AAdvantage: The Ultimate Guide

AAdvantage is the official frequent flyer program of American Airlines, currently the world's largest airline. It is one of the world's most popular frequent flyer programs, as well. Launched in 1981, AAdvantage is the second airline loyalty program to come into existence, and the oldest active program overall. The premise is simple: when you fly on American Airlines or any of their airline partners, you'll earn miles that you can later redeem for complimentary airline tickets, cabin upgrades, free or discounted car rentals, hotel stays, merchandise, and more. You can also earn additional points by spending with one of American Airlines' many non-airline partners.

One of the great AAdvantages of the program is American Airlines' thorough geographic coverage worldwide, with flights to 350 destinations and counting. If there's a destination that American Airlines doesn't operate a flight to, chances are great that one of their partners do. If you live in one of American Airlines' hub cities, such as Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Miami, Charlotte, or Washington D.C., AAdvantage may be the ideal frequent flyer program for you.

Getting Started

To get started, all you have to do is enroll in the program by filling in the electronic form here. Once you're done, take some time to thank yourself, because you've just put yourself on the road to great rewards and possibilities.

Earn Miles

Before we get started, we'd like to note that there are two different types of miles available with AAdvantage: award redeemable miles and elite qualifying miles. Award redeemable flight can be earned on eligible flights and through spending with partners, and can be exchanged for all sorts of amazing rewards. Elite qualifying miles, meanwhile, are earned only on eligible flights. They cannot be redeemed for rewards like award redeemable miles, and are utilized only to measure your eligibility for elite status. For now, let's focus on earning award redeemable miles. We'll delve deeper into elite qualifying miles in a bit.

Award Redeemable Miles

Award redeemable miles are earned while traveling on American Airlines. All you have to do is purchase an eligible published fare. You can also earn award redeemable miles while traveling on eligible flights with partner airlines - just be sure that you have added your AAdvantage number during the booking process so that your miles are properly credited. Eligible partner airlines are listed here, and includes all the oneworld carriers. Please note that not all of them allow you to earn AAdvantage miles while flying with them, and of those that do, not all routes are eligible.

Redeemable miles are now earned on a revenue basis - the more you spend on your purchased fares, the more award miles you will earn. Find out more here.

If you have elite status with the AAdvantage program, you'll earn additional miles as follows when flying on American:

  • AAdvantage member: 5 miles for every US dollar

  • Gold member: 7 miles/US dollar

  • Platinum member: 8 miles/US dollar

  • Platinum Pro member: 9 miles/US dollar

  • Executive Platinum member: 11 miles/US dollar

The mile earning structure for American Airlines' airline partners vary - click here to find out more about each specific carrier.

Another thing to keep in mind as you're looking to earn miles is that certain airline ticket types are not eligible for mileage accrual, regardless of booking class. These include AAdvantage award tickets, free or reduced rate tickets from promotions, companion tickets, charter flight tickets, travel agency and industry reduced rate tickets, infant tickets, items occupying a purchased seat, and unpublished fare tickets, including consolidator fares and tickets issued subject to special provisions. For example, if you bought an extra seat for your pineapple or cashed in your award ticket hoping to earn more miles, you're out of luck. Fortunately, if you've read this, it's unlikely that you'll make this mistake.

Buy, Gift, And Share Miles

If you're short on miles and you absolutely need to book your award flight to Europe right now, don't panic. After all, American Airlines gives you the option of topping off your balance by purchasing award redeemable miles in denominations starting at 1,000 miles apiece up to a maximum of 150,000 miles for yourself each year. The rate is approximately 2.95 cents per mile. Bonus miles may be available during promotional periods.

On the receiving end, you'll be able to take in up to a maximum of 150,000 AAdvantage miles from others. Though an AAdvantage account is required in order for you to purchase miles for yourself or receive miles from another person, you are not required to have an account to gift miles to an AAdvantage member. Of course, there's no reason not to join the program in the first place. If you want even more bang for your buck, try purchasing your miles with a Citi/AAdvantage credit card for some extra icing on your cake (more miles).

