As in past years, as January approaches there are plenty of Executive Platinum members with systemwide upgrades that are expiring unused.
That’s a shame, and we used to see many of them burned on silly domestic flights like a New York – Washington National regional jet or Dallas – Austin.
Fortunately American seems to be willing to extend expiring systemwide upgrades for some members through April 30 if you call and ask.
- You must confirm the upgrade now for travel through April 30
- This is only available to members with a “Helix score” of 4 or 5. Here’s how American Airlines rates customers with Helix scores.
Qualifying members continuing to be told as reported:
must purchase ticket and apply SWU by end of Jan, for flights up to three months forward.
— JonNYC (@xJonNYC) January 29, 2019
Even if American isn’t willing to extend your systemwide upgrades, and though things aren’t supposed to work this way, if you have future expiring systemwide upgrades and confirm an upgrade before your expiring ones disappear January 31 the computer seems to just take the one that expires soonest. So as long as you have future dated systemwides you may be able to use your expiring ones for travel after January 31 anyway. Don’t ask about this, just do it, and report back if it works.
Regardless, whatever you do, do not sell your expiring systemwides. Do not trade them either. Giving them away is fine. AAdvantage Corporate Security has seemed to be on a tear the last few years.