Buy Up To American Airlines Elite Status For 2022

Buy Up To American Airlines Elite Status For 2022

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American Airlines’ AAdvantage program has just rolled out some status buy up offers based on 2021 elite activity. It’s pretty normal for airlines to offer promotions for buying the next elite tier, though admittedly the past couple of years have been a bit unusual when it comes to airline loyalty.

Buy up to AAdvantage elite status for 2022

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 qualification year, which would be valid through March 31, 2023 (the different expiration is due to the changes coming to the American AAdvantage program this year — status will no longer follow the typical calendar year).

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 will count toward your Elite Qualifying Dollar (EQD) total, though won’t count toward your Loyalty Points total (which is the new metric by which status is earned as of this year)
  • This purchase is non-refundable

If you were to take advantage of this, it could make sense to wait a bit longer. American is counting all flight activity through the end of February 2022 for the purposes of 2021 status. 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’re buying up to a certain status level, and there are no corresponding Elite Qualifying Miles or Elite Qualifying Segments (though you do earn Elite Qualifying Dollars for the amount you spend).

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. I’m not eligible based on my Executive Platinum status, through Ford is a Platinum Pro, and sees an offer to buy up to Executive Platinum. For context, below is his status qualification progress:

He’s being offered Executive Platinum status for $2,935 or 293,500 AAdvantage miles.

Hard pass…

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
  • I actually think American’s new AAdvantage elite program that uses Loyalty Points as the status metric makes it easier to earn status, so I might just put my effort into qualifying in the next year

Bottom line

American AAdvantage has launched its typical promotion that allows members to buy up to a higher status tier than they qualified for. This promotion is coming around a bit later than usual this year, given that American is giving members two extra months to earn 2021 status.

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?

(Tip of the hat to Janeway)

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  1. tommewi Guest

    I have an offer for Platinum. I have at least (5) domestic trip planned and (1) trip to Rome. My offer is $1225 or 128k miles. Any thoughts on if this would be good deal based on my upcoming travels?

  2. Gopal Guest

    Exec platinum for $1945 and platinum pro for $1595.. is it worth?

  3. Corey Guest

    $1,795 for Platinum Pro and only 5,324 short of the 60,000 EQM, Was hoping to make one more trip to lock it in, but waited to long and on the fence about the offer, feel like it’s a bit high. Was hoping that send a new offer since I was over 10k EQM short when then sent this original offer, but haven’t seen anything come through

  4. Al Canata Guest

    Mine was $495 for gold. I was about that short EQD-wise and was looking at mileage run...but being 14,000 EQMs short would have made it too costly to do. So I actually bought the status. I fly American quite a bit and having access to the longer legroom seats without extra cost was (on the edge) of value for me. And with all the irrops still going on, I figured having status was worth something.

  5. Bruce Guest

    I was given 2 choices: gold for $495 and Platinum for $1095. I was platinum going into pandemic but haven't flown much at all during.

    How long do we have to decide whether to buy status? Annoying it's not printed ANYWHERE in the offer. I'm guessing 3/31 but anyone know for certain?

    1. MikeP Guest

      Ditto here on the dollars, or 49,500 and 105,500 points, respectively. I'm also in the same boat as you with having (expiring) Platinum with only a single trip last year due to the coof. Incidentally, after visiting my normal account from aa.com, the offer no longer shows up under promotions, but is still accessible from the direct link to the boost page at https://status.aa.com/

      IMO though the $495 is questionable, the $1095 is a total ripoff.

  6. Nathan Hood Guest

    When do the EQD go into your account? Is it when the flight is ticketed or when you actually take the flight?

    1. Patrick Regan Guest

      They go into your account after you've taken the flight.

  7. Nathan Williams Guest

    I'm Platinum with ~6,300/7k EQDs, 55k/60k EQMs and 54/70 EQSes and my offer right now for Platinum Pro is $1845 or 184.5k miles. I just completed a trip worth 502 EQDs and 5,864 EQMs and before that the offer was well over $2000. I've got one more trip planned this weekend which will put me over the EQM target but will leave me 27 EQDs short. I'm hoping the offer will be worth it at...

    I'm Platinum with ~6,300/7k EQDs, 55k/60k EQMs and 54/70 EQSes and my offer right now for Platinum Pro is $1845 or 184.5k miles. I just completed a trip worth 502 EQDs and 5,864 EQMs and before that the offer was well over $2000. I've got one more trip planned this weekend which will put me over the EQM target but will leave me 27 EQDs short. I'm hoping the offer will be worth it at that point because I don't have time for another trip of any length before the end of the month deadline.

