While American’s top tier status with published qualification criteria is Executive Platinum, there’s actually an official tier above that — Concierge Key.
For those of you not familiar, Concierge Key is American Airlines’ invitation only status. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect that you won’t get Concierge Key if you spend less than $50,000 per year on the airline. Even spending that much doesn’t guarantee you the status.
Earning Concierge Key isn’t exclusively about how much you spend, but rather about how profitable you are to the airline. This means someone who spends $50,000 per year booking full fare first and business class tickets is more likely to get it than someone who spends $50,000 booking discounted economy tickets.
On top of that, American extends the status to certain people responsible for corporate contracts, as well as some influencers (Casey Neistat was given it at some point, and was then angry when it was taken away).
- Executive Platinum status
- An Admirals Club membership, and access to Flagship Lounges
- Two additional systemwide upgrades
- Co-pays waived on international upgrades
- A dedicated phone number and email address with 24/7 support
- Flagship check-in
- Assistance during irregular operations
- Airport escorts and pre-boarding
Anyway, the point of this post is that if you’re someone who is spending too much money on American Airlines (why???), it appears like American sent out their annual Concierge Key invitation and renewal emails yesterday.
So if you’re someone who was worried about whether you’d requalify, be sure you check your email, and if you’re someone who has been spending a lot on American this year in hopes of earning Concierge Key status, check your account to see if it has been updated.
To those who are Concierge Key, I’m not sure if I’m supposed to congratulate you guys, or send my condolences for how much time and money you’re spending on the airline. 😉