Update: American has clarified that signup bonuses and double mile categories won’t count for million miler status.
Earlier today, American announced that miles earned from spending on all US based AA credit cards that post to your account from 5/1-12/31 will count towards earning million miler status. You can read about elite benefits here.
- You will earn lifetime Gold status and 35K bonus miles when you earn 1MM million miler miles.
- You will earn lifetime Platinum status and 4 systemwide upgrades when you earn 2MM million miler miles.
- Sadly, there is no way to earn Platinum Pro or Executive Platinum status, but you will earn 4 systemwide upgrades for each additional million miler threshold reached.
AA used to offer this, but it was discontinued way back in 2011. That was back in golden age of earning miles, elite status, and redeeming awards. In the recovery from the great recession of 2007-2009, opportunities like scooping up countless free miles with dollar coins, earning insane quantities of Hyatt points and free nights, racking up hundreds of credit card bonuses annually, and taking advantage of amazing award charts with wide open award space.
Will we see some of those opportunities return due to the economic fallout from coronavirus?
Based on American’s move today, it seems possible. Airlines have been clawing back benefits over the past 9 years during the economic boom, but they’re going to have to be creative to earn back business during a downturn.
I earned lifetime Platinum status from opening AA credit cards back then.
I got my wife close by opening credit cards for her from when we got married in November 2008 until when the program ended in November 2011, but didn’t quite get her to 2MM:
As we pretty much exclusively travel on award tickets, her million miler balance has been frozen there for the past 9 years, just 132,651 million miler miles away from lifetime Platinum status and 4 systemwide upgrades.
That will change soon, as she was just approved to earn 70K miles on the Citi AA Business Mastercard. Officially this time around, only spending will earn million miler miles, but I’ll make an update whether or not the signup bonus miles count for million miler status.
You can login via this link to check how many million miler miles that you have. After doing that you should see the screenshot above with your million miler balance.
Don’t have an AA card? You can get one now and spend on them to earn lifetime elite status:
- Earn 70,000 miles with the Citi AA Business Mastercard. You can read the full card review here.
- Earn 50,000 miles with the Citi AA Executive Mastercard.
- Earn 50,000 miles with the Citi AA Mastercard.
- Earn 10,000 miles with Citi AA MileUp card.
Will you try to earn AA million miler status?