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2016 Program Year Elite Status Buyback / Renew / Boost (consolidated)

2016 Program Year Elite Status Buyback / Renew / Boost (consolidated)

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2016 Program Year Elite Status Buyback / Renew / Boost (consolidated)


In previous years, AA (and US) has offered those who failed to requalify for elite status the opportunity to buy back or "boost" status for the following status year. AA offers the program once again for c/y 2015 - status year 2016 (29 Feb 2016 - 28 Feb 2017 <sic>), as shown in a new FAQ on aa.com.

Q. How long do I have to purchase the offer?

Offers must be purchased by July 31, 2016, unless otherwise stated.

(2016) American Airlines Elite Status Offer Program

Secure Your Elite Status for 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions (Link)

Chart with requirements and costs (Link)

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Old Oct 18, 15, 1:12 pm
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Thanks everyone. I'll look into this. With the job and family it can be difficult to duck away for the day to visit the PDX Starbucks.
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Old Oct 18, 15, 1:16 pm
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Originally Posted by Oakshadow View Post
Thanks everyone. I'll look into this. With the job and family it can be difficult to duck away for the day to visit the PDX Starbucks.
Understandable though if you have any travel plans with the family next year - surely they'll understand a quick day trip when you mention the additional free bags and free access to MCE that they will all receive when you get PLT instead of Gold which can make a difference when traveling with a family.
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Old Oct 18, 15, 1:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Duke787 View Post
Understandable though if you have any travel plans with the family next year - surely they'll understand a quick day trip when you mention the additional free bags and free access to MCE that they will all receive when you get PLT instead of Gold which can make a difference when traveling with a family.
Not also that, but you are gaining an extra 50% RDM bonus if you are PLT, and being able to pick MCE seats for free at time of booking is also big bonus as well.
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Old Nov 13, 15, 6:44 am
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Status-buy up

Does anyone know if American will have the buy up program that they had last year around this time?
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Old Nov 13, 15, 6:48 am
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Yes, someone knows. But nobody here has posted credible info yet.
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Old Nov 13, 15, 7:01 am
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Originally Posted by jsc708 View Post
Does anyone know if American will have the buy up program that they had last year around this time?
This question has already come up, so I've made the first thread into a consolidated thread and merged this in. I have a feeling this won't be the last time it's raised!

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Old Nov 13, 15, 10:49 am
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Buy in for Gold for 2016? - looks like I'll be coming up short

It's looking like I will end up with 20,273 miles at the end of 2015. Will there be a program where I can buy up to Gold? Saw something where it looke dlike they offered this before for $399 but that may have been a targeted offer?

Hoping to avoid having to do a mileage run and book a long connecting flight from Charlotte to Seattle to get to 25k (for around the same cost). But if they won't be offering a buy-in I guess I may have to book that now.

Does anyone know whether it's a given that I will be able to buy up?

Thanks
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Old Nov 13, 15, 10:55 am
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Originally Posted by jam550 View Post
It's looking like I will end up with 20,273 miles at the end of 2015. Will there be a program where I can buy up to Gold? Saw something where it looke dlike they offered this before for $399 but that may have been a targeted offer?

Hoping to avoid having to do a mileage run and book a long connecting flight from Charlotte to Seattle to get to 25k (for around the same cost). But if they won't be offering a buy-in I guess I may have to book that now.

Does anyone know whether it's a given that I will be able to buy up?

Thanks

Nothing has been announced yet to my knowledge...it is usually around this time of the year they would. Stay tuned though as they still might. If you dont want to take a chance then you might want to take the sure bet and MR it.
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Old Nov 13, 15, 10:58 am
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In previous years I think it was announced in first 2 weeks of November-- like the 8th, 9th and 11th (2014)

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/23822540-post11.html (2014)

http://www.travelingbetter.com/showthread.php?t=5552 (2013)

Maybe one year it was (much) later? Something rings a bell there.

Not sure what, if anything, to expect this year
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Old Nov 13, 15, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by jam550 View Post
It's looking like I will end up with 20,273 miles at the end of 2015. Will there be a program where I can buy up to Gold? Saw something where it looke dlike they offered this before for $399 but that may have been a targeted offer?

Hoping to avoid having to do a mileage run and book a long connecting flight from Charlotte to Seattle to get to 25k (for around the same cost). But if they won't be offering a buy-in I guess I may have to book that now.

Does anyone know whether it's a given that I will be able to buy up?
This came up earlier today... in fact I'd be surprised if it wasn't still on page 1. In any event, I've merged your post and its replies into the extant thread.

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Old Nov 16, 15, 12:06 pm
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Anyone hearing anything on this? Starting to get nervous!
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Old Nov 16, 15, 12:07 pm
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Originally Posted by jam550 View Post
Anyone hearing anything on this? Starting to get nervous!
I bet if anyone had, they would have posted it.

As mentioned a couple of posts above, we're past the point in November where it's traditionally announced-- and usually rumored a week or so before that or more.


And, this ain't no normal year.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 11:02 am
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Found this: https://elite2015.aa.com/faq.cfm

Doesn't seem to be active yet.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by cruggles View Post
Found this: https://elite2015.aa.com/faq.cfm

Doesn't seem to be active yet.
Good news. This means that you MUST earn EXP - one can NOT buy up to EXP.

So only Gold or Plat achievable through the program.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 11:12 am
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Originally Posted by cruggles View Post
Found this: https://elite2015.aa.com/faq.cfm

Doesn't seem to be active yet.
Nice find! ^
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