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Qualifying for AA EP flying on JAL

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by T Dog, Jan 14, 2021.

  1. T Dog

    T Dog New Member

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    I've enjoyed my AA EP status the last year and am wondering about requalifying by flying partner airlines this year. In particular, I'm seeing X class business fares to Malaysia on JAL from JFK for $2500 in August and beyond. Looking at the AA partner information, I've calculated the RT flight would earn 20K redeemable miles, 40K EQMs, and $5K EQDs. Am I missing something or is my math right? I realize we're not allowed into Malaysia at the moment.
     
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    rickyw Well-Known Member

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    Are you booking the flight directly from JAL, or on the AA website as a codeshare? That will affect your earnings...
     
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    T Dog New Member

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    The $2500 fare is on both the JAL and AA websites. Same actual flight (on JAL).
     
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    rickyw Well-Known Member

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    The big difference would be in your EQD earnings - booking through JAL would earn you more (that 25% of distance flown, 5k, as you said). Whereas booking through AA would earn EQD based on the cost of the ticket ($2,500 minus any taxes).

    So, booking through JAL would probably make more sense if your goal is a status shortcut.

    Only watch-out would be whatever JAL cancellation policy is due to covid. I'm not sure what theirs is like... but know that AA is pretty generous
     
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