I have enough Amex MR points to cover a Business/First trip from Colombia to the USA. Doing so will save me a big expense on one of this year's trips, but I'm not sure about EQM earnings. If these tickets earn the same as a paid ticket, then I want to use those points for my next booking. Amex claims that the tickets earn miles, but doesn't specify that they will qualify for elite status. There was a huge uproar last year or the year before with UA flyers booking through Amex Travel when they discovered that those tickets were counted as "bulk" fares and didn't count toward status. Those were actually paid tickets purchased through that agency. If the tickets don't count toward status, then I will either wait until I achieve status renewal or find another use for the points. Any feedback shared here from someone having experience with these tickets will be greatly appreciated. It's probably somewhere on one of their sites, but I sure can't find it. The question stumped the last agent I spoke to.