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Upgrade Priority: Status, Upgrade Type, Rolling 12 Month EQD Spend

Old May 16, 2017, 12:53 pm
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As of May 20, 2017 upgrade prioritization is:
  1. Elite status
    1. Concierge Key
    2. Executive Platinum
    3. Platinum Pro
    4. Platinum
    5. Gold
  2. Upgrade type
    1. Miles and copay award upgrades and systemwide upgrades, Business Extra? (SWU)
    2. 500 mile upgrades on purchased tickets (including EXP complimentary UDU)
    3. 500 mile upgrades on upgrade eligible awards (including EXP complimentary UDU)
    4. BXP Business Extra upgrades

Elite qualifying dollars* in the past 12 months
  • Booking class (in order, J, D, I, W, P, Y, H, K, M, L, V, G, S, N, Q, O, T)
    Time of request


  • *Your 12-month Rolling EQD value is different from your Year-to-Date (YTD) EQDs, which is used to track your progress toward elite status. It includes your EQD earned from reaching qualifying spend thresholds on eligible AAdvantageŽ AviatorTM MasterCardŽ cards.

    Link to EQD earning Help Desk thread on FlyerTalk.

    No- or lower status companion and effect on upgrade position

    WAIT LIST, SAME PNR: Prior to upgrade request going to airport list
    • SWU, Miles & Copay, Business Extra: lower status passenger "borrows" higher status. (BX is unsure, stated as least of priorities, likely to up D-24 only)
      • 500 mile / UDU: lower status passenger "borrows" higher status
        • Award travel: lower status passenger "borrows" higher status



    WAIT LIST, SEPARATE PNR: Prior to upgrade request going to airport list
    • SWU, Miles & Copay: lower status passenger DOES NOT "borrow" higher status under any circumstance
      • 500 mile / UDU: lower status passenger "borrows" higher status IF PNRs "linked"
        • Business Extra upgrade instruments
          • Award travel: lower status passenger "borrows" higher status IF PNRs "linked"




    AIRPORT LIST, SAME PNR:
    • SWU, Miles & Copay: lower status passenger "borrows" higher status. (BX is unsure, but is least of priorities, likely to up D-24 only)
      • 500 mile / UDU: lower status passenger "borrows" higher status
        • Business Extra upgrade instruments
          • Award travel: lower status passenger "borrows" higher status



    AIRPORT LIST, SEPARATE PNR:
    • SWU, Miles & Copay: lower status passenger DOES NOT "borrow" higher status under any circumstance
      • 500 mile / UDU: lower status passenger "borrows" higher status IF PNRs "linked"
        • Business Extra upgrade instruments
          • Award travel: lower status passenger "borrows" higher status IF PNRs "linked"



    NOTES:
    1. Traveling companion 500 mile upgrades (even for those pax using UDU) "stickers" must pull from higher status passenger's account.
      • Lower status passenger previously "borrowing" higher status may require human processing at the airport to re-establish "borrowed status" linkage


    (Companion information thanks to DW)
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Upgrade Priority: Status, Upgrade Type, Rolling 12 Month EQD Spend

Old May 16, 2017, 1:11 pm
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Surprising they added in the fare code priority for situations where EQD is equal. It would be very rare situation if two Elites within the same level have the same EQD.

Likely timestamp would have been sufficient in such a rare case.
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Old May 16, 2017, 1:12 pm
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This is where the Barclaycard EQD's hopefully will come in handy. Although I'm still way behind higher level elites, maybe being a lowly PLT won't be as bad if only PLTs and GLDs are on my flight..

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Old May 16, 2017, 1:13 pm
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Originally Posted by gary_nj
Any idea how this will work for sponsored upgrades with a SWU for international travel? I presume the status level of the sponsor will stick with the request at least until some time close to the airport.
I don't see any reason to assume that, passenger's status is there own is how it is now.
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Old May 16, 2017, 1:14 pm
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Originally Posted by grrizzli
Points 4 and 5 will be in play when pax have 0 EQDs. One can still be an EXP without spending a dollar on AA in the past 12 months.
There could be a few EXPs who qualified in the first seven months of 2016 and haven't flown revenue since, but I'd think that to be exceedingly rare. Those elites would disappear next year anyways.
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Old May 16, 2017, 1:16 pm
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I guess this will also apply to upgrades to Business when the PE cabin exists??
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Old May 16, 2017, 1:17 pm
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Originally Posted by JonNYC
I don't see any reason to assume that, passenger's status is there own is how it is now.
I hadn't realized that... I don't do it often and thought my status went with the request. Thanks!
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Old May 16, 2017, 1:26 pm
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Originally Posted by cova
Surprising they added in the fare code priority for situations where EQD is equal. It would be very rare situation if two Elites within the same level have the same EQD.

Likely timestamp would have been sufficient in such a rare case.
I think it could be somewhat common for two elites at the same level to have $0 rolling EQD. Whether it's elites who took a long pause from flying, those just starting out after being granted status during a challenge, etc.
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Old May 16, 2017, 1:26 pm
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Originally Posted by carlosdca
I guess this will also apply to upgrades to Business when the PE cabin exists??
New perk for upgrades on award tickets applies to domestic only.
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Old May 16, 2017, 1:26 pm
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Looks like if you use miles and copay for the upgrade you will trump comp upgrades within your elite level, regardless of spend.
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Old May 16, 2017, 1:28 pm
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Can someone remind me? As an EXP, once I run out of 500-mile stickers, how do I get more to use the award upgrade perk?

EDIT: as an EXP, do I even need to use stickers for a domestic award upgrade? I have unlimited 500-mile upgrades right?

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Old May 16, 2017, 1:28 pm
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Originally Posted by cova
Looks like if you use miles and copay for the upgrade you will trump comp upgrades within your elite level, regardless of spend.
That's pretty specifically stated.
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Old May 16, 2017, 1:28 pm
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Anyone want to speculate about whether it's based on your 12 month EQD tally at time of purchase, or on EQDs flown at the time of the upgrade becoming available/clearing?

Your rolling EQD tally over the past 12 months can go up or down on a day to day basis.
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Old May 16, 2017, 1:29 pm
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Originally Posted by deeruck
Surely points 4 and 5 will be used rarely. Unless they bucket the EQD, that would almost always break the tie, wouldn't it?
And wouldn't it have been more fun if instead of two more tie breakers, they had gone with "coin flip," "rock-paper-scissors contest," or perhaps "penalty kicks," so as to maintain the battleground feeling of gate-area upgrades?

Pity.
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Old May 16, 2017, 1:30 pm
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Originally Posted by PHLGovFlyer
Anyone want to speculate about whether it's based on your 12 month EQD tally at time of purchase, or on EQDs flown at the time of the upgrade becoming available/clearing?
I'd speculate definitely the latter
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Old May 16, 2017, 1:30 pm
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Originally Posted by gradboozer
Guess it's just time to start buying more paid F.
Exactly. On delta
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