Mileage Running to Executive Platinum – Elite Fast Track Edition
Like many of you I was able to successfully register for the AAdvantage elite fast track opportunity. As part of that challenge, I need to earn 25,000 EQPs by December in order to get AAdvantage Executive Platinum status. (You can also get Gold with 5,000 EQPs or Platinum with 9,000 EQPs.)
Of course earning EQPs sounds easier than it is. Most of the cheapest coach fares only earn .5 EQPs per mile flown, meaning it can be hard to get them to add up without spending some $$$. Thankfully there is sort of a workaround. If you purchase a premium cabin (Business/First) ticket then you will earn 1.5 EQPs. Of course you then need to find a cheap premium cabin fare.
The Panama City Run
After looking through Flyertalk’s Premium Mileage Run section I found a fare discussed from Los Angeles to Panama City for around $750. In the thread people discovered that you could route through New York to get more mileage. The entire fare is in first or business class, so it earns 1.5 EQPs. Sounds good!
After doing more research I found that the fare had gone up to about $900, which still isn’t bad. Then I started to see if I could make it work from Las Vegas which would save me the trip to/from LAX. This is what I was able to find.
I was able to put the following fare on hold:
LAS-JFK-MIA-PTY-MIA-JFK-CLT-LAS – $804
All together it ends up being 9,187 miles flown. Multiple that by 1.5X and it is 13,781 EQPs. Since my Gold and then Platinum status will kick in at 5,000 and then 9,000 EQPs respectively I haven’t been able to figure out the amount of redeemable miles since I will earn bonuses on some flights once I reach elite status. I guesstimate I should end up just shy of about 20,000 redeemable miles.
So for about $800 I will end up over halfway towards the 25K EQPs needed plus earn around 20,000 redeemable miles. I also will get a day to spend in Panama which is a new country to me. Sounds good! I have until midnight to book. What do you think? Would you do it?
About 6K EQPs Short
I have a few other trips already booked that will earn me close to 6K EQPs, meaning that I am about 6K short. So even with this “amazing routing” I won’t quite be there, but I should be within one roundtrip flight of being a top tier elite on American. ThankYou points should come in handy to make that last flight happen!
I know a lot of you are struggling to find good mileage runs or flights to meet the AAdvantage Elite Fast Track as well. For me the idea of flying up front the whole way is an appealing one since that many segments in coach can be brutal. While I haven’t yet pulled the trigger on this itinerary, I think I would be stupid to let it go.
What do you think? Have you found any decent deals you are ready to share? Let me know in the comments!