American Airlines to Extend Current Elite Status into 2022

By Kurt Stolz on 13 April 2020
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American’s Flagship Suite on the 777-300ER

America Airlines said Monday that it plans to extend the current elite status of members of its AAdvantage frequent-flyer program through 2022, given the severe decline in travel amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines announced similar plans last week.

This news means that an AAdvantage member’s current elite status will be valid through the end of January 2022.

In addition, the airline said it will lower elite qualifying thresholds by lowering the number of Elite Qualifying Miles, Elite Qualifying Points, and Elite Qualifying Dollars required in 2020 for status in 2021 by up to 50%.

The world’s largest airline is also making it easier to earn Executive Platinum rewards, such as additional system-wide upgrades and the ability to gift AAdvantage elite status to a friend or family member.

Finally the airline is extending the expiration date of system-wide upgrades earned in 2019 from January 31, 2021 to July 31, 2021.

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