American Offers Double Elite Qualifying Miles Until January 31!

by on December 14, 2011 · 34 comments

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Christmas came early for me this year as I woke up in Amsterdam today to great news that American Airlines is offering double elite qualifying miles from December 13, 2011 to January 31, 2012 to all AAdvantage members. The rules are very flexible as well- this applies to all flights on American planes (not codeshare or partners), even for flights already booked.Registration is required, go here and enter promo code DEQAA if prompted. You should get an email confirming your registration.
This is going to be huge for me personally because January is exclusively an American month for me with roundtrips to Beijing, San Fransisco and London/Dallas/Seattle and Los Angeles for the Oneworld Mega Do. I haven’t done all of the math, but the way things are looking I will likely gain 70,000 American EQMs in the month of January! That should make it easy for me to retain my Delta status (Diamond or Platinum – still not sure) and qualify for Executive Platinum for 2013. It’s a shame American only offers 100% EQMs, even on business class fares because I purchased discounted business class for the Mega Do flights to and from London. American only offers extra Elite Qualifying Points, which are not doubled as part of this promotion.

In fact, this promo states that it can be combined with other AAdvantage promotions and they currently are offering double EQMs on Dallas and Chicago to San Francisco/Los Angeles. At a very minimum you will still be able to get double redeemable miles for those flights, so it still might make sense to book as many as possible during the promotion period. You never know – you may end up getting triple EQMs on those segments!

For everyone else, remember that American does not offer elite mile rollover – so you start January 1 each year with 0 EQMs. You should decide whether you should go for a mileage run in 2011 or whether you should focus on really maximizing this promotion in January- it all depends on where you currently stand. Note: this promotion is only double elite qualifying miles, not points.

For reference AA has three elite tiers:
Gold: 25,000 miles, free checked bags, 24 hour upgrade window, 25% mileage bonus, Oneworld Ruby status
Platinum: 50,000 miles, 100% mileage bonus, 72 hour upgrade window, Oneworld Sapphire status
Executive Platinum: 100,000 miles, 100 hour complimentary domestic upgrade window, 8 systemwide upgrades, enhanced customer service, waived feed and expanded award availability

If you are looking for good mileage run fares, keep your eyes on the Flyertalk Mileage Run forum. The vets there will be focusing on maximizing this double EQM promo.

American does offer status challenges, which require a co-pay and a certain number of Elite Qualifying Points (not miles) within a 3 month period: 5,000 for Gold and 10,000 for Platinum. American does not do challenges for Executive Platinum. Reading this site will give all the information you need in order to do a successful AA challenge.  Since the challenges require Elite Qualifying Points, this promotion will not make it any easier to get AA status via the challenge.

The airline industry is very much tit for tat, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see United, Delta or US Airways to match this promotion. Let’s wait and see!

Full T&C
Terms and Conditions:
AAdvantage promotion is valid for all travel on purchased, published fare tickets on American Airlines or American Eagle marketed and operated flights from December 13, 2011, through January 31, 2012. This offer does not require travel to be booked during a specific time frame; travel booked prior to the start date of this promotion is eligible. Offer applies to all eligible segments flown, regardless of the type of trip, i.e. one-way, round-trip, circle trip or trips including open jaws. Bonus elite qualifying miles earned in conjunction with flight activity during 2011 will count towards your 2012 membership year; bonus elite qualifying miles earned in conjunction with flight activity during 2012 will count toward your 2013 membership year. This offer does not increment the member’s prize eligible mileage balance, elite qualifying points or segments. Double elite-qualifying miles will be calculated at 100% of the base miles earned. Double elite qualifying miles will be posted to the account of the traveling AAdvantage member within 6-8 weeks after qualifying activity posts to your account. Promotion does not apply to travel on mileage award tickets or fares that are ineligible for AAdvantage mileage accrual. Flights operated by our codeshare partners or oneworld alliance carriers are not eligible for this promotion. This offer can be combined with other AAdvantage promotions. Registration prior to travel is required.

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Steven Kekich December 14, 2011 at 8:17 am

Per the terms and conditions the double EQM from Chicago and Dallas are not able to be stacked “This offer cannot be combined with other AAdvantage promotions. ”

studd December 14, 2011 at 10:25 am

does AA offer anything to FF who reach 75K ? is there a level in between 50 and 100?

Anonymous December 14, 2011 at 10:26 am

not that i am asking them to start this foolishness, just asking…

Brad December 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm

No there is no tier between 50k and 100k

Michael December 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Alas, it’s hard to find a place to go. Maybe Madrid or Barcelona for 30 hours. $865 yields about 24000eqms and, if it’s double redeemables, too, then 36000 redeemables (I’m explat). Wish Madrid airport was easier to get into the city though

Sonnypatel94 December 14, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Are these redeemable miles too? Or only for status?

Miriam Abrams December 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm

These are not Elite Qualifying Miles and from my understanding, AA states that they must be redeemed within 18 months.

Anonymous December 15, 2011 at 5:19 am

Only for status

Anonymous December 15, 2011 at 5:19 am

These are not redeemable miles. Can you point out where you see that?

Anonymous December 15, 2011 at 5:20 am

American just confirms that these promos CAN be stacked. Awesome

Michael December 15, 2011 at 8:57 am

For some people, they will be able to requalify for two years! I’m going to do it!

Sally December 16, 2011 at 2:26 am

I just want to make sure … will I get double EQM for American Airline operated and marketed flights on sites OTHER THAN Thanks!

Wingtipwalker December 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

This is very helpful. I’m about 2700 EQMs short of gold. Do any of you sage travelers have a suggestion of a cheap way to run those up before the end of the year?

Hershl December 19, 2011 at 6:52 pm

My problem isn’t about building up my miles on AA, but about using the 35K-plus miles I have, mostly through purchases on my MC-AA. An attempt in Dec. 2010 to book an LA-Boston flight in May on 25K miles was unsuccessful: even two-stop flights were no-go, almost 6 mos. in advance. The offer to sell me additional mis. came to more than I actually paid for the round trip, non-stop flight!

Other than car rental, what else can I do with my miles? Or will AA actually find me a flight (example, LA-Denver, Jan. or Feb 2012) that I can get with my miles?

Miriam Abrams December 20, 2011 at 5:10 am

oops, got it confused with something else. You are correct.

xtc December 20, 2011 at 9:55 am

can this above offer be combined with this: . and also can i use AA gift cards i bought via Amex Plat credit to book a flight and still earn miles? I could get a $700 flight to europe – $400 credits = $300 flight for 10k miles + 25k bonus miles + 20 qualifying miles? would be VERY nice! :D

Ranz1022 January 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

Do you know how long does it take for these miles to be posted? Thanks

Anita January 5, 2012 at 7:28 am

I was looking into going to taipei so would that work? Concerned about the part of the leg that is with China Airlines.

LAbackpackerchick January 19, 2012 at 4:30 am

Hi I’m not an expert but I booked 1 round-trip economy flight to/from central america (SAL-LAX) with less than 35k miles. I also booked 2 one way economy tickets from London to Cancun for 40k miles (20k each) with AA. Maybe this might offer some ideas as to how to use your miles…

Krpdm538 October 31, 2012 at 4:10 am

Hi points guy…are there any current elite qualifying offers on AA? I’m short and willing to make the trip to ensure qualification…

Krpdm538 October 31, 2012 at 4:11 am

…btw I’m Exec. Platinum

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