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Program Year 2018 Elite Status Buy back / Buyback / Renew / Boost (master thd) .

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2018 Program Year Elite Status Buyback / Renew / Boost (as of EOY 2017)

"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 was extended for the 2017 programme year, and the 2018 offering is be discussed here. E-mails have gone out to many members (16 Nov) with tailored offers. To see if you are eligible and to see what your offers are, go to https://elite.americanairlines.com/e...ewal/login.cfm

NOTE: “Plus, your purchase price will count toward your Rolling Elite Qualifying Dollars, helping improve your upgrade priority.” - AA

List of members' offers for 2018 program year to be added below. See end for 2016 offers.

List current status, EQD & EQM / EQS, $ required for buyback or boost and status offered:

GOLD PLAT PPRO EXP



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 archived thread.

List of people's 2018 program year (1 Feb through 31 Jan) offers here. List is current up to post #147

Code:

 Status  EQM   EQD        GLD        PLT        PPR        EXP
 EXP     94k   $17,960  ——————— ——————— ——————————— —————$1,895
 PLT     24k   $ 1,800 $ 699 $ 1,299 ——————— ———————
 PLT     4k    $ 1,000 $ 699 $ 1,999 ——————— ———————
 EXP     86k   $13,538 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,295
 EXP    130k  $11,940 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 345
 PLT     12k  $ 1,518 $ 699 $ 1,995 ——————— ———————
 EXP     72k  $16,000 ——————— ——————— $ 995 ———————
 ?(#16)  68k  $ 9,315 ——————— ——————— $ 1,345 ———————
 EXP    108k  $11,855 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 225
 EXP    101k  $10,340 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,795
 EXP    100k  $10,000 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 2,995
 None(#20)18k >$3,000 $ 495 ——————— ——————— ———————
 GLD     46k  $ 4,451 ——————— $ 1,865 ——————— ———————
 PLT     34k  $ 4,500 ——————— $ 1,299 ——————— ———————
 ???(#25) 66k $10,500 ——————— ——————— $ 1,345 ———————
 PLT     26k  $ 6,900 ——————— $ 1,299 ——————— ———————
 PLT     46k  $ 4,382 ——————— $ 1,299 ——————— ———————
 EXP     10k  $   858 $ 699 $ 1,995 ——————— ———————
 PLT     30k  $ 2,264 $ 699 $ 1,299 ——————— ———————
 PLT     58k  $17,000 ——————— ——————— $ 1,945 ———————
 PLT     19k  $ 6,500 $ 500 $ 1,995 ——————— ———————
 EXP     40k  $ 5,383 ——————— $ 1,295 ——————— ———————
 EXP     88k  $ 8,000 ——————— ——————— $ 1,135 $ 4,155
 EXP    102k  $11,513 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 765
 EXP     90k  $14,361 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,795
 PLT     45k  $12,246 ——————— $ 695 ——————— ———————
 GLD     19k  $ 5,011 $ 495 ——————— ——————— ———————
 ???(#37)<80k $ 9,100 ——————— ——————— ——————— ———————
 EXP   44.6k  $ 2,230 $ 699 $ 1,299 ——————— ———————
 EXP     93k  $23,000 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,795
 PPR     92k  $13,000 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,795
 EXP   45.5k  $ 1,656 ——————— $ 1,479 ——————— ———————
 PLT     63k  $ 6,328 ——————— ——————— $ 2,885 ———————
 None    14k  $   964 $ 2,215 ——————— ——————— ———————
 PLT   65.7k  $10,800 ——————— ——————— $ 1,345 ———————
 PLT   42.4k  $ 8,639 ——————— $ 1,075 ——————— ———————
 PLT   44.9k  $ 5,577 ——————— $ 995 ——————— ———————
 EXP     57k  $ 4,200 ——————— $ 1,299 ——————— ———————
 PLT   40.6k  $ 5,832 ——————— $ 995 ——————— ———————
 PLT   40.5k  $ 5,843 ——————— $ 895 ——————— ———————
 EXP   84.6k  $12,460 ——————— ——————— ——————— ———————
 EXP   95.8k  $11,679 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,395
 PPR     81k  $11,465 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 735
 EXP    116k  $11,870 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 225
 EXP   90.6k  $14,361 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,798
 EXP     22k  $ 1,100 $ 699 $ 1,299 ——————— ———————
 EXP   92.5k  $11,986 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,895
