To apologize for operations issues in recent months, American Airlines is extending double elite qualifying miles to all of its AAdvantage members through the end of the year (December 31). In addition, you can earn double redeemable miles for Thanksgiving travel from November 16-26.
This is a great show of generosity, and it shows that American takes these issues seriously. However, it only exacerbates the huge numbers of elite members they have been adding to their program this year as they work through their bankruptcy. These DEQM promotions have become so frequent that I was expecting this one with or without any need to apologize.
The downside for people like me who received a status match to Executive Platinum status, and were then told we only needed to earn 55K EQM to keep it, is that DEQM promotions do not qualify. The special terms of that offer said that we needed to fly 55K miles, with or without any DEQM bonus, so I’m still no closer to being able to requalify this year. But as I said, I do think that there will be more of these coming. Hopefully I can make a run for it in January or February as many did in 2012 with the triple EQM promotions out of San Francisco.