Yes it’s true! American Airlines announced today that the double Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) promotion is back!

Well, actually it never really went away. It was scheduled to expire on March 31 — they’ve extended that to June 30. That will allow more than enough time for me to earn enough miles to reach Executive Platinum status!

The plan basically remains the same: earn double EQMs and double redeemable miles on flights between DFW and Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO), and also on flights between Chicago O’Hare and LAX, SFO, and an addition, Orange County, (SNA) California. Oddly, the bonus to SNA is only from ORD and not from DFW.

For all the details, visit the AA promotion page.

I have two mileage runs currently scheduled, one to SFO later this month that will earn double EQMs, and one in April to Portland that will not, but because of the odd routing (to Portland via DFW and Seattle) I’ll still earn more than 5,000 EQMs.

Two more SFO trips by June 30 and I will reach Executive Platinum. Barely, by my math I’ll have 100,011 miles, but more than 100,000 is more than 100,000.

This is an awful lot of flying for me early in the year, but it makes no sense for me to get this close to EXP and not go for it. I’ll fly fewer miles this year to make EXP than I did last year to make Platinum. This would not have happened without AA’s promotions, so to AA I send a huge THANK YOU!