Prince Harry is back from another trip to England and once again flew home on American Airlines, likely in first class. By this time, the Duke of Sussex is well on his way to elite status on world’s largest airline.
Prince Harry Flies American Airlines Again…Does He Now Have AAdvantage Elite Status?
The 35-year-old grandson of Queen Elizabeth II flew to the United Kingdom on June 25th in order to take part in the unveiling of a statute of his late mother, Princess Diana, who would have turned 60 on July 1st. After quarantining for five days, he attended the dedication ceremony at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden, which only featured 15 guests. Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, was not in attendance.
At the event, Prince Harry and his bother Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, released the following statement:
“Today, on what would have been our mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character – qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better.
“Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy.”
Prince Harry flew American Airlines First Class on the way out, where other passengers onboard reportedly saw him lounging in sweats.
The day after the ceremony he proceeded back to London Heathrow Airport, where he boarded a flight home in order to rejoin his wife Meghan, who is grieving the loss of her uncle.
Harry’s motorcade was seen proceeding directly to the Terminal 5 tarmac at Heathrow. He was later seen exiting a side staircase flanked by American Airlines luggage carts in LAX before stepping into a Private Suite vehicle. It is likely he flew AA135, a 777-300ER operated flight which left LHR at 6:00pm and arrived into LAX at 9:15pm.
Not that AAdvantage elite status is a big deal to the Duke of Sussex, but let’s do the math. Let’s say that he booked a discount first class ticket (“A” class) from Los Angeles to London, which runs about $6,200 round-trip.
LAX – LHR is 5,456 miles each way.
If he started without status, he would have earned:
- 21,824 elite-qualifying miles (EQMs) + 4 elite-qualifying segments (EQSs)
This year, Executive Platinum requires:
- $12,000 in spending
- 80,000 EQMs or 95 EQSs
While the Duke of Sussex has already met the spending requirement (and likely greatly exceeded it), he still has a ways to go to qualify via the EQM or EQS metic. If he paid for the trip on his Citi / AAdvantage Executive card he can earn another 10,000 EQM by spending $40,000 on the card during a calendar year.
The good news for Prince Harry is that it likely doesn’t matter. Being an A-list celebrity carriers an elite-status far more valuable than even AA’s invite-only Concierge Key and if he’s buying first class fares anyway, status is essentially meaningless for his trips to London.
Still, his loyalty to American Airlines is quite interesting. What is about American Airlines that has drawn Harry back four times? Is it just the nonstop flight at convenient times with first class or is there something else going on?
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