Starting today: Requalify for American Airlines elite status with credit card spend

Jul 15, 2021

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Last month, American Airlines announced two new pathways to requalify for AAdvantage elite status. So, on top of reduced qualification requirements this year, existing American Airlines AAdvantage elites can also requalify by spending $15,000 on an AAdvantage cobranded credit card or earning 2,000 elite-qualifying dollars (EQDs). However, there are set periods in which you must spend or earn for these pathways.

And although the EQD pathway doesn’t start until September, the credit card pathway begins today. Here’s everything you need to know about requalifying for elite status with American Airlines this year through credit card spend.

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Requalify for American elite status with credit card spend

American Airlines plane at a gate
This year, you can requalify for elite status with American Airlines by spending on an American credit card. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

This year, existing American Airlines AAdvantage elite members can requalify for status by spending $15,000 on an AAdvantage cobranded credit card between July 15 and Nov. 15. If you meet the spending requirement on an eligible card, American will extend your status through Jan. 31, 2023.

All Citi® / AAdvantage® credit cards, AAdvantage® Aviator® and AAdvantage® credit cards issued outside the U.S. are eligible for this promotion. You can combine spend on purchases across all of your cobranded American credit cards to reach the $15,000 threshold.

The information for the AAdvantage Aviator cards has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Of course, there’s also the second pathway for easy requalification. This second pathway may be better for some elites, as it requires earning 2,000 EQDs on American or partner-operated flights between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2021.

If you want to use either of these pathways to requalify, you don’t need to register. Simply spend $15,000 on your card or earn 2,000 EQDs — each within the specified time frame — to get your status extended.

Related: Why this is the year of easy elite status

However, you can only use the two pathways for easy requalification if you held elite status with American Airlines on Jan. 1, 2021. As such, members who snagged status through limited-time status challenges and new elite members aren’t eligible. Further, there is no way to earn elite status or upgrade your status tier with this promotion.

Also, note that Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum members who requalify through one of these two pathways for easy requalification aren’t eligible for elite choice rewards (including systemwide upgrades). You must earn status the “old-fashioned” way to acquire these perks. Thankfully, American is offering lower elite qualification requirements this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Related: 6 ways my loyalty to American Airlines is now paying off

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