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TPG reader Rahul wrote in to share an email he received offering AAdvantage Gold status after spending $1,000 per month between now and August 6, 2016. If he meets the requirements he’ll earn AAdvantage Gold status through February 2017, which we value at $1,155 (if you fly AA often).
Interestingly, AA is marketing the offer with a photo of a customer enjoying AA’s first-class transcon service on the A321T, which isn’t something you’d expect to fly often as an AA Gold (without paying a lot or redeeming tens of thousands of miles). The offer doesn’t specify which card Rahul needs to use, so it’s possible that any co-branded card may be eligible, such as the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard or the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard.
If you aren’t eligible for this offer, you may still be able to participate in an American Airlines status challenge — see this post for details.
Is AA offering you status after meeting minimum spend?