I’ve looked all over and can’t find an explanation about this anywhere, but I’m trying to find out the difference between AA Elite Qualifying Miles and AA Elite qualifying points. Reason I’m asking is that I’m been flying so much recently that I was wondering when I was going to hit one of their status levels and when I looked at my account I saw that I had the following:

YTD Elite Qualifying Points: 18,100
YTD Elite Qualifying Miles: 22,737

I need 25,000 Miles OR Points to get to the Gold level, but I can’t find out the difference between the two. Also, what counts towards those? I can find single examples of something that does not count, but not a solid list or examples of how to add to either of those. I’m going to be super bummed if I miss the super awesome rewards by like 50 miles or something. I’ve got an AAdvantage credit card, but not sure at this point what those miles/points earned with that even go to. What about AA plane tickets bought with that card? Are mile/points earned when the tickets are bought, or when you actually fly on the flight? What about shit like when they say “sign up for X and get 10,000 bonus miles!” do those count for either of the above? Ack!!!