Yesterday I posted about a targeted offer where some AAdvantage members received an email where they are being upgraded to Gold, Platinum, or Executive Platinum status and had the opportunity to maintain that status until February 28, 2015. While this is a great promotion/offer that some members received, unfortunately it is not available to everyone.
I posted the offer yesterday so folks could go back and check their email to see if they received this email as you do need to register, it is not automatically applied to your account.
Many people commented that they were able to register and were all excited. Unfortunately, American does not have the back-end system to not let you register if you weren’t targeted for the promotion. However, if you did not receive the targeted email you will not receive the promotion – even if you received an email confirmation email. That is how all American Airline promotions run, unless they are publicly available/listed on their offers page (which you can check out here – you must be logged into your AA account to view these promos) you must have received the targeted email.
However, if you are interested in obtaining Gold or Platinum through their typical challenge route, you can check out more on this prior post. To quickly recap, this offer is available for everyone! It is a challenge you can enroll in and you DO NOT need to have status on another airline.
- Earn 5,000 Elite Qualifying Points* in a three month period
- Cost: $120
- Earn 10,000 Elite Qualifying Points* in a three month period
- Cost: $200
*Note that this is Elite Qualifying Points (EQP) and not Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM). EQP’s are based on the fare type, so it is important to look at this fare code when you are booking your flight and planning out your challenge strategy. Usually you earn more EQMs than EQPs on a flight.
The cost also fluctuates depending on when you enroll. If you enroll before June 16th of any calendar year, and meet the terms, you will be given status until February 28th of the following year. So if you enroll now, status will be good until February 28, 2014. If you enroll for a challenge after June 16th of any calendar year, and meet the terms, you will be given status until February 28th two years out. The cost of enrolling post June 16th is also more expensive since you have the opportunity to hold onto status longer. This prior post lists all the details you need to know regarding this!