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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 13, 17, 6:18 pm
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Join Date: Oct 2012
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I had an offer of $1295 with 78K EQM, 90 segments, 11k EQD for requalifying as Exec Plat.

I just finished an AUS-LHR-JNB roundtrip which took me over the top and qualified me as EXP anyway, do I didn't need to do this.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 3:18 am
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Originally Posted by jacobguo View Post
Gold. 2.2k EQD + 45.3k EQM.

$3,875 for PLT. Yeah no lol.
Buying up to Plat would be cheaper than buying and flying the actual tickets to get to Plat, in this case.
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Old Nov 15, 17, 5:50 am
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$15,945 EQD / 76,936 EQM / 29 EQS and no offer to buy up to EXP, guess I'll have to find a way to get an addition 18k EQM beyond what I have scheduled for the rest of the year.
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Old Nov 16, 17, 3:57 pm
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So my buy-in price was reduced. A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting at $6,548 EQD, 35,489 miles and 14 segments, and was offered $1,195 to requalify for Platinum. Today, I’m at 41,439 EQM, $7,671 EQD and I was offered $895. I will have 43,500 or so EQM and $8,200 EQD by the end of the week. As of today, I don’t know if I will get to the EQM line without a mileage run.

two questions
1) How low could I get my buyin?
2) Does it make sense to do a mileage run to get to Platinum and look at a PlatPro buyup? As a high EQD flier I think i would get one. Most of my routes are transcons in paid business and NYC to non hub flying.
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Old Nov 16, 17, 4:55 pm
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Join Date: Apr 2016
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Platinum via a challenge last year. But have flown exactly 0 AA flights this year (just depended on destination) but since there's a shot I won't make UA Gold (no time for a mileage run) and won't make anything on DL (gave up on LGA) the AA buy is surprising.

AAdvantage Platinum

Total Cost....$1,299.00
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Old Nov 16, 17, 7:28 pm
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Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: ORD
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Originally Posted by LilZeppelin View Post
Currently PLT with 1573eqd, 10238eqm offered gold for 699$, platinum 1299$.

Family member, currently none with 1874eqd, 23556 eqm, offered gold for 1269$.
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.
Your AA profile is very similar to mine as a current PLT, and I received the same offer. I have status, the travel companion does not.

I'm unlikely to qualify even for Gold on flying alone through the end of 2017, and most of my weekends and weekdays are already allocated to other activities. Last minute MRs out of ORD in the early winter are too risky due to weather. The gold buy-up is looking quite reasonable for me at this point. As a somewhat-frequent leisure short-trip traveler, *some* status is better than *no* status and we fly AA frequently enough to enjoy that little bit of status.
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Old Nov 16, 17, 8:19 pm
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Join Date: May 2017
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As of now, will be ending the year as a PLTPRO (79k EQM, 11k EQD) but could make my way to 100k/12k. If not, does buying up to EXP get me four SWUs?
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Old Nov 16, 17, 9:02 pm
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Platinum here.
61.1k EQM
$11.1k EQD (this is boosted by my Aviator card)
19 EQS

I'm being offered Platinum Pro for $1,645.
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Old Nov 16, 17, 9:44 pm
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Originally Posted by CloudCoder View Post
Buying up to Plat would be cheaper than buying and flying the actual tickets to get to Plat, in this case.
I just don't see how Plat could possibly worth $3,875 over Gold.
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Old Nov 17, 17, 7:39 am
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Originally Posted by potus18 View Post
As of now, will be ending the year as a PLTPRO (79k EQM, 11k EQD) but could make my way to 100k/12k. If not, does buying up to EXP get me four SWUs?
Yes, you get all the benefits of the EXP level.
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Old Nov 17, 17, 9:26 am
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EXP. Already above 100k miles, but currently about $1,100 short in EQDs. Offered renewal of EXP for $1,335 — which happily I won't need as my bookings before the end of December will take care of that.
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Old Nov 17, 17, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by pony_trekker View Post
Platinum via a challenge last year. But have flown exactly 0 AA flights this year (just depended on destination) but since there's a shot I won't make UA Gold (no time for a mileage run) and won't make anything on DL (gave up on LGA) the AA buy is surprising.
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Total Cost....$1,299.00
I think their assessment is that you wasted money to do a Plat challenge but didn't even use the benefits. Maybe you'll pay them an additional $1,300 to just sit it out again.
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Old Nov 17, 17, 12:29 pm
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Originally Posted by LilZeppelin View Post
is buying status considered an "exception" and counts to 2 max within 5 years if one wants to do challenge? Personally not travelling much, just marginal benefits of status, such as Flagship lounge visit when departing in coach, access to Cathay Pacific Heathrow lounge, but then again only when flying to a handful destinations in coach from Terminal 3, and no 75$ 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
Yes, I believe that buying status counts as an exception.
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Old Nov 17, 17, 3:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Adelphos View Post
So my buy-in price was reduced. A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting at $6,548 EQD, 35,489 miles and 14 segments, and was offered $1,195 to requalify for Platinum. Today, I’m at 41,439 EQM, $7,671 EQD and I was offered $895. .
So, I am at $8,639 EQD, 42,385 EQM and 16 seg and my offer is $1,075. I wonder why my offer is higher than yours when I have more spend, miles and segments?
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Old Nov 18, 17, 1:48 pm
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Originally Posted by AtomicLush View Post
I think their assessment is that you wasted money to do a Plat challenge but didn't even use the benefits. Maybe you'll pay them an additional $1,300 to just sit it out again.
Ideally the best customer is the one that pays and leaves his merchandise.

However, I wasted zero because it was all work travel, essentially spending my summer in O'Hare. Paying for the challenge wouldn't be reimbursed so unless I started doing ALL my vacation travel on AA (instead of UA,B6 and DL) it really would NOT be worth it.
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