American Announces 2012 Elite Threshold Rewards

American AAdvantage elite members who register are eligible to earn additional rewards for flying more than the minimum necessary to re-qualify for their current elite level.

  • Golds who hit 40,000 get to pick one of 15,000 miles, 4 500 mile upgrades, 2 club passes, or a 10% off discount code.

  • Platinums who hit 75,000 get to pick one of 25,000 miles, 8 500 mile upgrades, 4 club passes, a 15% off discount code, or gift Gold status to someone else.

  • Executive Platinums who hit 125,000 get to pick two of 35,000 miles, 2 systemwide upgrades (eVIPs), a club membership, a 20% off discount code, or gift Gold status to someone else.

The Executive Platinum perks are really huge — 70,000 miles or 4 systemwide upgrades or gifting gold membership and receiving a free lounge membership, just to name a few.

The key, though, is that while status can be earned based on miles flown or points — and discounted fares in many cases only earn a half point per mile while premium fares earn up to 1.5 points per mile — the threshold rewards are based solely on points.

As an Executive Platinum flying mostly domestic but on decent mid-range fares and some discounted fares I may well fly enough miles but am unlikely to earn close to enough points.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community Milepoint.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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