My Facebook feed has been full of folks sharing American sending out targeted giveaways of Platinum elite status. Status is valid for few months with an expedited offer (12,500 qualifying miles and $2000 qualifying dollars) to keep it through the end of the current elite year.
Hans Mast passes along an example.
Enjoy Platinum status through May 26, 2017.
Sign up for American Airlines AAdvantage® Platinum status before you travel and no later than March 8, 2017. You’ll experience all the benefits of Platinum status, plus we’ll give you twenty 500-mile upgrades.
Use promotion code HV1PL.
This is targeted if your account wasn’t intended to receive this, the promotion code won’t work.
This offer amounts to a Platinum challenge with the $500 fee waived.
What’s interesting here is that the account targeted has only 16,800 lifetime miles and in the past two years credited only half of a $450 plus British Airways Avios business class ticket.
American has been reaching out to existing Platinum members and offering to sell them ‘Platinum Pro’ status (amounts ranging from close to $1800 to close to $2000) even if they actually flew 75,000 miles in 2016 — the status didn’t start until 2017, so 2017 flying ‘or buying’ is what counts.
Meanwhile they’re giving away the Platinum tier not just on request of a challenge but proactively and with no fee. But I’d argue that Platinum doesn’t get you much, you won’t often see an upgrade, the key benefits are being able to reserve extra legroom economy seats at time of booking and lounge access on international coach itineraries.
Here are the key benefits of American AAdvantage Platinum:
- Complimentary upgrades on flights under 500 miles, subject to availability
- 60% bonus on travel flown
- Upgrades with 500 mile certificates, confirmed as much as 48 hours prior to departure
- Priority check-in, security, baggage, and boarding
- Two free checked bags
- Complimentary standby
- Complimentary main cabin extra
- Waived close-in award booking fee
- Lounge access when traveling internationally
Still being gifted the status along with 20 500 mile upgrades which doesn’t normally come with the challenge and that customers normally have to fly for or buy is a great lottery win for those who receive it, which probably doesn’t please those who flew to earn it.
Terms and conditions:
This is an exclusive offer only for members who received a letter directly from American Airlines. You must register by 11:59 pm CT March 8, 2017, and prior to travel in order for your Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) and Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) to count toward this promotion.
AAdvantage ® Platinum offer through May 26, 2017
AAdvantage Platinum status received through this offer is valid through May 26, 2017. Your AAdvantage Platinum status will be valid within 10 business days of registering for this promotion. You must requalify for AAdvantage elite status membership annually. Learn more about standard qualification levels.
AAdvantage ® Platinum offer through January 31, 2018
AAdvantage Platinum status received through this offer is valid through January 31, 2018. Upon reaching the required Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) and Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) threshold, your AAdvantage Platinum status benefits will be extended immediately through January 31, 2018. Your new membership credentials will be mailed to you within four to six weeks after qualification. Qualification is based on AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) and Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) earned on eligible, purchased, published fare tickets on American Airlines, American Eagle® service, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Qantas, as well as codeshare flights, between the date you register and May 26, 2017. Travel completed prior to registration will not count toward this promotion. You must requalify for AAdvantage elite status membership annually. Learn more about standard qualification levels.
500-mile upgrades offer
Your 500-mile upgrades will be deposited into your AAdvantage account within 20 business days of registering for this promotion. Standard 500-mile upgrade Terms and Conditions apply.