Update from AA: “We have good news for some of you. Members who have earned 1 Million Miler status since January 1, 2011, will have a limited opportunity to exchange eight (8) 500-mile upgrades for 35,000 AAdvantage bonus miles if none of the upgrades have been used. Please call AAdvantage Customer Service at 1-800-882-8880 (say “AAdvantage Account” when prompted at the Main Menu) to request this transaction.”
American Airlines has a very generous million miler program. While other carriers only count actual flight miles to earn million miler status, AA has always counted all miles towards million miler. Yup, even miles earned from opening a credit card. miles earned from transferring points from Starwood to AA, or miles earned just for having cash sitting in your checking account.
You can check your lifetime miles by logging into your mileage account at AA.com and checking your “program to date miles”
At 1 million miles you become AA Gold for life. If you have a North American address you also get 8 500 miler domestic upgrades and if you have an international address on your AA account you get 4 international upgrades. Effective 12/01 you get 35K miles regardless of your address instead of the upgrades.
Gold status normally requires that you fly 25,000 miles per year.
At 2 million miles you become AA Platinum for life. You also get 4 international upgrades regardless of the address on your account.
You get 4 more international upgrades at every million miler level..
Platinum status normally requires that you fly 50,000 miles per year.
The “all miles count” will come to an end on November 30th. From then on only miles earned from flying will count towards million miler status. Miles earned on AA’s $450/year Citibank Executive AAdvantage Mastercard will also still count towards million miler throughout 2012 if the card is opened by 12/01/11.
All miles earned by 11/30/11 will still count towards million miler regardless of how they were earned. Anyone who is lifetime gold or platinum will remain so regardless of how they earned the miles to get there.
Close to a million? Go for it!
-Open an AA card or 3.
-Through 08/31 you can buy 50K miles for $1,105 including taxes here.
-Share or gift miles.
-You can transfer 20K Starpoints into 25K AA miles that can be earned from the Starwood Consumer or Starwood Business card. Starwood also sells Starpoints, but at 3.5 cents per point they don’t come cheap!
-You can transfer Diners Club points into AA miles at a 1:1 ratio.
-Move your liquid assets into BankDirect to get more miles for having money in a checking account (1 mile per $10 in the account every month)
-AMEX Membership Rewards points don’t transfer to AA, but if you’re really really desperate then I suppose you can transfer 60,000 MR points into 20,000 Starpoints into 25,000 AA miles.
-Go on a mileage run and fly somewhere just to earn miles!
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What do you get for being elite?
1MM/Lifetime Gold Elite:
-4 evip systemwide upgrades (with international address)
-8 500-mile upgrades (with domestic address)
-Waived award expedite fees
-Exit row seats for you and companions
-No baggage fees for you and companions
-No annual limit on Citi AA card earnings
-25% bonus redeemable miles on flights
-OneWorld Ruby Status
-500 mile minimum elite+redeemable miles on all segments
-Priority checkin, security, and boarding.
-Elite priority phone number
-Upgrades clear at 24 hours out
2MM/Lifetime Platinum Elite:
The above, plus
-Another 4 Evips regardless of address
-OneWorld International business lounge access
-100% bonus redeemable miles on flights
-Upgrades clear at 72 hours out