What are you waiting for? Buy or gift miles here.

If you want, you can also share miles that you already have at a rate of 1.25 cents per mile. Therefore, if you'd like to transfer 20,000 miles to a friend so that they can complete their booking, you can do so by paying $250.

Shopping And Dining

Whenever you do your shopping through the AAdvantage online shopping portal, you'll earn miles on all your eligible purchases. You can also earn AAdvantage miles when you decide to take your business over to a number of retail and dining partners for purchasing flowers, wining, dining, and more.

Possibly one of the most enjoyable ways to earn points is snacking on gourmet foods. Sign up for the AAdvantage Dining Program, and you'll inch yourself ever closer to earning up to 5 miles for every $1 you spend on dining.

Land and Sea Transport

Whether you're traveling for business or leisure, there's no shortage of ways to earn AAdvantage miles. While the most intuitive of these is earning on your flight, there are also many other complementary methods. For example, you can earn miles when you book your ride from the airport with AAdvantage car rental and other transportation partners.

Or maybe it's been awhile since you've sailed the open seas. No problem, book a cruise through the American Airlines online portal. Spend some quality time out on the ocean with your family, go nautical, and unlock a treasure trove of AAdvantage miles while you're at it.

Partner Hotel Stays

If some of the other miles-earning methods require a bit too much effort and initiative for your tastes, this one may be right up your alley. Earn AAdvantage miles while catching up on some z's once you book a stay at one of American Airlines' hotel partners.

If you already have more hotel points than you can handle, and you'd prefer to siphon some off to spend on award flights, there's a silver lining up ahead. That's right - you can convert eligible hotel points into AAdvantage miles. Ratios vary depending on the hotel chain.

Vacations Booking Made Easy

Planning a vacation can be an arduous and complicated affair, especially if you have to juggle all of the different reservations with different service providers in your mind. Why not make things a bit easier on yourself? With American Airlines Vacations, you can earn miles when you book your flight, hotel, and transportation all in one place. It's quick and convenient.

Paying The Bills

Did you know that you can earn miles for simply paying your bills? You heard that right - pay your cable or energy bills, and you'll earn a little something extra on top of those services.

Other Ways To Earn

Even if you believe that there's no possible way to earn miles for a certain activity, it never hurts to check. With AAdvantage, you can earn miles for opening a bank account, selling your home, or transferring your domain name for 3+ years with eligible partners.

Donations

Support the organization of your choice listed here and earn a bunch of AAdvantage miles in exchange for your altruism.

Mileage Multiplier

Some of you out there may be bored of simply adding to your stash of miles. Luckily, you can try out multiplication instead. Multiply your AAdvantage miles so that you can earn even faster. With the Mileage Multiplier product, you can purchase additional AAdvantage award redeemable bonus miles each time you travel on an eligible American Airlines or American Eagle flight. Talk about amplification. After making your reservation, you can purchase the Mileage Multiplier through one of a number of different ways: contacting American Airlines Reservations on the telephone, selecting the option while you're checking in for your flight on aa.com, or selecting it on a self-service machine while checking in for your flight at the airport. Simply use your credit card to finalize the purchase for yourself and/or anyone you're traveling with.

Elite Offers For Earning Miles

If you have AAdvantage elite status, which we'll explore in more detail below, you can earn bonus miles with the following exclusive elite offers.

Request Missing Miles

Are you missing miles that are rightfully yours as a result of a flight taken not too long ago? If so, not all hope is lost. If the relevant flight was at least 15 days ago, be sure to make your request to have these miles credited to your account. Through this feature, you can request miles for eligible flights from anytime within the last 12 months, as long as you were an AAdvantage member at the time of your journey.

If you're missing miles from doing business with non-airline AAdvantage partners, you'll have recourse in such a situation, as well. Here's the contact information you need to set things straight and return things to the correct equilibrium.

Credit Cards

Of course, we cannot forget about American Airlines' selection of credit card products. American Airlines-branded credit cards are an excellent way to accumulate award redeemable miles on your everyday purchases. In the United States, the official issuer of American Airlines credit cards is Citibank, though Barclaycard also administers a number of American Airlines credit cards.

