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American Offers United 1K Elite AA Executive Platinum Match - Challenge
Program appears suspended or ended o/a 1 Oct 2015 but later reinstated


This thread pertains to Challenges issued primarily to UA 1K Elites to move their business to AA by bestowing temporary Executive Platinum status and establishing a ninety day period during which the enrollee must fly on AA and specific airline partners to retain status beyond the Challenge period.

NOTE: It appears AA has suspended or ended this program o/a 01 Oct 2015.

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I sent in my United 1K credentials and got this message back today after waiting 2 weeks for a reply:

Thanks for your response.

We no longer offer a challenge for United 1K members switching to
American. This promotion was an unpublished offer, and we've decided to
suspend enrollment for the time being. I'm sorry to disappoint you. We
hope that you're successful in earning your desired elite status soon.

Regards,

Andrew <redacted>
AAdvantage Customer Service
American Airlines
Others than UA 1Ks can challenge for status as described in:
Help Desk: AAdvantage Elite Status Challenge (Gold and Platinum)

For questions regarding AA Elite status, see AAdvantage Elite Status and Elite Status Benefits on aa.com.

Step #1 is to call AAdvantage Customer Service:

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U.S. or Canada AAdvantage Customer Service
1-800-882-8880
8:00 a.m. - 7 p.m. (CT) Monday - Friday
1-817-963-7882 (Fax)

From outside the U.S. and Canada you may also call 1-817-786-3796
8:00 a.m. - 7 p.m. (CT) Monday - Friday
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The process:
  1. Call AAdvantage Customer Service for the requirements
  2. You send AAdvantage the required documentation of your current UA status
  3. They reply you are qualified to the match challenge and ask you to confirm that you want to enroll in the challenge, and provide some details on the requirements
  4. You reply via email saying you wish to do the match
  5. They send the final email describing also what your AA Executive Platinum benefits will be for the duration of the match period
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November, 2013 email 

Dear Mr. AAspirant,

Thank you for your interest in making American Airlines your first
choice for all your travel needs.

We are pleased to grant you a special AAdvantage Executive Platinum®**
(oneworld® Emerald) membership, valid through February 25, 2014 (or other date). Once
your status takes effect, your membership card will be mailed within 3
to 5 weeks to the address on your account. This one-time trial offer
will afford you all of the privileges and most of the benefits of this
level, including:

  • Complimentary 500-Mile Upgrades (see www.aa.com/500mileupgrades)
  • 100% mileage bonus on base miles for eligible flights
  • Waived AA charges for two checked bags within current size and weight limits
  • PriorityAAccessSM privileges at airport check-in, security and boarding gates
In addition, if you earn 25,000 elite-qualifying points& by flying on select airlines* while enjoying this special AAdvantage Executive Platinum status, we will extend your membership through February 28, 2015 and deposit eight (8) one-way Systemwide Upgrades** into your account. For more information about earning elite-qualifying points, visit aa.com/elitestatus at your convenience. We're here to help, should you have any questions related to this limited offer. We value your business and look forward to welcoming you aboard soon. Kindest Regards, XXX XXX AAdvantage Customer Service American Airlines * Travel on eligible airlines includes American Airlines, American Eagle, the AmericanConnection® carrier, US Airways, British Airways, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Qantas, and Finnair, as well as eligible codeshare flights. Bonus elite-qualifying points do not count toward your qualification for this offer. You must re-qualify for AAdvantage elite status membership annually. **AAdvantage Executive Platinum® status received through this offer does not automatically include the eight (8) one-way Systemwide Upgrades that are granted upon meeting the standard qualification requirements for this membership level. To receive this benefit, you must earn 25,000 points as noted above. Upon qualification, these upgrades will be deposited into your account within two weeks following your qualifying flight and will be valid for travel through February 28, 2015.
&American Airlines and US Airways flights earn from 0.5 to 1.5 Elite Qualifying Points per base / Elite Qualifying Miles. See here. The challenge is based on Points, not miles; one could fly deep discount fares and have to fly 50,000 miles to earn 25,000 points, and as few as 16,667 miles on B, Y and higher fares. Be aware: different airline partners may award fractional miles as well as fractional points for some fares, or even none for fares not listed on aa.com.

Older posts have been archived off. They can be read as follows:

ARCHIVE: AA offers UA elite status match (2012)
(full straight-on Status Match, April 2012)

and

ARCHIVE: AA offers UA Elites a status match "challenge"
(beginning May 2012, the offer becomes a status match challenge)


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Old Jan 2, 14, 10:57 pm   #1
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AA offers UA elite status match / challenge (sporadically offered)

Anyone know what the 2014 policy is for match / challenge. Wife is delta diamond hoping to get her EXP.
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Old Jan 3, 14, 7:00 am   #2
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I believe Footastic seeks information about changing programs from DL to AA - which is a very different thing.

To footastic: the UA EXP offer was unusual and seemingly discontinued. The best option is to contact AA and discuss the options. There are some reports (noted above) of recent EXP challenges.