 EXP     61k  $ 8,800 ——————— ——————— $ 1,745 ———————
 PPR     97k  $20,000 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,295
 EXP   ~124k  $11,296 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 935
 EXP   94.8k  $11,543 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,895
 EXP   97.4k  $14,228 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,295
 PLT   73.6k  $ 8,832 ——————— ——————— $ 995 ———————
 EXP   98.4k  $13,600 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,295
 EXP   91.5k  $11,660 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,895
 PLT?(#80)62.6k $ 7,707 ——————— ——————— $ 1,645 ———————
 EXP?(#81)99.9k $16,603 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,395
 PLT     21k $ 1,500 $ 699 $ 1,299 ——————— ———————
 PPR   93.3k $19,775 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,795
 PLT   26.3k $ 4,172 ——————— $ 1,479 ——————— ———————
 PLT     17k $ 2,221 $ 699 $ 1,299 ——————— ———————
 EXP     88k $14,500 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 2,500
 PLT      2k $ 230 ——————— $ 1,299 ——————— ———————
 PLT      0 $ 0 $ 699 $ 1,299 ——————— ———————
 GLD   72.3k $10,735 ——————— ——————— $ 995 ———————
 PLT   75.9k $ 9,854 ——————— ——————— ——————— ———————
 EXP   69.5k $ 9,950 ——————— ——————— $ 1,645 ———————
 EXP   41.6k $ 8,077 ——————— $ 995 ——————— ———————
 PLT   60.2k $ 8,200 ——————— ——————— $ 1,656 ———————
 EXP   57.4k $ 6,067 ——————— $ 265 ——————— ———————
 EXP     57k $ 6,000 ——————— ——————— $ 1,760 ———————
 EXP    120k $10,500 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,850
 EXP?(#100) 84.8k $13,025 ——————— ——————— ——————— ———————
 EXP   99.9k $ 9,218 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 2,899
 PPR     85k $ 9,200 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 2,985
 PLT    36.2k $ 7,636 ——————— $ 1,295 ——————— ———————
 GLD    44.7k $ 5,541 ——————— $ 895 ——————— ———————
 PLT    46.5k $12,500 ——————— $ 650 ——————— ———————
 PLT    43.1k $10,531 ——————— ——————— ——————— ———————
 GLD    33.4k $ 4,966 ——————— $ 1,495 ——————— ———————
 GLD     0 $ 0 $ 699 ——————— ——————— ———————
 PPR    79.5k $19,295 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 3,575
 GLD    39.6k $ 7,616 ——————— $ 1,195 ——————— ———————
 None   35.1k $ 2,180 $ 995 ——————— ——————— ———————
 PLT    25.2k $ 3,478 ——————— $ 1,479 ——————— ———————
 EXP    99.5k $16,323 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,395
 PLT      30k $ 4,988 ——————— $ 1,295 ——————— ———————
 GLD      11k $ 1,652 $ 699 ——————— ——————— ———————
 PLT    45.7k $12,250 ——————— $ 695 ——————— ———————
 GLD    18.7k $ 5,000 $ 495 ——————— ——————— ———————
 PLT    40.3k $ 3,050 ——————— $ 1,299 ——————— ———————
 PLT     0 $ 0 ——————— ——————— $ 1,479 ———————
 PPR     86k $21,500 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 2,495
 EXP   92.3k $10,400 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,895
 GLD     ~9k ~$ 1,000 $ 699 ——————— ——————— ———————
 EXP   99.4k >$14,000 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,299
 EXP   95.5k $17,779 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 1,395
 PLT     21k $ 2,200 $ 699 $ 1,299 ——————— ———————
 EXP    115k $11,961 ——————— ——————— ——————— $ 225
 EXP     53k $15,000 ——————— ——————— $ 1,765 ———————
 EXP   30.5k $5,714 —————— $ 1,299 ——————— ———————
 
Thanks to several members adding information.
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Old Nov 12, 17, 8:33 pm
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Originally Posted by FlightNurse View Post
Even in airline technology this would make sense, when you log into your account via the link it is grabbing all the latest data from your account.
I’m honestly surprised though. I could see them just generating the buy back offer at a point in time and you either take it or leave it.
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Old Nov 12, 17, 9:05 pm
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Currently PLT with 1573eqd, 10238eqm offered gold for 699$, platinum 1299$.

