Targeted AA Elite Status Offer – Less EQM + EQD

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Targeted AA Elite Status Offer – Less EQM + EQD

This is a targeted offer and a great way to jump status without having to earn all the normal levels of EQM+EQD. I challenged for AA Platinum status back in 2015 and it paid off big time during 2016.  Once you register you have until May 26th to fulfill the requirements for each status. It’s worth noting that you won’t have the status while you are “challenging.”  If you currently hold no status with AA, typically fly a competitor, or are scheduled to fly on partners of AA this could be a great way to earn status for the entire year and make qualifying for next year much more comfortable. Check to see if you’re Targeted for this AA Elite Status Offer – Less EQM + EQD.

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Here’s the offer and You can check here if you are targeted:

In all honesty, I think the two levels of status to fast track would be Platinum or Executive Platinum. Golds get shoved around too much by higher ranking status levels for upgrades, etc and if you can make Platinum( one world sapphire) you gain access to Business Class lounges when flying internationally, even in coach. Additionally you should be able to status match to other mid-tier competitors like Alaska if you don’t re-qualify for 2018-2019.

Exec Plat is being offered for roughly 1/3 of all the requirements. If you’re scheduled to take a few business trips in premium cabins you could pick up 35k EQM and $4k EQD without much problem. Those SWUs will have you riding in Lie-Flat in no time


Targeted AA Elite Status Offer - Less EQM + EQD

Here’s how American compares the different levels of status:

A Base member earns 5x the fare

  • Gold 7x
  • Platinum 8x
  • Platinum Pro 9x
  • Executive Plat 11x

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Terms and Conditions:

  • Only flights on AA, American Eagle, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, and Qantas qualify
  • Must Register and complete requirement by May 26, 2017

Targeted AA Elite Status Offer - Less EQM + EQD

Remember that partner flights that aren’t on AA ticket stock earn EQD based off mileage. You can check that number here.

Here’s British Airways for reference:

Targeted AA Elite Status Offer - Less EQM + EQD

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Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.

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1 Comment

  • pat February 10, 2017

    its asking for a code?

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