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TPG reader Brendan tweeted me to ask:

@thepointsguy– “I’ve already re-qualified for American Executive Platinum for 2015, but still have a few trips this year, should I credit elsewhere?”

December is crunch time for those of us who value airline elite status. You’ve got until December 31, 2014 to embark on a flight that will count for 2015 elite status. Unsurprisingly, I’ve been getting a lot of reader questions lately about elite status, and TPG reader Brendan is one of the lucky ones who’s already set with his AAdvantage Executive Platinum status for 2015 (even I’m still hustling to get it). You do have the option to credit elsewhere, which is a solid way to bank miles and points in other programs and diversify, especially if you already have a lot of AAdvantage miles.

However, whenever you credit to another airline, you’ll lose that Elite Platinum 100% bonus that you get when you bank your points to American, unless you’re banking to another airline with which you also hold high elite status. The opportunity cost of losing that bonus could be pretty high, especially on a long international flight.

You’ll also lose your American Airlines Elite Status perks like lounge access, especially if you’re flying a Oneworld itinerary. You could always leave your AAdvantage number on the reservation until the very last minute and then change it, but this isn’t the best idea if you’re hoping to get complimentary upgrades. It may also be annoying to remember to change the number in the airport at the last minute.

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Congrats! You’ve got your AA Executive Platinum status. Now what? Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

If I were you, I would keep banking your miles to American Airlines. You worked hard for the Executive Platinum status, and you deserve the perks and mileage bonuses that come with it. If you really want to build up status in other programs, getting credit cards and taking advantage of the spend bonuses is a better place to start.

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook, or send me an email at info@thepointsguy.com.

The Business Platinum® Card from American Express

Aside from the 75,000 points welcome bonus, Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more, earn 5x on flights and eligible hotels at Amextravel.com and cardholders will receive a $200 airline fee credit each year.

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More Things to Know
  • Welcome Offer: Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
  • Get 50% more Membership Rewards® points. That's 1.5 points per dollar, on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more. You can get up to 1 million additional points per year.
  • 35% Airline Bonus: Use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points for all or part of a flight with your selected qualifying airline, and you can get 35% of the points back, up to 500,000 bonus points per calendar year.
  • Enroll to get up to $200 in statement credits annually by getting up to $100 semi-annually for U.S. purchases with Dell. Terms apply.
  • Get one year of Platinum Global Access from WeWork. With this membership, you can access 300+ premium, inspiring workspaces in 75+ cities. To get this exclusive offer, enroll between 2/15/2019 and 12/31/2019.
  • Terms Apply
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Annual Fee
$595
Balance Transfer Fee
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Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
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