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GUIDE: Earning AA Elite Qualifying Miles / EQM on AA, partner airlines 2017 on

GUIDE: Earning AA Elite Qualifying Miles / EQM on AA, partner airlines 2017 on

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Earning Elite Qualifying Miles / EQM (and AA status)

on American Airlines and its partner airlines


Note: Earning EQM / and their purpose changed 1/1/2016, and values earned changed 1/1/2019 for AY, BA, IB.


New Elite Qualifying Miles earning

link to AAdvantage program changes for 2016 on aa.com

"You’ll continue to earn EQMs based on the airline and booking class purchased. Plus, Full-fare Economy, Business Class or First Class tickets on American-marketed flights will earn EQMs at a higher rate (up to 2.0 or 3.0 EQMs per flown mile) – getting you to elite status faster." - aa.com

Caveat: Some, even AA new Basic Economy fares as well as others' discount or deep discount economy fares may be credited with fractional or even no EQM / Elite Qualifying Miles. Read carefully.

Please see this page (link) on aa.com for earning AAdvantage miles flying oneworld and additional airline partners, then read the chart for that airline partner. Be sure to note some fares operated by oneworld and additional partners may earn full, partial or no AA miles (E.g. Cathay Pacific only earns AA miles on H, B and full Y fares in coach; BA and IB fares may earn as few as 0.5 EQ Miles per mile flown as of 1 Feb 2016.)

Link to AAdvantage program update page on aa.com
See Earning AA Award / Redeemable Miles / RDM on AA, partners later 2016 for more regarding AAdvantage Award ("Redeemable") Miles.

Read The AAdvantage Terms and Conditions here

Glossary:
  • Award mile ("RDM" often "Redeemable Mile" on Flyertalk): a unit that can be spent on an award, such as a bonus, purchased, or other AAdvantage mile.

  • Base mile: A unit based on a flown mile (can be a percentage of flown miles on AA partners) used to calculate redeemable (award usable) miles (changes late 2016 to revenue based system)

  • Bonus Mile: Award Mile earned through various activities including flying, credit card use, hotel stays, auto rentals, shopping etc. with various American Airlines partners. See Earning AA Award / Redeemable Miles / RDM on AA, partners later 2016.

  • Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQD): credit for spend on AA and partner airlines over the calendar year (base fare plus carrier imposed fees, but excluding taxes, government and ancillary fees); minimum EQD spend now required for status. See more here.

  • Elite Qualifying Mile (EQM): A unit used to earn status, based on flown miles X purchased class of service for the marketing airline.

  • Elite Qualifying Segment (EQS): A unit used to earn status equivalent to a sector flown by a qualifying flight (but note when the same flight number is flown over two or more sectors the entirety will generally count as one segment. "You’ll still earn 1 EQS (Elite Qualifying segment) for each eligible segment you fly." - aa.com (NOTE: the new AA Basic Economy fares earn 0.5 EQS.)

  • Flown mile: actual miles flown (as published by AA - Great Circle Mapper, etc. are close

  • Marketing airline is the airline "plating" or issuing the boarding pass, e.g. QF operated by FJ. The marketing airline's chart on aa.com (not the airline's) determines your miles earning on airline partners. (Neither the airline selling or issuing the ticket makes any difference.)

  • Operating airline is the airline operating the flight. except for AA and QF (and a very few others) to earn miles on a oneworld marketed flight, the operating airline must generally be a oneworld airline.

  • Qualifying flight: an AA or partner flight on which one can earn EQM, EQS in this instance
NOTE: There is no requirement for a minimum number of segments to be flown on AA marketed flights as of 2017.

