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Update: American seems to have pulled the promo page for the time being, but we’ll put it back up here if/when it goes live again – I am still trying to get confirmation that it was targeted, and if so, who received the offer.

American Airlines just launched a new elite status fast-track promotion where non-elites can earn Gold, Platinum or Executive Platinum status faster and keep it through February 28, 2015.

Upon reaching the required elite-qualifying miles threshold, your AAdvantage elite status membership benefits will take effect immediately.
American Airlines is offering the opportunity for frequent fliers to fast track to elite status.

To apply, you need to register by 11:59 p.m. (CT) on August 27, 2013, using promotion code H3TLI, then reach the following mileage thresholds by flying on American or select airlines between September 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013.

American Airlines Elite Fast Track Table
American Airlines Elite Fast Track Table
  • Gold: 6,000 elite-qualifying miles
  • Platinum: 12,000 elite-qualifying miles
  • Executive Platinum: 30,000 elite-qualifying miles

The offer is only open to non-elite status AAdvantage members, those already with Gold, Platinum, and Executive Platinum elite status are not eligible. Elite-qualifying miles can be earned on travel with American Airlines, American Eagle, American Connection carrier, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Qantas flights, as well as eligible codeshare flights. Upon reaching the required elite-qualifying miles threshold, your AAdvantage elite status membership benefits will take effect immediately.

American Airlines Elite Status

The benefits of Elite Status include:

  • Mileage bonuses on eligible flights
  • Complimentary access to Preferred Seats
  • Special upgrade privileges
  • Priority Access at check-in and boarding
  • Priority Access at security screenings
  • Free checked bags

American launched a similar offer last year, allowing members to an accelerated route to Platinum (10,000 miles) and Executive Platinum status (25,000 miles). The mileage requirements for this one are slightly higher, but you have a longer period of time to complete them and can fly partner airlines and codeshare flights, which should make things easier.

The one major downside to this is that it is not open to flyers who already have elite status on the airline, so even if you’ve been diligent about earning Gold or Platinum status, there’s no way to challenge up with this promo, which kind of feels off since the airline is rewarding people who don’t fly it often over their own elite flyers – clearly they’re trying to attract elites from their competitors.

Still, if you currently don’t have status on American but are looking for a way to earn it fast without all the usual flying you have to do, this is great news, and if you can rack up the mileage quickly, your elite status will be good until a year from February, which could end up being nearly 17 months depending on how much you fly and how quickly. As an Executive Platinum, I love my elite status thanks to the mileage bonuses, extremely useful Systemwide Upgrades, and unique perks like Elite Rewards.

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