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I believe million miler only gives you the equivalent of Silver status. Therefore, life time gold is better for benefits.
Member since 13 Jul 2012
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Purchases of AAdvantage miles do not count towards the Million Miler program.
Lifetimes miles are earned purely based on flight distance (1 mile for all AA marketed flights regardless of the class of travel, or even less for cheap partner economy fares, see “base miles” earning tables on AA website).
PS: To answer your question directly:
"Surely they want to encourage their members to purchase more expensive fares."
No that is not quite the point of AA Million Miler programme.
Unlike Qantas Lifetime Status, AA Million Miler is not intended to be a culmination of decades of “Elite” membership - at least not directly.
Instead it rewards someone for "having gone the distance" with AA, regardless of whether they covered that distance on a cheapest economy ticket [which is not something I would personally recommend :) ]
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