American AAdvantage Loyalty Point Rewards Guide

American AAdvantage Loyalty Point Rewards Guide

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Nowadays American AAdvantage has the Loyalty Points system for status qualification. Your elite status is exclusively based on how many Loyalty Points you rack up. Not only can you earn Loyalty Points through flying, but you can also earn them through all kinds of other activities, from using shopping portals to credit card spending.

In this post I wanted to cover the details of the Loyalty Point Rewards benefits, which are earned by passing certain Loyalty Points thresholds over the course of the membership year. This is a large part of the value proposition of going for elite status with the AAdvantage program.

American recently revealed changes to the 2024 AAdvantage program, including minor tweaks to Loyalty Point Rewards.

What are American Loyalty Point Rewards?

With the AAdvantage program, you earn status exclusively based on how many Loyalty Points you rack up (they reset with each membership year). Here are the current requirements for the program:

Since you can earn Loyalty Points through credit card spending and other partner activity, you could in theory earn all published AAdvantage elite tiers without stepping foot on a plane (though that wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense).

Separate from earning elite status, American also has Loyalty Point Rewards, which offer further valuable benefits at a variety of thresholds. These perks range from bonus miles, to mileage rebates, to lounge memberships, to systemwide upgrades.

American AAdvantage status is earned based on Loyalty Points

American’s Loyalty Point Rewards thresholds & choices

American AAdvantage offers 11 tiers of Loyalty Points Rewards. You can even start unlocking these before you qualify for status. To start, here are the 11 Loyalty Points thresholds at which you receive further rewards:

  • 15,000 Loyalty Points
  • 60,000 Loyalty Points
  • 100,000 Loyalty Points
  • 175,000 Loyalty Points
  • 250,000 Loyalty Points
  • 400,000 Loyalty Points
  • 550,000 Loyalty Points
  • 750,000 Loyalty Points
  • 1,000,000 Loyalty Points
  • 3,000,000 Loyalty Points
  • 5,000,000 Loyalty Points

A few things to note when it comes to selecting Loyalty Points Rewards:

  • You no longer receive a selection when you qualify for Platinum Pro or Executive Platinum, but rather valuable Loyalty Point Rewards are earned at thresholds that are 50,000 Loyalty Points above what’s required for those tiers (namely 175,000 and 250,000 Loyalty Points)
  • At some thresholds you’ll just receive specific benefits, while at other thresholds you can make a selection, or even make multiple selections
  • There’s no segment requirement to unlock Loyalty Point Rewards, so you can earn these even if you never step foot on an American Airlines flight
  • The AAdvantage program year doesn’t follow the traditional calendar year, but rather goes from the beginning of March until the end of February of the following year — this means the 2023 program year goes from March 1, 2023, until February 29, 2024, while the 2024 program year goes from March 1, 2024, until February 28, 2025
  • Once you qualify for Loyalty Point Rewards, you’ll have until March 31 (a month after the end of the membership year) to make your selection; it could make sense to wait to make your selection, since it gives you more flexibility, and potentially more time to redeem your rewards (for example, systemwide upgrades are valid for a year from when they’re issued)

With that out of the way, what are the Loyalty Points Rewards options at each threshold, and which should you select? Let’s go over all the details. Below I’ll also reflect the changes to the program. Unless otherwise stated, these choices are available in both the 2023 and 2024 program years. If they’re exclusive to just one of the program years, I’ll mention that specifically.

Loyalty Point Rewards at 15,000 Loyalty Points

When earning 15,000 Loyalty Points, you receive Group 5 boarding for the membership year, and can select one of the following:

  • Priority check-in, security, and Group 4 boarding for one trip
  • Five preferred seat coupons
  • 1,000 Loyalty Points toward status (new as of the 2024 program year)

If you’re not an AAdvantage elite member, then there could be merit to selecting either the priority benefits or preferred seat coupons. Meanwhile if you’re an elite member, you’ll probably want to select the 1,000 bonus Loyalty Points.

Select preferred seating coupons with Loyalty Point Rewards

Loyalty Point Rewards at 60,000 Loyalty Points

When earning 60,000 Loyalty Points, you receive:

  • Avis Preferred status
  • A 20% Loyalty Points bonus on spending with AAVacations, AAHotels, AAdvantage eShopping, AAdvantage Dining, and SimplyMiles

As you can see, there’s no selection here. I’d say this threshold is of fairly limited value. Avis entry level elite status is better than nothing, but not much more than that. A 20% bonus of Loyalty Points for some online activity could be helpful if you earn lots of Loyalty Points through non-flying means.

Receive bonus Loyalty Points for dining out with Loyalty Choice Rewards

Loyalty Point Rewards at 100,000 Loyalty Points

When earning 100,000 Loyalty Points, you receive:

  • Avis President’s Club status
  • A 30% Loyalty Points bonus on spending with AAVacations, AAHotels, AAdvantage eShopping, AAdvantage Dining, and SimplyMiles

As you can see, there’s no selection here. On the plus side, Avis President’s Circle status at least offers a bit more value than the entry level status. A 30% bonus of Loyalty Points for some online activity could be helpful if you earn lots of Loyalty Points that way.

