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Most airline double-mile promotions only double the redeemable miles.
The miles that qualify toward earning elite status—elite-qualifying miles, or EQMs—typically remain the same.
This new offer from American is notable for doubling both the redeemable and the elite-qualifying miles. And it does so on some popular routes, for a long time.
Between October 27, 2011, and March 31, 2012, AAdvantage members can earn double redeemable miles and double elite-qualifying miles when flying American non-stop on the following routes:
The offer is available only to travelers whose registered AAdvantage addresses are in California, Illinois, or Texas.
Registration is required.
Deal or No Deal
The bonus itself is well worth pursuing, especially if AAdvantage elite status is a goal.
These are popular routes, which American serves with multiple daily non-stops (16 flights every business day between Los Angeles and Dallas, for example).
And the promotion period, five full months, affords plenty of time to qualify.
The residence requirement might seem like a significant negative. But realistically, the great majority of those flying on the targeted routes would be residents of California, Illinois, or Texas in any case.
If American’s ticket prices are competitive, and you plan to fly the featured routes, this offer makes American a best bet.
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