American Airlines’ AAdvantage program has just rolled out some status buy up offers, for those who are short of requalifying for status. As a reminder, with American AAdvantage’s Loyalty Points system, the carrier no longer uses the calendar year for status qualification, but rather status is earned between the beginning of March and the end of February of the following year (and status is then valid through the end of March).
American’s current elite year ends on February 28, 2023, so we’re seeing buy up offers for those who want to extend their status through March 31, 2024.
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Buy up to AAdvantage elite status for 2023
If you log-in on this website with your AAdvantage number and password, you can 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 qualification year, compared to what you’ve already requalified for.
You can potentially buy up to a different status tier than what you currently have. For example, if you’re an Executive Platinum member but have only requalified for Gold, you’d get an offer for Platinum. Meanwhile if you’ve only requalified for Platinum, you’d get an offer for Platinum Pro.
You can find the offer FAQs here. 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 three business days
- Whatever you spend on a status buy up won’t count toward your Loyalty Points total, other than what you earn with credit card spending if you use a co-branded AAdvantage card
- This purchase is non-refundable
If you were to take advantage of this, it could make sense to wait until the end of the month, to see if you have any more opportunities to earn Loyalty points in the traditional way, since this buy up offer is still valid even after the qualification year ends. I’d only recommend taking advantage of this if you’re sure you won’t be able to earn the status you’re hoping for otherwise.
What’s the cost to buy AAdvantage elite status?
With American’s elite tier offer you can buy up to one tier above what you’ve currently qualified for (in other words, if you’ve already earned Platinum status, you can only earn Platinum Pro status this way — there’s also no way to earn Concierge Key with this).
People are likely to see vastly different offers, which are based on how far you are toward qualifying for status, and also what status you’re going for.
Ford and I have both received offers, since we’re not doing all that well when it comes to requalifying for status. I’m currently at 104,788 Loyalty Points (so I haven’t even qualified for Platinum Pro, let alone requalified for Executive Platinum).
I received an offer to buy up to Platinum Pro for $2,219. As a reminder, I’d need ~20,000 Loyalty Points to earn that status.
Ford is currently at 58,787 Loyalty Points (so he hasn’t even qualified for Platinum),
He received an offer to buy up to Platinum for $1,449. As a reminder, he’d need ~16,000 Loyalty Points to earn that status.
Should you buy up to status?
This is something everyone has to decide for themselves, as there’s no universal right answer:
- Whether or not this makes sense depends on your anticipated travel plans over the course of the next year
- If you’re not absolutely sure it makes sense, I’d recommend not making a purchase; money in your pocket is usually worth more than constantly devalued airline status
- American’s new AAdvantage elite program that uses Loyalty Points as the status metric makes it easier to earn status (at least for those with access to eligible credit cards), so I might just put my effort into qualifying in the next year
American AAdvantage has launched its typical promotion that allows members to buy up to a higher status tier than they qualified for. This is for those who haven’t yet requalified for status in 2023.
I’d only use this feature as a last resort, as the cost is typically excessively high. I’d only take advantage of this if you’re absolutely certain it’ll be worth it based on your upcoming travel patterns.
Are you eligible for an American AAdvantage elite buy up offer? If so, how much is American asking for, and how close are you to earning the status you’re being offered?