Tricks by AA with crediting points for flights

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Active Member
Sep 14, 2005
I got tricked by the AA website, so I will make a post just in case others interpret the website like me.

Be careful with the amount of points it states you earn with flying with partner airlines.

Looking at the page for Qantas:

I assumed that for an airfare in booking class "M", I would earn 0.5 miles per mile flown and 1 point for each mile flown.

In fact it is actually 0.5 miles per mile flown, and 0.5 points per mile flown.

The points is based on the miles earned, NOT the miles flown.

Kiwi Flyer

Senior Member
Sep 24, 2004
IIRC it is mentioned in the AA challenge thread, and does come up from time to time as a "catch". Hope it didn't affect your requalification efforts.
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Nov 16, 2004
Yep, it's a bit misleading. You really need to consider the table and column headings and understand what they mean:
Eligible Qantas Airways Fare Classes
|Class of Service       | Purchased Fares | Mileage Accrual | Elite Qualifying |
|                       |   Booked In:    |   Percentage    | Points Per Base  |
|                       |                 |                 |   Mile Earned    |
|First Class            |     A, F, P     |100% + 50% bonus |      1.50        |
|Business Class         |   C, D, I, J    |100% + 25% bonus |      1.50        |
|Full Fare Economy Class|      B, Y       |      100%       |      1.50        |
|Discount Economy Class |    H, K, W^^    |      100%       |      1.00        |
|Discount Economy Class |   M, V, L, R^   |       50%       |      1.00        |
|Discount Economy Class |    G, O, S      |       50%       |      0.50        |
The column "Miles Accrual Percentage" could realistically be read as "Base Mileage Earning Percentage" when considering the column "Elite Qualifying Points Per Base Mile Earned".

In the case of M class, AAdvantage base miles earned are 50% of the miles travelled and EQP's are 100% of the base miles earned which again is 50% of the miles travelled.

A lot worse is say, S class, where AAdvantage base miles earned is 50% of the miles travelled and EQP's are a 50% of the base miles earned which is in fact 25% of the miles travelled.

Taking a premium class, D, AAdvantage base mile earning is 100% of the miles travelled. An additional 25% AAdvantage miles are earned as a bonus, but these are not base miles. EQP's are 150% of the base miles earned which is 150% of the miles travelled.

A straight forward way to calculate EQP earning is to multiply the "Miles Accrual Percentage" and "Elite Qualifying Points Per Base Mile Earned" figures (ignoring any bonus miles) by the number of miles travelled.
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