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Elite Qualifying Dollars - $500 short (to merge)

Elite Qualifying Dollars - $500 short (to merge)

Old Nov 21, 19, 7:03 am
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Question Elite Qualifying Dollars - $500 short (to merge)

Hello All,
I am new here and hoping for some guidance. I am 500 dollars short of Elique Qualifying Dollars to qualify for the Gold Tier of the AA program. Can anyone give me some tips how I can go about earning this before the year ends?
Thanks so much!
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Old Nov 21, 19, 7:08 am
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Gotta take a flight. But make sure the before tax price covers the $500 you are looking for.
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Old Nov 21, 19, 7:11 am
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Thanks!
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Old Nov 21, 19, 7:16 am
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Also make sure you understand the benefits of Gold status and that you'll have use for them next year. In many cases, especially for Gold, it doesn't make sense to spend any more or take extra flights etc. to get it.
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Old Nov 21, 19, 7:48 am
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Originally Posted by JJeffrey View Post
Also make sure you understand the benefits of Gold status and that you'll have use for them next year. In many cases, especially for Gold, it doesn't make sense to spend any more or take extra flights etc. to get it.
agreed, and please make sure you have/or think you will have enough travel next year to make it worth your time and money.
granted, depending on how much your plan to travel, getting gold will at least save you on your baggage fees if you check luggage/and seat fees

I would also read thru the benefits of gold on AA.com
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Old Nov 21, 19, 10:53 am
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Welcome to FlyerTalk.

You may want to look over the threads (and the Wikiposts at the top of the page)

What are AA ♦️Gold / GLD Benefits? Are they worth it? (Master thd)

and

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...er-thread.html
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Old Nov 21, 19, 8:41 pm
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I was just getting depressed reading this thread about how my newly acquired Gold status was not held in high regard, but then it happened! I got my first ever confirmation email that I had been upgraded to F from MIA-PHL. Maybe browsing Flyer Talk during upgrade window opening is good luck now? As nerdy as it seems I was excited. I have flown paid F previously quite a bit when Mrs. Pittie Pup has been along for the ride. But this is my first "complimentary" upgrade. So the moral of the story is to not lose hope my Gold friends!
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Old Nov 22, 19, 1:44 am
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I've only flown two RTs since earning Gold and one segment of each of my 4 segment RTs, both to different destinations, has had an upgrade. So far, it's been worth it. To me, the free MCE seats are the real pay off. I just flew Airbus321s, 3 hour flights, in free exit seats with about five feet of legroom (10F, I think it was) because the jump seat was in front of me). Gold is worth it to me.
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Old Nov 22, 19, 7:03 am
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Looks like a late Friday night flight, right?

From what I've observed, there can be pretty good chances on such flights, even hub to hub, because it is too late for same day connections and most of the business travel is over for the week. Congratulations though!
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Old Nov 22, 19, 7:41 am
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Originally Posted by MarkOK View Post
Looks like a late Friday night flight, right?

From what I've observed, there can be pretty good chances on such flights, even hub to hub, because it is too late for same day connections and most of the business travel is over for the week. Congratulations though!
Thanks Marok! Using the insightful information shared on FT, I booked the last non-stop out in hopes of making the chances of receiving an upgrade greater. I figured a Friday late night flight was better assuming the rush of business travelers had subsided by that point. About 97% (full disclosure: made up %) is self spent leisure travel. I think that's what makes receiving an upgrade feel so rewarding. As it was my own money earning the ability to upgrade. I am a subscriber to the old adage, "Want first? Pay for first". So I never book Y expecting to clear an upgrade. I don't mind seeing my name at the bottom of the upgrade list.
Since this thread pertains to the perceived value of AA Gold status, I find the greatest value in the ability to choose preferred seating (elite designated seats included) and MCE on day of dep. Especially on day of travel, I find refreshing the seat maps reveals what I assume are MCE seats clearing upgrades and SDC taking place. Thus opening up MCE seats for me to move into more often then not. To me this benefit alone makes it worthwhile to hold Gold status. Priority check-in and boarding don't hurt either during busy travel hours and full flight loads either I must add.
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Old Nov 22, 19, 11:52 am
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Originally Posted by travelingdrsuz View Post
I've only flown two RTs since earning Gold and one segment of each of my 4 segment RTs, both to different destinations, has had an upgrade. So far, it's been worth it. To me, the free MCE seats are the real pay off. I just flew Airbus321s, 3 hour flights, in free exit seats with about five feet of legroom (10F, I think it was) because the jump seat was in front of me). Gold is worth it to me.
My sister is lifetime Gold, and secured (using 500 e-upgrades) upgrades for herself and traveling companion on two of four flights in August (SAT-LAX-SAT, missing upgrades on LAX-KOA-LAX, but they had MCE both ways). It’s certainly possible for a Gold (or Platinum) to score an upgrade on non-hub to hub, elite light, leisure travel or low demand time flights.
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