Elite Status Faster Than Ever

If one of your New Year`s resolutions is to become an AAdvantage(R) elite
status member, or simply maintain your current elite status, American
Airlines is making it easier to achieve your goal. Effective Jan. 1, 2004,
AAdvantage members can earn points faster for elite status on American.

Members will continue to earn one mile toward elite status for every mile
flown, and a full segment credit for every segment flown, on any fare. And
the number of miles, points or segments needed to qualify for elite status
will remain unchanged.
This more generous point structure means that all AAdvantage elite levels
can be attained more quickly. And, members who would have earned a higher
elite status or retained their current status under the new points
qualification guidelines (based on their 2003 flight activity) will be
awarded the higher status for the 2004 membership year. Members will
receive their credentials at the beginning of the new membership year in
March 2004.
“We understand that our AAdvantage members like to accrue miles using a
variety of fares, and they value the benefits that come with elite
status,” said Dan Garton, American`s executive vice president of
Marketing. “These improvements to the AAdvantage elite levels give our
customers more of what they value.”

Elite membership also gives customers special privileges, including the
following exclusive services and benefits:

—Bonus miles—Earned 500-mile electronic upgrades based on qualifying
flight activity—Expedited airport check-in—Complimentary upgrades
for you and one companion when traveling on a full-fare Economy Class
ticket*—Exclusive hotline number for reservations, seating and meal
In addition, AAdvantage elite members may confirm their complimentary
upgrades on full-fare tickets in advance of their flight date, up to 100
hours prior to departure, depending on elite status level.

The new point structure also applies to elite-qualifying AAdvantage
participant carriers. For a complete list of eligible fare classes and the
equivalent elite points earned on AAdvantage participating airlines, visit
http://www.aa.com/elitepoints .


* To receive complimentary upgrades, members must be traveling to and from
qualifying cities on fares booked in Y or B (excluding military/government
fares). Complimentary upgrades are subject to seating limitations and are
only available on American Airlines marketed and operated flights within
and between the 50 United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, the
Bahamas and Bermuda, and between the United States and Central America.

About the AAdvantage Travel Awards Program
The American Airlines AAdvantage Travel Awards program—the first and
largest of its kind—began in 1981 with 283,000 members and has grown to
more than 45 million members worldwide. The AAdvantage program has more
U.S. fliers than any other frequent traveler program, and it provides more
opportunities to redeem miles than any other program. In addition to
travel, members can earn miles for everything from breakfast cereal to
flowers, financial services, credit card purchases and more. For
additional information visit http://www.aa.com/aadvantage .