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GUIDE: Earning EQD / Elite Qualifying Dollars on AA & partner airlines (as of 2019)

GUIDE: Earning EQD / Elite Qualifying Dollars on AA & partner airlines (as of 2019)

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Earning Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQD) on AA and partner airlines
Minimum Spend" requirement for each status tier began 1 Jan 2017

In addition to the required EQM or EQS (same as 2016) to earn status in 2017 and onward one must also earn "Elite Qualifying Dollars" / "EQD" spend credit as follows (during the calendar year):

"Starting January 1, 2017, well add Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) to our earning requirements. Qualify in 1 of 2 ways:
  • Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) + Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs)
  • Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs) + Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs)

EQDs will be awarded based on:
  • Ticket price (base fare plus carrier-imposed fees, excluding any government-imposed taxes and fees) on American-marketed flights
  • Flights marketed by oneworld carriers, "Special Fares" such as some AA Vacations flights, Thank You Points purchased fares, etc. earn EQDs based on a percentage of the flight distance and the fare class purchased

With the addition of EQDs, the rule that 4 segments must be traveled on American or American Eagle during the qualifying year to receive elite status has been eliminated.
NOTE: EQD credit varies for "Special Fares" (e.g. "select flights" included in AAVacations packages), and the chart for those changed on 11 Jan 2017. See here.

2019 Status qualification tiers and requirements: link
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aa.com: aa.com is updated to show EQM, EQD and RDM/AW for your convenience when booking and in your account for keeping informed about your accruals.

Another impact of EQD is on upgrade priority within status tiers instead of time of upgrade request (FYI only, not discussion here):

Change to upgrade priority to EQD-based priority

The way your upgrade request is prioritized changed in 2017. Youll be listed according to the type of upgrade, by your elite status level followed by the number of EQDs earned in the last 12 months. The date of upgrade request will no longer be used except to break ties not resolved by higher priority levels. Applies both upgrade request and airport list if request goes to airport list.

Partners (AS and oneworld): accrual of EQM and EQD as reflected on charts on aa.com.

FAQ

Q. How will AA EQD be calculated?

Yes: Base fare plus carrier imposed fees, e.g. YQ etc. (Status buyup fees will count.)

No: Taxes, government or airport imposed fees, e.g. PSC, APD, TSA, etc. and ancillary fees (see below)

Q. How will flights on other oneworld carriers, AS, and "Special Fares" qualify for EQD?

Partner earning tables are here and special fare table here on aa.com.

Q. Will checked bag fees, seat purchases, LFBU and 500-mile upgrades, buy miles, or other products/service fees count toward earning award miles and EQDs? (AA FAQ)

No, only the base fare paid for your ticket including any carrier-imposed fees will count toward earning award miles and EQDs. Fees for other products or services will not be awarded miles or EQDs, including but not limited to the following: checked (or overweight) baggage fees, Admirals Club memberships (or passes), Wi-Fi passes, in-flight food and beverage purchases, in-flight entertainment, unaccompanied minor fees, pet travel fees, 500-mile upgrades, mileage upgrade cash co-payments, Mileage Multiplier, BuyMiles, GiftMiles, ShareMiles or other mileage purchases, ticket change fees, ticketing fees, same-day confirmed flight change or standby fees and service charges. (Status buyup fees will count, however.)

Resources:

GLOSSARY:

EQD: Elite Qualifying Dollars (base fare + carrier imposed fees, - government imposed taxes and fees

EQM: Elite Qualifying Miles (accrual depends on fare basis, airline and base miles flown)

EQS: Elite Qualifying Segments (discrete segment marketed as AA)

Platinum Pro: new tier beginning 1/1/17 requiring $9,000 EQD and 75,000 EQM or 90 EQS in one calendar year

Links

Link to FT: JUST THE FACTS: EQD, status tier, other changes announced 6 Jun 2016

Link to AAdvantage Program Updates page on aa.com (including FAQ).

Link to Gary Leff's "View from the Wing" blog article on these changes.

Link to Ben "Lucky" Schlappig's take in "One Mile at a Time" on View From the Boarding Area
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Old Aug 14, 17, 11:01 pm
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Originally Posted by AAExecPlatFlier View Post
Awards earn NOTHING. ZIP. NADA. No RDMs. NO EQMS. NO EQSs. NO EQDs. NO credits towards lifetime. NO credit towards stickers. NO NOTHING.
Unless you put a FF number of another programme in - in which case , I have found that anytime awards often do
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Old Aug 14, 17, 11:09 pm
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I see. The full fare class is what confused me. Great tip about external FFP, @Dave Noble.

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Old Aug 15, 17, 8:14 am
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Originally Posted by Dave Noble View Post
Unless you put a FF number of another programme in - in which case , I have found that anytime awards often do
I've seen hints that maybe it also works the other way? Like, use BA Avios for an AA flight and then stick your AA # on it?
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Old Aug 15, 17, 8:16 am
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Originally Posted by CloudCoder View Post
Yes, in IRROPS (when moved to another carrier or even another AA flight), it's a dice-roll as to how many EQD you'll get.

