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Back in November, American announced that it would be launching two new options for frequent flyers to pay to requalify for status if they fall short of the miles that they need this year. These options are now live and available for purchase here through May 31.
Just as a reminder, here are your choices:
- Boost: If you end the year close to AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum, or Gold status but don’t quite make it, you can boost to the next level.
- Renew: If you are an elite status member in 2013 but aren’t able to retain your status by the end of the year, you are eligible for a status renewal.
Here is how the new options breaks down:
- If you are within 5,000 miles or 5 segments short of reaching Gold status, you can boost to the status for the cost of $399. If you are you already Gold and are way off from retaining it and out of the “boost” range, you can buy it back for $649. Gold normally requires 25,000 miles or 30 segments.
- If you are up to 10,000 miles or 10 segments short of achieving Platinum, you can boost to the status for the cost of $899. If you are within 5,000 miles or 5 segments short of achieving Platinum, you can boost for $699. If you are you already Platinum and are way off from retaining it and out of “boost” range, you canbuy it back for $1,199. Platinum normally requires 50,000 miles or 60 segments.
- If you are up to 10,000 miles or 10 segments short of achieving Executive Platinum, you can boost to the status for the cost of $1,799. If you are within 5,000 miles or 5 segments short of achieving Platinum, you can boost for $1,199. Unfortunately there is not a renewal option for Executive Platinum, which usually requires 100,000 miles or 100 segments.
As an Executive Platinum, I love my elite status benefits including mileage bonuses, 8 Systemwide upgrades and unique perks like Elite Rewards. Luckily, I don’t have to take advantage of either of these since I requalified for Executive Platinum through a bunch of travel (and a last minute December mileage run to Dublin), but there are also other options for the future that you should keep in mind.
First, if you have the Citi Executive AAdvantage MasterCard – and you should consider getting it thanks to its current 100,000-mile sign-up bonus offer – you can 10,000 elite qualifying miles when they reach $40,000 in purchases each calendar year. Obviously it’s too late for 2014 qualification, but start thinking ahead for your next year’s qualification and spend now so you can hit it if you need it.
Otherwise, I think it’s nice that American is at least giving flyers more options to qualify for or renew their status – especially for flyers tantalizingly close to requalifying or hitting the next level. That said, these aren’t cheap options – even Gold will cost you $399 to boost! – so definitely crunch the numbers and make sure you are getting enough back in terms of value from elite benefits to justify the expense.
For more information on American Airlines Elite Status, read my prior posts below.
AAdvantage Elite Status Series:
American Airlines Discontinuing Soft Landings For AAdvantage Members
Airline Status Match And Challenge Information For 2013
Update On American Airlines Elite Status Fast Track Promo It Was Targeted But Should Be Honored
American Airlines Qualifying For Status With Elite Qualifying Points 2014