Here are some of the American Airlines credit cards that you should consider if you're looking for more rewards and benefits while flying with American:

The Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard

With the Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard, you'll be able to take AAdvantage of the following benefits in exchange for paying a $95 annual fee (waived for the first year):

  • Signup bonus of 30,000 miles after making $1,000 in purchases within the first three months of opening your account (offer is subject to change).

  • First checked bag is free for you and up to 4 travel companions when traveling on domestic American Airlines flights.

  • Priority boarding with Group 1 on domestic American Airlines operated flights.

  • Save 25% on eligible in-flight purchases on food, drinks, and headsets on American Airlines flights.

  • Earn 10 percent of your redeemed AAdvantage miles back, up to 10,000 AAdvantage miles each calendar year. Simply redeem 100,000 miles in a year, and you'll earn an easy 10,000 miles with no hassle.

  • Earn 2 AAdvantage miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchase.

In addition, there is no annual mileage cap, so you can earn as much as your heart desires (with finances being the only constraint - if you need help, credit is widely available and relatively cheap these days).

The Citi/AAdvantage Executive Credit Card

The Citi/AAdvantage Executive Credit Card is the only credit card with an Admirals Club membership, and comes with a $450 annual fee. Here's a summary of the benefits:

  • Signup bonus of 50,000 miles after making $5,000 in purchases within the first three months of opening your account (subject to change).

  • First checked bag is free for you and up to 8 travel companions when traveling on domestic American Airlines flights.

  • Complimentary Admirals Club membership, allowing you and your immediate family (or two guests) to access over 50 worldwide lounge locations.

  • Enjoy an enhanced airport experience with priority check-in, airport screening (where available), and early boarding on domestic American Airlines flights.

  • Save 25% on eligible in-flight purchases on food, drinks, and headsets on American Airlines flights.

  • Earn 10,000 AAdvantage elite qualifying miles to get you closer to the next level of elite status membership when you reach $40,000 in spending each calendar year.

  • Earn 2 AAdvantage miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchase.

  • No annual mileage cap, so you can earn as much as your heart desires.

  • No foreign transaction fees.

  • Access to the Expert Concierge Service, available 24 hours a day. The concierge service can help you with making dinner reservation or travel arrangements, or even buy and deliver gifts and goods.

In addition to these, a number of other AAdvantage credit cards in the US are available. The Citi/AAdvantage Gold Mastercard, for example, is similar to its Platinum counterpart, though it does come with a smaller number of less lucrative benefits. There is a business version of the Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard that's similar to the personal card, with a few extra business-oriented perks.

Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Cards

Before US Airways merged with American Airlines, they had their own unique line of credit cards, which were issued by Barclays. Following the US Airways-American Airlines merger, Barclays continued to administer this line of cards, which have since been rebranded as AAdvantage Aviator cards. This line includes the Aviator MasterCard, Aviator Blue MasterCard, Aviator Red MasterCard, and Aviator Silver MasterCard. An Aviator Business card is also available.

While these cards were previously not open for new applications, it is now possible to apply for the AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard. Click here to find out more. In terms of benefits, the Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard is very similar to the Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard, barring some minor differences.

International AAdvantage Credit Cards

AAdvantage cards are also issued in many countries around the world.

Redeem Miles

Now that you've learned how to build up a stack of AAdvantage miles, it's time to find out what you can do with them. As you may know, AAdvantage miles can be redeemed for all kinds of rewards, including award flights, cabin upgrades, or even an Admirals Club membership. You may even decide to be a good samaritan and go with donating your miles to make a difference.

On American Airlines' website, you can make award flight reservations for travel on American Airlines, airberlin, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Qantas, and Royal Jordanian. To book award tickets on other partner airlines, you'll have to call American Airlines Reservations.

Award Travel

One of the most popular options for redeeming your miles is exchanging them for a complimentary award flight. With American Airlines, there are two different categories of awards: AAnytime awards and MileSAAver awards.

