Best Ever AA Status Upgrade Offer Available to Nearly Everyone

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American Airlines: Status Upgrade

(UPDATE: THIS DEAL IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE UNLESS YOU'VE ALREADY BOOKED FLIGHTS) As if I don't sing the praises of the World Elite Mastercard Benefits enough I think I found the one that takes the cake- a free no strings attached American Airlines Status Upgrade with the lowest requirements we've ever seen. Through Mastercard's partnership with American Airlines, they've negotiated a complimentary status upgrade for cardholders who book and fly two round-trips within a 90-day period. Both trips must be completed by March 31, 2021 and you must book through Mastercard Travel & Lifestyle Services (same prices and counts as direct). Feel free to send any questions (after you subscribe to my Youtube channel first šŸ™‚



Let's be very clear here– there is no competitor status requirement, no qualifying dollar amount and no registration process! Of course you would never learn of this if you keep reading the same recycled post that a certain site keeps posting about the subject but there's no need to comment on it (oh wait, you can't)

Here's a list of posts singing Mastercard's Praises

I thought my recent Delta Offer was the most generous I've seen but this is just bananas. All you need is a World Elite Mastercard which almost everyone has at this point becauseĀ  some of the most popular cards out there like the Chase Freedom Flex and the Citi Double Cash are World Elite and they have NO ANNUAL Fee.

American Airlines: Status Upgrade

How Do You Get Elite Status on AA Through AAdvantage Promotion

First you'll have to sign up for the Mastercard Travel Service here.Ā  Once you're logged in click Latest offers and from there you'll find it after going down a few pages. But you do not have to sign up for the offer, you just have to book through Mastercard.

  • To qualify for American Airlines AAdvantageĀ® Gold Status
    • book and travel on two domestic round-trip flights (any cabin) OR
    • one domestic round-trip flight (main cabin) and one international round-trip flight (main cabin)
  • To qualify for American Airlines AAdvantageĀ® Platinum Status,
    • book and travel on two international round-trip flights (any cabin) OR
    • one domestic round-trip flight (main cabin) and one international round-trip flight (premium cabin)
  • If you already have AAdvantageĀ® Gold Status, you will be awarded with AAdvantageĀ® Platinum Status when completing two round-trip flights within the 90-day period
Related: FoundersCard Review and Benefits Guide 2020. Is It Worth It?
  • This offer is valid for bookings placed up to and including March 31, 2021.
  • This offer is not combinable with any other offer or promotion that may be available
  • This offer is subject to availability, changes and may be withdrawn at any time.
  • Payment method: major credit card or debit card
  • Flight bookings must be confirmed through the concierge for the benefit to be applied to the reservation.
  • Travelers must have an active AAdvantageĀ® account and AAdvantageĀ® credentials must be in the PNR.
  • Upgrade status to any level above Platinum is not offered.
  • Elite status will be processed within 30 days of the second trip being completed.
  • This benefit is only applicable, if the traveler listed in the reservation is the one who has flown.
  • Trips booked with AAdvantageĀ® miles or Business ExtraĀ® points are not eligible for this offer. (this is standard of course with any elite status requirements.)

How Good Is this Deal?

In Previous years, we've seen so many varied matches and challenges for AA Status. This year FounderscardĀ offered members a chance to earn American Airlines Elite Status with significantly reduced earning requirements but there were some restrictions like anyone who already had done a status challenge was disqualified and you had to be a Business Extra member. If you can take advantage, this is a great benefit! Platinum status has some good benefits, including low-cost or free upgrades to First or Business class. Status is recognized by all OneWorld Alliance member airlines. Historically, AA charged upwards of $200 to enroll in a challenge. The best part of this offer is that you'll hold elite status until January 31, 2022.