Family member, currently none with 1874eqd, 23556 eqm, offered gold for 1269$.
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Old Nov 12, 17, 11:32 pm
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Originally Posted by LilZeppelin View Post
Currently PLT with 1573eqd, 10238eqm offered gold for 699$, platinum 1299$.
This ranks way on up there as "deal of the century". Essentially they're selling status for less than half the cost of flying the miles. You should jump all over this, before AA changes their mind.
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Old Nov 12, 17, 11:54 pm
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Originally Posted by CloudCoder View Post
This ranks way on up there as "deal of the century". Essentially they're selling status for less than half the cost of flying the miles. You should jump all over this, before AA changes their mind.
My mother, current Gold with 954 EQD and 3755 EQM, also has this offer, which I'm guessing is targeted at current elites who AA suspects will not requalify for any status. But I can't see how it would be worth it for anyone not planning on traveling more frequently on AA next year.
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Old Nov 12, 17, 11:58 pm
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Originally Posted by MSP_Monopoly View Post
I’m honestly surprised though. I could see them just generating the buy back offer at a point in time and you either take it or leave it.
I'm hoping that AA would rather have you pay something to get the status then nothing.
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Old Nov 13, 17, 12:00 am
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Originally Posted by aacar View Post
My mother, current Gold with 954 EQD and 3755 EQM, also has this offer, which I'm guessing is targeted at current elites who AA suspects will not requalify for any status. But I can't see how it would be worth it for anyone not planning on traveling more frequently on AA next year.
Well ANY status is better then NOTHING.... But then again if your mother has no plans on really flying next year then it might not be worth it.
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Old Nov 13, 17, 6:30 am
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Well ANY status is better then NOTHING.... But then again if your mother has no plans on really flying next year then it might not be worth it.
Kind of an insurance policy. Who really knows how much flying they'll be doing 6 months or 9 months from now?
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Old Nov 13, 17, 8:28 am
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Originally Posted by CloudCoder View Post
This ranks way on up there as "deal of the century". Essentially they're selling status for less than half the cost of flying the miles. You should jump all over this, before AA changes their mind.
Not necessarily a great deal if you're only flying 10,000 miles in 2018, though.
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Old Nov 13, 17, 12:57 pm
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Gold. 2.2k EQD + 45.3k EQM.

$3,875 for PLT. Yeah no lol.
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Old Nov 13, 17, 1:26 pm
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"Offer" of $2,495....
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Old Nov 13, 17, 1:40 pm
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Received my offer today. Currently PPR
12,750 EQD 94,856EQM $2495.00
Still have a BOS-LHR flight left in PE
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Old Nov 13, 17, 1:41 pm
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My offer as $1245 for EXP with 114 EQS, 88k EQM, and $14k spend.

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Pretty laughable really.

Mine is still $1295 even though I now have 118 EQS, 88k EQM, and $14k spend.
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Old Nov 13, 17, 3:29 pm
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I forgot to write down my initial offer to both Gold and Platinum before my Aviator Red MQD bonus hit my account.

Now that I am at 43K EQM and $5865 EQD, the offer for Platinum is $895... even though I have a HKG-LAX flight coming up soon that will push me over the Platinum thresholds on both.
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Old Nov 13, 17, 4:25 pm
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is buying status considered an "exception" and counts to 2 max within 5 years if one wants to do challenge? Personally not travelling much, just marginal benefits of status, such as Flagship lounge visit when departing in coach, access to Cathay Pacific Heathrow lounge, but then again only when flying to a handful destinations in coach from Terminal 3, and no 75$ close-in fee while redeeming miles. How many times I would need to redeem miles to justify 1300$ fee??!!
Champagne is always nice but then I could be drinking Krug or Dom for that price without needing to sit in a metal tube
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Old Nov 13, 17, 4:45 pm
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My wife, a Plat, has 4,744 EQD, 36,287 EQM and go an offer of $1299. Elite status has been of minimal utility for her (usually flies biz) so I couldnt see taking this offer.

My kids are all within spitting distance of Gold (over EQDs and about 22k EQMs) and got offers of $395 which isnt a bad deal except they have a paid J flight that will give 3x EQM and would make them plats under a challenge if I wanted to spend the money.
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