Let's start off with AAnytime awards. With these types of awards, there are no blackout dates, so availability will naturally be much higher. As long as a seat is available, you can book your award flight with miles and enjoy a number of extra benefits, including complimentary access to preferred seats, boarding with priority access, and expedited check-in and security screening.

MileSAAver awards, meanwhile, have limited availability, as blackout dates do exist. The upside is that MileSAAver awards require fewer points to redeem, which makes them invaluable if your schedule is flexible. For select regions, MileSAAver Off Peak awards are a tremendous bargain, though these can be even more difficult to find.

To get an idea of how many points you'll need to get to your dream destination, be sure to check out the American Airlines award charts.

Booking Award Travel With Partners

With AAdvantage miles, you can book award travel on all oneworld carriers, along with partners like Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air, Etihad, Fiji Airways, Gulf Air, Hawaiian Airlines, Jet Airways, Air Tahiti Nui, Cape Air, and Seaborne Airlines.

To find out how many miles you'll need to book your one-way trip from any desired point of origin, to any desired destination, and on any desired cabin class, take a look at the AAdvantage partner award chart. You can book a one way trip, though it is also possible to combine awards for round trip or multi-city travel. If an itinerary is not bookable through aa.com, you'll have to call American Airlines Reservations to do so.

Credit Card Reduced Mileage Awards

If you have an American Airlines credit card, you may be eligible for reduced mileage awards on select routes, allowing you to shave miles off of the total redemption cost. Availability and destinations change on a monthly basis.

Admirals Club Membership

Wouldn't you love to get past those frosted glass doors and access American Airlines Admirals Club locations worldwide anytime you want (when flying)? As an AAdvantage member, you're eligible to join the club. Because American Airlines is all about free choice, there are two different ways to do so: either apply for the Citi/AAdvantage Exec World Elite Mastercard or purchase Admirals Club membership directly.

Click here to find out more about the cost, in dollars or AAdvantage miles, to acquire an Admirals Club membership, which will get you access to all Admirals Club locations and select partner locations worldwide under certain conditions.

Newspapers And Magazines

Reading is one of the most rewarding pastimes out there. Reading helps you to improve not only your literacy skills, but your collection of general knowledge. As former US president Harry S. Truman once said, "All leaders are readers." Get on the fast track to the halls of leadership with your AAdvantage miles. Some interesting magazine redemptions include issues of Cigar Aficionado, People en Espanol, and Western Horseman. If you're more into general news and current affairs, you can have the local paper delivered to your home every morning.

Vacation And Trip Related Redemptions

Perhaps you'd like to use your miles to pay for your car rental or hotel stay. You can do that.

Or perhaps you're finding yourself stressed and burnt out from your cognitively demanding job? If this is the case, take some time off and book a vacation with AA Vacations using your AAdvantage miles. You won't have to spend a single dollar, and you can do it here! AA will give you access to unpublished rates so low that they can only be booked as part of a package. Book a flight, car rental, hotel, activities, tours, transfers, and more.

Gift Cards

Gift cards are an excellent way to let someone know that you care without the guesswork involved in the figuring out the exact ideal gift. By signing up for Points.com, you can redeem your AAdvantage miles for gift cards to shop at popular merchandisers like Home Depot, Macy's, Target, Sears, and Walmart.

Mileage Donation

If you place a high premium on helping others who may be less fortunate or supporting a cause that you believe in, the AAdvantage program allows you to donate your miles to benefit programs like Miles for Kids in Need, Miles for All Who Serve, and Miles of Hope.

All About Upgrades

Mileage Upgrade Award

Rather than any of the above redemption options, you may decide to upgrade your experience by moving to the next cabin forward with a mileage upgrade award. You can do this with AAdvantage miles when you have booked a flight marketed and operated by American Airlines or American Eagle for yourself and anyone you designate. Certain flights on British Airways and Iberia are eligible, as well. Upgrades are available on most flights, and can be requested by calling American Airlines Reservations. If you are upgrading from select fares, a copay may be applicable. One rule of thumb is that upgrades are not available for fares that do not earn mileage credit.

