American Airlines Lowers Requirements for 2021 AAdvantage Elite Status

By Kurt Stolz on 15 October 2020
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American Airlines said it would lower the requirements to attain elite status in the airline’s AAdvantage frequent-flyer program in 2021 and it also said it would allow flying in the fourth quarter of 2020 to count towards status in 2020 and 2021.

The airline said it wants to reward its “most loyal members.”

The move means that members of the program can start earning status now for 2021.

“We realize this year has been challenging for our members,” said Rick Elieson, who heads the program.

Travelers who wish to attain Executive Platinum status who previously would have needed 100,000 miles and a $15,000 spend, that individual would only need to fly 80,000 miles and attain a $12,000 spend.

Members who spend $30,00 or more on the airline’s co-branded credit cards in 2021 will achieve a waiver for earning status up to Platinum Pro but the waiver will not apply to Executive Platinum.

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