This is another post examining AAdvantage 2017 elite qualification earning for Oneworld Partner airline tickets in premium cabins as a far less expensive route to AAdvantage Platinum, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum elite status than buying American Airlines tickets.
Sri Lankan Airlines with its hub in Colombo, Sri Lanka offers Business Class tickets from Doha, Qatar to Singapore for $914 round trip. The ticket books in Business Class code I. This fare is available for departures beginning in January with wide open availability nearly every date from April to October 2017.
Sri Lankan Airlines Doha, Qatar DOH – Colombo, Sri Lanka CMB – Singapore SIN – Colombo CMB – Doha, DOH
$913.16 round trip Business Class Code I (3,325 QAR), Sun Apr 2 – Sun Apr 9
DOH – CMB – SIN – CMB – DOH = 7,906 flight miles.
AAdvantage EQM and EQD for Sri Lankan Airlines Earn Table Business Class I code ticket.
7,906 flight miles x 1.50 EQM = 11,859 EQM
7,906 flight miles x 0.20 EQD = $1,581 EQD
7,906 flight miles = 7,906 redeemable miles + elite bonus (40-120%).
Ticket Price $913.16 / 11,859 EQM = 7.7 cents per EQM.
This is an overall very low EQM earn rate at 7.7 cents/EQM meaning it would take about $7,700 in spend to reach EQM needed for AAdvantage Executive Platinum at 100,000 EQM.
However, this is not a particularly good EQD earn rate. $913.16 / 1,581 = 58 cents per EQD. It would take $6,960 in ticket spend to reach $12,000 EQD for AAdvantage Executive Platinum elite.
As a comparison for EQM/EQD earn rates, there was a brief opportunity yesterday morning for Oneworld Alliance member Qatar Airways LAX-SIN via Doha Business Class tickets at $1,681 round trip. That ticket had an earn rate of 4.6 cents per EQM ($4,600 to reach Executive Platinum) and 35 cents per EQD ($4,200 to reach Executive Platinum elite) illustrating the kind of AAdvantage 2017 earn rates possible when booking premium class tickets on Oneworld Airline partners when flying Business Class.
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