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What a Joke.
View from the Wing wrote about AA’s CEO, Doug Parker’s comments on Mileage Running – a slap in the face of a large community who enjoyed flying, and earning status by making use of 1 mile flown, 1 mile earned. It’s that attitude that led me to drop any attempt to achieve status with American this year ( I’m currently Executive Platinum). I mean no status. I’m not even going to go after Gold. Why would I go for Gold when I can just challenge for Platinum later in 2018 ( you can’t do this if you hold any status whatsoever.) Another reason is I’ll end the year at a minimum with Alaska Gold, maybe 75k, and I’m planning on going after British Airways Silver or Gold ( depending on the results of my requested status match) so I can select seats, and have lounge access domestically. Regardless, I was till interested to see what my offer would be to Buy up to Elite Status.
Here’s my current progress
At the beginning of the year I thought that I would try for Top Tier in both airlines. My travel plans changed quite a bit, and Alaska also announced that earning on AA flights would drop dramatically. As a result, I did credit flights to AA somewhat, but for the most part avoided the practice.
AA’s buy up to Elite Status offer for Gold AND Platinum
Verdict: Not even close to worth it
American offers status challenges all the time. In fact, if you do them post July you’ll retain status for that year and the following. Meaning, if I were to challenge for Platinum in July of 2018 and meet the requirements I’d keep the status until Feb 2020. I’m not even sure I’d care to do that…if I get mid-tier status with British Airways I will gain access to Main Cabin Priority and Extra seating, and I can use all the Admirals clubs when flying domestically. The only real thing that I can see that would make AA’s Platinum status worth it is no $75 close-in booking fee, and use of 500 mile upgrades.
Gold…for $749 – ya, right.