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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 2, 17, 10:49 am
  #46  
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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Programs: AA Exec Plat, Marriott Plat, Priority Club Plat, HHonors Diamond, Avis CC
Posts: 666
Currently: Plat

EQD: $8,639
EQM: 42,385
EQS: 16

Offered $1,075 to remain Plat. kinda wished they had offered to buy up to Plat Pro. Just curious what the price would have been.

Not sure if I will buy up. I don't have any more flights this year.

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Old Nov 2, 17, 10:49 am
  #47  
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Miami, Florida, USA
Posts: 213
Current Status: Plat
EQD: $5,577
EQM: 44,940
EQS: 10

Offer is to maintain Platinum for $995.00... but nothing beyond that (thought they'd offer a price to go up one level to PlatPro). The thing is, I know there are no guarantees that people will fly already ticketed trips, but I'm thinking there should be a way for their IT system to take that into account when calculating the offer being sent... in my case, I'll cross the Plat threshold between EDQ and EQM on a flight I have booked in a couple weeks. Might be beneficial to AA if the offer page for someone in my situation said something along the lines of "maintain Plat now for XX" and "based on ticketed upcoming trips through Dec. 31, move up to Plat Pro for XX if those flights are flown" or something to that effect.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 10:52 am
  #48  
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
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Data point:

Current Status: EXP, requal for Gold for 2018 so far
EQD: $4200
EQM: 57000
EQS: 32

I was offered Platinum for $1299 + tax = $1363.95.

I have a BA PE run to JNB through LHR next weekend which will put me into PPro, so why on earth would I bother? Now, if they offered me that same price to buy up to EXP from PPro, I'd take it to save me a weekend CX/BA overseas run. I suspect they won't offer me that bump up - and since even PPro is useless for me, I'll just do another run between now and Jan 31 to requal EXP. I'm still considering making the jump to AS anyway.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 10:54 am
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Join Date: Jul 2014
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Originally Posted by Pureboy
Currently no status, $964 EQD, ~14k EQM, 4 segments: $2,215 for Gold. No thank you.
That's interesting, I guess current status is taken into consideration. I dropped to Gold this year since I switched most of my flying to DL. I have $569 EQD, ~3800 MQM, 5 segments, and got the $699 offer for Gold.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 11:01 am
  #50  
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 24
Me: Current Plat
$5,832 EQD
40,561 EQM
35 EQS
$995 for Plat

Spouse: Current Plat
$5,843 EQD
40,546 EQM
35 EQS
$895 for Plat

We book and fly together, but I received 15 EQM from a Hilton promo and spouse was credited $11 more EQD when I took an upgrade.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 11:03 am
  #51  
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Join Date: Sep 2016
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Platinum now, already with enough EQDs for Platinum Pro. They have offered to upgrade me now to Platinum Pro for the low, low price of only $1,645.

I will either make Platinum Pro anyway with the trips I have planned or it's possible my situation will change causing me not to fly nearly as much next year. Either way, paying for PlatPro is not going to happen at that price.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 11:07 am
  #52  
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: FNT, but DTW if I can't help it
Programs: AAdvantage Former EXP/Current PLT / Total Rewards - Diamond / Hilton HHonors - Gold
Posts: 757
Currently EXP with $12,460 EQD, 84,617 EQM and booked travel that will take me to $13,667 EQD, 92,642 EQM

Thanks for visiting. Our records show that you're not eligible to receive an offer at this time.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 11:28 am
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Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Hermosa Beach, CA
Programs: AA EXP, Hyatt Globalist, Marriott Platinum Elite
Posts: 65
I'm currently EXP and at $11,679 EQD and 95,766 EQM. Got the offer today for $1395 to extend benefits.

I've got additional travel planned that will reqal me so I won't be taking AA up on their "generous" offer. :|
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Old Nov 2, 17, 11:32 am
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Join Date: Apr 2011
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Originally Posted by josmul123
Currently EXP with $12,460 EQD, 84,617 EQM and booked travel that will take me to $13,667 EQD, 92,642 EQM

Thanks for visiting. Our records show that you're not eligible to receive an offer at this time.
That's a bummer but I have seen no evidence that the offer takes into account "booked" (but not completed) travel. After all -- one could easily trick it. I'm in same boat but w/higher EQM and expect to requal based on upcoming trav.

Was surprised to receive the offer so early. In past years, I've gotten it in early Dec -- but only when I was over 90K EQM. Could that be the thresh hold for who gets EXP? There's got to be a minimum cut off.

Sounds like a mileage run is in order for you...!

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Old Nov 2, 17, 11:38 am
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Join Date: Aug 2011
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Currently PP with 120 EQS, 81,025 EQM, 11,465 EQD and a round trip this weekend that will push me up to EXP anyway. $735 offer for EXP. Seems silly of them to even offer it being that I will make it Sunday evening anyway.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 11:46 am
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Originally Posted by josmul123
Currently EXP with $12,460 EQD, 84,617 EQM and booked travel that will take me to $13,667 EQD, 92,642 EQM

Thanks for visiting. Our records show that you're not eligible to receive an offer at this time.
That seems odd that you don't have an offer. Are the early offers only for people short on EQD's?
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Old Nov 2, 17, 11:49 am
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Join Date: Dec 2007
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Originally Posted by AtomicLush
That seems odd that you don't have an offer. Are the early offers only for people short on EQD's?
That's what I'm beginning to wonder. It seems like I should have an offer available.

I plan to take another trip in December. I don't have it booked yet, but I'll re-qual as EXP anyway.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 11:54 am
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Join Date: Aug 2012
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Originally Posted by 50ae
Currently PP with 120 EQS, 81,025 EQM, 11,465 EQD and a round trip this weekend that will push me up to EXP anyway. $735 offer for EXP. Seems silly of them to even offer it being that I will make it Sunday evening anyway.
I'm at

EQD: 11870
EQS: 63
EQM: 116216

Got an offer for EXP renewal for $225.

Not too bad actually. 95 USD more than the needed EQD. If I wasn't going to travel anyways again this year, I'd nab that.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 11:56 am
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Join Date: Apr 2011
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Programs: AA EXP 1.0mm, not sure where I am with hotels these days
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Originally Posted by AtomicLush
That seems odd that you don't have an offer. Are the early offers only for people short on EQD's?
No. I’m 90,671 EQMs and $14,361 EQDs with nothing booked yet (but with at least one 3,500 eQM trip. My buyback was $1,798 to maintain current EXP status. If I’m short, I will do a MR for a fraction of that amount.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 11:59 am
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Join Date: Apr 2011
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Programs: AA EXP 1.0mm, not sure where I am with hotels these days
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Originally Posted by Antarius
I'm at

EQD: 11870
EQS: 63
EQM: 116216

Got an offer for EXP renewal for $225.

Not too bad actually. 95 USD more than the needed EQD. If I wasn't going to travel anyways again this year, I'd nab that.
What BS from AA.
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