Related: How I Maximized $900 in American Airlines Amex Platinum Airline Credits

I did a whole bunch of searches and found some round trips from NY to various places in the midwest and east coast for $70, so you'd be able to fly to Florida, Chicago or Detroit twice for under $150 and get status through next year. You could also do what I would do and take advantage of the cheap rates AA offers on several flagship routes and do both in lie flat products. I found lie flat from JFK-MIA and MIA-DFW for under $700 combined and that's a pretty fun day if you're a crazy person who like to drink on planes and hang out in airports… like me. I'll do a post on some creative and cheap routes if enough people ask for it.

American Airlines Elite Status Benefits

AAdvantage Gold Benefits

  • 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 Benefits

  • 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

Also Read: Am I the Only Person Happy About the AAdvantage Elite Status Offer?

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25 Comments

  1. aphx

    Hey Bethany, would I be able to qualify for this promo, if I participated on a match-challenge less than 24 months ago?

    Reply
  2. Shaun

    Do you need to book with the credit card associated with the login? I have a login but I cancelled the card ahile ago.

    Reply
  3. 2808 Heavy

    AA hubs are very elite heavy. Unless youā€™re on a feeder route and travel mostly on the region carrier (American Eagle) then upgrades and almost nonexistent on American.

    Their hubs are elite heavy with lots of Plat Proā€™s and Exex Plat in DFW, LAX, PHL, CLT, PHX, and LGA/JFK so the chance of getting bump with Gold or Platinum is rare.

    I am Plat Pro with AA and Iā€™m usually between 30-35% chance of a bump…and those usually happen in less desirable routes run by American Eagle or if I travel in extremely off peak times.

    Reply
  4. temi

    Am I the only one not seeing this under offers …?

    Reply
    • Andrew

      I am not sure if it still says it as the offer is in my ā€œpast activitiesā€ now, but when I was signing up yesterday it said the expiry date was 11/20/2020

      Reply
  5. Andrew

    I signed up for the offer and got an email confirming the request, but I am unclear how this works. I just buy two round trips with my MasterCard or do I need to register somewhere first? How does it know my AA number?

    Reply
    • Temi

      When did you sign up because as of yesterday I couldn’t find it

      Reply
      • Andrew

        I signed up last night around 8:30-9:00pm EST. It did have a 11/20 expiry date so maybe thatā€™s why it has disappeared now, but it sounds like (comment below) maybe it will come back

        Reply
        • Temi

          Thanks. I tried before you did so it must have been a glitch.

          Reply
  6. Augie

    Called Travel.Mastercard and was told that the link has indeed disappeared from website and they were working on getting it back up, possibly by early next week. However, she said, when asked, that if you already had GOLD that you need to complete 1 domestic and 1 International. I asked twice. I am supposed to be getting an email with the information, so far nothing, but will update.

    Reply
    • PATRICK

      they’re telling me the terms have no provision for existing elites (I’m gold) – if I want platinum, I must complete 2 intl any cabin, or 1 domestic + 1 intl premium cabin

      Reply
  7. Satish

    I just signed up today(Nov 21, 2020), through link at boogie miles.com.

    Reply
    • Augie

      satish, I signed up also, but could not find the American Airlines Elite Status offer…that us what we are talking about.
      If you found it, please let us know the secret of where it is.

      Reply
  8. Augie

    email says if Gold already to receive Platinum complete 2:round trip flights within 90 day period.
    Also says offer can be removed at any time.

    Looks like you donā€™t have to register for the offer, but of course you have to register to get in the site in order to book through it. Will not count if direct with American, cannot use miles or business extra, or third party..

    Reply
  9. Augie

    Sorry to comment again, but offer does not state anywhere how long this Elite status will last. Until 1/31/2022 or a shorter period of time? Offer from 11/01/2020 thru 03/31/2020 between first flight out and 2nd round trip back has to be 90 days. It may take up to 30 days for new Elite status to show up on your account.

    Reply
  10. Herman

    Is there anyone that has the specific link of this offer? I can’t find it anywhere.

    Reply
  11. Mel

    I tried to registered but get this message: We have been unable to verify your eligibility to access the Mastercard Travel & Lifestyle Services

    Reply
    • Augie

      Is the card you are registering a World Elite Master Card?

