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AAdvantage Elite Status Members Can Receive Exclusive Rewards as Program Celebrates 30 Years of Loyalty
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Rewards Include AAdvantage Bonus Miles, Systemwide Upgrades, Admirals Club Benefits and Flight Discounts

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of the ongoing 30th anniversary celebration of the AAdvantage® program, American Airlines is bringing back Elite Rewards to thank AAdvantage elite status members for their loyalty. In addition to the valuable benefits already enjoyed by elite status members, qualifying AAdvantage Gold®, AAdvantage Platinum® and AAdvantage Executive Platinum® members will have the opportunity to select from a list of fantastic Elite Reward offerings, which are richer than ever.

Reward choices are based on both the member's elite status level and the number of elite-qualifying points earned for the year ending Dec. 31, 2011. Elite-qualifying points are earned based on a combination of earned miles and class of service purchased. Reward choices include:

  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum members who earn 125,000 or more elite-qualifying points during 2011 will be eligible to select two of the following rewards: 35,000 AAdvantage bonus miles; two one-way systemwide upgrades; a one-year Admirals Club® membership; one 20 percent AA.com discount promotion code for future systemwide travel on American; or a gift of AAdvantage Gold status for a friend.
  • AAdvantage Platinum members who earn 75,000 – 99,999 elite-qualifying points during 2011 will be eligible to select one of the following rewards: 25,000 AAdvantage bonus miles; eight 500-mile upgrades; four Admirals Club One-Day passes, one 15 percent AA.com discount promotion code for future systemwide travel on American; or a gift of AAdvantage Gold status for a friend.
  • AAdvantage Gold members who earn 40,000 – 49,999 elite-qualifying points during 2011 will be eligible to select one of the following rewards: 15,000 AAdvantage bonus miles; four 500-mile upgrades; two Admirals Club One-Day passes; or one 10 percent discount code for future systemwide travel on American.

"Who says you can't hand out gifts on your own anniversary? By offering Elite Rewards, we're giving our most-valued AAdvantage elite status members a chance to join us in continuing to celebrate 30 incredible years," said Maya Leibman, President – AAdvantage Loyalty Program. "We want to thank our loyal members for going above and beyond with their dedication to American Airlines."

To participate in Elite Rewards, members must register prior to Dec. 15, 2011, at www.aa.com/offers using promotion code ELTAA. Additionally, members must be opted-in to receive the AAdvantage eSummary(SM) email so they can be notified when it's time to choose their Elite Reward.

To sign up for the AAdvantage eSummary, log in to AA.com, and go to the "My Account" section and click on the "Email and Fare Alerts" tab. For more information about Elite Rewards, visit www.aa.com/eliterewards.

About the AAdvantage Program

The AAdvantage program was the first frequent flyer program, and was established in 1981. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the AAdvantage program, which now has more than 67 million members worldwide. Members can earn miles at more than 1,000 participating companies, which include 27 hotel chains representing more than 60 brands, more than 20 airlines, eight car-rental companies, 11 financial companies, and more than 500 brand name retailers. In addition, members can earn miles when making purchases with one of more than 100 affinity card products in more than 40 countries. In 2010, AAdvantage members redeemed more than 165 billion miles to claim just fewer than 7.2 million awards for flights, upgrades and car rentals. For more information and a listing of AAdvantage program participating companies, visit www.aa.com/aadvantage.

About American Airlines

American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection® serve 250 cities in 50 countries with, on average, more than 3,600 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning website, AA.com®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve approximately 900 destinations with more than 9,000 daily flights to 145 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, and AAdvantage are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR).

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