American Airlines is offering the easiest Gold status I’ve ever seen from a public offer, and a path to Platinum with just two flights as well. Just sign up for Mastercard Travel. Details of the promotion are available under ‘latest offers’ but there’s no registration required. And you don’t even need to be a current elite frequent flyer with another airline.
- Current non-status members earn Gold: Book and travel on 2 domestic roundtrips (any cabin) or one domestic roundtrip and one international roundtrip (coach).
- Current non-status members earn Platinum: Book and travel on two international round-trip flights (coach) or one domestic roundtrip (coach) and one international roundtrip (premium cabin).
- Current Gold members earn Platinum: Current Gold members receive platinum after 2 roundtrips within 90 days.
Two coach roundtrips in a 90 day period is all it takes to earn Gold status. There’s no qualifying dollars requirement. You just have to book through Mastercard Travel.
Key terms and conditions:
- Valid for bookings through March 31, 2021
- Not combinable with other offers
- Bookings must be made through the Mastercard travel concierge
- AAdvantage number must be in the reservation
- Only paid tickets count
- Elite status will be processed within 30 days of the second trip being completed
Gold gets you priority check-in; free checked bag; 40% mileage bonus; complimentary extra legroom seats if available at check-in;; complimentary upgrades on flights under 500 miles and certificate upgrades confirmed 24 hours to departure on domestic flgihts.
Platinum adds a 60% mileage bonus, higher upgrade priority and earlier processing; a second checked bag; complimentary extra legroom coach seats and lounge access during international travel.
The airline partners with two U.S. banks, Citibank and Barclays, and both issue co-brand Mastercards so there’s a relationship being leveraged here where Mastercard has access to perks and can provide customers to American. These benefits aren’t well-publicized, though, so thanks to Bougie Miles who found it.