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Loyalty Points discussion/questions - From 2022 now used for determining elite status

Old Dec 17, 2021, 11:25 am
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American Airlines announced that starting in 2022, the way to earn Elite status has changed. No more Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM), Elite Qualifying Segments (EQS), or Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQD)!

Now, you can get AA Elite status by earning Loyalty Points (LPs): https://aadvantagestatus.com/?anchor...=newaadvantage

How many LPs do I need for elite status?


Code:
Gold:       40K
Platinum:   75K
Plat Pro:  125K
EXP:       200K
How do I earn LPs?

Flying
What you get for redeemable miles (RDM) is what you'll get for LPs.

AA and B6 flights:
No status: 5 LPs per $ spent in base fare plus fees (excludes taxes)
Gold: 7 LPs per $
Platinum: 8 LPs per $
Plat Pro: 9 LPs per $
EXP: 11 LPs per $

Partner flights (other than B6):
Distance flown x accrual rate* x (1 + cabin bonus + elite bonus**)

* Certain discount fares earn less than 100% of miles flown. In those cases, the discounted accrual rate (0% to 75% depending on the partner and the fare class) should be applied to the flown miles. Otherwise, the accrual rate is 100%. If there is a cabin bonus, it should not be added to the accrual rate; it is applied separately within the parentheses. The accrual rate can never be more than 100%.
** 40% for GLD, 60% for PLT, 80% for PRO, 120% for EXP.

So for example, an EXP on a 5000-mile flight on QR booked in J would earn 5000 x 100% x (1 + 25% + 120%) = 5000 x 1 x 2.45 = 12250 LPs.

A PLT on the same flight booked in P would earn 5000 x 75% x (1 + 0% + 60%) = 5000 x .75 x 1.6 = 6000 LPs.

Earning chart for QR

Here's a great online LP calculator:

https://lpcalculator.com/#/calculator/

AAdvantage non-flying partners:
Generally, 1 LP per base mile earned. But in many cases you can earn large bonuses that post as base miles; see link here: https://exploreamerican.com/newaadva...nloyaltypoints

There are differences among how these programs work, ranging from minor to significant, in terms of awarding LPs. You will need to skim through the thread as there are too many different promo offers to address here. But here are the popular ones:

BookAAHotels and RocketMiles: You can earn large mileage bonuses here, separated into "base" miles and "promo" miles by the portals. For now they are all posting as base miles on aa.com, but there is a suspicion that the "promo" miles may start posting as bonus miles (and so would not count as LP). You don't even have to actually check in or stay at the hotel as long as you pay for the stay.

SimplyMiles: You must link a MasterCard to the account. Then you can add their promos to your card by activating the offers. When you accept one of their offers and then pay for it using your linked card, you will get the associated miles which currently post as base miles on aa.com.

AAdvantage eShopping: Once you click through the AAdvantage eShopping portal to a vendor offer and make a purchase, you will eventually get the associated miles posted to your AAdvantage account as both redeemable miles and Loyalty Points. If the merchant advertises an increase in the miles per dollar spent, you'll earn the higher amount in both redeemable miles and an equal number of Loyalty Points. The same applies if a merchant advertises a higher fixed amount per purchase, rather than a per dollar amount. Examples of this would appear on the portal as, "Extra miles. Was 1 mile/$. Now earn 3 miles/$" or "Extra miles. Was up to 3700 miles. Now up to 6200 miles." However, if the website advertises a "Limited-time bonus offer" for "bonus miles" after meeting a spending threshold, that bonus will only post as redeemable miles and not Loyalty Points. If a bonus is offered for some site-wide activity such as 1000 miles for installing an extension, or 500 miles for enrolling in the portal, or 2000 miles for meeting a spending threshold across multiple merchants, the bonus will only post as redeemable miles and not Loyalty Points.
(If a vendor has offers with both SimplyMiles and eShopping, activate the offer on SimplyMiles first and then make the purchase through eShopping with the MasterCard linked to your SimplyMiles account. Apparently that you can get a double-dip. You can also get a double-dip by stacking the promos with discount offers from your credit card issuers, basically reducing the cost to you.

Booking directly with hotels, car rental companies, etc.: The picture here is a bit unclear but it appears that if you book with a hotel that offers 5x miles, only 1 mile will post as base and the rest as bonus.

Credit card spend:
1 LP per $ spent on an AA branded card (except for one card which earns 0.50 LP per $ and several non-US cards which earn 2 LP per $). See the list of cards, and a lot more small print here: https://creditcards.aa.com/aadvantag...hange_ExecCard

What about spending bonuses?
E.g., your card gives 2x miles for hotels, or 3x for AA purchases, etc etc. These do NOT count.

These bonuses count:
Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard (the $450 annual fee card that gives Admirals Club access): 10K LP bonus when hitting $40K spend for the year.
AAdvantage Aviator Silver Mastercard: 5K LP bonus when hitting $20K spend, another 5K LP bonus when hitting $40K spend, and another 5K LP bonus when hitting $50K spend for the year.

Do miles earned at Bask Bank count?
No.

Will Loyalty Points count toward Million Miler status?
No, Million Miler℠ status will still be earned the same way as today, based on miles earned from flying with American and its partners.











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Loyalty Points discussion/questions - From 2022 now used for determining elite status

Old May 9, 2024, 2:39 pm
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I think I'm making this harder than it needs to be, maybe someone can help.

Exec Plat, deciding between basic economy and main for an upcoming trip. price difference is about $70, and I'll get 2235 more miles/loyalty points if I book the main cabin. the trip won't be canceled (barring something that would be covered by trip insurance) I'd get decent seats and bags due to status, and the extra miles won't make a meaningful difference.

is there any reason NOT to book BE?
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Old Jun 12, 2024, 1:05 pm
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Asked a question about the above itinerary previously but since then I have had to rebook it and now have a new question regarding how the second leg is marketed and will earn LPs. This was booked through Alaska. For the leg that shows "American 751 (Alaska 6835)", how will this earn? Is it marketed as an Alaska flight (Alaska 6835) in which case I know I'll earn LPs based on distance flown across the entire itinerary or is the second leg going to be treated as an American Airlines marketed flight (American 751) and if so, how will the LPs be calculated for the second leg across a split itinerary?
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Old Jun 12, 2024, 1:08 pm
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Originally Posted by ATOBTTR

Asked a question about the above itinerary previously but since have had to rebook it and now have a new question regarding how the second leg is marketed and will earn LPs. This was booked through Alaska. For the leg that shows "American 751 (Alaska 6835)", how will this earn? Is it marketed as an Alaska flight (Alaska 6835) in which case I know I'll earn LPs based on distance flown across the entire itinerary or is the second leg going to be treated as an American Airlines marketed flight (American 751) and if so, how will the LPs be calculated for the second leg across a split itinerary?
I've done these AS purchased AS/AA Hybrid itineraries in First Class several times and every time it credits as distance flown since it's an 027 ticket and AS marketed. See e.g., below:


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Old Jun 12, 2024, 1:18 pm
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Originally Posted by ghsbass0406
I've done these AS purchased AS/AA Hybrid itineraries in First Class several times and every time it credits as distance flown since it's an 027 ticket and AS marketed.
That's what I would have guessed but glad to see this being the experience of another flyer. At the end of the day, I'm not sure how much it will matter since I will still clear the mark for the respective period of the 4 month challenge I'll be in when that flight occurs based on other flights and LP earn but it's still possible I could hit a higher status through regular qualifying methods by the end of the qualification year and forecasting out my expected LP earn helps me orient various methods of LP earn accordingly.
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