American Airlines changes the way that they count miles towards lifetime elite status on December 1. Currently, miles earned from any source count. Starting December 1, only miles earned via flying count (and for at least the next year, those folks who get the expensive Citi Executive Mastercard with bundled lounge access before December 1 will have spend from that card count as well).
I expect to end November at 2,998,000 lifetime American AAdvantage miles. Which means that I will cross the 3 million mile threshold on the Oneworld MegaDO, which is neat in and of itself. And the advantage of not crossing 3 million miles until January is that the 4 international confirmed upgrades that I’ll earn will expire in February 2014, instead of February 2013 if I earn them before the end of this calendar year.
On the other hand I’m torn, and considering transferring a couple thousand miles in from a hotel program before the end of the month, because I may want to use those ‘eVIPs’ on mileage runs towards Executive Platinum status as part of the MegaDO challenge offer.
Either way, I need to decide soon. And any of y’all out there close to a million mile mark — 1 million is lifetime Gold status, 2 million lifetime platinum — you have just a couple of weeks left if you want to bump up those balances from something other than flying and earning on the Citi Executive card.