To request a mileage upgrade award, contact American Airlines Reservations or visit an American Airlines Travel Center or Airport Ticket Office for assistance. You may also request an upgrade when you make your initial reservation or at any time prior to check in.

500-Mile Upgrades

Rather than redeeming a mileage upgrade award, AAdvantage elite status members may decide to purchase 500-mile upgrades, which can be redeemed for upgrades to the next cabin on American Airlines. The number of 500-mile upgrades that are required for you to move up to the next cabin class varies.

If you're an Executive Platinum or Platinum Pro member:

  • Upgrades are always complimentary and auto-requested.

If you're a Platinum or Gold member:

  • Flights less than 500 miles are complimentary and auto-requested.

  • Flights greater than 500 miles in distance will require the use of 500 mile upgrades. As the name suggests, each 500-mile upgrade is worth 500 miles. Your 500-mile upgrades will have to be sufficient to cover the entire mileage distance of the flight. For example, if your flight is 1350 miles, this will require three 500-mile upgrades.

Now, if you'd like to upgrade a companion who is traveling with you on the same flight, you can do so with 500-mile upgrades, and this applies for Executive Platinum, Platinum, and Gold members alike. If your companion is not booked on the same reservation as you, you'll have to call American Airlines Reservations in order to link the two reservations. Upgrades are confirmed before departure as early as 24 hours beforehand for Gold members, 48 hours before for Platinum members, 72 hours before for Platinum Pro members, 100 if you're Executive Platinum, and finally, 120 if you're Concierge Key.

How To Get 500-Mile Upgrades

First off, Platinum and Gold AAdvantage members earn four 500-mile upgrades for every 12,500 elite qualifying miles flown each membership year. Mileage counters utilized to determine the number of 500-mile upgrades that you'll receive are reset to zero at the beginning of each new membership year.

Other than that, 500-mile upgrades can be purchased at a discounted price on aa.com, at the airport during check-in, through AAdvantage Reservations, or at most Admirals Club or American Airlines ticketing locations.

You can also purchase 8 upgrades for 40,000 miles.

AAdvantage Elite Status Qualification

Now that we've covered award redeemable AAdvantage miles and upgrades, let's take a closer look at elite qualification miles, and AAdvantage elite qualification in general.

In the AAdvantage program, there are two ways to qualify for elite status. Of course, obtaining the required number of miles is one of them, though you can also qualify for status by collecting the necessary number of segments flown. Elite qualifying miles and segments are earned when you fly with American Airlines and eligible partner carriers.

Here are the number of elite qualifying miles or segments you need in a calendar year to qualify for each tier:

AAdvantage Gold (oneworld Ruby)

  • 25,000 elite qualifying miles (EQMs) OR 30 elite qualifying segments (EQSs) AND $3000 elite qualifying dollars (EQDs)

AAdvantage Platinum (oneworld Sapphire)

  • 50,000 elite qualifying miles (EQMs) OR 60 elite qualifying segments (EQSs) AND $6000 elite qualifying dollars (EQDs)

AAdvantage Platinum Pro (oneworld Sapphire)

  • 75,000 elite qualifying miles (EQMs) OR 90 elite qualifying segments (EQSs) AND $9000 elite qualifying dollars (EQDs)

AAdvantage Executive Platinum (oneworld Emerald)

  • 100,000 elite qualifying miles (EQMs) OR 120 elite qualifying segments (EQSs) AND $15000 elite qualifying dollars (EQDs)

Note: EQDs earned are based on ticket price, including base fare plus carrier-imposed fees, and excluding government-imposed taxes and fees, on American Airlines-marketed flights

Elite Qualification Period

The elite qualification period is from January 1st to December 31st of each year. The elite-qualifying miles and segments that you earn during this period will determine your AAdvantage elite status for the next membership year, which lasts from February 1st or the day you qualify to the final day of January the following year.

Starting on the date that you pass the threshold for status qualification, you will receive the benefits associated with that status immediately, and these benefits will last through the end of the next membership year.

