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Good day new AA flyers and those seeking AA status through this promotion,


In the interest of keeping this thread on topic and relevant, I'd like to add some clarity for our newer AAdvantage members here. While there is a wealth of information in this thread on the promotion in question, this thread is not a help desk for questions that are readily answered in forum FAQs.

For those with questions about how the AAdvantage programme works, please start with the sticky threads at the top of the forum thread list. The FAQs especially have a lot of helpful information. If you're still stuck, and you feel you've got a "basic" question, try the Newbie Lounge. If your question is specific to one of the topics covered in our Help Desk threads, head there for answers. If a consolidated thread already exists, check there first to see if your question is answered already.

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Old Aug 14, 13, 9:39 am
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Fast Track To Elite Promo (2013 - no fee or EQP requirement) [TARGETED? Link dead.]

http://www.aa.com/viewPromotionDetai...&_locale=en_US

And its EQM, not even EQP! And why can't existing elites take advantage of this? I really don't like this at all!
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Old Aug 14, 13, 9:45 am
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Wow! Just wow.

It makes complete sense why existing elites can't participate since AA already have them. Certainly the way I would do this if I were to do it.

But I wouldn't do it. This is bad news. As if the freebies for elites at other airlines weren't enough. At least those folks had demonstrated that they might be of value to AA. This? Not so much.

Cheers.
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Old Aug 14, 13, 9:47 am
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Looks like I might make EXP since most of my flying sits at the end of this year and I'm just below Gold now. So, I like it.
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Old Aug 14, 13, 9:52 am
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Upgrades have been getting more competitive lately. I thought AA was done with promos. And based on the terms, this does seem to be a targeted offer. Now, if you fly DFW-NRT one time in the end of the year. Then bam! Platinum status!

Upgrades are going to get worse next year.

I wonder how social media will react to this.
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Old Aug 14, 13, 9:54 am
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No mention in the T&C of this being targeted, but I also can't find any public links to it. I guess it was just distributed on LinkedIn?
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Old Aug 14, 13, 10:04 am
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The math isn't even accurate. The challenge corresponds to 18, 36, and 90 k eqm for gold, platinum, and EXP respectively (4 month period normalized to 12).
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Old Aug 14, 13, 10:06 am
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Makes sense for most people to just create a new account and start fresh if only Gold right now and flights planned by end of year.
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Old Aug 14, 13, 10:10 am
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Old Aug 14, 13, 10:13 am
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Originally Posted by SFOPhD View Post
The math isn't even accurate. The challenge corresponds to 18, 36, and 90 k eqm for gold, platinum, and EXP respectively (4 month period normalized to 12).
That's the craziest part of this crazy offer.
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Old Aug 14, 13, 10:13 am
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I am flying DFW/NRT, too bad I'm not eligible. Parents are taking DFW/OGG and will be instant Gold now, they have no other flights planned all year.
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Old Aug 14, 13, 10:22 am
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That's some horrible news for us who earned the status the hard way. On another note, does one have to be targeted for this promo in order to qualify?
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Old Aug 14, 13, 10:23 am
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OMG, 30k for EXP. This means upgrades are going to be harder to get, I have now had to use miles plus co-pay on almost all of my JFK-SFO runs, or pay the discounted first class rate. JFK-LAS is very hard to get, so I generally buy the discounted first, which is only about $200 more than lowest coach.

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Old Aug 14, 13, 10:24 am
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Originally Posted by allenh91801 View Post
That's some horrible news for us who earned the status the hard way. On another note, does one have to be targeted for this promo in order to qualify?
Nothing in the ToS indicates that it's a targeted offer.

I hope American Airlines puts out a response on this thread.
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Old Aug 14, 13, 10:25 am
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Originally Posted by BobbySteel View Post
Makes sense for most people to just create a new account and start fresh if only Gold right now and flights planned by end of year.
Indeed! I have 31795 EQMs to fly during the period of this offer and will end the year as PLT. If I open a brand new AAdvantage account and credit the flights to that account I'll be EXP. Not sure whether AA would pick up on the duplicate accounts though. Crazy
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Old Aug 14, 13, 10:27 am
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Really the only pluses I see (and only a plus because it's less of a minus ) are that:

1. It seems to have been sent to a limited audience and not generally findable on the AA site (distribution got a little wider with the posting here, of course)

2. Folks only have two weeks (August 27) to sign up.

May not be quite as bad, in the long run, as it might seem at first glance.

Cheers.
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