Promotion to qualify for status in 2020

Old Dec 11, 19, 12:12 am
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AA opens door to qualification using EQD only in 2020

I saw this on my phone app today

Reach elite status by earning EQDs only

Exclusive opportunity to qualify for elite status in 2020

Register by Dec 30, 2019

In 2020, you have an alternative way to qualify for status and keep it through January 31, 2022. Either qualify with the normal requirements or by only earning Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs):
  • $5,000 EQDs for Gold
  • $10,000 EQDs for Platinum
  • $15,000 EQDs for Platinum Pro
  • $24,000 EQDs for Executive Platinum

Rules:

  • Register by December 30, 2019
  • Earn qualifying EQDs when traveling on eligible American Airlines and oneworld® flights from January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020

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Old Dec 11, 19, 12:42 am
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Interesting...I see this too. Looks like AA is testing out UA's purely dollars-based qualification option without raising the existing requirements (for now).

I imagine this will only increase the number of EXPs, though.
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Old Dec 11, 19, 1:27 am
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Well without changing anything else, it can only work to assist. Those that are spending $24,000 and not earning status by the other means are unlikely to be impacting on anyone , since I would think that they must be buying expensive tickets ( generally ) for their travel and likely have little benefit from status
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Old Dec 11, 19, 2:42 am
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Originally Posted by aacar View Post
Interesting...I see this too. Looks like AA is testing out UA's purely dollars-based qualification option without raising the existing requirements (for now).

I imagine this will only increase the number of EXPs, though.
If they’re spending 24 grand a year on AA/partners*, they deserve it.

*Admittedly, you can do it for less on partner airlines.
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Old Dec 11, 19, 2:58 am
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One of the clauses is super weird in the T&C's. "You can only participate in 1 alternate method of elite qualification in the 2020 calendar year". Does this mean they'll be offering other methods of elite qualification?
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Old Dec 11, 19, 4:08 am
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What's interesting is that a Twitter poster (who may be the poster above!) showed their email on this topic, and it has different qualification EQM's: $5k/$9/$14k/$22k
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Old Dec 11, 19, 4:18 am
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I see the days of earning or keep status with any airline , have become a maze .
Note to airlines: Just keep it simple, and stop all this changes/adjustments ,
AA , you do not need to follow... be the leader (wishful thinking on my part)
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Old Dec 11, 19, 5:33 am
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I didn’t receive this. Annoying.
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Old Dec 11, 19, 5:46 am
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Originally Posted by fotographer View Post
I see the days of earning or keep status with any airline , have become a maze .
Note to airlines: Just keep it simple, and stop all this changes/adjustments ,
AA , you do not need to follow... be the leader (wishful thinking on my part)
This is more of the airlines trying to find every nook and cranny of revenue. I suspect we will see more "creative" promotions in 2020.
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Old Dec 11, 19, 6:01 am
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I didn’t receive this. Annoying.
I did not get a notification, but it is on the Promotions page in my account info in the app.
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Old Dec 11, 19, 6:13 am
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100% $ based would work for me, so hoping this comes through.

I doubt it though, I rarely seem to be a target for promotions, I assume because of my ‘steady’ mid level status and my relatively high $ to status ratio. I’ll be PLAT this year with the $ of EXP.
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Old Dec 11, 19, 6:17 am
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Originally Posted by lizthegrey View Post
One of the clauses is super weird in the T&C's. "You can only participate in 1 alternate method of elite qualification in the 2020 calendar year". Does this mean they'll be offering other methods of elite qualification?
I think that means if you opt-in for this promotion, you cannot renew status the old way using a combination of EQD and EQM/EQS. It's one or the other.
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Old Dec 11, 19, 6:22 am
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Interesting. Kinda nice to have the option I guess

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Old Dec 11, 19, 6:29 am
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Originally Posted by staren937 View Post
I didn’t receive this. Annoying.
I didn't receive an e-mail. It only showed up in the app. I only saw it after seeing this thread and specifically looked.
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Old Dec 11, 19, 6:32 am
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My app shows the version of this with the EXP bar set at $22K EQD.

I'm going to end 2019 at ~$21.7K so it's pretty close to a wash.

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I'm not reading much into this yet. My guess is AA thought UA's new approach was going to attract some of the real high spenders away, wasn't prepared, and rushed out a promotional program.
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