The best American Airlines credit card for elite status is Citi AAdvantage Executive because it offers 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) after spending $40,000 annually. American Airlines credit cards do not automatically award cardholders elite status, though they can make it easier to earn a higher status level in the AAdvantage rewards program. AAdvantage Aviator Silver and the Aviator Business card are the other American Airlines credit cards that can help cardholders get elite status.
American Airlines elite status comes with perks such as automatic upgrades, free checked bags, priority boarding, and more. Elite status tiers start at Gold, but as you earn more EQMs, Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs), and Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs), you’ll move up to the higher tiers (Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Executive Platinum) and receive better perks on AA flights. EQMs, EQSs and EQDs are determined by how much you spend on airfare, along with the number of miles flown and the number of flights you take on American Airlines and certain partner airlines.
If you’re using an eligible American Airlines credit card, be aware that the spending requirements to gain elite status vary by card. You can review each of these cards’ requirements on the AAdvantage credit cards website.
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