Receive rental car status with Loyalty Point Rewards

Loyalty Point Rewards at 175,000 Loyalty Points

When earning 175,000 Loyalty Points, you can choose one of the following:

  • Two systemwide upgrades
  • 20,000 bonus miles, or 25,000 bonus miles for AAdvantage credit card members
  • Six Admirals Club day passes
  • A $200 trip credit, or $250 for AAdvantage credit card members
  • A $250 donation to a partner charity
  • The ability to gift AAdvantage Gold status to two people
  • 35,000 AAdvantage miles toward a Mastercard Priceless Experience (only for AAdvantage credit card members)
  • A 15% AAdvantage award rebate (ending as of the 2023 program year)
  • 5,000 Loyalty Points toward status (new as of the 2024 program year)

This is where Loyalty Point Rewards start to get valuable. Personally I think the two systemwide upgrades are the best value here, though selecting 25,000 AAdvantage bonus miles could be a good option as well, if you don’t have much luck with systemwide upgrades.

Select systemwide upgrades with Loyalty Point Rewards

Loyalty Point Rewards at 250,000 Loyalty Points

When earning 250,000 Loyalty Points, you can choose two of the following:

  • Two systemwide upgrades
  • 20,000 bonus miles, or 30,000 bonus miles for AAdvantage credit card members
  • Six Admirals Club day passes
  • An Admirals Club membership (this requires both choices)
  • A $200 trip credit, or $250 for AAdvantage credit card members
  • A $250 donation to a partner charity
  • The ability to gift AAdvantage Gold status to two people
  • A selection of Bang & Olufsen products (this requires both choices)
  • A Flagship Lounge single visit pass, or two passes for AAdvantage credit card members
  • 35,000 AAdvantage miles toward a Mastercard Priceless Experience (only for AAdvantage credit card members)
  • 15,000 Loyalty Points toward status (new as of the 2024 program year)

For many AAdvantage members, this will be the most valuable Loyalty Point Rewards tier, since it’s attainable and rewarding. Personally I think the two systemwide upgrades are the best value here, though selecting 30,000 AAdvantage bonus miles could be a good option as well, if you don’t have much luck with systemwide upgrades.

Select bonus AAdvantage miles with Loyalty Point Rewards

Loyalty Point Rewards at 400,000, 550,000, and 750,000 Loyalty Points

When earning 400,000, 550,000, or 750,000 Loyalty Points, you can choose two of the following at each threshold:

  • One systemwide upgrades
  • 25,000 bonus miles
  • An Admirals Club membership (this requires both choices)
  • A $200 trip credit, or $250 for AAdvantage credit card members
  • The ability to gift AAdvantage Platinum status
  • A selection of Bang & Olufsen products (this requires both choices)
  • Two Flagship Lounge single visit passes
  • One Flagship First Dining visit pass
  • 40,000 AAdvantage miles toward a Mastercard Priceless Experience (only for AAdvantage credit card members)

It’s interesting how for these three thresholds, the relative value of the options changes. At these thresholds, I tend to think that for many, selecting the bonus miles could be a better value than selecting the single systemwide upgrade.

Select a Flagship First Dining pass with Loyalty Point Rewards

Loyalty Point Rewards at 1,000,000 Loyalty Points

When earning 1,000,000 Loyalty Points, you can choose one of the following:

  • Four systemwide upgrades
  • The ability to gift AAdvantage Platinum Pro status
  • A mileage rebate of 100,000 AAdvantage miles
  • 150,000 AAdvantage miles toward a Mastercard Priceless Experience (only for AAdvantage credit card members)

You can’t go wrong with any of the options here. Four systemwide upgrades could be quite valuable, being able to gift Platinum Pro to someone (with oneworld Emerald status) is great, and a mileage rebate of 100,000 miles is also excellent.

Gift someone oneworld Emerald status with Loyalty Point Rewards

Loyalty Point Rewards at 3,000,000 Loyalty Points

When earning 3,000,000 Loyalty Points, you can choose one of the following:

  • Six systemwide upgrades
  • The ability to gift AAdvantage Executive Platinum status
  • A mileage rebate of 300,000 AAdvantage miles
  • 350,000 AAdvantage miles toward a Mastercard Priceless Experience (only for AAdvantage credit card members)

Okay, I can’t imagine many people will reach this threshold, but once again, all the options could be valuable. It all depends on your travel patterns.

Gift someone Executive Platinum status with Loyalty Point Rewards

Loyalty Point Rewards at 5,000,000 Loyalty Points

When earning 5,000,000 Loyalty Points, you can choose one of the following:

  • 10 systemwide upgrades
  • The ability to gift AAdvantage Executive Platinum status
  • A mileage rebate of 500,000 AAdvantage miles
  • 550,000 AAdvantage miles toward a Mastercard Priceless Experience (only for AAdvantage credit card members)

I imagine the people reaching this threshold will be the single digits, if that. The relative value of systemwide upgrades and the mileage rebate is better here compared to the tier at three million Loyalty Points.

