This promotion has been around in some variation since January (both for Gold and Platinum), but I never met anyone who was actually targeted. Well, last Friday my sister received the following targeted offer which is good through the end of December! She currently has Gold status on Delta.

Unfortunately, as has been discussed in the past, while you may be able to successfully register for the offer using the promo code below, you won’t be granted the status or the upgrades if you were not targeted. If you were targeted, there is little downside in signing up as I have confirmed with American that this is NO WAY impacts your ability to participate in a status challenge at a later date.

Register by September 27, 2013, using your special promotion code HVDGR and enjoy a whole new world of perks. Your AAdvantage® Gold status will be valid through December 31, 2013. You’ll be eligible for elite benefits including:

  • 25% mileage bonuses on eligible flights
  • Priority Access at check-in and boarding
  • Two free checked bags
  • Complimentary access to Preferred Seats
  • Special upgrade privileges

Don’t forget, as an added bonus, we’re giving you 10 500-mile upgrades just for registering!

How about extending your AAdvantage Gold status through February 28, 2015?
Start flying and earn 4,500 elite-qualifying miles or points on American and other select airlines* between October 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013, to retain your elite benefits.

You only need to register once for your offer which includes: your upgrade to Gold status, 10 500-mile upgrades and the opportunity to keep your Gold status through February 2015.

*Eligible airlines include American Airlines, American Eagle®, American Connection®, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Qantas, as well as eligible codeshare flights.

This is an exclusive offer only for members who received a letter directly from American Airlines. You must register at by 11:59 p.m. CT on September 27, 2013, and prior to travel in order for your elite-qualifying miles or points to count toward this promotion.

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Promotional Terms and Conditions

AAdvantage Gold Offer Through December 31, 2013
AAdvantage Gold status received through this offer is valid through December 31, 2013. Your AAdvantage Gold status will be valid within 10 business days of registering for this promotion. Your new membership credentials will be mailed to you within four to six weeks after registration. You must re-qualify for AAdvantage elite status membership annually.

AAdvantage Gold Offer Through February 28, 2015
AAdvantage Gold status received through this offer is valid through February 28, 2015. Upon reaching the required elite-qualifying miles or points threshold, your AAdvantage elite status benefits will be extended immediately. Your new membership credentials will be mailed to you within four to six weeks after qualification. Qualification for the extension of your elite status membership applies to base miles or points earned on eligible, purchased, published fare tickets on select airlines between October 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013. Select each airline name to learn more about qualifying fares for that carrier: American Airlines, American Eagle, American Connection, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, and Qantas. Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification. You must re-qualify for AAdvantage elite status membership annually. Learn more about standard qualification levels.

500-Mile Upgrades Offer
Your 500-mile upgrades will be deposited into your AAdvantage account within 10 business days of registering for this promotion. Standard 500-mile upgrade Terms and Conditions apply.

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Angelina September 17, 2013 - 1:23 pm

I just registered and received a confirmation email even though I was not targeted… we will see what happens!

adam September 17, 2013 - 1:26 pm

@Angelina – I know in the past the promo allowed registration but that nothing was ever received… See you later at the meet-up??

Rob September 17, 2013 - 2:06 pm

I was allowed to registered and received confirmation email. Lets see if I get lucky.

Jay September 17, 2013 - 2:11 pm

I was able to register as well. Now we wait and see if our AA status changes later this week!

mike September 17, 2013 - 2:30 pm

let see what happens

Mitch September 17, 2013 - 3:30 pm

It let me register also. I received a confirmation; I have a flight in a couple of days. I’ll see how it goes.

adam September 17, 2013 - 3:32 pm

@Mitch, Mike, Jay, Rob – This promo is known to allow registration, but there is a backend match to the AAdvantage # (at least there was for the January version). Hoping for the best for you guys but don’t be surprised if nothing happens!

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DaninSTL September 17, 2013 - 6:04 pm

I was targeted for this type offer earlier this year for Platinum and I think 15 500 miles upgrades. Too bad I couldn’t take advantage of it much before it expired in August on me. I still have the upgrades though.

Andrew September 18, 2013 - 4:08 am

Since this offer is for “instant status update” wouldn’t your new status be indicated nearly immediately after registering for the promotion if it accepted?

I know when I have applied for other instant status offers the new status is reflected on the website.

Thomas September 18, 2013 - 5:44 am

@Andrew T&Cs state ‘Gold status will be volid within 10 business day of registering for the promotion.’

Andrew September 19, 2013 - 5:56 am

@Thomas Thanks

brody September 25, 2013 - 8:42 am

Hey Andrew,

Do you have a picture of the card that your sister received in the mail?

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