Great news for American Airline Elites! I just received the following email from Bridget Blaise-Shamai, President of AAdvantage Loyalty Program, regarding American Airlines elite status:
As an American Airlines AAdvantage® Executive Platinum member you are among our most loyal customers and we want you to know how much we value your choice to fly with us. As you experience reduced travel opportunities due to the coronavirus, we’re doing all we can to ensure you receive all the benefits of your status on future travel with us — when the time is right for you. Over the next few weeks we are:
Extending AAdvantage® elite status and systemwide upgrades
If your current elite status expires on January 31, 2021, we’ll automatically extend it until January 31, 2022. You’ll continue to enjoy all the benefits that come with your status. Additionally, we’ll extend the expiration date for any systemwide upgrades in your account currently set to expire on January 31, 2021 until July 31, 2021.
Lowering elite qualification requirements
You’ll be able to requalify for Executive Platinum status in 2020 with lower Elite Qualifying Dollar (EQD), Elite Qualifying Mile (EQM) and Elite Qualifying Segment (EQS) requirements, and earn additional systemwide upgrades.
Lowering Executive Platinum rewards levels
We’re lowering the levels required to earn your Executive Platinum choice rewards for 2020 to 90,000, 120,000 and 150,000 EQMs.
Introducing earn toward Million MilerSM status with credit card spend
For all eligible Citi® / AAdvantage® and AAdvantage® Aviator credit card products, as well as select AAdvantage® credit cards outside the U.S., every dollar spent on net purchases that post to your AAdvantage account between May 2020 and December 2020 will count as one mile toward Million MilerSM status.
You’re behind every decision we make at American Airlines. Your ability to earn status as you look forward to travelling again is important to us. We appreciate your support and do not take your business for granted. For additional information about these updates and more, please visit www.aa.com/programupdates.
This is great news and it was expected as they’re following the lead of Delta Air Lines and United. It would have been nice if they extended the systemwide upgrades for a full year instead of six months but it’s better than nothing. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with the virus because if they don’t find a vaccine or a treatment or a way to rapidly test passengers, I just don’t see a lot of people flying.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
- Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
- Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That’s 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.
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