New to the FF game and wondering if it's possible to buy status with an airline FF program without many multiple flights on a single airline? My travels shift between US Airways, AA and Continental. I don't fly enough on any one airline in particular to rack-up an elite level of any kind.
Is it possible to purchase elite status on an airline and if so, is it worth it?
Apparently, you can buy status:
Complimentary upgrades, dedicated check-in, priority boarding and mileage earning at an accelerated rate via complimentary enrollment in the Continental Airlines OnePass Gold Elite Program, Delta Air Lines Gold Medallion program, TWA Aviators Elite 1 program and US Airways Dividend Milesā Preferred Plus.
I don't know if the aforementioned airlines are still participating, and if they are with the same level offer. Obviously the TWA offer is no longer valid.
For more info, do a search on flyertalk under the American Express forum and type in the words "Centurion" or "black card."
I don't know how much is the annual fee. I think it's at least $1,000.
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Spend $24,000 thru the Business Extraa program https://www.businessextraa.com/apps/...ewAwards.jhtml
Buy gold status for 2,400 points, equiv to $24,000 in eligible tickets.
I have worked for large corps that have had discretionary PLT & EXP awards based on their spending and contract with AA, but even for very large
accounts these are limited to just a handful per year. Convince a large corp that's holding these awards to give you one.
Buy a first class one world global explorer ticket with at least 66,000 base miles, it'll give you 100,000 q-points from one ticket. See one world forum for lots of discussion on one world rtw tickets.
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Search on "Platinum challenge" or "Gold challenge" (no quotation marks) and you will come up with some fast ways to get status on our AAirline.
As other posters have explained, pass a lot of expenses through your AAdvantage-related credit card, for example, and with your first total 1M miles earned from all sources (flying, bonus miles, credit card purccases, all the other ways you can get miles,) you are AAdvantage Gold for life, with 2M Platinum for life. For the moment, anyway.
So, no, you can't really buy status on AA, but you can earn it quickly with a challenge, and you can keep it until the airline or you die (unless they change the rules, of course,) if you earn enough miles (buy enough stuff or trade enough money get the status.)
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