Double Elite AAdvantage Miles are posting

Email from American Airlines

I received an email yesterday to let me know that the double elite qualifying miles I earned during January, with the now expired systemwide DEQAA promotion, have posted to my account.

I’m not a mileage runner, not because I think it’s a bad idea but because I don’t have the time, so the bonus miles I earned during January are kind of paltry in comparison to others.

I’ve heard from a few people on Twitter that were able to earn status in a single month: Congratulations to @jamucsb and @crismanila77.  

I read that the Happy Flyer was able to reach Platinum in a month.   And Jerry from The Frequent Flyer Collector blog told me that he he was able to earn 94,690 elite qualifying miles in January!

I’ve actually earned more EQMs this month than I did last month, but with the bonus I was still able to reach Gold by the end of January.

Did anyone else earn AAdvantage elite status during the promotion?

(Just a quick note to let you know that Daraius over at Million Mile Secrets is giving away a $150 American Airlines gift card.  To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment.)


  1. I got Gold from the promo in January… also on a side note.. I remember posting earlier that I was unable to claim my AA Elite rewards.. and its still the case.. any tips?

    • @ Bhumik – You might consider sending a Tweet to the AAdvantage team. They’re pretty responsive and can look into it for you.

      If you don’t mind me asking, how many points did you finish the year with? Take a look at your AAdvantage account online and look at your December statement and confirm that they recorded your total 2011 Elite Qualifying Points correctly.

      @ Linda – Wow! Nice! I guess I’ll be seeing your name on the upgrade list ahead of me:-)

      @ Kevin – Congratulations! At least your butt will be sitting in first class:-)

  2. I earned Gold in January on miles, but also completed a Platinum Challenge that began in December and so I am now Platinum. With the ORD/DFW/SFO round trip qualifying double miles promotion and a quick trip to South America, I will earn Platinum outright on miles anyway by early March. Guess I’ll need to consider Exec Platinum after that:)

  3. Yes, I was able to reach Gold in January and Platinum last week with MRs taken under this promotion and DEQ11. I’ll be Executive Platinum by the end of March, and boy will my butt be tired.

  4. A bit silly, don’t you think? Ten years ago, there was significant ‘value’ to holding some elite status. In today’s market, all but the verey top tiers are meaningless and do damn little to improve the flying experience. Back of the bus is still back of the bus!

  5. @aadvantage, I must confess that I lucky enough (live in CA) to take advantage of the stackable DEQM promo’s in January, so only 1/3 of those EQM’s are BIS.

  6. @ Cook – You’re right. It’s a shame, but it’s true of every carrier that the back of the bus isn’t what it used to be.

    @ carwag25 – Even if you only flew 1/3 of those miles, you still had to sit through Footloose 2011 for 33K miles. 🙂

  7. Weird that they’ve only posted for activity through Jan. 28. Why not go all the way through the end of the promotion on Jan. 31, even if it meant waiting a couple of extra days before sending out this notification? I trust that they’ll get the activity for those last 3 days posted. Just found it odd.

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