In July, I wrote a post about how I was having trouble moving forward with my quest for AAdvantage status. I had done the required number of points, but somehow AA did not take a view on it. It turns out, AAdvantage is strictly implementing a particular clause this year, which is a pre-qualification for any elite qualification with American Airlines.
They are also implementing a no soft-landing policy this year, which led me to go down to base member tier in the first place. Usually, I’m able to comply with this 4 legs requirement early in the year itself, however, this year, business travel and personal travel was slow during the beginning of the year.It came later in the year, while I did put my other oneworld trips on AAdvantage.
Eventually, after some back and forth with AAdvantage, they resolved this issue and I got Platinum because by the time I was done with my resolution of this issue, I was up to 50,000 EQP already.
When I did complete a 100,000 EQP, I also had the 4 segments on American Airlines flown. However, the status did not move again. So I asked for an intervention again to see what was happening. Eventually, the status moved, but American Airlines told me the segments were to be booked on AA/US Airways as well, and not just flown on American Airlines, something they did not clarify in the initial emails they sent me.
So that was a new one for me, but I am glad I have now regained my AA Executive Platinum status for the year ahead up to March 2016.
Moral of the story? Do get your 4-segments with AA in place early in the year to avoid disappointment later.
Have you had any such irregular experiences with the AAdvantage program?