Targeted: American Is Giving Away AAdvantage Status

by Giovanni

Getting elite status in frequent flyer programs usually requires you to meet steep spend and flying requirements. The top-level of each program usually requires thousands of dollars in spend and hours on a plane (or if you’re one lucky 8-year old, a birthday trip around the world).

Now, American Airlines is offering Gold, Platinum, or Platinum Pro status (notably not Executive Platinum status) through October for free to a select number of their frequent flyers. There are no requirements but you must accept the offer before August 13 (it’s not applied automatically).

American Airlines is offering valuable elite status to select flyers for free

To put this in perspective, earning Platinum Pro status on American usually requires 75,000 elite qualifying miles and 9,000 elite qualifying dollars.

The status, along with Gold and Platinum, comes with the following benefits for frequent flyers. From American’s website:

AAdvantage Gold

  • Complimentary auto-requested upgrades on flights 500 miles or less
  • 24-hour upgrade window
  • 40% elite mileage bonus
  • Complimentary Main Cabin Extra Seats at check-in
  • Complimentary Preferred Seats
  • 1 free checked bag

AAdvantage Platinum

  • Complimentary auto-requested upgrades on flights 500 miles or less
  • 48-hour upgrade window
  • 60% elite mileage bonus
  • Complimentary Main Cabin Extra and Preferred Seats
  • 2 free checked bags

AAdvantage Platinum Pro

  • Complimentary auto-requested upgrades
  • 72-hour upgrade window
  • 80% elite mileage bonus
  • Complimentary Main Cabin Extra and Preferred Seats
  • 2 free checked bags

To see if you’ve been targeted, go to the promotions page on and log into your AAdvantage website. 

American Airlines elites can get sweet upgrades on domestic routes including transcontinental routes flying the A321T

I already hold Oneworld Emerald status through the British Airways Executive Club, but AAdvantage elite status still has benefits when flying in the US with access to upgrades (increasingly becoming more rare, though) on American. Unfortunately, I checked and I was not targeted for the promotion.

If you’re offered the promotion, you’ll also receive a chance to keep the elite status by meeting certain requirements which will be listed when you accept the promotion. So if you accept, it’s a great time to plan some last-minute travel before Halloween!

Did you get the offer? Let us know in the comments.


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