Last year I had this hairbrained idea that I would requalify for American AAdvantage Executive Platinum status via Elite Qualifying Points (EQPs), rather than the traditional Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs). I set out on this strategy with a trip to Cairo, and then followed it up with my most ambitious mileage run ever, which was probably the most fun I’ve had in 44 hours of straight travel, ever.
That said, here’s where I am, nearly halfway through the year:
The real question now, is how do I get the remaining 50k+ Elite Qualifying Points? With American AAdvantage’s promo this year that gets 2x and 3x Elite Qualifying Points, my biggest focus is finding “affordable” business fares, to chase that 2x. I had originally found some pretty good $1700 fares ex-Brazil, however I couldn’t make the dates work out with award travel to reposition, so I’m still hunting flights.
How far are you in your quest for status, and what are your plans to requalify?