  8. Eric Lespin Guest

    I'm gold 1,500 miles away from platinum, and my offer came in at $555 or 55.5k miles . . . a much lower price tag than the example given, but then executive plat is more valuable level. Does how close you are to the next level figure into calculus of these offers?

  9. JamesM Guest

    I've been EXP for many years with AA but didn't fly much last year... Now I will be just a lowly "member" They are offering me Gold for $495.... lol.. no thanks.. Just going to do a status challenge / match elsewhere and try something new..

  10. Michael Guest

    Just received an offer yesterday for gold status.

    935 to upgrade to gold.

    As I currently sit, I already have the segments hit. I’m 200 miles from hitting EQM, and I’m 300 or so dollars from EQD qualifying. Apparently, they were mad at me or something. I have two flights booked already to boost it on my own, so this offer was pretty interesting, I guess?

  11. LEB Guest

    I am very close to reach Exec. Platinum but I have not received the offer yet, is every one receiving this offer this year?, when?.

  12. Mia Guest

    I lost my status back in 2020 and had been trying to get back to Gold. My offer was $415 or 41.5K miles. I was 3,000 miles or 7 segments short. Hoping to find a mileage run I can do before end of Feb and put that money towards better use.

  13. Benji Guest

    Current Exec Platinum just short of requalification as of 1/31/22. I flew today (2/1/22) and have a mileage run trip planned later in February, so I'll hit my status. But I'm assuming the offer is indicative of my progress as of 1/31/22. I had exceeded the EQM requirement at 92K+, but I was at $11,200ish EQDs so about $800 short. My last flight of February will put me over the top and (hopefully) is the...

    Current Exec Platinum just short of requalification as of 1/31/22. I flew today (2/1/22) and have a mileage run trip planned later in February, so I'll hit my status. But I'm assuming the offer is indicative of my progress as of 1/31/22. I had exceeded the EQM requirement at 92K+, but I was at $11,200ish EQDs so about $800 short. My last flight of February will put me over the top and (hopefully) is the last ever mileage run I'll have to do. Even considering these numbers, my offer was $1,195. The cost of my February travel came to about $950. Only about half of this is for a mileage run. The other was necessary. But IF neither of these trips was necessary, I see it as a $245 cost to not have to spend time in an airport or on Ubers to/from the airport. I would have considered it. Now if they readjust the amount after my first itinerary is completed down to (guessing) $600, I might just cancel the mileage run flight and use the credit later in the year.

  14. Jeremy Guest

    I’m a current Platinum and am 320 EQD’s from Platinum Pro. I already have the required EQS’s. My offer is $815 or 81.5K miles for Platinum Pro. Almost an insult, and definitely not an offer I’ll be considering. I guess I have one more trip to take this year.

  15. Sara Guest

    With the current trips I have booked, by February 28, 2022, I will be about $500 short of making Executive Platinum. I have tried looking for longer routes that are more expensive on my current itineraries and it's just not working out. I do have a boost offer for $2,595. Does anyone know if this offer will decrease the closer I get to reaching Executive Platinum?

    1. DudeinMiami Guest

      Had Gold, 5500 EQD (platinum requires 4500) but only 21k EQM (19k short of platinum). Offer was $1255 to upgrade to Platinum.

    2. Patrick Regan Guest

      I took another flight last night which brought me closer to Exec Platinum, but my offer hasn't changed.

  16. Ken A Guest

    It said I had no offers available.

  17. Anton Wahlman Guest

    If I understand this offer correctly, the person in question could get to Exec Plat either by (1) Writing a check for around $3,000 or (2) Buying/flying tickets worth around $3,000 by February 28. For anyone who has the time to take whatever trip is required (round trip to London of whatever), it seems that it's better to buy the ticket(s) for $3,000.

  18. Eskimo Guest

    All these airlines are selling elite status to those who came up short for years.
    I've never seen any reasonable offers even once, always a scam.

    Can any one person give me an example that their offer was good?

    1. Drp Guest

      My offer was $375 or 37.5k miles for Platinum. I had missed the window to qualify organically.

    2. MikeP Guest

      That's a pretty decent offer, about 1/3 of the highway-robbery $1095 / 105,500 points they are trying to con me into spending :(.

  19. Mr Benjamin G Guttery) Guest

    Plat Pro, already requalified through the 3 promos (card spend, flights, CC). Sitting at $8700 EQDs 46,000 EQMs and 18 Segments, so no Choice Rewards for me just yet. Still have 5 domestic FC flight Segments to take in the next 12 days that will HOPEFULLY get me up EXEC PLAT on EQDs and PLAT PRO on EQMS. NO OFFER for me currently..... But, we'll see how much they wanna charge me for 10-15k EQMs....