AAdvantage Elite Status Benefits

Within the AAdvantage framework, there are three official advertised elite status tiers:

  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Platinum Pro
  • Executive Platinum

A special elite tier, Concierge Key, is also available, which you can read more about here.

As an AAdvantage elite member, you'll receive a wealth of benefits at the airport and onboard your flight, including a separate, speedier check-in process, priority upgrades, airport lounge access, exclusive oneworld alliance benefits, and more. These perks and benefits are available to make your travel experience more enjoyable while traveling on American Airlines, oneworld members airlines, and Alaska Airlines.

Airport Benefits

Take AAdvantage of the following benefits at the airport:

  • Platinum, Platinum Pro or Executive Platinum members traveling on American Airlines can check-in at any first class lane regardless of class of service.

  • Gold members have access to the business class check-in lane. In airports without a specifically designated business class check-in, Gold members may use the first class check-in.

  • After checking in, AAdvantage elite members will have access to exclusive security lanes at select airports.

  • When boarding on an American Airlines flight, the boarding priority is as follows (starting with top priority): Concierge Key members, US military and first class passengers, business class, Executive Platinum and/or oneworld Emerald passengers, Platinum/Platinum Pro and/or oneworld Sapphire members, Gold and/or oneworld Ruby members, Airpass and Priority passengers, and finally, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, and Group 4.

  • Checked bag fee waivers are available for all AAdvantage elite members and guests traveling on the same reservation (excluding group reservations). This applies only for travel in main cabin and above on flights marketed by American Airlines.

  • The number of baggage fee waivers you'll receive depends on your tier: one baggage fee waiver for Gold, two for Platinum/Platinum Pro, and three for Executive Platinum.

  • Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro and Platinum members are entitled to priority baggage delivery. Bags will be tagged as priority, and will be delivered to the baggage claim area first after American Airlines flights.

Sounds great, doesn't it? We're just getting started.

Same-Day Standby

Here are some same-day benefits that are available:

  • When flying on American Airlines, AAdvantage elite members can standby for a different flight on the same day when traveling to and from the US, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Canada, and select destinations in the Caribbean for no charge.

  • Executive Platinum members will be able to make complimentary same day flight changes on American Airlines.

Personalized Assistance

Each AAdvantage elite status level comes with its own service desk to provide you with the personalized attention you deserve. Representatives are available to assist with reservations, upgrade purchases and requests, award claims, AAdvantage account inquiries, and other customer service-related requests.

Preferred Seats

AAdvantage elite status members have complimentary access to Preferred seats, which have standard legroom and are more favorably located in the Main Cabin. A number of these seats are set aside on every flight for premium customers and anyone traveling on full fare Economy Class tickets. This special benefit applies to up to eight passengers traveling with you in the same reservation.

Main Cabin Extra

Main Cabin Extra seats offer up to 6 inches of additional legroom and are located towards the front of the cabin, allowing for easier boarding and deplaning.

  • Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro and Platinum members receive complimentary access to Main Cabin Extra seating.

  • AAdvantage Gold members get a 50% discount when reserving a Main Cabin Extra seat in advance, along with complimentary access within 24 hours of departure if seats are available.

As with Preferred Seats, this benefit applies for up to eight passengers traveling in the same reservation as the member.

Exclusive Partner Offers

Some AAdvantage participant companies offer exclusive recognition and automatic mileage bonuses to Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, Platinum and Gold status members.

More Benefits For Executive Platinum Members

Executive Platinum members will enjoy a number of exclusive benefits, including:

  • Waived Ticketing Service Charges

  • Guaranteed Main Cabin Availability

  • Waitlist Priority For First And Business Class

  • Complimentary Alcoholic Beverage and Snack in Main Cabin

  • Expanded Award Seating Availability

  • 4 Systemwide Upgrades (Can Earn 4 More Each Year For Total Of 8)

AAdvantage Program Summary

Here is a chart to summarize the qualification requirements and benefits that you'll receive with each AAdvantage elite status tier:

