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Qualifying for AA EP flying on JAL

Qualifying for AA EP flying on JAL

  1. T Dog

    I’ve enjoyed my AA EP status the last year and am wondering about requalifying by flying partner airlines this year. In particular, I’m seeing X class business fares to Malaysia on JAL from JFK for $2500 in August and beyond. Looking at the AA partner information, I’ve calculated the RT flight would earn [B]20K[/B] redeemable miles, [B]40K[/B] EQMs, and [B]$5K[/B] EQDs. Am I missing something or is my math right? I realize we’re not allowed into Malaysia at the moment.

  2. rickyw

    Are you booking the flight directly from JAL, or on the AA website as a codeshare? That will affect your earnings…

  3. T Dog

    The $2500 fare is on both the JAL and AA websites. Same actual flight (on JAL).

  4. rickyw

    The big difference would be in your EQD earnings – booking through JAL would earn you more (that 25% of distance flown, 5k, as you said). Whereas booking through AA would earn EQD based on the cost of the ticket ($2,500 minus any taxes).

    So, booking through JAL would probably make more sense if your goal is a status shortcut.

    Only watch-out would be whatever JAL cancellation policy is due to covid. I’m not sure what theirs is like… but know that AA is pretty generous

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