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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 Oct 21, 17, 1:00 pm
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Program Year 2018 Elite Status Buy back / Buyback / Renew / Boost (master thd) .

"As questions have started to arrive and are sure to continue to trickle in regarding the buyback / buy-up programme for next year, I've created this thread for discussion and capped off last year's.

For posterity, anyone interested in reading the details on the 2017 programme year offer can see that thread here."

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Old Oct 22, 17, 2:49 pm
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Anyone know if you're a few EQD's short (like less than $100) if you can just pay AA the difference?
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Old Oct 22, 17, 9:23 pm
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As J Diver said, we are in unchartered waters this year and no one knows.

Stay tuned.


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Anyone know if you're a few EQD's short (like less than $100) if you can just pay AA the difference?
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Old Oct 22, 17, 9:28 pm
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Will be about $4k EQD short of Plat. Would love to see if I get any offers.
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Old Oct 23, 17, 8:10 am
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If you look at the exorbitant price that AA offered to buy up from under 10k miss in EQMs, I wouldnt get your hopes up that AA would offer any discount at all on EQD shortfalls. The 8k EQM shortfall could easily be met with an outlay of 1/3 the buy up offers that AA was making last year. In terms of EQD, I don't see how this is anything other than the amount of your shortfall, I mean it's not like with an EQM shortfall where they have to set a hypothetical cost to have gotten those EQMs. In this case they know just how much you need to buy up, I wouldn't expect an offer much lower than that.
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Old Oct 23, 17, 11:14 am
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Originally Posted by AAExecPlatFlier View Post
As J Diver said, we are in unchartered waters this year and no one knows.

Stay tuned.
Got it. I'll be short about 74 EQDs for EXP. Hoping I don't have to do a 1 day mileage run....
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Old Oct 23, 17, 11:36 am
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At the end of 2016 AA was offering "high" priced buy-ups (even to EXP), but that was EQM only (EQD was not needed then). But for pax who have already exceeded 100k EQM, they may be less draconian, since this is the first year two components are needed.
Based on future flts (one part of an AA Vacation package*, the other a TYP purchase*) I should cross 12K EQD (I'm way over on EQM).
*these are supposed to be "mileage based"
PS: I think DL offers "reasonably" priced buy-ups to their members who are short.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 10:56 am
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Its live on the website for 2018 now:
"AAdvantageฎ elite status gives you access to exclusive benefits designed to add more comfort to your journey at each membership level – Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum. New this year, your base purchase price will count toward your Rolling Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs), helping improve your upgrade priority.

The 2018 AAdvantage elite status qualification year ends on December 31, 2017. Not on track to reach your goal? You still have the opportunity to ensure your status and enjoy benefits such as upgrades, bonus miles, priority at the airport and more.

Ready To Secure Your Status?

Log in now to view the offer we’ve created just for you. We hope you’ll make the most of this opportunity to secure your status and enjoy the benefits. "

LINK:
https://elite.americanairlines.com/e...PM_BoostRenew#
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A few data points...

Both my kids are currently Plat, earned via challenge in 2016. One is less than 100 EQM shy of 25K, but has only around $1,800 EQD. Buy up to Gold for $699, to Plat for $1,299. The other has fewer than 4K EQM and less than $1,000 EQD. Can buy up to Gold also for $699, to Plat for $1,999.

Apparently no buyups to EXP. Wife has over 82K EQM and over $12,000 EQD but no offer.

I have already requalified for EXP but I tried it myself anyway. Sadly, no offer to buy up to CK.
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Old Nov 1, 17, 11:32 am
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A few data points...

Both my kids are currently Plat, earned via challenge in 2016. One is less than 100 EQM shy of 25K, but has only around $1,800 EQD. Buy up to Gold for $699, to Plat for $1,299. The other has fewer than 4K EQM and less than $1,000 EQD. Can buy up to Gold also for $699, to Plat for $1,999.

Apparently no buyups to EXP. Wife has over 82K EQM and over $12,000 EQD but no offer.

I have already requalified for EXP but I tried it myself anyway. Sadly, no offer to buy up to CK.
lol I am not surprised by no offer to buy up to CK. EXP as well, and the page says:

"Thanks for visiting. Our records show that you're not eligible to receive an offer at this time."
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Old Nov 1, 17, 11:54 am
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I got an offer to buy up to EXP for $1295:



Obviously not very useful for me though (& I have another 5k EQD, 40k+ EQM, and 17 EQS scheduled before year's end...) :

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Old Nov 1, 17, 1:16 pm
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Just another data point. I'm going to requal for EXP easily - have another $5-7k eqd and 60-70k EQM booked for the rest of the year, but am currently sitting at 130k EQM and 11,940 in EQD (so about $60 off). My extend your status offer was $345. That's probably the lowest they'll offer I'd guess

Edit- just got the email; looks like it's actually $225 now

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Current plat, all my travel will be in the next 2 months (4 TATL's), got this offer
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Old Nov 1, 17, 1:36 pm
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Soooo, all my travel will be in the next 2 months (4 TATL's), got this offer
And also worth mentioning, only 1500 eqds so far
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I am at $16K EQD and 72K EQM. AA offered $995 to secure Plat Pro. No thanks as there aren't many additional benefits to plat (1 more mile per $ and higher upgrade priority/no stickers).
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