • 40% miles bonus for flights on American or partner airlines (7 miles per dollar).
  • Complimentary upgrades for you and a companion up to 24 hours before departure within the U.S., Caribbean, Canada, Bermuda, Central America, and Mexico, including award tickets.
  • Complimentary Main Cabin Extra Seats at check-in for elite member and up to 8 travel companions.
  • Complimentary Preferred Seats at booking.
  • Group 4 Priority Boarding.
  • Priority check-in at any Business class lane and priority security.
  • One free checked bag for you and any travel companions on the same reservation.
  • Same-day standby priority for flights to/from the USA, Puerto Rico, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, and select Caribbean destinations.
  • Elite service phone line for faster customer service.
  • Special benefits when flying Alaska Airlines, including priority check-in and boarding, priority security, priority seating, two free checked bags, upgrades to first class for elite member and one companion up to 24 hours before departure prioritized after Alaska MVP members, AAdvantage status bonus, and complimentary Premium Class (extra legroom) seats after ticket purchase for Y, B, and H fares and for all other fares 24 hours before departure.
  • Oneworld Ruby status entitles you to benefits on Oneworld airlines, including priority check-in and standby and preferred or pre-reserved seating.
  • One AAdvantage mile per dollar spent on eligible Hyatt properties.
American Airlines Main Cabin Extra

AAdvantage Platinum Benefits

American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum elite status offers these benefits:

  • 60% miles bonus for flights on American or partner airlines (8 miles per dollar).
  • Complimentary upgrades for you and a companion up to 48 hours before departure within the U.S., Caribbean, Canada, Bermuda, Central America, and Mexico, including award tickets.
  • Complimentary Main Cabin Extra and Preferred Seats at booking for elite member and up to 8 travel companions.
  • Group 3 priority boarding.
  • Two free checked bags for you and any travel companions on the same reservation.
  • Priority check-in at any first-class lane and priority security.
  • Priority bag delivery ensuring that any checked bags will be one of the first to reach baggage claim.
  • Same-day standby priority for flights to/from the USA, Puerto Rico, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, and select Caribbean destinations.
  • Elite service phone line for faster customer service.
  • Special benefits when flying Alaska Airlines, including priority check-in and boarding, priority security, priority seating, priority baggage, two free checked bags, upgrades to first class for elite member and one companion up to 48 hours before departure prioritized after Alaska MVP Gold members, AAdvantage status bonus, and complimentary Premium Class (extra legroom) seats after ticket purchase for Y, B, H, K, M, L, V, S, or N fare and all other fares within 72 hours before departure.
  • Oneworld Sapphire status, which gets you benefits on Oneworld airlines, including priority check-in and standby, priority boarding, priority security, lounge access to Business Class and frequent flyer lounges, and preferred or pre-reserved seating.
  • One AAdvantage mile per dollar spent on eligible Hyatt properties.

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AAdvantage Platinum Pro Benefits

American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum Pro offers these benefits:

  • 80% miles bonus for flights on American or partner airlines (9 miles per dollar).
  • Complimentary upgrades for you and a companion up to 72 hours before departure within the U.S., Caribbean, Canada, Bermuda, Central America, and Mexico, including award tickets.
  • Complimentary Main Cabin Extra and Preferred Seats at booking for elite member and up to 8 travel companions.
  • Group 2 priority boarding.
  • Three free checked bags for you and any travel companions on the same reservation.
  • Priority check-in at any first-class lane and priority security.
  • Priority bag delivery ensuring that any checked bags will be one of the first to reach baggage claim.
  • Complimentary same-day flight change allowing members to change their flight to a earlier or later flight on the same day without an additional fee.
  • Same-day standby priority for flights to/from the USA, Puerto Rico, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, and select Caribbean destinations.
  • Elite service phone line for faster customer service.
  • Special benefits when flying Alaska Airlines, including priority check-in and boarding, priority security, priority seating, priority baggage, three free checked bags, complimentary same-day flight changes, upgrades to first class for elite member and one companion up to 72 hours before departure prioritized after Alaska MVP Gold 75K members, AAdvantage status bonus, and complimentary Premium Class (extra legroom) seats after ticket purchase for all fares except Saver (basic economy) fares.
  • Oneworld Emerald status, which gets you benefits on Oneworld airlines, including priority check-in and standby, priority boarding, priority security, lounge access to First and Business Class and frequent flyer lounges, and preferred or pre-reserved seating.
  • One AAdvantage mile per dollar spent on eligible Hyatt properties.
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AAdvantage Executive Platinum Benefits

The benefits of AAdvantage Executive Platinum elite status are:

  • 120% miles bonus for flights on American or partner airlines (11 miles per dollar).
  • You and a companion can receive complimentary upgrades, including award tickets, up to 100 hours before departure within the U.S., Caribbean, Canada, Bermuda, Central America, and Mexico.
  • Complimentary Main Cabin Extra and Preferred Seats at booking for elite member and up to 8 travel companions.
  • Group 1 priority boarding.
  • Three free checked bags for you and any travel companions on the same reservation.
  • Priority check-in at any first-class lane and priority security.
  • Priority bag delivery ensuring that any checked bags will be one of the first to reach baggage claim.
  • Complimentary same-day flight change allowing members to change their flight to a earlier or later flight on the same day without an additional fee.
  • Same-day standby priority for flights to/from the USA, Puerto Rico, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, and select Caribbean destinations.
  • Guaranteed availability in the Main Cabin for the Executive Platinum member and one travel companion to book a full-fare ticket on a sold-out American Airlines flight at least 24 hours before departure.
  • Waitlist priority for purchased First or Business Class.
  • Complimentary alcoholic beverage and snack when sitting in the Main Cabin.
  • Elite service phone line for faster customer service.
  • Special benefits when flying Alaska Airlines, including priority check-in and boarding, priority security, priority seating, priority baggage, three free checked bags, complimentary same-day flight changes, upgrades to first class for elite member and one companion up to 120 hours before departure prioritized after Alaska MVP Gold 75K members, AAdvantage status bonus, and complimentary Premium Class (extra legroom) seats after ticket purchase for all fares except Saver (basic economy) fares.
  • Oneworld Emerald status, which gets you benefits on Oneworld airlines, including priority check-in and standby, priority boarding, priority security, lounge access to First and Business Class and frequent flyer lounges, and preferred or pre-reserved seating.
  • One AAdvantage mile per dollar spent on eligible Hyatt properties.
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