American Airlines Selling Elite Miles/Segments Towards Status

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American Airlines has announced that they would be selling elite-qualifying miles/points and segments to those AAdvantage members who haven’t quite hit the amount they need to re-qualify for elite status.

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Offer Details:

The 2016 AAdvantage® elite status qualification year ends on December 31, 2015. Not on track to reach your goal? You still have two ways to step up your status:

Boost your status

You can boost to the next level if you’re within 15,000 elite-qualifying miles or points of your desired status based on your 2015 activity. You can also boost to the next level if your 2015 activity is within 18 elite-qualifying segments of AAdvantage Gold or AAdvantage Platinum status or within 20 elite-qualifying segments of AAdvantage Executive Platinum status. Plus, you’ll start enjoying your benefits in five business days.

Renew your status

If you weren’t able to retain your elite status, you can renew your status to begin on March 1, 2016.

Here’s a rundown on the pricing of this program:

Gold status

2015 elite-qualifying miles or points 2015 elite-qualifying segments Price
20,000 – 24,999 24 – 29 Boost for $399
15,000 – 19,999 18 – 23 Boost for $499
10,000 – 14,999 12 – 17 Boost for $649

Not within range for a boost? Current Gold, Platinum and Executive Platinum members are eligible for a Gold renewal offer at a cost of $649.

Platinum status

2015 elite-qualifying miles or points 2015 elite-qualifying segments Price
45,000 – 49,999 54 – 59 Boost for $699
40,000 – 44,999 48 – 53 Boost for $899
35,000 – 39,999 42 – 47 Boost for $1,199

Not within range for a boost? Current Platinum and Executive Platinum members are eligible for a Platinum renewal offer at a cost of $1,199.

Executive Platinum status

2015 elite-qualifying miles or points 2015 elite-qualifying segments Price
95,000 – 99,999 114 – 119 Boost for $1,199
90,000 – 94,999 108 – 113 Boost for $1,799
85,000 – 89,999 100 – 107 Boost for $2,499

Bottom Line

First, it’s nice that American Airlines is offering those who haven’t quite met the status requirements the opportunity to purchase the given miles or segments, though the prices are pretty expensive, so I would only recommend doing this if you’re going for Executive Platinum.

I wouldn’t be surprise if Delta offers Medallion Qualifying Miles for sale sometime in the near future, since they usually like to play along in this type of game.

Are you planning on buying American elite qualifying miles? Feel free to comment below.

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