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Like most other airlines, in the past the qualification year for earning elite status in the American Airlines AAdvantage program ended on December 31.
With the revamping of the program in 2022 and the introduction of Loyalty Points as the concept for earning status, the qualification year changed. Rather than being based on a calendar year, the qualification year now runs from March 1 to February 28.
2022 was an initial exception. Loyalty Points earning was launched on January 1, 2022, with the qualification year being extended to February 28, 2023, thereby giving you 14 months to earn status in the first year of Loyalty Points’ launch.
That therefore means there’s only three weeks remaining to reach the next tier of AAdvantage status if you were shooting for a higher status level than the one you’re currently at.
I reached Platinum status a couple of months ago and had originally thought I might have an opportunity to hit Platinum Pro. However, unfortunately Cartera – the company that runs airline shopping portals – stopped offering rewards for purchases from Giftcards.com a couple of months ago. That was an easy way to rack up both AAdvantage miles and Loyalty Points as the American Airlines shopping portal seemed to perpetually be offering an increased rate of 3x for Giftcards.com. With its removal, I don’t think I’ll be making the effort to earn an average of ~10,000 Loyalty Points per week for the next three weeks in order to hit Platinum Pro.