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Old Jan 6, 14, 4:40 pm   #3
  
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Did anyone call today?

I'm planning to call tomorrow and will post what I am told...
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Old Jan 6, 14, 8:07 pm   #4
  
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They've only had the public status match for 1Ks in place for 20 months so there may not be a large pool of 1Ks that are asking for a second go around. You might check with chinatraderjmr and see if he was successful in getting a second match. He also got the initial 1K to EXP status match but did not retain it, and in November posted he's coming back to AA. He did not post the outcome of his second request in public.
He's still out there on the UA forum so it looks like the answer was no. Back in the days of true status matches (not challenges) they used to state it was a once per lifetime offer. I believe when I challenged to EXP, they stated it was once per 5 years. Seriously, why should an airline, after offering top tier status to someone who does follow through and bring their business over offer a second chance?
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Old Jan 7, 14, 1:08 pm   #5
  
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I need your guys advice. I am in the middle of my challenge. i have to get 25K points by the end of the month. i flew Mxp-Lhr-HKG-LHR on BA in business in December. I did not board my LHR-MXP leg. I am still waiting for my HKG-LHR leg to credit. Will it? i just requested it manually on the AA website? The reason i need to know is whether i should go ahead and book another ticket to make the mileage i need by the end of the month. I will be going from Fra to HKG, but i was thinking of hoping over to AMS and taking advantage of BA's AMS-HKG really cheap fare, but only one leg will be before the end of the month. So, that will be enough to get me the points, if my other points post. If they wont post, then i am not sure it is worth the effort.
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Old Jan 8, 14, 6:05 am   #6
  
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What's the email address to request a status match for AA?
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Old Jan 8, 14, 7:14 am   #7
  
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You call the AAdvantage # and they send you a "Documentation Request" email that lays out the data they need from you.

I called yesterday, got the email right away and responded 20 mins later. Waiting to hear back. Expecting it will take a few days...

The agent didn't have any info on what kind of matches they were doing now that the program re-opened for 2014.
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Old Jan 8, 14, 10:27 am   #8
  
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For the EXPLT, Flyerdude88's offer says 25,000 Elite Qualifying Points in 3 months.
Does that mean that the 10,000 EQP you get from $30k spend on the CC would count too? Making it only 15,000 flying in 3 months? I'm comfortable enough doing 100k in 1 year, but uncertain I could do 25k in 3 months as work trips are often last min.
What do you guys think?
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Old Jan 8, 14, 10:48 am   #9
  
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Seriously, why should an airline, after offering top tier status to someone who does follow through and bring their business over offer a second chance?
Why wouldn't they? If I got a second chance to snag a good customer from a competitor in my industry, I would take it in a heartbeat. I don't think the airline risks much - if the customer doesn't fly much, all it cost them is a few free upgrades (which would have gone to somebody anyway) and a few bucks to mail out the welcome package.
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Old Jan 8, 14, 11:57 am   #10
  
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Too bad they only offer these challenges to US competitor elites

I tried to get the challenge since I flew a high EQP/EQM ratio but failed, even offered to switch all *A flights to AA they keep reiderating that AA does NOT offer EXP challenges to anyone as it would be unfair

Indeed
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Old Jan 8, 14, 5:57 pm   #11
  
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Well, that was quick. Heard back today. Apparently they are offering matches for UA 1Ks but not for UA Platinums like myself

My option is to do AA Gold or Platinum challenge, $140 or $200 respectively.
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Well, that was quick. Heard back today. Apparently they are offering matches for UA 1Ks but not for UA Platinums like myself
Direct matches or chAAlenges?
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Old Jan 9, 14, 9:26 am   #13
  
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I just called in, got the email and replied. On the phone the agent said they were only doing challenges. Will report back when I get the email from AA confirming whether they'll match or not. 1k - EXPLT
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For the EXPLT, Flyerdude88's offer says 25,000 Elite Qualifying Points in 3 months.
Does that mean that the 10,000 EQP you get from $30k spend on the CC would count too? Making it only 15,000 flying in 3 months? I'm comfortable enough doing 100k in 1 year, but uncertain I could do 25k in 3 months as work trips are often last min.
What do you guys think?
MasterCard offer gives you EQM's - not EQP's.
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Old Jan 9, 14, 10:41 am   #15
  
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Direct matches or chAAlenges?
I asked for a match. In their match program, you get the EXP status right away (without SWUs though) and have 3 months to fly 25k EQPs. If you earn that many EQPs, then you get SWUs and keep the status for the rest of the year. You do not have to pay a fee for this.

They are only offering the above option to UA 1Ks and GSes. Since I'm a UA Platinum, all they would offer me is the Gold or Plat challenge. In that program you have to fly 5k or 10k EQPs in 3 months. You do not get the status right away and you have to pay $140 or $200 for the privilege of participating. If you earn the EQPs, you get the status for the rest of this year.
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