AAdvantage Elite Status Challenge 2016

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American Airlines has initiated an elite status challenge for anyone looking to achieve AAdvantage Gold or AAdvantage Platinum in 2016. There is no status challenge for AAdvantage Executive Platinum at this time.

AAdvantage Gold AAdvantage Platinum
EQMs Required 7,000 12,500
Fees (by 16 June 2016) $100 $200
Fees (after 16 June 2016) $120 $240

If you register before by 16 June 2016, your status is good through 28 February 2017, but if you register after 16 June 2016, your status will be good through 31 January 2018. Elite qualifying miles (EQMs) must be earned within 90 days of registration, although AA will accept EQMs for qualifying flights flown no more than two weeks prior to the registration date. In order to qualify, EQMs must be earned on flights marketed or operated by:

  • American Airlines (AA)
  • British Airways (BA)
  • Iberia (IB)
  • Japan Airlines (JL)
  • Qantas (QF)

Note that it will be easier to complete these requirements flying on  AA marketed and operated flights as flying on partner airlines will earn only a fraction of the EQMs according to the new 2016 mileage earning tables. It will also be easier for premium cabin travelers to complete this challenge since you now earn:

  • 3.0 EQMs for Full-Fare 1st/Business Class
  • 2.0 EQMs for Discount 1st/Business Class
  • 1.5 EQMs for Full-Fare Economy
  • 1.0 EQMs for Discount Economy

To register, simply call the AA Help Desk at +1 (888) 697-5636. You cannot register if you currently have status. You can register for AAdvantage Gold if you currently do not have it, and for AAdvantage Platinum if you currently are AAdvantage Gold.

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