On American Airlines, qualifying British Airways, Finnair, Iberia and Japan Airlines marketed flights: (all AA flights operated by various AA partners but as AA “codeshares” - your boarding pass states “AA 1234” and not AS, QF, EY, etc.)
  • 3 EQMs/mile – Full-fare First or Business class fares

  • 2 EQMs/mile - Discount First or Business class fares

  • 1.5 EQMs/mile – Full-fare Main Cabin, or Premium Economy class fares

  • 1 EQMs/mile - on most Discount Main Cabin

  • 0.5 EQMs/mile on highly discounted the new Basic Economy fares
Exceptions: There are certain airline ticket types that are not eligible for mileage accrual regardless of the booking class. These include, without limitation, the following:
  • All tickets issued as AAdvantage awards
  • Other free ticket promotions including free or reduced rate tickets
  • Companion tickets
  • Charter flight tickets
  • Travel agency/industry reduced rate tickets
  • Infant tickets
  • Items occupying a purchased seat (e.g. XTRASEAT)
  • (Also Extra seats purchased by a passenger for him/herself)
  • Unpublished fare tickets, including consolidator fares
  • Tickets issued subject to special provisions
  • oneworld marketed flights operated by non-oneworld airlines, with the exception of most Qantas (but not Jetstar operated) and Japan Airlines flights. E.g. QF operated by FJ, yes. BA operated by UK, no.

Earning EQM on AA partner airlines:

The amount of EQMs you earn on partner airlines has changed. Earning rates will vary depending on the marketing airline. On qualifying flights of airlines other than AA marketed flights, the maximum EQM that can be earned is 1.5 EQM per base mile flown,

EQMs may be earned at different rates and with differing fare classes, depending on airline, flown miles and fare class. Not all partner airlines' or their fares earn EQM. See here to partner airlines' miles earning charts link on aa.com.

Some non-oneworld partner airlines award only award / redeemable miles, not EQM (e.g. Etihad, Gulf, Fiji), unless flying them as an AA or QF marketed ("codeshare") flight.

Explore our partner airlines (link)

For example, using CX / Cathay Pacific Airways marketed flights operated by oneworld partners including AA, as of 1 Feb 2016:
  • 1.5 EQMs/mile - CX all published, purchased First Class fares

  • 1.5 EQM / EQMs/mile - CX all published, purchased Business / Club fares

  • 1.5 EQM / EQMs/mile - CX all published, purchased premium economy / Traveller Pus fares

  • 1.0 EQM / EQMs/mile - CX all published, purchased full economy / Y and B fares

  • 0.5 EQM / EQMs/mile - CX B or H Economy class fares

  • 0 EQM all other published, purchased economy / fares
AAdvantage Elite minimum mileage guarantee (applies to EQM but not RDM)

How is the 500-mile EQM minimum benefit applied for AAdvantage elite members?

If your flight is less than 500 miles we’ll raise the base EQM amount to 500 prior to applying any multipliers, according to the booking code purchased. After applying the multiplier, the number of EQMs awarded could be less than 500. For example, if your flight is 300 miles in length, we will raise the base EQM amount to 500. If the multiplier to be applied is 0.50, you will earn 250 EQMs for the flight.


AAdvantage elite members will earn at least 500 (250, in reality - see immediately above) miles for flights under 500 miles on American Airlines and American Eagle (including codeshare flights booked as an American Airlines flight number) and participating AAdvantage and oneworld airlines:
  • British Airways
  • Fiji Airways (non-oneworld; RDM only)
  • Finnair
  • Gulf Air (non-oneworld; RDM only)
  • Iberia
  • LAN*
  • Qantas
  • Royal Jordanian
  • SriLankan Airlines
  • TAM Airlines
*LAN includes LAN Airlines, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru.

AA new Basic Economy fares appear not to earn minima defined above?

