Advertiser Disclosure

Many of the credit card offers that appear on this site are from credit card companies from which we receive financial compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). However, the credit card information that we publish has been written and evaluated by experts who know these products inside out. We only recommend products we either use ourselves or endorse. This site does not include all credit card companies or all available credit card offers that are on the market. See our advertising policy here where we list advertisers that we work with, and how we make money. You can also review our credit card rating methodology.

American Airlines Will Soon Revamp Its Loyalty Points Program

Katie Seemann's image
Katie Seemann
Katie Seemann's image

Katie Seemann

Senior Content Contributor and News Editor

343 Published Articles 46 Edited Articles

Countries Visited: 28U.S. States Visited: 29

Katie has been in the points and miles game since 2015 and started her own blog in 2016. She’s been freelance writing since then and her work has been featured in publications like Travel + Leisure, F...

We may be compensated when you click on product links, such as credit cards, from one or more of our advertising partners. Terms apply to the offers below. See our Advertising Policy for more about our partners, how we make money, and our rating methodology. Opinions and recommendations are ours alone.

American Airlines made headlines last year when it unveiled a new, simplified elite status program, Loyalty Points.

Now, just a year later, it’s already making adjustments — some good and some not so good.

Here are all the details you’ll want to know about.

American Airlines Introduces New Loyalty Point Rewards

Let’s start with the good news. Currently, American Airlines has 4 main levels of elite status, each requiring a different number of Loyalty Points. Additionally, members could earn Loyalty Choice Rewards beginning at 125,000 Loyalty Points and 30 segments of flying.

Now, American Airlines will simplify the program even more and add 11 new reward tiers, offering different perks at each level. The 30-segment minimum will be dropped.

Beginning March 1, 2023, AAdvantage members can start earning perks as soon as they earn 15,000 Loyalty Points. Perks and elite status are earned at different levels all the way up to 5 million Loyalty Points.

American Airlines new Loyalty Point levels
American Airlines has introduced 11 new reward levels to earn perks along the way to earning status. Image Credit: American Airlines

Here’s a quick look at the new Loyalty Point Rewards tiers:

  • 15,000 Loyalty Points: (Choice of 1) Group 5 boarding for the membership year, Priority privileges and Group 4 boarding for 1 trip, 5 Preferred Seat coupons
  • 40,000 Loyalty Points: AAdvantage Gold status
  • 60,000 Loyalty Points: Avis Preferred Plus status, 20% Loyalty Point bonus
  • 75,000 Loyalty Points: AAdvantage Platinum status
  • 100,000 Loyalty Points: Avis President’s Club status, 30% Loyalty Point bonus
  • 125,000 Loyalty Points: AAdvantage Platinum Pro status
  • 175,000 Loyalty Points: (Choice of 1) 2 systemwide upgrades, 20,000-25,000 bonus miles, 6 Admirals Club 1-day passes, carbon offset, $250 non-profit donation, 15% award rebate, 2 gifts of AAdvantage Gold status, 35,000 miles toward a Mastercard Priceless experience
  • 200,000 Loyalty Points: AAdvantage Executive Platinum status
  • 250,000 Loyalty Points: (Choice of 2) 2 systemwide upgrades, 20,000-30,000 bonus miles, 6 Admirals Club 1-day passes, Admirals Club membership (requires 2 choices), $200-$250 trip credit, carbon offset, $250 non-profit donation, 2 gifts of AAdvantage Gold status, Bang & Olufsen product (requires 2 choices), 1-2 Flagship Lounge single-visit passes, or 35,000 miles toward a Mastercard Priceless experience
  • 400,000 Loyalty Points, 550,000 Loyalty Points, and 750,000 Loyalty Points: (Choice of 2 at each level) 1 systemwide upgrade, 25,000 bonus miles, Admirals Club membership (requires 2 choices), $200-$250 trip credit, carbon offset, gift of AAdvantage Platinum status, Bang & Olufsen product (requires 2 choices), 2 Flagship Lounge single-visit passes, 1 Flagship First Dining visitor’s pass, or 40,000 miles toward a Mastercard Priceless experience
  • 1,000,000 Loyalty Points: (Choice of 1) 4 systemwide upgrades, carbon offset, gift of AAdvantage Platinum Pro status, up to 100,000 miles back on award redemptions, or 150,000 miles toward a Mastercard Priceless experience
  • 3,000,000 Loyalty Points: (Choice of 1) 6 systemwide upgrades, carbon offset, gift of AAdvantage Executive Platinum status, up to 300,000 miles back on award redemptions, or 350,000 miles toward a Mastercard Priceless experience
  • 5,000,000 Loyalty Points: (Choice of 1) 10 systemwide upgrades, carbon offset, gift of AAdvantage Executive Platinum status, up to 500,000 miles back on award redemptions, or 550,000 miles toward a Mastercard Priceless experience

Bottom Line: The American Airlines Loyalty Points program will be refreshed beginning March 1, 2023. The threshold to reach Gold status will be raised to 40,000 Loyalty Points and 11 new reward tiers will be added so members can earn additional perks along the way to earning status.

Additional Changes to American Airlines Loyalty Points Program

A couple of additional changes to the American Airlines Loyalty Points program will also go into effect on March 1, 2023.

  • To achieve AAdvantage Gold status, you’ll now need to earn 40,000 points, a 10,000-point increase from the previous threshold for this status level.
  • Basic Economy tickets that are purchased on or after January 1, 2023, for travel on or after March 31, 2023, will only earn 2 miles per dollar. This is a significant drop from the 5 miles per dollar Basic Economy tickets currently earn.
  • There will be no limit to the number of miles you can earn on a single ticket.
  • There will be a new dynamic but simplified award chart introduced.
  • American Airlines co-branded credit card holders will be able to redeem miles for Mastercard Priceless experiences.

Final Thoughts

Just about a year after its introduction, American Airlines is making changes to the Loyalty Points program. The bad news is it will take more Loyalty Points to earn the base-level Gold elite status and Basic Economy tickets will only earn 2 points per dollar versus the 5 points per dollar they now earn.

The other potentially bad news is the introduction of a new dynamic award chart. We don’t know what this will look like yet, but “dynamic” is rarely good news when it comes to airline award charts.

On the plus side, there will be 11 new reward tiers available so members can earn additional perks and bonuses along with earning elite status.

Katie Seemann's image

About Katie Seemann

Katie has been in the points and miles game since 2015 and started her own blog in 2016. She’s been freelance writing since then and her work has been featured in publications like Travel + Leisure, Forbes Advisor, and Fortune Recommends.

INSIDERS ONLY: UP PULSE

Deluxe Travel Provided by UP Pulse

Get the latest travel tips, crucial news, flight & hotel deal alerts...

Plus — expert strategies to maximize your points & miles by joining our (free) newsletter.

We respect your privacy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA. Google's privacy policy and terms of service apply.

Deluxe Travel Provided by UP Pulse
DMCA.com Protection Status