    Plat Pro, already requalified through the 3 promos (card spend, flights, CC). Sitting at $8700 EQDs 46,000 EQMs and 18 Segments, so no Choice Rewards for me just yet. Still have 5 domestic FC flight Segments to take in the next 12 days that will HOPEFULLY get me up EXEC PLAT on EQDs and PLAT PRO on EQMS. NO OFFER for me currently..... But, we'll see how much they wanna charge me for 10-15k EQMs. All 23 of Kyle Domestic Flights this year were in PAID FIRST CLASS. Still very hard to earn EQMS in Dom FC when the prices are sky high, the service is awful, and then I still only earn a 2X multiplier like Business Class does. Earning legitimate status the hard way was next to impossible.

  20. Randy Gold

    Seems like the best option here - is to actually spend the $3K on flights (rather than buy up). You would easier earn the 13K EQM to get to 80K. Then get the EXP rewards.

    Buy a couple of F transcons.

  21. Steve Guest

    Platinum Pro with no offer. Way over on EQM but $2k short on EQD. Waiting to see if I get offered after my next trip.

  22. kels2003 Member

    Made the EQM requirement but $2100 from Executive Platinum. Offer for $2865. Dang that is a bit much, considering it does not count toward loyalty points, when a flight would. :(

    1. TranceXplant Member

      If you want EXP and have the time, a mile run is probably a better option. You'll spend less and also earn Loyalty Points.

    2. kels2003 Member

      I have the same thought. The spend seems worth it if it counts toward Loyalty Points, but in isolation a bad deal. Making plans for transcon F!

  23. Chris Guest

    600 EQD from Ex. Platinum and want $895.

  24. Jayceegee New Member

    Platinum Pro, no offer.

  25. Andre Guest

    If you buy up to Elite status (say Platinum Pro to Exec Platinum), do you still get the elite benefit choices that come with the EP status?

  26. Steve Diamond

    $495 for Gold as my gold expires next month. I would do this if i knew i could get $200 off immediately with my amex platinum airlines credit but i figured there is no way Amex would automatically apply it and i dont want to risk them not crediting me when i call.

    1. TravelFitForAKing Guest

      Hey Steve,

      I actually had the same idea as you. I also have Gold and received the same offer as you did. I have about 10,000 stranded AA points that I don't have use for and I was considering applying those towards the cost as well since you can split the payment between points and cash, and then attempt to use my $200 AMEX Airline to cover the cost. I'll make sure to report back.

    2. Rugger Guest

      did the AMEX credit work?

    3. 96Mystic New Member

      Yes. My offer was $515 to retain gold. I received the Amex $200 credit on 4/19 4 days later.

  27. Jeff Guest

    I'm currently Platinum. Was offered Plat Pro for $2465 or 265k miles. Tempting for the Oneworld Emerald status and first class lounges but then again how much international travel will I be doing this year with COVID still around? Unlikely to pull the trigger unless my company bonus is unexpectedly big. I think if it was ~1800 I'd do it.

    1. Michael Guest

      I am platinum, my offer for Plat Pro is for $1995 and I am 15K miles or 20 segments away. Wonder why mine is lower.

  28. Mark Guest

    $495 to maintain my Gold status for this year (which will soon expire). I've switched to Alaska (MVP Gold) so it make no sense to me to take them up on the offer.

  29. Reno Joe Guest

    Alternatively, given your numbers, one could fly business class round-trip on Iberia from MIA to MAD for $3035 EQDs and 17,652 EQMs . . . and stay for a week. Offer ends 2/28/2022.

    1. A.Man Guest

      AND earn LPs and RDMs.

  30. Robert Guest

    Currently no status but will qualify for Gold after a flight I have booked in mid-February (I have another flight also booked before then but its so cheap and short that it basically does nothing for me either way). And assuming LP carry over the way I anticipate, I should be over 20k LP when they carry them over.

    My offer is $845 for Gold, LOL.

    1. Sonia Guest

      I was offered $795 or 75,000 for gold status. I haven’t had status with AA ever.

  31. 100K Guest

    I’m Gold. no offer.

    1. Reno Joe Guest

      EP through 2/28/2024. No offer.

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TravelFitForAKing Guest

Hey Steve, I actually had the same idea as you. I also have Gold and received the same offer as you did. I have about 10,000 stranded AA points that I don't have use for and I was considering applying those towards the cost as well since you can split the payment between points and cash, and then attempt to use my $200 AMEX Airline to cover the cost. I'll make sure to report back.

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Reno Joe Guest

Alternatively, given your numbers, one could fly business class round-trip on Iberia from MIA to MAD for $3035 EQDs and 17,652 EQMs . . . and stay for a week. Offer ends 2/28/2022.

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96Mystic New Member

Yes. My offer was $515 to retain gold. I received the Amex $200 credit on 4/19 4 days later.

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