The 500 EQM minimum is what multipliers should be applied to, not actual miles when flown miles are under 500. See:

Earning AA Elite Qualifying Miles / EQM on AA, oneworld, partner airlines 2016.

aa.com: link
Elite Qualifying (EQM) or Redeemable (RDM)?
To determine if you earn EQM or RDM, read the "Earn miles" statement for each airline:

This will earn EQM:
Earn miles
Earn elite-qualifying AAdvantage miles when you fly on airberlin marketed and operated flights as well as airberlin codeshare flights operated by American Airlines. Simply:
  • Buy an eligible published fare ticket booked in an eligible code
  • Fly an eligible route
  • Specific flights, routes or cities that are excluded from earning miles or award travel are listed as exceptions if applicable.
This will not earn EQM, only RDM:
Earn miles
Earn AAdvantage miles when you fly on Fiji Airways marketed and operated flights as well as Fiji Airways codeshare flights operated by American Airlines. Simply:
  • Buy an eligible published fare ticket booked in an eligible code
  • Fly an eligible route
  • Specific flights, routes or cities that are excluded from earning miles or award travel are listed as exceptions if applicable.
oneworld Codeshares Operated by non-oneworld Airlines or Affiliates

Other than flying Qantas(except Jetstar operated) and most Japan Airlines codeshares / marketed flights, oneworld codeshare flights must be operated by oneworld airlines and their oneworld affiliates to earn miles.

E.g. AA codeshare operated by EY, earn as if flying AA.
E.g. Flying EY, earn Redeemable (not Elite Qualifying) miles.
E.g. BA operated by Bangkok Airways, no AA miles.
E.g. BA operated by Vistara yields no AA miles.
E.g. QF flown by FJ will earn EQM.

Examples: (For a flight of 1,000 flown miles)

  • AA marketed on full F fare class First: 3,000 EQM (regardless of status, regardless of operating airline)

  • AA marketed on discounted First or Business (A, P, D, I, R): 2,000 EQM

  • AA in deep discount economy: 1,000 EQM

  • BA marketed qualifying flight in F First, Business (Club), Premium Economy (World Traveller Plus): 1,500 EQM (even if operated by AA)

  • BA marketed qualifying flight in Economy (World Traveller) B, Y: 1,000 EQM

  • BA marketed qualifying flight in Economy (World Traveller) H, K, L, M, N, S, V, G, O, Q: 500 EQM

NOTES:
  • All AA marketed ("AA codeshares") flights in paid, qualifying fare classes earn 1.0 or more EQM (regardless of "metal" or operating airline

  • oneworld marketed flights operated by oneworld airlines earn miles in accord with the marketing airline's miles earnings chart on aa.com (link)

  • AAdvantage elites members are awarded 500 EQM minimum on qualifying flights, 250 on Basic Economy fares.

  • oneworld marketed flights operated by NON-oneworld airlines do not earn EQ (or any) miles, with rare exceptions - QF, a few JL, marketed flights

  • Exception: Qantas flights operated by other airlines earn AA EQ miles in qualifying fare classes, other than those QF codeshares operated by QF subsidiary Jetstar

  • Some airline partners allow crediting base miles and earning redeemable miles (no EQM) flown "natively", such as Etihad or Fiji
Earn more EQMs via credit card earning

Also, as a Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive card or AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver MasterCard® credit cardmember, you’ll can earn 10,000 EQMs after you reach your qualifying spend for the year when you use your eligible AAdvantage credit card.

Learn more about the Citi®/AAdvantage® Executive card

Learn more about the AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver MasterCard®
There is some redundancy above, because it's very important to understand these changes and how they affect earning AAdvantage status going forward.

The now obsolete thread: Earning AA miles / EQM on oneworld, partner & other airlines (OBSOLETE)

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Old Jan 1, 17, 3:23 pm
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Arrow GUIDE: Earning AA Elite Qualifying Miles / EQM on AA, partner airlines 2017 on

Welcome to the 2017 version of this thread. The previous thread can be found here for reference: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...es-2016-a.html

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EQM/EQD for Amex Plat 2-for-1 on JAL??

