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2017 Program Year Elite Status Buyback / Renew / Boost (as of 16 Nov 2016)

For the 2018 AAdvantage program year thread, see 2018 Program Year Elite Status Buy back / Buyback / Renew / Boost (master thd) .


"Grace" for those close to completing status requirements has not been offered since AA began the buyback / renew / boost program.

In previous years, AA (and US) have offered those who failed to requalify for elite status the opportunity to buy back or "boost" status for the following status year. That offer is extended for the 2017 programme year, and is be discussed here. E-mails have gone out to many members (16 Nov) with tailored offers.

Complied a list of people's offers here. List is current up to post #51
Code:
 Status   EQM      Offer
 GLD    PLT    PTP    EXP  
 EXP      99k                           $1299
 EXP      99k                           $1799
 EXP      97k                           $1299
 EXP      96k                           $1499
 EXP      96k                           $1299
 EXP      93k                           $1799
 EXP      92k                           $1799
 EXP      92k                           $2099
 EXP      92k                           $1799
 EXP      91K                           $1799
 EXP      89k                           $2499
 EXP      89k                           $2499
 PLT      88K                           $2499 
 PLT      87k                           $2499
 PLT      87K                           $2499
 EXP      8k       $799   $1479
 PPRO   81k      $899
 PLT      56k             $799
 PLT      48.2K           $799
 PLT      48.5K           $699
 PLT      46K             $799
 PLT      43K             $1479
 PLT      41k             $899
 PLT      34k             $1299
 PLT      39k             $1299
 PLT      31k             $1479
 PLT      25k             $1479
 PLT      19k      $599   $1479
 PLT       5K      $699   $1299
 PLT      0               $1479
 GLD      15k      $749
 GLD      13k      $649
 GLD      19k      $499
 GLD      6k       $799
 GLD      8k       $699
 none     0        $749
Thanks to several members adding information.

To read what each status tier offers, see:

What are AA Gold / GLD Benefits? Are they worth it? (Master thd) (link)

What are AA Platinum / PLT Benefits? Are they worth it? (Master thd) (link)

What are AA Platinum Pro Benefits? Are they worth it? (Master thd) (link)

What are AA Executive Platinum / EP / EXP Benefits? Are they worth it? (Master thd) (link)

For the thread discussing last year's programme, see this thread.
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Old Aug 15, 16, 1:28 pm
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ARCHIVE: 2017 Program Year Elite Status Buyback / Renew / Boost (master thd)

As questions have started to arrive and are sure to continue to trickle in regarding the buyback / buy-up programme for next year, I've created this thread for discussion and capped off last year's.

For posterity, anyone interested in reading the details on the 2016 programme year offer can see that thread here.

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Old Aug 15, 16, 1:28 pm
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2017 Program Year Elite Status Buyback / Renew / Boost (consolidated)

Has anybody been able to pull up information on American's elite status boost ? I was doing math today and im not sure I will be able to make EXP. With that in mind, I went to do research and the AA webpage is coming up non-existent. Anyone else having this issue ?
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Old Aug 15, 16, 1:31 pm
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That offer ended July 31 and is no longer available: https://elite2016.aa.com/faq.cfm
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Old Aug 15, 16, 1:38 pm
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What about for 2017 status ?
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Old Aug 15, 16, 2:01 pm
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Originally Posted by lotsofsigns View Post
What about for 2017 status ?
If AA choose to offer it then it has typically been available from January through July of the year in question.
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Old Aug 15, 16, 2:09 pm
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Originally Posted by lotsofsigns View Post
What about for 2017 status ?
In light of the fact that it's only August of the current qualification year, it's a bit early for that information.

Regards
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Old Aug 15, 16, 2:14 pm
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Generally speaking the costs for these buy up, if offered, is pretty prohibitive. Given how much time you have between now and EOY, it might be cheaper to try to add a MR to get the extra EQMs vs waiting/hoping for the boost offer.
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Old Aug 15, 16, 6:50 pm
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Originally Posted by oysterhead43 View Post
You've been an EXP, so you know the benefits and your situation will decide the value.

