See How Much It’ll Cost You to Secure American Elite Status for 2019

Nov 3, 2018

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Although the pursuit of elite status can be illogical, having a particular level of status can be worthwhile and beneficial for some travelers. If you currently have American Airlines status but haven’t requalified for 2019 yet, American Airlines might have an offer for you.

To see your offer, head to the Elite Renewal page on American’s site and enter your AAdvantage account information.

The offers are unique for each AAdvantage member based on the elite-qualifying progress they’ve made so far in 2018. The offer page lets you know how much you’ll have to pay in order to lock in status through January 31, 2020. In my case, I could pay $1,145 to requalify for Executive Platinum.

But, as you can see from my current progress to requalifying below, I could also requalify by simply buying and flying flights worth $803 elite-qualifying dollars (EQDs) before the end of the year. And, I’d certainly rather fly than simply pay to requalify.

TPG Points and Miles Editor Nick Ewen received an offer of $699 to retain Gold status after he obtained Gold status earlier this year through a successful status challenge.

Below is his current progress toward requalifying for Gold. As you can see, he hasn’t made much progress since completing his status challenge requirements of $1,000 elite-qualifying dollars (EQDs) and 7,000 elite-qualifying miles (EQMs). So, if he wanted to retain Gold status, $699 isn’t a bad offer.

If you’ve already requalified, or AA doesn’t want to provide you an offer, you’ll see the following:

Your individual offer is based on your current progress toward requalifying. So, if you have some upcoming travel planned before the end of the year, you’ll want to check your offer again once you’ve completed this travel and the miles have posted. You might find that you’re given a less expensive offer once you’re closer to to the requalification threshold.

Requalifying won’t be worth it for every traveler. Consider the benefits provided by the status and how much you’ll be flying with American and Oneworld partners in 2019. And then read Richard Kerr‘s Critical Points piece where he’ll call you illogical and help you think through whether it actually is logical to requalify.

If you’re set on continuing your status through 2019, remember that it’s often cheaper to simply travel organically or take a last-minute mileage run or two to requalify. But, if you simply can’t get away or you’ve been given a very reasonable offer, at least the money you pay to requalify through this offer will count toward your rolling elite-qualifying dollars (EQD) requirement, a number that plays a role in your upgrade chances.

Featured photo of American Airlines’ 787-9 business class cabin. Photo by JT Genter / The Points Guy.

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