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

Old Oct 21, 17, 12:00 pm
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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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Program Year 2018 Elite Status Buy back / Buyback / Renew / Boost (master thd) .

Old Nov 1, 17, 12:49 pm
  #16  
Moderator: American AAdvantage, Travel Safety/Security & Texas, FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: AUS / GRK
Programs: AA, HHonors, Hertz
Posts: 13,186
Just for kicks, I checked to see if I had an offer.

My current stats:
EQM: 68,298
EQD: $9,315

Buy-up offer to Plat Pro: $1,345

I found this text at the bottom a bit interesting:
Plus, your purchase price will count toward your Rolling Elite Qualifying Dollars, helping improve your upgrade priority.

No, I won't be doing this. I have a trip in December that will take me to EXP.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 12:57 pm
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Join Date: Sep 2015
Programs: AA EXP
Posts: 158
I also looked at my offer for fun. Kind of surprised it’s actually decent! Fortunately, I’ll be well over with upcoming travel.

Current: 11,855 EQD/ 107,793 EQM

Buy-up offer to EXP: $225

Last edited by britz; Nov 1, 17 at 1:09 pm
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Old Nov 1, 17, 1:40 pm
  #18  
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs: AA EXP
Posts: 504
Currently at 10,340 EQD/101,456 EQM and my buy-up offer for EXP is $1795
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Old Nov 1, 17, 3:13 pm
  #19  
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: DEN
Programs: AA EXP, Hilton Diamond
Posts: 2,258
Currently just over 100K EQM and just under $10K EQD.

My "offer" is $2,995. LOL, yeah no.

I'll pick up the rest of the EQD in the next couple of weeks, so of course I'm not taking the offer. But no way would I have anyway.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 4:14 pm
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Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 138
I'm way over in EQD and about 18k in miles with 4500 miles booked. Offer is $495 for gold. I am looking for a reasonable platinum buy up. Might do a challenge but would prefer a reasonably priced platinum buy ($750 or so) -- anyone know if it might come if I get much closer to 25k for 2017?
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Old Nov 1, 17, 4:39 pm
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Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: DFW/ORD/EDI
Programs: AAdvantage Platinum (Matching to UA Gold)
Posts: 24
Originally Posted by DCAAA
I'm way over in EQD and about 18k in miles with 4500 miles booked. Offer is $495 for gold. I am looking for a reasonable platinum buy up. Might do a challenge but would prefer a reasonably priced platinum buy ($750 or so) -- anyone know if it might come if I get much closer to 25k for 2017?
Well for mine it gave me both i think because last year and this year I was plat. Most likely will have to do a challenge. Are you currently plat?
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Old Nov 1, 17, 5:12 pm
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Join Date: Nov 2004
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Sure does seem like the EQD buy up is pretty punitive, as much or more than the delta between what people have for EQD and the requirement for their desired level.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 6:03 pm
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Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: ORD
Programs: AA EXP
Posts: 163
Another Data Point:

Currently have $4,451 EQD, 46,404 EQM, and 32 EQS. (Currently AAdvantage Gold and requalified for 2018)

Offer from American to Buy Up to Platinum for $1,865.

No thanks!
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Old Nov 1, 17, 7:17 pm
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Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: San Diego
Programs: EXP Aadvantage, but defected to BAEC
Posts: 1,188
More data.... $4500 EQD, 33.5K EQM, 16 EQS. Offer was $1299 for Plat and I'm currently at Plat and obviously re qualified for Gold next year. Fortunately, I have a MR to HNL next week (shhhhh, don't tell Doug) and a TATL in 1st just before Christmas that should see me requal for Plat.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 7:23 pm
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Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: San Diego
Programs: EXP Aadvantage, but defected to BAEC
Posts: 1,188
Even more data.. my wife has $10.5K EQD and 66.5K EQM and 13 EQS. Her offer was $1345 for PPRO. Luckily, she is on the same TATL in 1st as me in Dec, so that will get her over the hump.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 7:29 pm
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Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: DCA
Programs: AA Plat, Bonvoy Gold
Posts: 414
$6900, 25,900, and 19.

$1299 to renew Plat.

Can someone take a crack at fixing the formatting on the wiki table?
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Old Nov 1, 17, 7:39 pm
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Join Date: May 2015
Location: DCA, ORD, SZX, HKG
Programs: AS MVP Gold 75K, AA PPRO, CX Green
Posts: 691
Data point: 4382EQD 46kEQM 10EQS, 1299USD to renew plat
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Old Nov 1, 17, 7:43 pm
  #28  
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: PVD, BOS
Programs: AA EXP
Posts: 1,664
Current stats: 80,100 EQM | 9,600 EQD | 23 EQS

No offer available.

I have a trip scheduled for this month that will get me to EXP, so it's moot anyway.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 7:44 pm
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Location: BWI
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$858 EQDs and 10,425 EQMs... Plat offered for $1,995 or Gold for $699.

Its clear my travel has taken a nose dive this year with only 2 paid domestic r/ts - shifting life priorities.

Interesting with such a low activity they are willing to offer me Plat. Maybe it is because of my current EXP status.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 7:52 pm
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Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: SF Bay Area
Programs: AA Plat; DL Silver; UA Silver; IHG Plat
Posts: 102
Bay area based Platinum. got it via challenge last year

EQM 30k , EQD $2264. my offer was $699 to Gold and $1299 to retain Plat. Gold is in line with missing EQD needed and Plat offer isn't terrible given how little EQD i have. if only i could get enough value out of plat to justify paying $1300 lol.
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