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AA EQM/EQD on BA metal?
Lucky and Tiffany, hope you’re both well. Lucky, thanks for your post about AA’s new EQM/EQD accrual methods on partners.
I’m flying SFO-LHR BA Business in late July and returning the second week of August. Ticket purchased on ba.com and issued by BA. I had planned to credit to AA but am now thinking it may not be worth it for a few reasons:
[*] Correct me if I’m wrong, but it doesn’t look like I’ll get EQD credit for the first leg because it’s before August 1st. I was hoping to get EQD for both legs so that I would be only $350 short (roughly 25% of mi flown = roughly $2650) of the $3000 min spend for AA Gold.
[*]I don’t regularly fly AA anymore so qualifying for elite status is unlikely even if I accrue EQMs equal to 1.5x of mi flown (I’d be 9K EQMs short of the min, and under the min spend as well)
Is it worth rolling the dice on the EQD play? I currently don’t have AA elite status so it seems like a long shot given that AA won’t make any exceptions for me given that the new rev share program starts August 1st. However, it’s so annoying that I could be so close to AA Gold (I know, not so exciting for you guys) yet not be eligible because my first segment is a few days too early.
Does it make more sense to credit the flight miles to BA? 150% of mi flown, which is better than AA’s accrual rate of 125%. Again, I don’t fly very much any more so I don’t expect to qualify for BA elite status. But there are 3 of us on this reservation and we would pool the roughly 50K mi to our household avios account…
No Alaska miles/status.
Thanks for your advice!
My understanding is the EQDs only count for elite qualification status beginning in 2017 so your flights now should not have any effect (someone correct me if I am wrong). You should focus in EQM for now but since you are far short of that too, I’m not sure it is worthwhile for you to even consider that as a factor.
I’d take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of both programs and credit the miles where you think they will be most useful. AA will give you a region based charge and no fuel surcharges for the majority of their partners. BA gives you family pooling and good values for short haul travel.