Say it ain’t so. Through December 15, American is offering double elite qualifying miles, and there’s no fee (or catch) involved. Even previously booked travel counts. Registration is required.
I was expecting it to be a rough fall/winter for the airlines, but double EQM’s again? You might as well change the elite requirements to 12,500 miles for Gold, 25,000 miles for Platinum, and 50,000 miles for Executive Platinum.
Actually, now I’m kind of tempted to go for Executive Platinum, although I always say that and never actually do, due to the amount of initial travel required in coach.
I guess the next logical question is whether the other airlines will match. I doubt Continental will, I wouldn’t be surprised if Delta did (due to the fact that their elite ranks are a bit more “spread out” now with Diamond status, so there’s no real harm), and I’m almost positive United will, at least if history is any indication of the future.
Given that I’m sitting at 300,000 EQM’s I was hoping for some redeemable mile promotion, but I guess that won’t be happening.