30,000 Miles for a Checking Account is Back, So is Buying Status from US Airways

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  1. Thanks.

    Is Chairman’s Trial Preferred still available for non-status US flyers? The old website seems to come up still

  2. Oh yeah, I’ll put $50,000 in a Citibank checking account, use 750 in debt purchases + pay 2 bills for a whopping 30,000 AA Miles plus a 1099 tax form.

    Yeah, that I’ll do. Ridiculous.

  3. I’m not entirely sure Citibank still issues 1099’s for this (they definitely did in 2012/2013). Per Doctor of Credit (http://www.doctorofcredit.com/targeted-citibank-offering-up-to-30000-american-airlines-aadvantage-miles-to-sign-up-for-their-checking-products-no-direct-deposit/) and this Flyertalk thread (http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/citi-thankyou-rewards/1610440-w9-form-citigold-checking-account.html). That said I have no firsthand experience to verify this.

  4. The real news (at least for me) is the reduced segment qualification for US Airways Chairman’s Preferred (soon to be AAdvantage Executive Platinum). I will be at 91 segments this year and wasn’t going to attempt to get to the original qualification requirement of 120 segments. But now it looks as though a couple of mileage runs may be in my future…

    Here is the wording on the US Airways site:

    **Chairman’s Preferred status normally requires 100,000 miles or 120 segments. However, in anticipation of combining Dividend Miles with the AAdvantage program in the second quarter of 2015, we are lowering the segment requirement for 2014 to 100 segments to align with the 2014 AAdvantage Executive Platinum threshold. In 2015, 120 segments will be required for both Chairman’s Preferred and AAdvantage Executive Platinum status.

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