      Reply
    • Temi

      What they meant is “we messed up and are doing damage control” lol

      Reply
  12. Augie

    Travel.mastercard sent me an email with details of offer.
    Sent to me on 11/21

    Thank you for using the Mastercard Travel & Lifestyle Services online platform to inquire about our American Airlines Status Upgrade promotion.

    American Airlines Status Upgrade Promotion

    Ten and American Airlines are offering members a unique opportunity for complimentary status if 2x round trip tickets are booked and flown within a 90-day period; Offer valid from 01 NOV 2020 – 31 MAR 2020. Offer can be removed at any time.

    To qualify for American Airlines AAdvantage Ā® Gold Status, book and travel on; 2 domestic round-trip flights (any cabin) OR 1 domestic round-trip flight (main cabin) & 1 international round-trip flight (main cabin). Both trips must be completed within a 90 day period.

    To qualify for American Airlines AAdvantage Ā® Platinum Status, book and travel on; 2 international round-trip flights (any cabin) OR 1 domestic round-trip flight (main cabin) & 1 international round-trip flight (premium cabin) Both trips must be completed within a 90 day period.

    If you already have AAdvantage Ā® Gold Status, you will be awarded with AAdvantage Platinum status by completing 2 round trip flights within the 90 day period.

    Additional terms and conditions apply. For further details, please feel free to reply to this email or call us anytime, we are available 24/7. It will be our pleasure to assist you with your travel arrangements.

    Remember, as an eligible MastercardĀ® cardholder, you have access to wonderful travel benefits such as savings on certain flights and cruises! Mastercard also offers a Hotel Stay Guarantee and a Lowest Rate Guarantee for any pre-paid, three star or higher hotel booked by your Mastercard Travel & Lifestyle Services team.

    We are also happy to provide quotes for car rentals, private transportation and cruises as well. Please let us know and we can send you several options to choose from.

    Thank you for choosing Mastercard Travel and Lifestyle Services. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Reply
    • PATRICK

      thanks for posting your email, Augie – I’m on the phone w/a supervisor at the site and she says there’s no option in the offer terms for existing golds to upgrade to platinum via 2 r/t’s.

      I booked my trips on Nov 20 but didn’t grab a screenshot of the terms before the offer was pulled.

      Reply
  13. Augie

    Okay, more info from Travel.MasterCard – too much demand in short time period so they rescinded the offer. It’s gone.

    Reply
    • vincent

      ON 11/21 by email

      Thank you for contacting MasterCard Travel and Lifestyle Services.

      Due to unprecedented demand, we have exceeded the allowance of the American Airlines status upgrades available via this promotional offer.

      If you have questions, or there is any additional assistance that we mat offer, please do not hesitate to call or email.

      Just a reminder that as an eligible MastercardĀ® cardholder, you have access to wonderful travel benefits such as savings on certain flights and cruises! Mastercard also offers a Hotel Stay Guarantee and a Lowest Rate Guarantee for any pre-paid, three star or higher hotel booked by your Mastercard Travel & Lifestyle Services team.

      We are happy to provide quotes for hotels, car rentals, private transportation and flight as well. Many hotels come with benefits such as early check in/late check out and room upgrades on availability. Please let us know and we can send you several options to choose from. Should you need assistance any time please let us know.

      Thank you for choosing Mastercard Travel and Lifestyle Services, have a wonderful day.

      Reply
  14. PATRICK

    never mind – I had the exact same language in my response (if you’re already gold…”) but a supervisor from mastercard travel says regardless of my current status I must complete either 1 intl premium r/t + 1 domestic r/t, or 2 intl any r/t to get platinum.

    and they say I can’t get a refund if I cancel the 2 domestic r/t’s I booked.

    Reply
  15. Derek

    Offer terminated!

    Mehdi
    I apologize for the Inconvenience Mr. XXX, the offer has been terminated by American Airlines due to the high demand. Unfortunately it is not in our control.

    Reply

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