Elite Program Comparisons

by Marc Cain     

First Tier (Silver/Gold)

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AAdvantage Gold

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MilePlus Premier Silver

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SkyMiles Silver

Qualifications

 25k EQMs or
30 EQSs
+
$3000 EQDs
 25k PQMs or
30 PQSs
+
$3000 PQDs
 25k MQMs or
30 MQSs
+
$3000 MQDs

Benefits

  • Complimentary auto-requested upgrades on flights 500 miles or less*
  • 24-hour upgrade window
  • 25% elite mileage bonus
  • 50% off Main Cabin Extra Seats (complimentary at check-in)*
  • Complimentary Preferred Seats*
  • Priority through the airport
  •  Priority boarding
  • Complimentary same-day standby
  • Discounted Admirals Club
  • 1 free checked bag
  • Miles earned at 7 times fare
  • Award Processing charge waived
  • One World Ruby Status
  • Complimentary access to Economy Plus – Day of departure
  • Complimentary Premier Upgrades confirmation – Day of departure
  • 1 Economy Plus Companions
  • Instant upgrades on Y or B fares
  • Miles earned at 7 times fare
  • Priority check-in, screening, and boarding
  • Priority baggage
  • 1 free checked bag
  • Award fee waivers
  • Better availability for saver award tickets
  • Unlimited Complimentary First Class Upgrades
  • 24 hours prior to departure
  • Unlimited Complimentary Delta Comfort+ Upgrades 24 hours prior
  • Unlimited Complimentary Companion First Class and Delta Comfort+ Upgrades
  • Complimentary Preferred Seats
  • Full fare MQM bonus
  • Rollover of MQMs
  • Miles earned at 7 times the fare
  • Waived baggage fee
  • Priority check-in
  • Priority boarding

   Second Tier (Platinum/Gold)

AAdvantage Platinum

 MilePlus Premier Gold

SkyMiles Gold

Qualifications

50k EQMs or
60 EQSs
+
$6000 EQDs
 50k PQMs or
60 PQSs
+
$6000 PQDs
 50k MQMs or
60 MQSs
+
$6000 MQDs

Benefits

  • Complimentary auto-requested upgrades on flights 500 miles or less*
  • 72-hour upgrade window
  • 100% elite mileage bonus
  • Complimentary Main Cabin Extra and Preferred Seats*
  • Earn 4 complimentary upgrades per 12,500 miles
  • Priority through the airport
  •  Priority boarding
  • Priority baggage delivery
  • Complimentary same-day standby
  • Discounted Admirals Club
  • 2 free checked bag
  • Miles earned at 9 times fare (starting Aug 1)
  • Award Processing charge waived
  • One World Sapphire Status
  • One World partner Business Class lounge access on International travel
  • Complimentary access to Economy Plus – at time of booking
  • Complimentary Premier Upgrades confirmation – 48 hours before departure
  • 1 Economy Plus Companions
  • Instant upgrades on Y or B fares
  • Miles earned at 8 times fare
  • Priority check-in, screening, and boarding
  • Priority baggage
  • 1 free checked bag
  • Discounted same day flight changes
  • Award fee waivers
  • Better availability for saver award tickets
  • Lounge access when traveling internationally
  • Unlimited Complimentary First Class Upgrades
  • 72 hours prior to departure
  • Unlimited Complimentary Delta Comfort+ Upgrades 72 hours prior
  • Unlimited Complimentary Companion First Class and Delta Comfort+ Upgrades
  • Complimentary Preferred Seats
  • Full fare MQM bonus
  • Rollover of MQMs
  • Miles earned at 8 times the fare
  • Waived baggage fee
  • Priority check-in
  • Priority boarding Sky Priority
  • Priority security line
  • Waived same-day confirmed fees
  • Waived same-day standby fees
  • Expedited baggage service
  • Sky Team lounge access

Third Tier (Pro/Premier Platinum)

 AAdvantage
Platinum Pro

 MilePlus
Premier Platinum

SkyMiles
Platinum

Qualifications

 75k EQMs or
90 EQSs
+
$9000 EQDs
 75k PQMs or
90 PQSs
+
$9000 PQDs
 75k MQMs or
100 MQSs
+
$9000 MQDs

Benefits

NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL
JANUARY 1, 2016
  • Complimentary access to Economy Plus – at time of booking
  • Complimentary Premier Upgrades confirmation – 48 hours before departure
  • 1 Economy Plus Companions
  • Instant upgrades on Y or B fares
  • Miles earned at 8 times fare
  • Priority check-in, screening, and boarding
  • Priority baggage
  • 3 free checked bag
  • Discounted same day flight changes
  • Award fee reduction or waivers
  • Better availability for saver award tickets
  • Lounge access when traveling internationally
  • Unlimited Complimentary First Class Upgrades
  • 5 days prior to departure
  • Unlimited Complimentary Delta Comfort+ Upgrades 5 days prior
  • Unlimited Complimentary Companion First Class and Delta Comfort+ Upgrades
  • Complimentary Preferred Seats
  • Full fare MQM bonus
  • Rollover of MQMs
  • Miles earned at 9 times the fare
  • Waived baggage fee
  • Priority check-in
  • Priority boarding Premium
  • Priority security line
  • Waived same-day confirmed fees
  • Waived same-day standby fees
  • Waived award redeposit fees
  • Expedited baggage service
  • Sky Team lounge access
  • Choice of one perk: 4 Regional upgrades 20K mile bonus, Gifting of Silver status, or Gift card

Fourth Tier

American Airlines
Executive Platinum

United Airlines 1K

SkyMiles Diamond

Qualifications

  100k EQMs or
120 EQSs
+
$12,000 EQDs
  100k PQMs or
120 PQSs
+
$12,000 PQDs
  125k MQMs or
140 MQSs
+
$15,000 MQDs

Benefits

  •  6 Global Premier Upgrades
  • Complimentary access to Economy Plus at time of booking
  • Economy Plus companions (8)
  • Complimentary Premier and companion upgrades
  • Upgrades – 96 hours before departure
  • Instant upgrades on Y, B or M fares
  • Miles earned at 11 times fare
  • Priority check-in, screening, and boarding
  • Priority baggage
  • 3 free checked bag
  • Discounted same day flight changes
  • Award fee waivers
  • Better availability for saver award tickets
  • 10% discount on duty free onboard
  • Discount United Club
  • Lounge access when traveling internationally
  • $60 statement credit for MileagePlus Chase Credit Card Cardmembers
  • Unlimited Complimentary Delta Comfort+ Upgrades 5 days prior
  • Unlimited Complimentary Companion First Class and Delta Comfort+ Upgrades
  • Complimentary Preferred Seats
  • Priority wait list
  • Full fare MQM bonus – 100%
  • Discounted First/Business 50% MQM Bonus
  • Rollover of MQMs
  • Miles earned at 11 times the fare
  • Rollover MQM – Unlimited
  • Waived baggage fee
  • Priority check-in
  • Priority boarding Premium
  • Priority security line
  • Waived same-day confirmed fees
  • Waived same-day standby fees
  • Waived award redeposit fees
  • Expedited baggage service
  • Sky Team lounge access
  • Dedicated Line – VIP
  • Choice of two perks: 4 Global or 8 Regional upgrades, 25K mile bonus, Gifting of Gold status, Delta Sky Club, or Gift card
  • SPG and Hertz elite status

 


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