AA Elite Status Offer: Free Platinum + 20 Upgrades!

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AA Elite Status Offer

American Airlines has sent out emails with a targeted offer to some customers gifting them free Platinum Pro or Platinum AAdvantage Elite status through June 2021. Even more awesome is that you'll get 20 500 mile upgrades just for registering! That's an $800 value and will come in very useful for anyone with status. The cool thing about 500 mile upgrades is that they never expire.  The AA elite status offer includes a status challenge to keep status through January 2022 with significantly reduced qualification requirements (as you can see from the email terms). You’ll have 3 months from the date you register to complete the challenge and secure your status.

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Here's the text from the email:

You've been exclusively selected to receive complimentary American Airlines AAdvantage® Platinum status for 3 months. Plus, we'll give you twenty 500-mile upgrades just for registering — no strings attached.

Want to keep Platinum status or earn Platinum Pro status through January 2022?
Earn the following Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs), plus Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) for a 3-month period from the day you register.

Elite status level EQMs  OR  EQS needed EQDs needed
Platinum 40,000 12,000 45   14 $4,500 $1,500
Platinum Pro 60,000 18,000 70   21 $7,000 $2,300

Register before you travel and no later than March 8, 2021.

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Details

Register for this offer by March 8, 2021.

During the free status period, you'll receive all of the benefits of AAdvantage Platinum status, including:

  • 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

Conclusion

Anyone who received this offer should absolutely register for it just to receive the 20 500-mile upgrades. That’s pretty spectacular since they generally cost about $40 each! This is a pretty amazing offer if you’ve been targeted. That being said, if you were planning on doing a status challenge at the end of the year with AA, definitely don't register for this offer since that will likely preclude you from being eligible for AA's standard status match offer.

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