AA Platinum Challenge

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  1. oc7

    oc7 Junior Member

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    hey, i just had some questions about the AA Platinum Challenge ..

    firstly what is the AA Platinum Challenge ??
    i have little to no knowledge on the area. i think its like a membership rewards program that involves flying a certain number of miles in a set time..

    could someone plz explain to me what it is, how to do it, benifits, advatages/disadvantages and anythin else you guys know,..

    thnks..
     

  2. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

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    oc7,

    Welcome to AFF!

    Pretty much everything you need to know is in this thread:

    http://www.frequentflyer.com.au/discus/viewtopic.php?t=1446

    There are a couple of "resident" experts who should be able to answer any further questions you have, but that guide is very comprehensive.

    The quickest summary I can give for AA Plat Challenge is that it is a fast-track offer to status with American Airlines. As a partner of Qantas through OneWorld, status with AA gives you benefits when flying Qantas. Their frequent flyer system is also a lot more generous so you get better rewards for less flying than if you were in Qantas Frequent Flyer.
     
  3. oc7

    oc7 Junior Member

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    thanks for the reply mal...

    after readinf the link i am still a little lost??

    for eg.. if i were to fly SYD- LAX in buisness class with qantas and then onto europe with fin air in buisness class and come home via asia with qantas in buisness class.. how many points would i recieve ? and what status would that translate to ??

    i noticed that there was a clause relating to discount flights.. i i were to pick up a flight on bestflights.com.au would it still be able to earn me miles ???

    thnks..
     
  4. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    The number of miles earned will be dependent on the precise route

    Considering a routing of SYD-LAX-LHR-HEL-LHR-SIN-SYD in business class, the total distance is 25918 miles

    As far as the platinum challenge goes, the SYD-LAX flight would complete the challenge and you would attain AA Platinum Status ( which equates to Oneworld Sapphire and is equivalent to QF Gold status ) and so would have lounge access/business check in et al on future trips in economy

    Given that you wil be platinum, the approximate miles earned would be 25918 + 100% platinum bonus +25% business class bonus , so you would earn approx 58,316 miles

    Discount earnings restrictions relate primarily to economy class travel so a paid business class ticket from bestflights will almost certainly earn FF miles

    Dave

    Dave
     
  5. raccoon111

    raccoon111 Junior Member

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    Does AA Plat status entitle bringing a guest into any oneworld business lounge when both have same day forward travel on oneworld airlines?
     
  6. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    A OW Sapphire ( such as AA Platinum ) may take a guest in. Some airlines (such as BA) do specify that the guest must be travelling on the same flight

    Dave
     
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