American Airlines AAdvantage Calculator: Miles and Elite Status Earned Per Flight

American Airlines Jets at BOS
American Airlines jets, including old and new liveries and logos, outside Terminal B at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).

Use the American Airlines AAdvantage Calculator to determine how many AAdvantage miles — and Elite Qualifying Miles, Elite Qualifying Dollars, and Elite Qualifying Segments for elite status — you will earn on your next flight with American or a partner airline. The calculator was last updated in September 2019.

Find out how much your accumulated AAdvantage miles are worth with our Points Value Calculator. And to learn more about on how the value of an AAdvantage mile was determined, check out our article on Points Value for Travel Rewards Programs.

If you want to compare and see how many miles you would earn with Delta and its partners, check out our Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Calculator.

Instructions and details are included below the calculator. The calculator will auto-update as you enter information about your flight. The calculator is currently in beta testing; glitches may occur.

AAdvantage is a trademark of American Airlines, Inc. This calculator is not endorsed by American Airlines, Inc.

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American Airlines AAdvantage Calculator: Instructions and Explanations

Fare

Enter the amount of your base fare plus any mandatory carrier fees, such as fuel surcharges. Exclude the amount paid for government taxes and fees as well as any non-mandatory fees such as checked baggage fees.

Miles Flown

Enter the number of miles flown for this trip, including your return flight segment(s) if this is a round-trip. If you need to estimate the mileage, enter your airport information at a site like Great Circle Mapper.

Flight Segments

Enter the (whole) number of flight segments for this trip. Each flight between two airports equals one flight segment (with the exception of flights with continuing service where you stay on the same plane at the connecting airport to travel to your destination city).

For instance, assume you are traveling round-trip from Boston (BOS) to San Francisco (SFO). You take a flight from BOS to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) in order to connect with your later ORD to SFO flight. For your return, you fly direct from SFO to BOS. You would accumulate three flight segments, two from BOS to SFO (BOS-ORD and ORD-SFO), and one from SFO to BOS.

Purchased Fare Class

Select the fare class for your ticket purchase. For simplicity, the calculator aggregates a number of different fare codes together under the categories of “Economy,” “Premium Economy,” “Business,” and “First Class.” Each of these primary categories can also include the sub-categories of “Ultra-Deep Discounted,” “Deep Discounted,” or “Discounted.”

The exact fare class of a ticket is usually associated with a letter of the alphabet, e.g., F, J, Y, which usually stands for fully-refundable, first class , business class, and economy class tickets, respectively. Not all fare classes are available on all flights or on all airlines.

Since the calculator does not list all of the individual fare classes, you should consult your ticket or reservation and the American Airlines website, especially for partner airlines, to determine the fare class you should select for the calculator.

In many instances, a non-refundable economy class ticket was probably purchased as an “Economy – Deep Discounted” or “Economy – Discounted” ticket.

Ticketing Airline

Select the airline from which you purchased the ticket for the trip. The ticket should have flight numbers issued by the ticketing airline, even if there are codeshares and flight numbers from different airlines for the same flight.

If you purchased your flight from American Airlines, then American is your ticketing airline. To earn AAdvantage miles on flights with Air Tahiti Nui, Alaska Airlines, Cape Air, Interjet, and Seaborne Virgin Islands, you must book and purchase your flight from American.

You can earn AAdvantage miles with other partner airlines when you book and purchase your flight through the partner airline, provided you choose to credit your miles to the AAdvantage program (and not the partner airline’s mileage program). These partner airlines include:

  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • Fiji Airways
  • Finnair
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Iberia
  • Japan Airlines
  • LATAM Airlines
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Jordanian Airlines
  • S7 Airlines
  • SriLankan Airlines

Many, but not all, of these partner airlines are members of the OneWorld airline alliance. American Airlines is a OneWorld member.

See our article on Earning AAdvantage Miles, EQMs, EQDs, and EQSs with Partner Airlines for a table on earning AAdvantage miles and elite status with OneWorld and other partner airlines.

AAdvantage Elite Status

Select your AAdvantage elite status. There are four elite tiers: Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Executive Platinum. If you do not have elite status with American Airlines, select “None.”

Gold members receive a 40% bonus on miles earned. Platinum members receive a 60% bonus on miles earned. Platinum Pro members receive an 80% bonus on miles earned. Executive Platinum members receive a 120% bonus on miles earned.

