Keeping Elite Status - Executive Platinum

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  1. dgosthe

    dgosthe New Member

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    I have executive platinum status and I do not think I will be able to qualify the following year. Any tips on how to qualify without flying all 100,000 miles or 100 segments? I heard about the November double elite miles qualification challenge...anything else out there.

    THANK YOU!
     
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  2. MSYgirl

    MSYgirl Gold Member

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    Welcome to MP! :)

    Details, please! AA ran a double-EQM promo last year around that time, and I'm hoping it will come again this year since I'm trying to make platinum. I'll be back from Europe in time to wait for this and book a MR.
     
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  3. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed Gold Member

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    Yes. Buy higher fare classes. If you buy fare classes that earn 1.5 EQP/mi, you can get EXP status in 66,667 EQM. There's no shortcut on segments (100 segments could be as little as 50,000 EQM and be EXP if all your segments are 500-mile minimum segments, but it's still 100 segments).

    You can get 10K EQM with $40K spend on the Executive Elite card.

    The better question - how close will you be in terms of miles, segments and points?
     
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    MSYgirl Gold Member

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    I couldn't afford the $2200 difference in fare class for my next trip. Is there any hope for me? :(
     
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    mattsteg Gold Member

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    Sure, fly more miles instead. If your time is worth less than your money this is likely more effective.
     
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  6. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed Gold Member

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    Everyone's situation is different. The OP seemed to indicate he couldn't qualify on miles or segments, that leaves only points, which require higher (but not necessarily the highest) fare classes.
     
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    Photonerd71 Silver Member

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    The deqm promo last year was in response to the labor situatuon by the pilots and AA tossing the pax a bone to make up for it.
     
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  8. gleff
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    gleff Co-founder

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    I'm not betting on double elite qualifying miles this year, planes are generally quite full. AA ran double EQMs concommitant with their bankruptcy filing and after the pilot slowdown. It's not inherently an annual thing.

    You can earn EXP on miles, points, or segments. There's not really a backdoor to maintaining it.
     
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    zphelj Gold Member

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    Same here, I'm definitely not counting on any DEQM promotions outside of perhaps specific routes driven by competition, like DFW-SFO/LAX and Virgin not too long ago.

    I look at trying to bundle in any double miles promotions. They don't count toward qualification but if I'm flying anyway and I can earn extra RDM's that increases the value for my spend. Maybe book through a reward portal or on a certain card to double dip with a CC program and so on.

    Good luck!
     
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  10. Betty Boop

    Betty Boop Gold Member

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    Potentially in the same boat (errrr, plane?). I am at about 53k BIS miles now. But it is touch and go for sure. I look at all possible routes to my destination and then try to fly those that will get me the most miles. For ex. I will often fly SAN-LAX-BOS because the San to Lax gets me 500 miles etc. the down side is that AA only runs 737-800 on this cross country trips and I get upgraded only 50% of the time if I am lucky.
     
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