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

Old Nov 2, 17, 11:59 am
  #61  
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Minneapolis
Programs: AA EXP, Hyatt Diamond, SPG Gold, GlobalEntry, Admirals Club, United Club
Posts: 1,639
Originally Posted by mikew99
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.
I'm with you, not planning on having AA status next year; going to try out UA instead. Although, surprised you're offer was more than mine, but it almost looks somewhat random.

Current Status: EXP
EQD: $1,1xx
EQM: 22,xxx (but 10k from Citi AA card)
EQS: 8

No travel planned on AA for the rest of the year, but with 4 SWUs, may decide to fly AA for our EOY trip to Asia.

Offers: Gold $699
Plat $1,299
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Old Nov 2, 17, 12:01 pm
  #62  
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: KHOU/KIAH
Programs: AA "mid tier" elite | Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador | Hyatt Globalist
Posts: 9,547
Originally Posted by mikew99
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.
How did you manage 45k EQM on 1600 USD?
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Old Nov 2, 17, 12:01 pm
  #63  
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: LAX
Programs: AS MVP 75K, AAdvantage Gold, Marriott LT Gold
Posts: 15
EQD: 11986
EQM: 92480
EQS: 42

EXP renewal offer of $1,895. If I wasn't flying the rest of the year, I'd scoff at this.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 12:05 pm
  #64  
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: KHOU/KIAH
Programs: AA "mid tier" elite | Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador | Hyatt Globalist
Posts: 9,547
Originally Posted by george 3
What BS from AA.
Why?

I either spend 130 USD (more as taxes don't count) and spend time on an MR.... or I pay 225 USD to get there.

IMO, this makes perfect sense and it is smartly priced. For us FTers we would rather fly and go somewhere, but to the average business traveler, 95 USD more to not have to travel is a good deal.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 12:09 pm
  #65  
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chicago O'Hare
Programs: AA EXP, LT PLT 2.6MM, HHonors Lifetime Diamond, Hertz Presidents Circle
Posts: 678
Originally Posted by sailor279
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...!
In 2014 I had a health issue which kept me grounded until June and I had to be over 85 EQM before there was an offer to maintain EXP. That doesn't seem to be the case any more based on the other datapoints here.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 12:16 pm
  #66  
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: New Orleans
Programs: AA EXP
Posts: 654
Now EXP
$8800+ EQD
61k- EQM
Offer to PPro: $ 1,745

Been EXP for several years, but it's not worth pursuing.

Have enuf travel booked thru Dec to essentially make PPro, tho may have to take one more baby trip to ensure I'll not have to take such a "deal".

BA, and Premium Economy, out of New Orleans or just Kayaking for best flight that suits my needs likely my game plan next and future years.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 12:19 pm
  #67  
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 157
Currently Gold

4478 EQD
56 EQS

But already have 4 more trips booked this year, which the last would put me at 6030 EQD, EQS would be 72

Plat offer $1735, what an insult.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 12:22 pm
  #68  
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: DFW
Posts: 268
Current PP

EQD 20K
EQM 97K

Offer in email today was $1295

Return on Saturday LHR-DFW.

Let me think about it.

Seriously though wonder who in marketing explained the scenario to the coders to come up with the wonky algorithm they use to determine each offer.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 12:32 pm
  #69  
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 138
Originally Posted by JacksonOBrian
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?
I'm currently zip. And as of now, zip for 2018. I have 4 options:

1) Buy Gold 495
2) Platinum challenge 520 -- plus 12.5k miles and 2k EQD (3 months)
3) Add one mileage run/trip for 2017 and should get me to Gold for year
4) None of the above

Leaning towards #2 .

If there was a Platinum buy up option for $750 or so, I'd definitely take that.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 12:43 pm
  #70  
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Tampa, Florida
Programs: AA=EXP, former DL Platinum
Posts: 238
I'm EXP and have been for a decade plus. Currently have 123,996 EQM and 11,296 EQD. Offered $935 buy back, so $231 more than I need to spend actually flying.

Not sure if I have any more trips. But I think I'll make sure I sure to travel again, hopefully hit 150,000 EQM AND the 12,000 EQD targets. But I would definitely pay $935 rather than drop a status level.

Interestingly, I've spent nothing like $11,296 on travel. I've done two BA Premium Economy trips to Africa this year which have yielded tons of redeemable miles and way more EQD than I spent.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 12:46 pm
  #71  
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 494
I got an offer for 1795 to upgrade to plat pro right as I landed in hkg on a flight that put me well above what I needed for plat pro. I was not that far off on miles but way behind on dollars like 3400 needed. I wonder if I will land back in the us to my exec plat offer or if they are being stingy with that offer. i have plenty of travel to hit exec plat so more curious than anything else.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 12:51 pm
  #72  
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: SFO
Programs: A few here and there
Posts: 206
Heh, this thread makes me feel better. I'm so glad they selected this benefit just for me.

2017
EQD: $11,543
EQM: 94,794

My offer: $1,895 to maintain my EXP status. I have 5 transcons booked between now and the end of November. One would think that they would look at upcoming travel patterns and ticket cost. I could do a R/T in J for less than the cost of status.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 1:02 pm
  #73  
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 194
Originally Posted by Jerry_Maguire
I'm EXP and have been for a decade plus. Currently have 123,996 EQM and 11,296 EQD. Offered $935 buy back, so $231 more than I need to spend actually flying.

Not sure if I have any more trips. But I think I'll make sure I sure to travel again, hopefully hit 150,000 EQM AND the 12,000 EQD targets. But I would definitely pay $935 rather than drop a status level.

Interestingly, I've spent nothing like $11,296 on travel. I've done two BA Premium Economy trips to Africa this year which have yielded tons of redeemable miles and way more EQD than I spent.
We had a trip to Africa in J and that is what put me at 14,228 EQD and 97,444 EQM. My buy back offer to EXP is $1295. My trip to JFK tomorrow will put me over the top. DH will get there in December. I'm too lazy to log into his account to see if he has an offer.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 1:12 pm
  #74  
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Programs: AA Plat Pro, Marriott Plat, Club Carlson Gold
Posts: 739
Been Plat for 2 years now, and got my 2018 Plat card in the mail yesterday.

I'm currently sitting at 73,597 EQM and 8,832 EQD. My offer was $995 to boost to Plat Pro. Yeah, right.

My Thanksgiving trip will take me just barely over the PP thresholds to 75,975 EQM and 9,002 EQD, so I'm going to pass on this generous offer to boost my status.
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Old Nov 2, 17, 1:21 pm
  #75  
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: SNA/LAX, PHL
Programs: AA Gold, AS MVP, WN A-List, Hilton Gold, Hyatt Exp, Hertz PC
Posts: 449
Originally Posted by Antarius
How did you manage 45k EQM on 1600 USD?
Currently at 43k EQM and 2.1k EQD. Cheap transcons will do the trick.

Could've hit EXP on 3k EQD with the fare I booked.
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