AA is the only remaining airline that still counts all mileage activity towards lifetime elite status.
United and Delta used to count all miles, but currently only count actual flown mileage for lifetime elite status.
Continental used to have a program that if you were a top-tier elite for 5 consecutive years you got lifetime top-tier status, alas Continental no longer offers any chance at becoming a lifetime elite today.
On AA every mile earned, even those from credit cards, is counted.
At 1,000,000 miles you get lifetime Gold Elite status and at 2,000,000 miles you get lifetime Platinum Elite status.
In addition you also get other nice goodies when you cross each million marker.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve redeemed miles, the only thing that matters is the “program to date miles.”
Today I finally entered the home stretch…I just hope they don’t pull the program before I cross the finish line!
From my AA account: