Posted by William Charles on June 19, 2019
Airline Rewards

Published on June 19th, 2019 | by William Charles

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[Targeted] Free American Airlines Gold/Platinum Status

Update 6/19/19: Another round has been sent out, must register by June 25, 2019. Hat tip to MtM

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 through September 25, 2019.  Those who receive gold status will also get eight 500-mile upgrades for registering and those who receive platinum will receive seventeen.

 

The Fine Print

  • Must sign up by June 25, 2019

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



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Pat
Pat

The subject says “Free Platinum Status for you”

paris
paris

Email title is: Free Gold status for you.
This link should work for those who got targeted: https://www.aa.com/i18n/aadvantage-program/miles/program-offers/get-aadvantage-gold.jsp

John
John

Requires a promotion code once you click through…was worth a try

Marshall
Marshall

See this page https://thepointsguy.com/2018/01/check-to-see-if-youre-targeted-for-free-aa-platinum-pro-platinum-or-gold-status/ for details on old codes. I think a variation with “HV38[letter]” might work this time around… Anyone let us know what happens

Doug
Doug

Email title: Free Gold status for you

Keep status longer: To extend your benefits through January 31, 2020, earn 7,000 EQMs and $1000 EQDs between the date you register and Sep 7, 2018.

Pete
Pete

Any idea what criteria they are using to target people for this?

lilurbanachiever
lilurbanachiever

I’d love to know that too. Used to be EXP for about seven years, up to about five years ago. Would not mind getting some of that AA love with the upcoming travel this year. Might even book some paid travel on AA. 😉

iahphx
iahphx

Well, my wife and I were gold last year and didn’t requalify this year. They’ve been sending us offers to rejoin to gold for $699. We’ve declined them. We’re currently about half way to gold status again this year. Today, my wife got this “free gold for summer” offer and I didn’t, even though our travel patterns are nearly identical. So some of it may be random.

My wife obviously took the free gold status, but I don’t think she’ll be able to requalify because she doesn’t have any expensive (or lengthy foreign partner) flights planned for summer. I did go ahead and change all our seat assignments to “preferred” seats for all our flights (through end of schedule) that we have booked. Honestly, since we have an AA credit card, the seat selection is the only thing we really miss when we don’t have gold, because AA allocates so few decent seats to non-elites. So being non-elite is a bit of a nuisance. But what’s it worth? Not a heck of a lot. Maybe $200 year? A bit more if you don’t have an AA credit card, but you’re gonna have an AA credit card if you’re an American and fly AA with any frequency.

Kyle
Kyle

I was a Gold in 2017, lost it for 2018 (moved and status challenged to United), and was just targeted for the free Gold. Also just flew American the other day.

Steve
Steve

I don’t know, but I got the email last week. I am a former Plat with AA, but have spent my flight dollars elsewhere over the last few years. I have been A-List with Southwest for almost 10 years now.

Raul
Raul

I got platinum pro but not sure what is the main benefit . I found a cheap ticket to south America for less than 500 can i get an upgrade to bussienes ?

grrizzly
grrizzly

No, it’s not free with any AA status. 500-mile upgrades don’t work for flights to South America, you need a SWU.

raul
raul

Thank you

chen
chen

are these 500 mile upgrades giftable to others?can they even be sold to others? do they have to be reservations booked out of your account? or can they just be people who booked random reservations adn you gifted them a upgrade cert from your account?

grrizzly
grrizzly

No, no, yes, no.

Shan
Shan

Enter code HV18G to see if targeted.

FindingMyPossible
FindingMyPossible

What is the easiest way to acquire the 12,500 EQM and 1500 EQD to maintain status?

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Jeff G
Jeff G

I tried, no go.

FindingMyPossible
FindingMyPossible

What is the easiest way to acquire the 12,500 EQM and 1500 EQD to maintain status?

ken
ken

My offer: Platinum PRO. To extend status thru Jan 31 2020 need 20k EQM and 2,400 EQD by Sept 7.

Promo code: H158T

Unfortunately, did NOT receive offer for free 500-mile upgrades as part of my offer.

Data point: I was previously Exec Plat for 3 years thru Jan 2017.

Jeremiah
Jeremiah

But Plat Pro doesn’t need 500 mile upgrades–they’re all complimentary.

tim leech
tim leech

got platinum pro offer too. Too bad all travel plans before 9/7 were arranged already. Will look into the possibility to extend it thru 2020.

raul
raul

How can you extend the offer?

Becks
Becks

To extend status thru Jan 31 2020 need 20k EQM and 2,400 EQD by Sept 7.

Cor
Cor

Any reason not to do this offer? I have some big award flights coming up in Feb/March of 2019 so may hold off. Nothing planned on AA between now and Sept.

B
B

They’ll backdate this a few days. I had mine backdated 5 days and essentially immediately earned gold through 1/2020.

Servo
Servo

I received the Platinum offer in email, and my wife received the Gold offer via direct mail yesterday. My offer extension to 2020 was 12,500 EQM and $2,000 EQD. My wife’s extension offer for gold was 7,000 EQM and $1,000 EQD.

Curious of a decent Mileage Run I could do this with from SDF/LEX/CVG.

usernamechuck
usernamechuck

This seems to be back, just got it today (gold, unfortunately). Weirdly, it says nothing about how to extend it for a year, but I guess that’s the same as it was before..

Sevillada
Sevillada

They wanted me to pay 1000 for it… Ha

Andrew D
Andrew D

I got targeted for Gold but it doesn’t appear I got any free 500 mile upgrades. Anyone else get the same? Got a trip coming up in a few weeks where I would like to use them.

Chris
Chris

Same here. I did not receive any 500 mile upgrades

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