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Old Dec 31, 16, 10:13 pm
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Old Jan 1, 17, 9:21 am
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AA Status earning question

Thanks - great idea for a thread.

I have done some research, but can't settle on a solid answer (I have not been on flyer talk for a while)

I have expectations of earning status on one airline this year, and i have been earning mileage on AA for a couple of years for low level flights (maybe 15-20K a year).

I have a paid business (D) class ticket coming up from US to India & Return. I booked on BA (metal and codes - as opposed to AA codes flying on BA metal). Am i better off using that flight to earn status on BA (who i simply may never use on a normal basis) or to use it towards AA status and miles.

I expect all the additional flying i do this year to be either AA or SWA

Thanks for the advice
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Old Jan 1, 17, 10:06 am
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The major benefit from BA status for an AA domestic flyer is lounge access but, if you value that, you can buy it. If you use the flights for a (paid) AA challenge then you would reach PLT and be well on your way to earning it for the next year. On BA you would very close to earning the equivalent but there is no challenge so you would have to finish earning it. The advantage to AA status on domestics is the possibility of upgrades but you should read a bit on FT to evaluate your chances. It would be worth looking at your possible future flights and calculating the earnings for both programs.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 10:12 am
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Can I use AA gift cards on partner airlines? Specifically I would like to purchase a flight on Qatar Airways.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 3:03 pm
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Can I use AA gift cards on partner airlines? Specifically I would like to purchase a flight on Qatar Airways.
Welcome to FlyerTalk, mortarteam91.

Yes, it is possible, but you need to meet certain criteria. Your travel must originate in the US (see definition below), and the Qatar flights must be booked under the AA flight number.

https://giftcards.aa.com/terms.jsp

Gift cards are redeemable toward the initial electronic ticket purchase of air travel for itineraries sold and originating in the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Gift cards may only be used for travel on flights marketed by American Airlines, including those operated by American Eagle®, oneworld® airlines, and by other codeshare partners with an American Airlines flight number. For a complete list of American Airlines codeshare partners as well as other codeshare information, visit www.aa.com/codeshare.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 3:33 pm
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Hi all,

I'm AA Plat, and about to book a flight in CX Premium Economy LAX-HKG-SYD/MEL-HKG-SFO for $2100 ($1834+266 in taxes).

Can anyone give me an estimate of how much I'll earn in EQD and EQM for this trip?

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Old Jan 1, 17, 5:06 pm
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Originally Posted by JY1024 View Post
Welcome to FlyerTalk, mortarteam91.

Yes, it is possible, but you need to meet certain criteria. Your travel must originate in the US (see definition below), and the Qatar flights must be booked under the AA flight number.

https://giftcards.aa.com/terms.jsp
How can I find out if the Qatar flight is codeshared with AA? Also, if one segment of the flight is under AA and others under Qatar can the gift card be used?
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Old Jan 1, 17, 6:18 pm
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Originally Posted by mortarteam91 View Post
How can I find out if the Qatar flight is codeshared with AA? Also, if one segment of the flight is under AA and others under Qatar can the gift card be used?
Basically you have to book an AA fare that allows either the use of QR coded flights (likely to be very expensive) or AA coded, QR operated flights. You can't use the AA gift card to just book a QR fare.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 6:24 pm
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Originally Posted by redadeco View Post
Hi all,

I'm AA Plat, and about to book a flight in CX Premium Economy LAX-HKG-SYD/MEL-HKG-SFO for $2100 ($1834+266 in taxes).

Can anyone give me an estimate of how much I'll earn in EQD and EQM for this trip?

Cheers
You're flying about 23,358 miles so you'll earn about that many EQM, unless it's all Y or B, in which case you'll earn 35,037 due to the 1.5 bonus. If the fare class is W you may get that amount as well. The amount may differ on Qantas, BA, JA (see https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/...n-airlines.jsp).

You'll earn 1,834 EQDs, since that's how many non-tax dollars you spent on the ticket.

In other words, unfortunately, you're the exact type of customer the EQD requirement is meant to keep down.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 6:34 pm
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Originally Posted by redadeco View Post
Hi all,

I'm AA Plat, and about to book a flight in CX Premium Economy LAX-HKG-SYD/MEL-HKG-SFO for $2100 ($1834+266 in taxes).

Can anyone give me an estimate of how much I'll earn in EQD and EQM for this trip?

Cheers
You should definitely book this through CX as opposed to AA.

The EQM will likely be the same, since CX-coded flights in PE earn 1.5EQM, and AA-coded flights booked in PE are usually booked in W, which also earn 1.5EQM.

The difference in EQD, however, is big. If all your flights are booked through AA and are AA-coded, you'll earn 1834 + whatever the carrier charges are. Booked through CX, you'll earn 20%-22% of the miles flown (depending on what your fare code is)--i.e., 4,672-5,139 EQDs.

Your Plt status will impact the number of RDMs but not EQMs or EQDs.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 6:37 pm
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Originally Posted by getagb View Post

In other words, unfortunately, you're the exact type of customer the EQD requirement is meant to keep down.
Actually, I would say the OP is exactly in a position to benefit from the EQD rules for flights on partners.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 7:10 pm
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Originally Posted by getagb View Post
You're flying about 23,358 miles so you'll earn about that many EQM, unless it's all Y or B, in which case you'll earn 35,037 due to the 1.5 bonus. If the fare class is W you may get that amount as well. The amount may differ on Qantas, BA, JA (see https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/...n-airlines.jsp).

You'll earn 1,834 EQDs, since that's how many non-tax dollars you spent on the ticket.

In other words, unfortunately, you're the exact type of customer the EQD requirement is meant to keep down.
Not sure if you read my post carefully.

I'm flying PE (E class) on CX (CX coded flights all the way), not AA.
I'm supposed to earn 35,037EQM and 20% of 23,358mi in EQD, that is 4671EQD, can anyone confirm?
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Old Jan 1, 17, 7:14 pm
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Originally Posted by redadeco View Post
Not sure if you read my post carefully.

I'm flying PE (E class) on CX (CX coded flights all the way), not AA.
I'm supposed to earn 35,037EQM and 20% of 23,358mi in EQD, that is 4671EQD, can anyone confirm?
According to the CX chart on aa.com yes that is correct. Premium Y fares on CX (CX flight # on CX metal) earn 1.5EQM per mile flown and 20% of miles flown equals EQDs.

flying premium economy on partner airlines is one way many people are going to use to get $12,000 in EQDs without actually spending $12k.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 7:28 pm
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Great, though for RDMs I believe it's independent of class of travel or flown miles?

Just how much one pays for a ticket times an elite status multiplier, meaning travelling SYD-LHR in paid F can yield less RDMs than JFK-LHR in J if the first is cheaper than the latter.

Incredible times, though PE on OW carriers seems to be the way to go for EXP at least.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 7:35 pm
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Originally Posted by redadeco View Post
Great, though for RDMs I believe it's independent of class of travel or flown miles?

Just how much one pays for a ticket times an elite status multiplier, meaning travelling SYD-LHR in paid F can yield less RDMs than JFK-LHR in J if the first is cheaper than the latter.

Incredible times, though PE on OW carriers seems to be the way to go for EXP at least.
Since you are booked on CX-marketed flights, you earn RDMs at 100% of miles flown plus a 60% bonus for being PLT. No class of service bonus for E fares.

For AA-marketed flights, you would earn 8x your base fare + carrier charges.
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