New Fast Track To American AAdvantage Status

American Airlines is looking to fast track business travelers to elite status. There’s no registration required, all you need to do is book your tickets including your AAdvantage number and either a Business ExtrAA (small business program) account number or corporate travel program identifier. Then,

  • Complete 8 flights between November 16 – March 31, 2022 to earn Gold status
  • Complete 16 flights between November 16 – March 31, 2022 to earn Platinum statusSixteen flights in 5 months for Platinum is a pretty good offer, with no minimum spend required. Flights must be eligible to earn miles (i.e. not award tickets) and operated by American Airlines or marketed by American, American Eagle, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, JetBlue, or Qantas.

    Here are the terms and conditions.

    Terms and Conditions
    Promotion code: SLCT1
    • AAdvantage® members who do not hold AAdvantage® status will automatically activate this promotion after completing a business flight that is attributed to a company’s account with American
    • The activation flight must be flown between November 16, 2021, and February 15, 2022, and must include the designated 6-digit corporate indicator at the time of booking
    • Eligible flights include purchased, published fares flown between your activation flight and March 31, 2022
    • Flights must be marketed by American Airlines or operated by American, American Eagle®, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, JetBlue, Finnair, Japan Airlines or Qantas
    • Flights marketed and / or operated by other codeshare partners aren’t eligible for this promotion
    • This offer is only available for residents of the United States
    • Flights that do not earn AAdvantage® miles aren’t eligible for this promotion
    • After an AAdvantage® member reaches the required flight thresholds, the applicable AAdvantage® status benefits will begin within 24 hours and be active through January 31, 2023
    • After previously announced changes to the AAdvantage® program go into effect on March 1, 2022, any status achieved by an AAdvantage® member prior to such date will be extended through March 31, 2023
    • Each AAdvantage® member must requalify for AAdvantage® status annually
    • American may, at any time and without notice, change, stop or end this promotion in part or in full

    Business ExtrAA is the small business program that lets companies double dip on their employees’ earning. Even the smallest companies can join. However for new accounts, you’ll need to have (3) unique travelers and $5000 in flight activity credited to the account during the previous 12 months to stay in the program (existing accounts will see this requirement starting January 1, 2023). These points can also be redeemed for status with Platinum costing 6600 points and Gold 3200 points.

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  1. Two questions: is a “qualifying flight” a single one-way or even better, a single segment? In which case it makes sense to book all AA flights as one ways or to add connections.

    Second question: I see this language ” AAdvantage® members who do not hold AAdvantage® status will automatically activate this promotion after completing a business flight that is attributed to a company’s account with American” so does that mean existing status holders are or are not eligible to participate? Thanks!

  2. Same question as Susan – what’s a “flight” in this context? If you buy a round trip nonstop, is that 1 flight or 2 (counting segments)? If I buy a bunch of one-leg segments on separate tickets, would that count?

    Also, does it all have to be under the same BusinessAdvantage account or can I do some under my own company account and then book some flights through my day job travel portal and have those add together?

    Not sure I’m going to make the Hyatt status match happen this calendar yr, but this might be a much easier way since I usually struggle with EQD and not miles or segments.

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