It’s approaching the end of the year. Usually I’d say that means it’s a good time to start looking at your elite mileage balances for the year. However, 2020 has been different, given that most loyalty programs have extended status for members due to the pandemic. Furthermore, status isn’t a priority for many in the way it might have been in previous years.
It’s pretty normal for airlines to offer buy up promotions for earning the next elite tier towards the end of the year. Apparently this year is no different, as American AAdvantage has just launched its end of year status promotion.
Buy up to AAdvantage elite status for 2021
If you log-in on this website with your AAdvantage number and password you should be able to see what kind of a status buy up offer is available to you, if any.
This allows you to buy up to the next status level for this coming year, which would be valid through January 31, 2022. Here are the FAQs regarding the buy up offer.
There are some basic things to be aware of:
- If you take advantage of one of these buy ups, your status should be updated within five business days
- Whatever you spend on a status buy up will count towards your Elite Qualifying Dollar (EQD) total for this year, and that will be updated within five business days
- This purchase is non-refundable
If you were to take advantage of this, I’d recommend waiting until after the year is over, so you really know where you stand on elite qualifying miles. However, I wouldn’t wait too long, because after all, you want to potentially take advantage of the extra perks (this assumes that you actually plan on traveling, of course).
What’s the cost to buy up to AAdvantage status?
With American’s elite tier offer you’re buying up to a certain status level, and there are no corresponding elite miles or elite segments (though you do earn elite dollars for the amount you spend).
People are likely to see vastly different offers, which are based on how far you are towards qualifying for status, and also what status you’re going for. I’m not eligible for this offer since I have Executive Platinum and that status was already extended, though I’d welcome others to leave their offers in the comments section below.
Should you buy up to status?
This is something everyone has to decide for themselves, as there’s no universal right answer. This year in particular I’d generally caution against it, given all of the uncertainty, and that travel for most people is down.
If you’re not absolutely sure that it makes sense, then I’d recommend not making the purchase. Money in your pocket is usually worth more than constantly devalued airline status, especially in this current situation.
It’s once again possible to pay to buy up to the next status level, though prices vary. With prices not published, and with there being a revenue requirement for status, it would be interesting to get some data points of what kind of offers people are getting.
I’d only use this feature as a last resort, as the cost per elite qualifying mile here is typically excessively high. In most cases this isn’t worth it under normal circumstances, let alone under current circumstances, given what’s going on.
Are you eligible for a buy up offer? If so, how many EQMs/EQSs/EQDs are you at, and what’s the cost?