[Targeted] Free American Airlines Gold/Platinum Status + Status Challenge

Update 2/16/21: Deal available again.

The Offer

No direct link, sent via e-mail. Subject line’s are “Free Platinum status for you”, “Free Gold status for you”

  • American Airlines is sending out free status to some loyalty members, offering either gold or platinum status for three months after activation.  You can keep your status through January, 2022 by meeting these requirements:
    • $1,400 Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) and 14 Elite qualifying segments or
    • $1,400 EQDs and 10,500 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs)

 

The Fine Print

  • Must sign up November 1st, 2020

Our Verdict

If you received the Platinum status offer you can extend your status through 2020 by earning 12,500 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) and $1,500 Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs). Not 100% sure what the status extension offer is for those who receive the gold status.

Hat tip to reader @SavageSpartacus

Post history:

  • Update 7/21/20: Deal available again. Hat tip to MtM
  • Update 6/19/19: Another round has been sent out, must register by June 25, 2019. Hat tip to MtM

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Francisco Vera
Francisco Vera

Has anyone been targeted for both Gold Or Platinum?

Dizzy
Dizzy

Nope! Never have gotten one of these offers

ChurningExperiences
ChurningExperiences

First time ever I get something like that. I got targeted for gold.

Kevin
Kevin

Ugh, I’ve been waiting for this as I have some flights coming up and I’ll be switching to AA as default over UA due to moving and it being the closer hub. Wasn’t targeted! anyway to possible request a target?

Matthew
Matthew

It is very YMMV

Chucks
Chucks

AA Gold= free bag, no spit in your coffee, upgrade at lottery-odds, boarding with credit card holders, handful of miles
AA Platinum= 2 bags, lounges if you leave the country, upgrade once all the Concierge Key, Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro and any other platinum member that’s spent more than you this year has been upgraded (lmao never)

Gosh wow so exciting.

Wes
Wes

Nailed it.

Mike G.
Mike G.

Change the first paragraph — you have the date as 2018.

Thomas
Thomas

I got the Platinum Pro challenge: $2200 EQD and 16500 EQM, or $2200 EQD and 20 EQS. Register by Nov 1 to extend status thru 01/31/2022.

Justin

I got targeted again (2nd time this year). Terms say valid for 3 months after you activate, so I have a calendar reminder set for Oct 31 2020 to activate it then if I don’t need it any sooner. That way I should have Platinum status through end of January 2021!

The biggest benefit of Platinum to me (a coach flyer bottom fishing for cheap award tix in economy) is the ability to get the free upgraded seats to the front of coach where there is more leg room (I forget what it’s called). Very nice upgrade for those long hauls to Europe or Asia.

cytraveler
cytraveler

Well, I seem to never get targeted for anything, but I was targeted for free platinum (with 20 500 mile upgrades, keep through 1/21 with 12,500 EQM and $1,500 EQD or Plat pro with 20k EQM and $2,400 EQD) and my husband was targeted with free gold (no upgrades; keep through 1/21 with 7,000 EQM and $850 EQD). I don’t fly all that much with American, never had status, so no idea why I was targeted. My husband has only flown with them on points in the last few years, but I think I’ve paid for flights once in the last year, so I guess that’s the difference in the gold vs. plat offer. I do have a work flight coming up in August I can fly on AA, and then we have a vacation where we would both fly AA (I might have used points, but might spring for the $$ because of this). And I have been searching on those flights, so maybe that’s part of the targeting?

Question: is it worth it to get the gold for my husband? He just has the one flight, so not sure we can get his status extended. And when he flies, it’s almost always with me. I’m never had enough paid flights to get any airline status, so trying to figure this out.

Jenny
Jenny

Have you ever transferred Marriott points to AA? If so, AA knows your Marriott status & based on past DPs, considers it in making this decision.