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ARCHIVE: HELP DESK & FAQ: Gold and Platinum Status Challenge as of 2017

Old Sep 7, 16, 10:53 am
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Arrow ARCHIVE: HELP DESK & FAQ: Gold and Platinum Status Challenge as of 2017

Hi all. My Plat challenge period ends 9/9 and I'm 11k miles shy (of the 12.5k challenge) so I'm making a MR (at normal fare) tonight and will be back in the US Friday night.

Heading out TONIGHT on JAL 1 via codeshare AA8400 (will accrue for challenge) SFO > HND
5.5 hours at HND
JAL 29 HND > HKG (will NOT accrue for challenge)
about 10.5 hours in HKG
Depart HKG on CX flight via codeshare AA 8933 (will accrue for challenge)
HKG > LAX

Arrive LAX 10:10p Friday night.

I know Tokyo well.

What is there to do in HK in 10.5 hours? Thanks everyone.

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Old Sep 7, 16, 11:08 am
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  1. Take train.
  2. Get off train, and find cab.
  3. Tell cab driver, "Clubs & Pubs".
  4. Hope to make it back in time for next flight.
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Old Sep 7, 16, 11:11 am
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Get cash. A lot of food and services only accept cash.

The airport express to downtown HK is efficient and often. Buy the round trip tickets online and print it out. You will be able to get on and off quickly by scanning the ticket at waist level. It took me a minute to figure out where it was.

Eat Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum. Cheap Dim Sum that is very good. Long wait unless you are only 1 person then I only waited 15 minutes to get a shared table and the food was ready in 5 minutes after ordering. I liked the Baked Bun with Barbecue Pork and Vermicelli Roll stuffed with Shrimp. There is one right at Central Station. Once off the airport express train, go up the elevator and it is on the left. Look for the long line.

I saw some 1 hour foot massage parlors I wish I had researched. If I had a chance I would have gone to a good cheap one after researching something that was good.

Walking by the harbor is nice. Get a map. At 10.5 hours you can make it to the top of Victoria Peak. It's up to you how you want to do it. I suggest make it easy on yourself getting up and then if you are adventurous walk down. It is a beautiful view of HK.


Originally Posted by neilah View Post
Hi all. My Plat challenge period ends 9/9 and I'm 11k miles shy (of the 12.5k challenge) so I'm making a MR (at normal fare) tonight and will be back in the US Friday night.

Heading out TONIGHT on JAL 1 via codeshare AA8400 (will accrue for challenge) SFO > HND
5.5 hours at HND
JAL 29 HND > HKG (will NOT accrue for challenge)
about 10.5 hours in HKG
Depart HKG on CX flight via codeshare AA 8933 (will accrue for challenge)
HKG > LAX

Arrive LAX 10:10p Friday night.

I know Tokyo well.

What is there to do in HK in 10.5 hours? Thanks everyone.
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Old Sep 7, 16, 11:12 am
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A lot! Get some Dim Sum, visit Vicotria Peak, pick a street market (I prefer cat street), see the buddha statute, etc. Trip advisor and searching posts on here will help. I had a 14 hour layover in hong kong and got to do everything I listed. Their mass transit is easy to use and everything is in English.
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Old Sep 7, 16, 12:00 pm
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Originally Posted by neilah View Post
Hi all. My Plat challenge period ends 9/9 and I'm 11k miles shy (of the 12.5k challenge) so I'm making a MR (at normal fare) tonight and will be back in the US Friday night.

Heading out TONIGHT on JAL 1 via codeshare AA8400 (will accrue for challenge) SFO > HND
5.5 hours at HND
JAL 29 HND > HKG (will NOT accrue for challenge)
about 10.5 hours in HKG
Depart HKG on CX flight via codeshare AA 8933 (will accrue for challenge)
HKG > LAX

Arrive LAX 10:10p Friday night.

I know Tokyo well.

What is there to do in HK in 10.5 hours? Thanks everyone.
Why will JL not accrue EQM for the Challenge? See here.
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Old Sep 7, 16, 12:19 pm
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Originally Posted by nutwpinut View Post
Get cash. A lot of food and services only accept cash.

The airport express to downtown HK is efficient and often. Buy the round trip tickets online and print it out. You will be able to get on and off quickly by scanning the ticket at waist level. It took me a minute to figure out where it was.
If you're returning to the airport the same day, I think you only need a one way airport express ticket.
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Old Sep 7, 16, 12:46 pm
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For information on what to do in Hong Kong, perhaps take a look over at the Hong Kong and Macau forum here on Flyertalk?
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hong-kong-macau-436/

There's this thread as a sticky that may be a good start:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hong-...e-what-do.html

I've only been there once, for a 2-night mileage run/mini vacation. I took the train to the peak, then walked down. Only the walk down ended up in disaster as I was overcome with food poisoning.

I'd also recommend taking a ferry across the harbor. I did this at night, and the lights are amazing.
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Old Sep 8, 16, 9:20 am
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If you have never been to HK,buy a HOHO bus ticket. Lets you get to see a decent amount of the city and you get priority to skip the often long lines to get a ticket for the Peak Tram ride up to the top of Victoria Peak.
Hope you can find a place to shower when you get back to the airport as the heat index was really bad when I was there a week ago. I cannot imagine getting back on a long haul flight dripping in sweat!
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Old Jan 1, 17, 1:18 pm
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AA 2017 status challenges

Does anyone have info on the 2017 AA status challenges?

Specifically, I'm wondering:

  • Is there now a third challenge level for Platinum Pro?
  • Is it still better to start a challenge on 6/16 than 1/1?
  • What are the EQM/EQD requirements (and costs) for each challenge tier this year?