Status Qualification
GoldPlatinumPlatinum ProExecutive Platinum
Miles25,00050,00075,000100,000
OROROROROR
Segments306090120
Upgrades on American Airlines
GoldPlatinumPlatinum ProExecutive Platinum
Flights 500 miles or less (Unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades)
Flights over 500 miles (Use earned or purchased 500-mile upgrades)Unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades
Upgrade one companion traveling with you on same flight with 500-mile upgrades
Upgrades confirmed X hours before departure (as early as) 244872100
Mileage Bonuses
GoldPlatinumPlatinum ProExecutive Platinum
Elite mileage bonus25%100%100%100%
Minimum mileage guarantee (500 miles for flights under 500 miles)
Benefits At The Airport
GoldPlatinumPlatinum ProExecutive Platinum
Priority airport check-in, security, and boarding
Checked bag fee(s) waived1223
Priority baggage delivery-
Complimentary same-day standby
Complimentary same-day flight change on American Airlines--
Discounted Admirals Club membership
Reservation Assistance, Special Benefits, And More
GoldPlatinumPlatinum ProExecutive Platinum
Exclusive service desk
Complimentary preferred seats
Complimentary main cabin extra seatsWithin 24 hours of departure (50% off in advance)
Waived ticketing service charge---
Guaranteed availability in main cabin (except on flights to/from Venezuela)---
Waitlist priority for purchased first/business class (on AA)---
Complimentary alcoholic beverage and snack in the main cabin---
Exclusive partner offers
Award Travel Benefits
GoldPlatinumPlatinum ProExecutive Platinum
Award processing charge waived
Expanded award seat availability on American Airlines---
AAdvantage award change and reinstatement charge waived---
Special discounts on hotel and car awards
oneworld Benefits (for passengers on scheduled flights both marketed and operated by a oneworld member)
Gold (Ruby)Platinum (Sapphire)Platinum Pro (Sapphire)Executive Platinum (Emerald)
Access to business class priority check-in
Access to preferred or pre-reserved seating
Priority on waitlists and when on standby
Access to business class lounges (AAdvantage members cannot access American Airlines lounges while flying within North America, excluding to/from Mexico City)-
Priority boarding-
Extra baggage allowance-✓ (total of 3 bags on AA)
Priority baggage handling-
Fast track at security lanes---
Access to first class priority check-in---
Access to first class lounges (AAdvantage members cannot access American Airlines lounges while flying within North America, excluding to/from Mexico City)---
Alaska Airlines Benefits
Gold Platinum Platinum ProExecutive Platinum
Priority check-in and boarding
Express security line at select airports-
Preferred seating-
Checked bag fee waived for first 2 bags

*Note: Members must fly at least 4 segments on AA during qualifying year to receive elite status.

Million Milers

Once you are able to accumulate 1 million base miles on qualifying flights, you'll earn:

  • Lifetime AAdvantage Gold Status
  • 35,000 AAdvantage Redeemable Miles

Reaching the 2 million milestone will get you:

  • Lifetime Platinum Status
  • Four One-Way System Upgrades

For each million milestone hit after that, you'll receive four one-way system upgrades.

Account Activity

To prevent your AAdvantage miles from expiring, there must be activity with your account at least once in 18 months. Of course, this does not mean that miles that expire cannot be resurrected. You can bring them back for a reasonable fee.

Special Promotions

From time to time, special American Airlines program promotions will be available. This can run the gamut from discount airfare to bonus miles to vacation packages. Check out this page for all kinds of amazing deals and offers.

Latest News And Developments

For the latest up-to-date information on American Airlines, including the AAdvantage program, be sure to check out the News and Information section on the American Airlines website.

Closing Remarks

American Airlines' AAdvantage offers all the AAdvantages that one would expect from a premier frequent flyer program. With its vast roster of partners, you'll never run out of ways to earn and redeem your miles. American Airlines' broad network of airline partners, both within and outside of the oneworld alliance, makes AAdvantage an especially effective program, since this allows for excellent geographic coverage when it comes down to award flight redemptions. Sign up for the official frequent flyer program of the world's largest carrier, and never look back as you head into a future filled with awesome rewards and benefits.

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