Elite members receive these bonuses even when they are flying with a partner airline, as long as they are crediting the miles to the AAdvantage program.

Pay with Co-Branded Card

If applicable, select the co-branded credit card with which you paying for your flight. Co-branded credit cardholders earn two miles per $1 USD spent on American Airlines, except cardholders earn three miles with the Barclays AAdvantage Aviator Silver and one mile with the Barclays AAdvantage Aviator. Otherwise, cardholders earn one mile per $1 USD spent on other purchases, including ticket purchased from partner airlines. Co-branded cards are issued by Barclays and Citi and include:

The calculator assumes you are using the U.S. versions of these co-branded credit cards.

American Airline AAdvantage Calculator: Results

AAdvantage Miles Earned

This figure equals the total number of redeemable AAdvantage miles that the calculator estimates you will earn for your flight based on the input your provided. Miles earned from paying with a co-branded credit card are included.

Estimated Value of Miles Earned

This figure equals the estimated cash value of the total AAdvantage miles that the calculator estimates you will earn for you flight. The calculator uses Real World Machine’s latest value for one American Airlines AAdvantage mile.

% Rebate Based on Miles Earned

This figure equals the percentage rebate you are receiving back from your spending, based on the value of the miles earned divided by the total spent, including mandatory carrier fees, but excluding government taxes and fees as well as non-mandatory carrier fees.

Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) Earned

This figure equals the number of EQMs that the calculator estimates you will earn from your flight. EQMs are used to qualify for elite status with American Airlines, in conjunction with EQDs.

For flights ticketed through American, EQMs are based on the miles flown for each flight segment, with a base minimum of 500 miles per flight segment. To calculate EQMs, these flight miles are then adjusted by a multiplier that depends on the fare class of the ticket, and ranges from 0.5x (for Basic Economy) to 3.0x (for fully-refundable first class).

For flights ticketed through a partner airline, EQMs are again based on the miles flown for each flight segment, with a base minimum of 500 miles per flight segment. To calculate EQMs, these flight miles are then adjusted by a multiplier that depends on both the fare class of the ticket and the partner airline, ranging from 0x to 3x. The multiplier is usually 0x for partner airlines who are not OneWorld members (meaning, no EQMs earned).

Because the calculator asks for the total miles flown, and not the miles flown per segment, it may slightly underestimate EQMs earned for multi-segment flights with one or more segments of 500 miles or less.

Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) Earned

This figure equals the number of EQDs that the calculator estimates you will earn from your flight. EQDs are used to qualify for elite status with American Airlines, in conjunction with EQMs or EQSs.

For flights ticketed through American, EQDs are equal to the base fare plus any mandatory carrier surcharges, excluding government taxes and fees as well as non-mandatory carrier fees.

For flights ticketed through a partner airline, EQDs are again based on the miles flown for each flight segment. To calculate EQDs, these flight miles are then adjusted by a multiplier that depends on both the fare class of the ticket and the partner airline, ranging from 0x to 0.6x. The multiplier is usually 0x for partner airlines who are not OneWorld members (meaning, no EQDs earned).

Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs) Earned

This figure equals the number of EQSs that the calculator estimates you will earn from your flight. EQSs are used to qualify for elite status with American Airlines, in conjunction with EQDs.

For flights ticketed through American, EQSs are equal to the number of flight segments taken for the trip, except that a Basic Economy fare flight segment only receives credit for 0.5 flight segments (half).

For flights ticketed through a partner airline who is a member of OneWorld, EQSs are usually equal to the number of flight segments taken for the trip. Typically, EQSs cannot be earned with partner airlines who are not OneWorld members.

Partner Airline Earnings

This section of the calculator shows how many AAdvantage miles, EQMs, EQDs, and EQSs your flight would earn if you purchased your ticket from the alternative program. The figures take into account payment with a co-branded American Airlines credit card.

Keep in mind that the calculator does not account for availability or certain nuances in fare class structures. As a result, it may be impossible to actually book the same flight with the same fare class and receive the earnings that the calculator suggests.

As a reminder, consult the American Airlines website for additional information, including eligible fare classes, earning rates, restrictions, and exceptions…not all of which are reflected in the calculator.