Does anyone have any idea how this will work?? I purchased an Amex Platinum 2-for-1 business class ticket on JAL (ORD-NRT-MNL). I made sure that my ticket was the "full price" ticket and my significant other was on the "free" ticket. My ticket on JAL has my AA EXP number on it.

Should my EQM/EQD earning be treated just like any other JAL ticket according to the formulas on AAs webpage?

In the past I have always gotten mileage credit for my "paid" flight (most recently on TAM), but I'm wondering if that has changed with the new system.
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Old Jan 13, 17, 12:17 pm
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What fare class did it book into? That's what you'll accrue.
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What fare class did it book into? That's what you'll accrue.
And did you book the AA flight number on the JAL-operated flight?
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Wiki says:
AAdvantage Elite minimum mileage guarantee (applies to EQM and RDM)
When AA switched to fare-based RDM earning, they dropped the minimum mileage guarantee for RDM. Has something changed since then?
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I booked the JAL flight number. Also, both tickets are booked in X, which according to AA gets 1.5 EQM and 25% EQD. However, one of the "X" tickets is paid and the other "X" ticket is "free" as part of the 2-for-1 program. If this were just an ordinary X ticket, I would assume that the AA rules apply, but since this is a 2-for-1, I didn't know if it would work differently.

For example, since both tickets are in X, then, in theory, both tickets should get EQM and EQD. However, this doesn't make sense since one of the tickets is effectively "free."
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I doubt aa views a JAL ticket paid for by amex as free
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I would be interested to know how this works out? Let us know when it credits.

I think it would credit to both, but I don't know. Instead of thinking of it as "free" it could be considered buy 2 for the price of 1, in which case you paid for both
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AA or CX

I'm traveling SFO to HKG on a Cathay, AA codeshare flight. From my understanding, I'll earn 1 EQM/mile if I go AA economy, but I can get 1.5/mile if I go CX premium economy. Am I reading the rules right?
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I'm traveling SFO to HKG on a Cathay, AA codeshare flight. From my understanding, I'll earn 1 EQM/mile if I go AA economy, but I can get 1.5/mile if I go CX premium economy. Am I reading the rules right?
Yes. The higher cabin does have the higher EQM earning
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Wiki says:

When AA switched to fare-based RDM earning, they dropped the minimum mileage guarantee for RDM. Has something changed since then?
No 500 RDM minimum to my knowledge (I've had a few LAX-DEN that have earned a whopping 40RDM for EXP. Granted these were connecting from international so weird pricing dynamics, but seeing as the 8000 mile trip only really earns 6000 RDMs what can one expect).
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I've just had a paid business class trip post with economy class EQMs. How do I request the correct EQMs.
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I've just had a paid business class trip post with economy class EQMs. How do I request the correct EQMs.
Call or email AAdvantage Customer Service. Link.
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Originally Posted by tacostuff View Post
Does anyone have any idea how this will work?? I purchased an Amex Platinum 2-for-1 business class ticket on JAL (ORD-NRT-MNL). I made sure that my ticket was the "full price" ticket and my significant other was on the "free" ticket. My ticket on JAL has my AA EXP number on it.

Should my EQM/EQD earning be treated just like any other JAL ticket according to the formulas on AAs webpage?

In the past I have always gotten mileage credit for my "paid" flight (most recently on TAM), but I'm wondering if that has changed with the new system.
Originally Posted by tacostuff View Post
I booked the JAL flight number. Also, both tickets are booked in X, which according to AA gets 1.5 EQM and 25% EQD. However, one of the "X" tickets is paid and the other "X" ticket is "free" as part of the 2-for-1 program. If this were just an ordinary X ticket, I would assume that the AA rules apply, but since this is a 2-for-1, I didn't know if it would work differently.

For example, since both tickets are in X, then, in theory, both tickets should get EQM and EQD. However, this doesn't make sense since one of the tickets is effectively "free."
A couple of times I've used the AMEX 2x1 i've earned miles, my companion did not.

As to EQD, I suspect those will be calculated as "distance based".

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