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!
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.