Elites earn a minimum of 500 frequent flyer miles on short flights, still, with American AAdvantage plus their elite bonus. Dallas – Austin is just 190 miles one-way but as an Executive Platinum I earn a 100% bonus on miles flown. Thanks to the 500 mile minimum I earn 1000 miles for the segment.
Various routes under 500 miles each.
The same 500 mile minimum is supposed to apply to elite qualifying miles. And it does.
This year there are elite qualfiying bonuses for flying paid premium cabin fares. Buy a domestic discount first class P fare, earn 2 qualifying miles per mile flown.
- Everyone assumed that would mean Dallas – Austin and similar short flights would earn 1000 qualifying miles.
- But they were taking the actual miles flown, doubling it, and then checking for 500 mile minimums.
- So paid first class was earning 500 qualifying miles just like discounted fares.
What’s more American doesn’t make it easy to see elite qualifying miles. You’re shown a qualifying miles total for the year, but not a detailed breakdown of where the qualifying miles came from. Trip-by-trip all you’re shown is how your redeemable miles were earned:
Nonetheless, many flyers noticed. So did AAdvantage. And fortunately, American will be running sweeps to correct this until the reprogram how qualifying miles are earned in the first place. (HT: @xJonNYC)
There is a glitch in how the minimum mileage guarantee for EQMs is being calculated. The calculation should credit the 500 mile minimum before applying the EQM multiplier. Beginning in the next few weeks, we will be running a retroactive process to “true up” any accounts where the member did not earn the proper number of EQMs. This process will continue to run until the calculation can be reprogrammed in the AAdvantage system.
So if you’re an elite who bought a paid first class ticket, and it included a short segment under 500 miles, you’ve been shorted some qualifying miles… And American is going to get that corrected soon.
In the meantime, they’re going to keep shorting you and keep fixing it until the uderlying programming issue is fixed it seems.