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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, 7:57 pm
  #31  
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: San Francisco
Programs: AA EXP
Posts: 343
Data point: $8,616 EQDs and 60,717 EQMs, no buy-up offer to PP (or EXP). Will make PP with already-booked travel, though.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 8:06 pm
  #32  
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: MSY
Programs: AA Plat Pro, UA Plat,Marriott Plat, Hyatt Explorist
Posts: 2,518
Me:

Platinum last year. $17k EQDs, 58k EQMs. $1945 to Plat Pro. Will get to 75k (and $20k EQDs) by december.

My wife:

Platinum last year. $6500 EQDs. 19k EQMs. $500 to Gold, $1995 to Platinum. She's mostly been traveling private for work. Will probably buy the gold boost anyway for her solo personal travel.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 9:35 pm
  #33  
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: PHL and LAS
Programs: AA PLT Pro, Marriott Lifetime PLT
Posts: 144
Got an offer for PLT at $1295. Current EXP, but at $5383 EQD; 39,938 EQM; 37 EQS.

I wonder if a call to customer service sharing my 111,354 Delta MQM/$17k spend may influence the offer. Anyone ever try leveraging status with another carrier for a renewal? I will make Diamond this year.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 10:19 pm
  #34  
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Programs: KL Plat, AA ExPlat, HHonors Diam
Posts: 9
Datapoint:

Currently EXP, now 88000 EQM and 8000 EQD.

I see two offers:
Plat Pro $1135
EXP $4155 (!)

So these offers are quite near that what I'd now need for EQD, but I'm currently booked for flights to requalify EXP.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 11:37 pm
  #35  
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: DTW / SJC
Programs: AA EXP, DL DM, Marriott Titanium, Hyatt Globalist
Posts: 722
Current Gold with 4,285 EQD, 31,199 EQM, and 38 EQS.
"Our records show that you're not eligible to receive an offer at this time."

Was surprised I didn't receive an offer for Plat, but will qualify anyway so doesn't really matter.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 11:38 pm
  #36  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: USA & UK -- AA EXP 3.5MM, Hyatt Diamond, SPG Plat, Avis President's Club
Posts: 6,411
Currently at 11513 EQD, 101,873 EQM, 133 EQS

AA's offer was that I could buy EXP for $765.

My travel is already ticketed through end of year and will put me waaaay over the EXP threshold. If I were to cancel all those flights and take AA up on their offer, it would cost far more than $765 in Change Fees. So ... thAAnk$ for the offer ... but no thAAnk$.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 12:27 am
  #37  
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Programs: AA PLT, Marriott Titanium (LT GLD), HHonors Gold, AMEX PLT, UA Silver, National EXC
Posts: 990
Datapoint 1:
9,100 EQD and just shy of 80K EQM
"Thanks for visiting. Our records show that you're not eligible to receive an offer at this time."

Have some more travel ahead for the year still... curious if this will change once those complete.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 4:14 am
  #38  
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Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Programs: OWEmerald; STARGold; BonvoyPlat; IHGPlat/Amb; HiltonGold; A|ClubPat; AirMilesPlat
Posts: 38,180
Originally Posted by homeone
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.
That's what I got as a lapsing ExecPlat after six years. EQMs at the moment are 44.6K but EQDs just $2230. However have an IB pending missing flight post that when posted will put my EQDs over $3K and EQMs at just under 50K. Wonder if these offers will be modified once all 2017 flight credits are tallied?

I do have more OW flights this month but have decided to put them into my BA account and will have their Silver/OWSapphire by month's end and Gold/OWEmerald in January. Considering my travel patterns figured it was more prudent to get BA top tier status than ExecPlat.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 4:35 am
  #39  
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: RDU
Programs: AA CK
Posts: 2,228
EXP:

EQD: $23K
EQM: 93k

Offer: $1,795
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Old Nov 2, 17, 7:37 am
  #40  
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: DFW
Programs: AA EXP. HHonors Diamond
Posts: 185
EQD: 13K
EQM 92K

Offer $1795

... I have enough booked through the end of the year to get over 100K EQM. This will be the first year I have hit Executive Platinum after 10 years of PLAT
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Old Nov 2, 17, 8:04 am
  #41  
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Washington,DC
Posts: 1,755
Awful offers for us

EXP - No $ to get to CK :-)
No status - $1,095 to get Gold. Really!!
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Old Nov 2, 17, 10:05 am
  #42  
 
Join Date: Feb 1999
Location: San Jose, California, USA
Programs: AS 100K, UA MM, AA MM, IC Plat Amb, Marriott Gold, Hilton Gold, Hyatt Explorist
Posts: 3,138
After several years as EXP MM, I have pretty much abandoned the idea of earning AA status (above the lifetime Gold) due to the EQD requirement.

Current status: EXP
EQD: $1,656
EQM: 45,572
EQS: 20

As of today, my offer is as follows:

AAdvantage Platinum: $1,479.00

I don't plan to go for this, because I'd rather spend it (as a free agent) on airfare.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 10:35 am
  #43  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Tucson, AZ
Programs: AA Platinum, HIlton Gold
Posts: 191
Currently Platinum. Offer is $2,885 to get to Platinum Pro, ouch!

Currently $6328 EQD, 63k EQM, 38 segments.

Will earn another 19k EQM and 2k EQD in December for a work trip so I'm not interested in the offer (and never would be interested at $3k!). I'm sure another flight will come up to get me over the EQD.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 10:43 am
  #44  
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: WAS
Posts: 866
Currently no status, $964 EQD, ~14k EQM, 4 segments: $2,215 for Gold. No thank you.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 10:47 am
  #45  
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Boston, MA
Programs: AA EXP, DL Diamond, Hilton Diamond, Bonvoy Ambassador (RIP SPG), Aeroplan 75K
Posts: 912
Data point:

Currently PLT with $10,800 EQD, 65,700 EQM and 60 segments.

I was offered Plat Pro for $1,345. I am going to log another $5,800 EQD and 36,300 EQMs before year end, getting me (barely) to EXP.
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