I'd say it's all about common routes and how you'd use the SWUs.
  • If your common routes frequently clear free UPG, that has real value.
  • If you plan to use SWUs for long-haul flights (like LAX-SYD) that has real value. I cleared SWUs on a RT to SYD and the difference in coach and business fare was WAY more than $1800.

Plus the award miles bonus.

This WAG places EXP at $4600 more valuable than PLT.
http://thepointsguy.com/2014/12/what...-status-worth/
- that was then. Now EXP is getting 4 SWU so the advantage would be reduced by ca. $2,000 according to WAG calculations.
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Old Nov 5, 16, 2:03 am
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Buying EQMs for the end of the year

Hello,

I will finish the year with a bit over 95,000 eqms. I know that last year AA allowed people to buy up to Executive Platinum for $1100.

I was wondering if a similar deal will be offered this year?

Also, is there a more economical way to get the last 5000 miles?

I am a UK resident so it would be difficult for me to get a Citiadvantage card. The UK version does not provide the eqms.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old Nov 5, 16, 4:12 am
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They have offered this 'boost' since 2013, so I`d say it's safe to say it'll be offered again for 2017.

However, you can get those missing 5k miles much more economically than just paying for them.
Being UK-based, look out for cheap premium cabin weekend runs.
Example:IST, which BA sells for 380 pounds in business class (I fare) ex LHR - fly out on Saturday, fly home on Sunday, collect ~4,700 EQM. This route is even operated by a 767 with real CW seats, so the flight is reasonably nice.
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Old Nov 5, 16, 4:50 am
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So you could risk buying up to exp if available if the figure quoted is similar almost £1000. Or as suggested above how a MR but ensuring the flights are all AA coded to gain max miles.

Using google flights I found a few examples of US weekend MRs.

10/11 Dec
Man - las £464
Man - NYC £471
Man - lax £477

Or if you can get cheap connecting flights to Dub

3/4 Dec Dub- NYC. £396
10/12 Dec. £378

Not many good deals from London from quick searching.

If you can cover your required miles in Europe that would be better than a weekend run to the US.

Good luck.
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Old Nov 5, 16, 5:52 am
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Originally Posted by Arran View Post
Hello,

I will finish the year with a bit over 95,000 eqms. I know that last year AA allowed people to buy up to Executive Platinum for $1100.

I was wondering if a similar deal will be offered this year?

Also, is there a more economical way to get the last 5000 miles?

I am a UK resident so it would be difficult for me to get a Citiadvantage card. The UK version does not provide the eqms.

Any help would be appreciated.
Welcome to FlyerTalk, Arran!

We have merged your query into the existing thread about the [B]possible status buyback etc. programme AA might offer for those who have nearly reached status during 2016. (See http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...solidated.html for the previous offer.)

Also see http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...solidated.html.

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Old Nov 5, 16, 7:05 am
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Thank you for your replies (I think some are on the other thread before it was moved.) It is a very helpful site!

I would like to find a solution that doesn't involve me flying on another trip, but after reading through last years posts, it seems that it boils down to flying the miles or paying AA for the difference at the end of the year. I was wondering if anybody knows any other routes like the Citigroup card?
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Old Nov 5, 16, 7:35 am
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No. The available-in-the-US-only citi exec card (which carries an $450 annual fee) is the sole opportunity to earn AA EQMs other than flying or paying the status boost fee.
If you still have upcoming AA/oneworld flights booked,you can also look into upfaring to a different cabin or fare bucket that'd earn you more EQMs.
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Old Nov 7, 16, 2:13 pm
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Buying Elite

Looks like I will be about 4k miles short on EQMs to re-qualify for Platinum. In the past AA had made the offer to let those just short of qualifying the opportunity to buy their re-qualifying status.

Any word on this for this year?

Thanks,

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