American Airlines has 3 new promotions to accelerate earning status for existing AAdvantage elite members, and it helps put me back on track to where status can be reached this year. One of the three is available to general members also.
I reported two weeks ago that during the first week of June American Airlines would extend expiring systemwide upgrade certificates (and that happened) and provide a status boost. Here’s the details on the status boost for current elite members.
Registration is required, log into your account and click on your ‘promotions’ tab and you’ll see a promotion to register for. There are actually three separate promotions and you need to accept each one separately.
Free Elite Qualifying Dollars Instantly
Register by August 31, qualifying dollars post to your account some time between instantly and within 24 hours of registration. There’s no strategic reason for most people to wait to register.
- Current Executive Platinum and Concierge Key members: $3000 qualifying dollars
- Platinum Pro members: $1500 qualifying dollars
- Platinum: $1000 qualifying dollars
- Gold: $500 qualifying dollars
Bonus Qualifying Miles On Your Next 10 Segments Flown By August 31
Register by August 17, but do so right away because only flights taken after registration are valid. This promotion is available not just to elites but to general members as well.
- Current Executive Platinum and Concierge Key members: 1000 bonus qualifying miles per segment
- Platinum Pro members: 750 bonus qualifying miles per segment
- Platinum: 500 bonus qualifying miles per segment
- Gold and no status: 250 bonus qualifying miles per segment
Flights on American and its partners that earn elite qualifying miles count (e.g. you can earn the bonus flying Alaska Airlines). Basic economy fares are excluded, and the bonus qualifying miles don’t count towards lifetime status.
They’ll Sell You More Qualifying Miles, And The Cost Counts Towards Qualifying Dollars
They are also offering to sell you elite qualifying miles, something I wrote about earlier in the year on a more targeted and expensive basis.
You have until August 31 to buy these qualifying miles, which is an incentive to guess if you need them rather than waiting to find out whether you do. (You may spend money unnecessarily but the cost is non-crazy especially for top elites.)
Register by August 31 and pay $495 to earn:
- Current Executive Platinum and Concierge Key members: 10,000 qualifying miles
- Platinum Pro members: 7500 qualifying miles
- Platinum: 5000 qualifying miles
- Gold: 2500 qualifying miles
These Offers Help You Reach Already-Reduced Qualifying Thresholds
Already American had reduced miles and qualifying dollars required for earning status this year by 20%:
|Gold||Platinum||Platinum Pro||Executive Platinum|
|Elite qualifying dollars (EQD)||2,000||4,500||7,000||12,000|
|Elite qualifying segments (EQS)||20||45||70||95|
|Elite qualifying miles (EQM)||20,000||40,000||60,000||80,000|
How These Work For Me In Practice
Take my case as an Executive Platinum. They’re giving me 3000 qualifying dollars, and I’ll earn 10,000 bonus qualifying miles. I can earn 20,000 qualifying miles via (a lot of) spend on their Citi Executive and Aviator Silver credit cards. And I can earn 3000 qualifying dollars with spend on the Aviator Silver.
That leaves me needing 6000 qualifying dollars and 50,000 qualifying miles to keep my status this year. For $495 I can buy that down to 5505 qualifying dollars and 40,000 qualifying miles.
I’ve got about 500 qualifying dollars and 6000 qualifying miles already, meaning I’ll need 5000 more qualifying dollars and 34,000 miles flown this year. Since I have business trips in June and July already this is all within reach again. I sort of resent the $495 but I may wind up paying, I have until late August to decide based on how my future travel bookings shape up.