I recently retained my gold status with the American Airlines by earning 32,545 EQM's and spending $3750 EQD's. As I retained my gold status from last year, I thought I would continue further with those EQM's and EQD's which I earned for this year 2020 so that I can get to the Platinum status. But to my surprise, the progress bar has been reset to zero. So, in order to get to Platinum, I need to travel 50000 EQM's + spend $6000 EQD's instead of the difference from the last year. Is that right? Is that how the program works? If that's right all the Exec Platinum members are spending $15,000 + flying 100000 EQM's every year to retain their status? 🤯
Yes, the AA page on elite status says:
Earn EQMs, EQSs and EQDs during the calendar year to qualify
Most frequent flyer programs are the same -- you have to fly a lot of miles during the year, every year. Air Canada's top tier requires 100k status miles. Some airlines have a lifetime award if you pass a million or more status miles, but that is independent of the year by year qualification.
If that's right all the Exec Platinum members are spending $15,000 + flying 100000 EQM's every year to retain their status?
The clocks resets on Jan 1 every year and you need to start accumulating from scratch every year. You maintain the top status you reached in 2019 for all of 2020, but the accrual starts at 0 on 1/1/2020. There are no carryovers.