I periodically go through my activity on AA.com and look for any segments which were posted by Distance (instead of Fare). Sometimes there's a good reason for them to be posted by distance (e.g. AAVacations). I recently asked AAdvantage to correct the posting for 4 past segments. It took them two weeks, but they did correct it eventually.
Surprisingly, I have had very little IRROP activity. It seems that my recourse is to call the EXP desk and inquire about my EQD earnings.
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Old Aug 15, 17, 9:04 am
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Originally Posted by token385 View Post
It seems that my recourse is to call the EXP desk and inquire about my EQD earnings.
You can check it yourself on AA.com. Home page --> My Account --> Activity ... then select the date range you want. It clusters the segments together by ticket. Click on any ticket to see the individual segments. It will show the fare method used to compute miles and EQD for each segment. "Fare" is good. "Distance" or "Other" means that you may have been short-changed.
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Old Aug 15, 17, 9:34 am
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Originally Posted by CloudCoder View Post
"Fare" is good. "Distance" or "Other" means that you may have been short-changed.
Very case-dependent. With "Fare" is is never possible to get 1 EQD/$ because there are always. Often closer to about 0.8. With "Distance" of "Other" is is quite easy to get > 1 EQD/$, particularly with premium fares. I'd contend that it's easier to be short-changed with "Fare" than "Distance."

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Old Aug 16, 17, 1:36 pm
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Originally Posted by CloudCoder View Post
You can check it yourself on AA.com. Home page --> My Account --> Activity ... then select the date range you want. It clusters the segments together by ticket. Click on any ticket to see the individual segments. It will show the fare method used to compute miles and EQD for each segment. "Fare" is good. "Distance" or "Other" means that you may have been short-changed.
I appreciate the info...
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Old Aug 16, 17, 1:50 pm
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If you buy airfare on JAL airline, and one segment is flown on AA that's been codeshared with JAL, do you earn straight EQD's for the AA segment's flight or is it still based on the mileage earning rate of JAL?
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Old Aug 16, 17, 2:03 pm
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If it is AA marketing -- Ie an AA flight number then EQDs will be per $. If it has a JAL flight number EQDs will be per the jal earning chart.

Originally Posted by caburrito View Post
If you buy airfare on JAL airline, and one segment is flown on AA that's been codeshared with JAL, do you earn straight EQD's for the AA segment's flight or is it still based on the mileage earning rate of JAL?
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Old Aug 16, 17, 2:20 pm
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Originally Posted by AAExecPlatFlier View Post
If it is AA marketing -- Ie an AA flight number then EQDs will be per $. If it has a JAL flight number EQDs will be per the jal earning chart.
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Old Aug 16, 17, 5:50 pm
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One more, if you fly on Alaska from SEA to YVR, how does AA calculate the EQD? Is it based on the actual miles flown, 127 miles? Or is it based on Alaska's minimum miles earned, 500 miles?
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Old Aug 16, 17, 10:02 pm
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Originally Posted by caburrito View Post
One more, if you fly on Alaska from SEA to YVR, how does AA calculate the EQD? Is it based on the actual miles flown, 127 miles? Or is it based on Alaska's minimum miles earned, 500 miles?
Distance-based EQDs are based on the actual distance flown. The 500 mile minimum applies to EQMs only, not even to RDMs.
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Old Aug 17, 17, 12:16 am
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Originally Posted by brp View Post
Very case-dependent. With "Fare" is is never possible to get 1 EQD/$ because there are always. Often closer to about 0.8. With "Distance" of "Other" is is quite easy to get > 1 EQD/$, particularly with premium fares. I'd contend that it's easier to be short-changed with "Fare" than "Distance."

Cheers.
Right, there are some cases where EQD by "Distance" is greater than EQD by "Fare". All of my incorrect postings were due to IRROPS: ticketed on AA, flew on UA, wrote in to get Original Routing Credit. 9 events this year. Posting was correct 5X. Posting was incorrect (by distance, shortchanging me a handful of miles) 4X.

Conclusion: When you write in to get ORC, they always post "something". The "something" is correct about half the time. When it's incorrect and if you're shortchanged and if you wrote it,, AAdvantage will gladly correct it.
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Old Aug 19, 17, 11:00 am
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Are EQD's posted at time of ticket purchase or during actual travel time? Below are two examples.

I bought a ticket dfw-lhr in June for November travel $1300

I bought a ticket dfw-pvg a few weeks ago for February 2018 travel $1500

Thanks
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Old Aug 19, 17, 12:01 pm
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Originally Posted by enviroian View Post
Are EQD's posted at time of ticket purchase or during actual travel time? Below are two examples.

I bought a ticket dfw-lhr in June for November travel $1300

I bought a ticket dfw-pvg a few weeks ago for February 2018 travel $1500

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You receive credit for the EQD's at the time of travel.
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