I tried to call AA CS but they're closed right now, and I thought someone here might know the answer. For context, I'm currently AA Gold and looking to get Platinum Pro or Platinum if possible.
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Old Jan 1, 17, 1:33 pm
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Originally Posted by getagb View Post
Does anyone have info on the 2017 AA status challenges?

Specifically, I'm wondering:

  • Is there now a third challenge level for Platinum Pro?
  • Is it still better to start a challenge on 6/16 than 1/1?
  • What are the EQM/EQD requirements (and costs) for each challenge tier this year?

I tried to call AA CS but they're closed right now, and I thought someone here might know the answer. For context, I'm currently AA Gold and looking to get Platinum Pro or Platinum if possible.
"Is it better to start on 6/16 or 1/1?" Historically, if you start on 6/16 you get the status for longer. Of course if you start on 1/1, you get it sooner. It depends on which works better for you, and that may also relate to whether or not you intend to requalify during the year. If there isn't already a post, why not call them when they are open and post the results here?
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Old Jan 3, 17, 8:20 am
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Arrow HELP DESK & FAQ: 2017 Gold and Platinum status Challenge

So I just talked to the guy from American and here's what he had to say about the Platinum status challenge for 2017. There are three options:

Platinum Challenge with no bump in status while on the challenge = $200
Platinum Challenge with Gold during the challenge = $400
Platinum Challenge with Platinum during the challenge = $500

You must do 12,500 EQM or 16 Segments during the challenge, as well as $2000 EQD.

Last edited by JDiver; Jan 3, 17 at 12:34 pm Reason: Add bolding
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Old Jan 3, 17, 8:49 am
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Confirming what @danbrew said. I got the same info when I just called.

Gold Challenge is $100 and you need 7000 EQM AND $1000 EQDs or 8 EQS AND $1000 EQDs.

He also said that he can backdate it 3-5 days, but I've heard from other places that they will do 14 days if you push hard.

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Old Jan 3, 17, 9:28 am
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They screwed up and sent me both the Gold and Platinum welcome letters. I did call to confirm that I was on the platinum challenge.

Dear danbrew,
Good luck on your AAdvantage Platinum challenge! Here’s all the information you need to be successful.
Meet the following requirements in the 3 month time frame that we set up during your call:
• 12,500 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) + $2,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs)
OR
• 16 Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs) + $2,000 EQDs
Eligible Airlines
American Airlines | British Airways | Finnair | Iberia | Japan Airlines | Qantas Airways
Earning EQMs and EQDs
When booking on aa.com, you’ll see the EQMs, EQSs and EQDs on the ‘Review and Pay’ screen.
EQMs are based on a combination of miles flown and the fare purchased. For example, on American Airlines marketed flights*:
• Full First and Business Fare tickets earn 3 EQMs per mile flown
• Discounted First and Business Fare tickets earn 2 EQMs per mile flown
• Full Economy Fare tickets earn 1.5 EQMs per mile flown
• Discounted Economy Fare tickets 1 EQM per mile flown
• Travel on the other eligible airlines may earn a different (sometimes lower) amount for the same type of fare. Please see their airline pages on aa.com to view their EQM accrual rate.
EQDs are earned as follows:
• AA marketed flights - ticket price (base fare plus carrier-imposed fees, excluding any government-imposed taxes and fees)
• Flights on the other eligible airlines - based on a percentage of the flight distance and the fare purchased. Please see their airline pages on aa.com to view their EQM accrual rate.
Regards,
AAdvantage Customer Service
American Airlines
and

Dear danbrew,
Good luck on your AAdvantage Gold challenge! Here’s all the information you need to be successful.
Meet the following requirements in the 3 month time frame that we set up during your call:
• 7,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) + $1,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs)
OR
• 8 Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs) + $1,000 EQDs
Eligible Airlines
American Airlines | British Airways | Finnair | Iberia | Japan Airlines | Qantas Airways
Earning EQMs and EQDs
When booking on aa.com, you’ll see the EQMs, EQSs and EQDs on the ‘Review and Pay’ screen.
EQMs are based on a combination of miles flown and the fare purchased. For example, on American Airlines marketed flights*:
• Full First and Business Fare tickets earn 3 EQMs per mile flown
• Discounted First and Business Fare tickets earn 2 EQMs per mile flown
• Full Economy Fare tickets earn 1.5 EQMs per mile flown
• Discounted Economy Fare tickets 1 EQM per mile flown
• Travel on the other eligible airlines may earn a different (sometimes lower) amount for the same type of fare. Please see their airline pages on aa.com to view their EQM accrual rate.
EQDs are earned as follows:
• AA marketed flights - ticket price (base fare plus carrier-imposed fees, excluding any government-imposed taxes and fees)
• Flights on the other eligible airlines - based on a percentage of the flight distance and the fare purchased. Please see their airline pages on aa.com to view their EQM accrual rate.
Regards,
AAdvantage Customer Service
American Airlines
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Old Jan 3, 17, 12:56 pm
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Originally Posted by raghavchadha View Post
Confirming what @danbrew said. I got the same info when I just called.

Gold Challenge is $100 and you need 7000 EQM AND $1000 EQDs or 8 EQS AND $1000 EQDs.

He also said that he can backdate it 3-5 days, but I've heard from other places that they will do 14 days if you push hard.
Welcome to FlyerTalk!

Nice first contribution! I've added this information to the newly updated Wikipost.

And danbrew's top notch contributions as well.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 3:48 pm
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post
Welcome to FlyerTalk!

Nice first contribution! I've added this information to the newly updated Wikipost.

And danbrew's top notch contributions as well.
now the real question is, do the 100$ you spend signing up for the challenge count towards EQD?

I'm gonna guess no.

7000EQM/8EQS is a LOT easier to get than 1000EQD.........
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