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    American Airlines Offers Double Elite-Qualifying Miles and Elite Rewards For AAdvantage Members

    FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Starting today, American Airlines frequent flyers will be able to enjoy two special promotions geared toward putting them on a priority path to AAdvantage Gold®, AAdvantage Platinum® or AAdvantage Executive Platinum® status, along with the opportunity to select from a list of great extra rewards in recognition of their loyalty.

    The Double Elite-Qualifying Miles promotion allows customers to earn twice the elite status qualifying miles when they fly on American Airlines, American Eagle, and AmericanConnection between Sept. 2, and Dec. 15, 2009. That means they'll be able to reach elite status faster than normal, either for the first time or enabling them to re-qualify now for their current status through February 2011. Customers who qualify based on elite-qualifying miles need to accumulate 25,000 elite-qualifying miles for AAdvantage Gold status; 50,000 miles for AAdvantage Platinum; and 100,000 miles for AAdvantage Executive Platinum in a calendar year. For more information regarding qualifying for AAdvantage elite status, visit www.aa.com/elitestatus.

    "We greatly value our members' loyalty and want to give them something extra this year for their continued commitment to the AAdvantage program," said Rob Friedman, President - AAdvantage Marketing Programs at American Airlines. "With our special promotion, there's no need for AAdvantage members to wait to experience the benefits of their travel."

    Furthermore, the Elite Rewards promotion gives American's most loyal flyers the opportunity to add to the valuable benefits they already receive as an AAdvantage elite status member - and they can get there faster by combining this with American's Double Elite-Qualifying Miles offer. The special rewards vary based on the customer's elite status level as of Dec. 31, 2009. Here are the details:

    • AAdvantage Executive Platinum members who earn 125,000 or more elite-qualifying miles or points during 2009 will be eligible to select two of the following rewards: two one-way Systemwide Upgrades; one 1-Year Admirals Club® membership; 25,000 AAdvantage bonus miles; and/or the opportunity to reward a friend with AAdvantage Gold status for one year.
    • AAdvantage Platinum members who earn 75,000 - 99,999 elite-qualifying miles or points during 2009 will be eligible to select one of the following rewards: four 500-mile upgrades; two Admirals Club One-Day passes; 15,000 AAdvantage bonus miles; or the opportunity to reward a friend with AAdvantage Gold status for one year.
    • AAdvantage Gold members who earn 40,000 - 49,999 elite-qualifying miles or points during 2009 will be eligible to select one of the following rewards: two 500-mile upgrades; one set of luggage tags; one Admirals Club One-Day Pass; or 7,500 AAdvantage bonus miles.

    To register and obtain more information regarding these two special offers, visit www.aa.com/elite.

    To qualify for the Double Elite-Qualifying Miles promotion, AAdvantage members need to register prior to travel using promotion code DBLEQ. To participate in the Elite Rewards promotion, simply register prior to Dec. 15, using promotion code ELTRW.

    About the AAdvantage Program

    The AAdvantage Program was the first and is the world's largest frequent flyer program. Established in 1981, the program now has more than 60 million members. Members can earn miles at more than 1,000 participating companies, which include more than 30 hotel chains representing more than 60 brands, more than 20 airlines, eight car-rental companies, 12 financial companies, and over 250 brand name retailers. In addition, members can earn miles when making purchases with one of more than 100 affinity card products in over 40 countries. In 2008, AAdvantage members redeemed more than 155 billion miles to claim more than 4.8 million awards for flights, upgrades and car rentals. For more information and a listing of AAdvantage program participating companies, visit www.aa.com/aadvantage.

    Terms and Conditions

    Double Elite-Qualifying Miles Offer Terms and Conditions:

    Double elite-status qualifying miles are not redeemable for award travel, but do count toward qualification for AAdvantage Executive Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum® and AAdvantage Gold® status. AAdvantage elite-qualifying double mile offer is valid only for travel on eligible purchased, published fare tickets on American Airlines, American Eagle or AmericanConnection® marketed and operated flights between September 2, 2009, and December 15, 2009, regardless of when the ticket was booked or ticketed. Flights operated by our codeshare partners or oneworld™ alliance carriers are not eligible for this promotion. Registration prior to travel is required. This offer does not increase the member's elite-qualifying points, segments or award-eligible mileage balance. Double elite-qualifying miles will be calculated at 100% of the elite-qualifying miles earned for each applicable flight and will be deposited into the account of the traveling AAdvantage member within 6-8 weeks after travel is posted to your account.

    Elite Rewards Terms and Conditions:

    This offer is open only to AAdvantage members who are AAdvantage Executive Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum or AAdvantage Gold members as of December 31, 2009. The member status as of December 31, 2009, and the number of miles/points earned in 2009 will determine which reward options are applicable. A valid email address with AAdvantage eSummary(SM) opt-in must be on file with the AAdvantage program by December 31, 2009, in order to be notified and provided instructions on how to select the reward online. Registration prior to 12:00 midnight (CT), December 15, 2009, is required. For complete details, visit www.aa.com/eliterewards.

    Qualifying miles/points must be posted to the AAdvantage member's account by January 9, 2010, to qualify for this offer.

    Members who have qualified for this offer will receive an e-mail in January 2010, instructing them how to claim their reward online. The instructional e-mail will also designate a 6 week time frame in which members must make their selection. Requests for a reward after this date will not be accepted. Members should select their reward carefully as no changes are allowed once the reward request has been submitted. There are no additional fees for claiming a reward, however taxes and fees relating to award travel are the responsibility of the member. This offer and the associated rewards are neither transferable nor refundable unless otherwise stated. These rewards have no cash value and may not be bartered or sold. AAdvantage Executive Platinum members may earn/select a maximum of two rewards; AAdvantage Platinum and AAdvantage Gold members may earn/select a maximum of one reward. American Airlines reserves the right to substitute a reward of equal or greater value if any reward is not available for any reason.

    One-Way Systemwide Upgrades are confirmed upgrades valid to the next class of service at the time of booking when flying on most Business Class or Economy Class fares on American Airlines marketed and operated flights. Systemwide upgrades are subject to seating limitations and capacity controls. View complete details on one-way Systemwide upgrades.

    1 Year Admirals Club Membership is valid for a new one year membership or a 1 year renewal of an existing membership and is non-refundable and not transferable. Refunds will not be given for a previous membership purchase. View complete details on the Admirals Club at www.aa.com/admiralsclub.

    AAdvantage Bonus Miles will be posted to the member's account approximately 6 weeks after selection period ends. Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification.

    Gift of AAdvantage Gold Status for a Friend allows the member to designate one individual as an AAdvantage Gold status member. This individual must be an AAdvantage member. If not an AAdvantage member, the individual may enroll online at www.aa.com/enroll by January 9, 2010. This membership and associated benefits will be valid from March 1, 2010, through February 28, 2011. The gifting of AAdvantage Gold Status may not be bartered or sold.

    About American Airlines

    American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection® serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, 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 nearly 700 destinations in more than 130 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR)

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