Select a mileage rebate with Loyalty Point Rewards

My take on American’s Loyalty Points Rewards

Everyone will value these Loyalty Point Rewards benefits differently based on their travel patterns and preferences, though I’ll share my broad take on which options make sense:

  • Personally I value American AAdvantage miles at 1.5 cents each, so to me the bonus miles are the option to beat; if you rack up 250,000 Loyalty Points in a year and have a co-branded American credit card, you’ll essentially have the option of 85,000 AAdvantage bonus miles, six systemwide upgrades, or some combination thereof
  • I find the inconsistency of the valuation of awards at each tier to be odd; for example, at some thresholds you can choose between 25,000 bonus miles or one systemwide upgrade, while at other thresholds you can choose between 25,000 bonus miles and two systemwide upgrades
  • Many people may like the systemwide upgrades, but personally I don’t value them that much; American just doesn’t make enough confirmable upgrade space available, and I’d rather get AAdvantage bonus miles I can redeem however I’d like for travel on superior partner airlines
I’d rather earn AAdvantage miles I can redeem on other airlines

Bottom line

American AAdvantage offers the Loyalty Points Rewards program, whereby members can receive rewards for passing certain thresholds. These rewards aren’t tied to earning specific status tiers, but rather are intended to create an incremental incentive to be loyal to the airline. This program lets you select everything from systemwide upgrades to bonus miles, and more.

I’m happy to see that American isn’t planning any major changes to the program for 2024.

What do you make of American’s Loyalty Point Rewards? Which do you plan on selecting?

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  1. Sue R. Guest

    I’ve just reached 180k loyalty points, and the only options I’m seeing are related to Avis membership.

    What’s the best way to reach out to AA for clarification? I would like to get 2 SWU.

  2. Jan Guest

    Can you pick an award at each level or do you need to wait until the end of the year? I’m not clear on the rules

  3. Dave Guest

    I made purchases using the Aadvantage simplymiles program and the Aadvantage eshopping program and did not receive points for either. I actually submitted a claim for one of those purchases made back in September and have not received a resolution after 4 successive emails. I am very disappointed in both programs, and would not recommend them at this time.

    1. omatravel Guest

      Odd, I've been doing the eshopping portal for over 2 years with no problems. I just started with Simply Miles a few months ago, there's less opportunities there but no issues with getting credit.
      Is it possible you were using the wrong Aadvantage number?

    2. BenjaminGuttery Diamond

      Dave, they are VERY strict on the Terms & Conditions. Also, if you also clicked ANY other type of offer from the same retailer through Citi Offers, that will make the SimplyMiles/eShopping offers null and void.

      However, try to reach out to both of them again with recipts & screenshots. It will take a week or so, but they should get back to you. Obviously the holidays it may take longer.

      You still...

      Dave, they are VERY strict on the Terms & Conditions. Also, if you also clicked ANY other type of offer from the same retailer through Citi Offers, that will make the SimplyMiles/eShopping offers null and void.

      However, try to reach out to both of them again with recipts & screenshots. It will take a week or so, but they should get back to you. Obviously the holidays it may take longer.

      You still don't come to a resolution: email AAdvantage Customer Service with evidence and ask for them to call you. They will "sometimes" credit you the Loyalty Points as a courtesy if your evidence lines up with the T&C's. I believe there is a 5,000 "Goodwill" maximum amount. So they won't be giving out 10k LP's for signing up for a magazine 3 times or anything.

      I'm just letting you know because I've also had issues and have been very disappointed with AA and it's partners before. Took me 9+ months to get a couple offers completed.

    3. AD Diamond

      I find it very hit or miss. I'll get a message telling me I earned points then, zilch. I haven't made a habit of tracking them and I'm not going to chase the points. It's just not worth my time. I'm hoping the Rakuten experience is better now that I've signed up there... should have done it sooner.

  4. Lee Guest

    Another learning opportunity for Delta.

    1. AD Diamond

      Delta could certainly offer more at more tiers -- there's not real incentive to earn with DL after hitting Diamond. But their choice benefits beat AA's hands down. Among other things, their upgrades actually are usable. I used all 12 of mine last year, all confirmed well in advance of my flight.

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Sue R. Guest

I’ve just reached 180k loyalty points, and the only options I’m seeing are related to Avis membership. What’s the best way to reach out to AA for clarification? I would like to get 2 SWU.

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Jan Guest

Can you pick an award at each level or do you need to wait until the end of the year? I’m not clear on the rules

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AD Diamond

Delta could certainly offer more at more tiers -- there's not real incentive to earn with DL after hitting Diamond. But their choice benefits beat AA's hands down. Among other things, their upgrades actually are usable. I used all 12 of mine last year, all confirmed well in advance of my flight.

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