American Airlines Offering Easy Platinum Status Trials

Posted by RJNYC and Maxwell Smart on FlyerTalk, it appears that American Airlines is making another push to attract converts from other carriers to its own AAdvantage loyalty program. Multiple individuals have received unsolicited emails offering Platinum or Gold status after meeting some pretty easy requirements. They even come with some 500-mile upgrade instruments!

AAdvantage Gold Offer

  • AAdvantage Gold status offered through May 31, 2014
  • Ten (10) 500-mile upgrades just for registering
  • Earn 6,000 EQMs or EQPs by May 31 to keep status through February 28, 2015

AAdvantage Platinum Offer

  • AAdvantage Platinum status offered through May 31, 2014
  • Twenty (20) 500-mile upgrades just for registering
  • Earn 12,000 EQMs or EQPs by May 31 to keep status through February 28, 2015

RJNYC mentions a promo code used to register for the Gold status offer. However, I would be cautious about using it yourself. American Airlines may let you register …and then say later that you weren’t eligible to participate. If you did not receive an email offer, I recommend you contact American yourself and ask if they can extend it to you. It’s much more generous than the usual elite status challenges, which require paying a fee and do not provide any up front upgrade instruments.

Don’t forget that an Executive Platinum trial may also be available. I emailed AA late last year and was offered Executive Platinum status up front (without the eVIP systemwide upgrades) for about three months. I’ll be able to keep it (and only then receive 8 systemwide upgrades) if I earn 25,000 Elite Qualifying Points. EXP status matches and trials are rarely offered publicly, so you’ll definitely have to request this one yourself if you have top-tier status at another airline.

You can compare the benefits of elite status at each tier on American Airlines by looking at my airline status comparison tables. Thanks to everyone who point out necessary corrections. One or two are still needed for the AA baggage benefit (their site is not very clear about this point) but otherwise it is fairly accurate. I’ll try to wrap that up today.

Scott created Hack My Trip after learning how to travel better on a budget during grad school. He now flies over 150,000 miles every year.
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  • Joel

    Any idea if current Golds can use this to extend and re-qualify for Gold and/or Platinum?

    • Scottrick

      That’s extremely unlikely.

    • Carmen San Diego

      Im currently gold and was offered to upgrade to platinum for $899. If i got 20 free upgrades, it would be worth it, as 20x$30 (price for each upgrade) = $600, so the upgrade would really only be the cost of an average flight: $300. If I dont get any upgrades, I wont be, uh, upgrading. =)

  • DavidLAX

    Even with the promo code(s) — is there even a link that has been posted which would let people use it? I haven’t seen one – yet.

    • Scottrick

      You can register for most promotions on the same page once you know the code (and assuming you’re eligible to use it. AA doesn’t always stop people from registering for an offer for which they are ineligible.)

      https://www.aa.com/AAdvantage/viewAirlineSpecials.do

  • Mark Licciardo

    Your thought:
    I was thinking of signing up for a status challenge with US (not eligible ti Feb or March). Therefore I would sign up, then US moves to AA; ??? What then?
    Or do you think this offer is better?

    • Scottrick

      It’s likely that the two airlines’ loyalty programs will not be merged until 2015. That means a status match you earn this year will expire before it switches over to AA.

      However, if you get a status match and fly enough to keep your new status, then you’ll still have it after the two programs merge.

  • Jason Story

    If I am a US AIR CP can I do a status match for AA Exec plat?

    • Scottrick

      You could try. I’m not sure they would approve it. With several reciprocal benefits already announced it would only improve your upgrade chances and a few other things.

  • JMAF

    Is this just targeted at UA elites? I’m going to try calling them tomorrow and see if they’ll take a medallion who is considering jumping ship on Delta with all their latest garbage…

    • Scottrick

      I don’t know who its targeted at, but it never hurts to ask.