I have no insight here, but figured I’d at least pass this on. There’s a member on FlyerTalk who belongs to FoundersClub, “a members-only community for industry leaders and visionaries, providing elite access to the entrepreneurial lifestyle and business opportunities.” The fee to join is $99/year, plus there’s a $35 initiation fee.
Anyway, apparently they’re now offering American Gold status with membership right off the bat, or if you’re Gold, an upgrade to Platinum.
Unlike other airlines, American doesn’t typically status match. The best they’ll do is offer you a challenge which is quite expensive nowadays, and they don’t even give you the status up front. So getting Gold status for $99/year would be very nice, especially for someone looking to mileage run towards Executive Platinum. Starting off without status is rough, so this would make it a bit more tolerable.
Just PM the FlyerTalk member in that thread for a referral if you’re interested (and apparently he gets some kind of referral bonus too).