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Hey big spenders- American Airlines wants your business and they have a lucrative promotion that offers Platinum status as well as earning up to 60,000 bonus AAdvantage miles. Maybe if they get enough full-fare flyers, they’ll be able to exit bankruptcy as a standalone carrier, though I don’t know why business travelers would choose the current AA business and first class products since they are way behind the competition. The new cabins, however are a different story! Anyway, I digress- here are the promo details:

It just takes two roundtrip business class tickets to achieve Platinum status with this promo.

To take advantage of this promotion, travelers must first register for the promotion with the code PSPLT, then purchase eligible first or business class roundtrip fares—basically they’re either full or discounted fares, as long as they’re published, just not awards or upgrades, but be sure to check the code on the fare class you purchase—for flights on the following airlines:

-American Airlines (F, J, A, D or R)
-British Airways (F, J, C, A or D)
-Iberia (J, C, D or R)
-JAL (A, C, D or I)

Travel must be non-stop between between the US and:


Then, when you fly two roundtrips on eligible fares and routes between now and December 15, 2012, you’ll be granted AAdvantage Platinum status through February 28, 2014. It normally takes flyers 50,000 miles or 60 segments to earn Platinum status, so this could be a good shortcut if you’ve got a few international trips coming up.

In addition to elite status, passengers who register for the promotion and fly can also earn up to 60,000 AAdvantage bonus miles according to the following schedule:

Roundtrips                           Bonus Miles

1                                                   10,000
2                                                   20,000
3                                                   30,000

Total                                           60,000 miles

The promotion was supposedly targeted to AAdvantage members who received notice of it via email, but even though I didn’t receive the email, I was still able to register for it without an issue.

Even though I didn’t receive the targeted email, I was still able to register for the promotion.

Depending on what your situation is, this could be good for business travelers who have some international trips coming up to these destinations where business or first class airfare will be paid for. It’s also particularly good for flyers who have elite status on other airlines but who might want to try out American Airlines’ Platinum status without having to do a status match or challenge.

I personally think AA Platinum status sounds better than it actually is since it doesn’t grant unlimited domestic upgrades like the comparable elite levels at Delta, US Airways and United. As an AA flyer, I think Executive Platinum is the only elite status worth pursing, though if you can’t swing 100,000 EQMs a year and live in an American hub, Platinum is certainly better than nothing.

Note: In the past, some AAdvantage members have reported being able to register for promotions but not actually qualifying for them if they were not originally targeted for a specific offer. Before undertaking any travel plans, confirm that you have qualified by calling American Airlines at 800-433-7300. Even if you’re not eligible for this particular offer but have premium travel coming up, consider asking for a status match or challenge since they are based on elite qualifying miles and highly favor those flying in premium classes of service.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.

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  • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 a year for baggage fees and more at one airline. Terms Apply.
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations worldwide. Terms Apply.
  • Enroll to enjoy the benefits of complimentary Hilton HHonors™ Gold Status with your Platinum Card.®
  • No interest charges because you pay your balance in full each month.
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