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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 Nov 18, 15, 10:16 am
  #61  
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: YYZ/SFO
Programs: AS MVPG, HH Diamond, Bonvoy Plat
Posts: 266
Originally Posted by swag View Post
I'm at 41K EQM, my offer is $899 for PLT.

(I already have tickets booked to get me there BIS.)
$699 for me, 46K EQM. Of course my Christmas flights will put me over 50K anyway.
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Old Nov 18, 15, 10:26 am
  #62  
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: San Francisco, CA
Programs: United 1K; AA Platinum
Posts: 322
Originally Posted by cmd320 View Post
About the only way I'd be interested in a status boost on AA is if they were offering them on a complimentary basis. Otherwise they can go pound sand if they think I'll pay them $1200 for garbage PLT status.
Is it really garbage? It seems like free MCE and the higher status level to use 500-mile upgrade certs would make it worth boosting to PLT over gold. I considered doing a status match challenge with UA (hub in my hometown), but as United Gold (the match tier for AA PLT) my upgrade chances would be literally 0%.
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Old Nov 18, 15, 11:35 am
  #63  
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chicago O'Hare
Programs: AA EXP, LT PLT 2.6MM, HHonors Lifetime Diamond, Hertz Presidents Circle
Posts: 678
Originally Posted by IflyonAA View Post
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.
Incorrect. I am EXP, at 95K EQM right now. The offer is $1199 for me. I have two trips planned in December which should get me there, however. But, if they somehow cancel, I can still boost to EXP without hitting the 100K EQM threshold.
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Old Nov 18, 15, 11:55 am
  #64  
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Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Denver, CO, USA
Programs: Proud Charter Member of the OUM
Posts: 23,375
Gold with 31K miles this year and no offer given to me when I log in. I'm thinking that once I hit 35K miles, there will be an offer to boost to Plat.
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Old Nov 18, 15, 12:11 pm
  #65  
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: CLT
Programs: AA EP, AA AC
Posts: 4,224
Plat at 53K and change so far this year. No offer and not surprised.

Safe Travels
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Old Nov 18, 15, 12:32 pm
  #66  
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: St. Louis, MO, USA
Programs: Lowly kettle across AAdvantage, DL, Hyatt, ATK, IHG, Bonvoy.
Posts: 609
$649 to maintain Gold. 9K miles/10 segments coming in December, majority in P. Will check at end of year, but only reasons would be 40% RDM bonus under new program, and free preferred seats. Lots of STL-PHL trips next year (at least 1/month), so not sure if it's worth it.
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Old Nov 18, 15, 1:01 pm
  #67  
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: DFW
Programs: AA EXP
Posts: 352
Sorry if I missed this. What's the minimum EQM to get an EXP boost offer? And, is that offer the same for Plats as it is for EXP?
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Old Nov 18, 15, 1:04 pm
  #68  
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chicago O'Hare
Programs: AA EXP, LT PLT 2.6MM, HHonors Lifetime Diamond, Hertz Presidents Circle
Posts: 678
Originally Posted by FrogProf View Post
Sorry if I missed this. What's the minimum EQM to get an EXP boost offer? And, is that offer the same for Plats as it is for EXP?
It was 85K last year. I am not sure about this year, however.
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Old Nov 18, 15, 1:42 pm
  #69  
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: LAX
Programs: AA Gold, DL Silver, SPG/MR Gold, HH Gold
Posts: 1,152
At 28,393 EQP, offered $1199 for PLT, will drop to GLD next year
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Old Nov 18, 15, 2:03 pm
  #70  
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: BUR
Programs: AA, DL Gold, AS, UA, VS, HA, Hilton Gold, Marriott Gold, Hertz Five Star
Posts: 1,367
Originally Posted by WheelsFirst View Post
At 28,393 EQP, offered $1199 for PLT, will drop to GLD next year
Feeling a bit put down. At 38,777 EQP (have about a 10,350 EQP itinerary booked for early December). Offered $1199 to keep PLT through next year.
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Old Nov 18, 15, 2:05 pm
  #71  
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: NYC
Programs: AA EXP, HHonors Diamond, Bonvoy Platinum
Posts: 125
The generic URL is up:

http://www.aa.com/i18n/urls/eliteren...RL&title=elite
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Old Nov 18, 15, 3:01 pm
  #72  
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Austin, TX
Programs: Airline Free Agent, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG
Posts: 1,585
$649 to maintain Gold status. Will pass, since I have an AUS-DFW-MAD flight (Y and I booking codes) in December which should give me enough EQPs to keep Gold.
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Old Nov 18, 15, 7:03 pm
  #73  
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Cleveland, OH
Programs: AA EXP
Posts: 114
Current Status = EXP
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Points: 74,688 of 100,000 (YTD)

Miles: 87,402 of 100,000 (YTD)

Segments: 118 of 120 (YTD)

Booked Travel through 12/31
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6 segments
6,711 miles

Offer
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$1199 to retain EXP

My Response
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No thanks...
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Old Nov 18, 15, 11:18 pm
  #74  
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Programs: Hyatt Plat, Hilton Gold
Posts: 12
Worth it to get Gold?

Hey guys,

I'm a relatively light traveler, but have been doing some short-haul flights from BOS to PHL lately. This year I've done 17 segments so I can pay $650 to get Gold. I've never had status before so this is new to me. I expect to do around 1-2 short haul round-trip flights a month (so I estimate ~30 segments a year), and I'll prob do a few longer flights, possibly 1 international and 2-3 cross-country flights.

I've been reading up on the benefits of Gold and seems like for short-haul flights under 500 miles, there's the potential for upgrades there (obviously it depends on availability).

Do you guys think this is worth it?

I think the under-500 miles upgrade chances is prob the strongest selling point for me but I honestly don't have a great idea of how often this will happen for BOS-PHL flights. Also curious as to what you guys think about the other benefits of Gold.

I also just got the citi prestige card so AC lounge access is nice and I'm not thinking about getting the Exec card.

Thanks!
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Old Nov 18, 15, 11:50 pm
  #75  
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Programs: AA Plat Pro, Marriott Plat, Club Carlson Gold
Posts: 701
$649 to boost to Gold. No current status. Going to pass since I have 32K EQM booked for the first two weeks of January.

Have only about 12k EQM for 2015. Flew about twice that but the rest was awards.
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