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American Airlines Platinum Status and Bonus Miles Promo for International Premium Flights

by on July 31, 2012 · 13 comments

in American, Elite Status

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:

-Europe
-Japan
-Argentina
-Bolivia
-Brazil
-Chile
-Uruguay

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.

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  • BigTex

    My experience has proven that if you are not targeted for the offer, you can still register on AA.com but you WILL NOT receive the promo. YMMV.

  • barelyelite

    I would think you’d know by now that AA will allow you to register for just about any promotion, but that doesn’t mean that you actually qualify. There have been numerous targeted promos that people have “registered” for but not received any benefit from. If you weren’t targeted, I would be sure to call AAdvantage customer service to ensure that you’re not wasting your money trying to fast-track to Platinum.

  • Krwatso

    Can I reach platinum status by earning 50,000 points through the AA Shopping Portal?

  • MidCentModFan

    I am in total agreement with “barelyelite” and “BigTex” about the requirement of being targeted for an AA offerin order to receive the benefits of a promotion. This would be a costly mistake for a flyer who completed the travel to only find out they were ineligible for the promotion. Anyone can register for an AA offer, but only “a select few” can reap the rewards.

  • http://twitter.com/clippermiami John Steele

    I’m Lifetime Gold (1.85 Million Miles) on AA and I’m still trying to figure out what that gets me :-)

  • Anon

    TPG,
    Thanks for heads up. It’s good to see that you still have helpful posts these days as opposed to just peddling credit cards. Anyway.

    I have business trips to London and Hong Kong coming up, so might be able to take advantage of this promo. I have flown AA, BA, DL, SAS, AZ from East Coast to Europe in business and don’t mind AA. Sure, they have some issues, but it’s not that bad.

    How would you rate JAL business class? I usually take non-stop CX to HKG, but for extra 20,000 miles + Platinum might consider a layover in HND.

    Thanks

  • Karl

    Me too. Not much!

  • Moc

    No, it has to be Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM). These are miles “you fly with your butt in the seat”, as it’s been described to me by staff. :-)

  • francophile

    “I personally think AA Platinum status sounds better than it actually is ”

    PlAAtinum status is nothing to sneeze at:
    >oneworld lounge access when travelling overseas
    >100% mileage bonus on AA and most other oneworld airlines. This compares very favorably to a mere 50% bonus with UA Mileage Plus at the equivalent level

  • Darlene

    My citi AAdvantage credit card already said Platinum level on it, does this mean I dont need the 50,000 points to get all the benefit that normal Platinum AAdvantage would get once I show my credit card?

  • Jon

    That is likely a Platinum credit card, which is different than AAdvantage Platinum status. You do not receive AAdvantage Platinum benefits with the Citi Platinum credit card.

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  • Momentforlife9

    I will get my Platinum Status on a Status challenge with 1 biz class ticket in the states and the flight over the pond in class V for the 10000 points. PTS GUY posted you needed 10k in POINTS, 200 USD fee and have 3 months.

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