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Platinum Status Offer
I will end up being about 5,200 EQMS short of Platinum status on AA. I just received an offer to cash in 120,000 miles, or $1,119, to immediately receive status.
My thought is if I should just buy a $700 ticket, which will give me the needed EQMs, or use the award miles to get it. I have an AA card work card and get probably about 8K-12K miles a month from it. Currently have about 175K award miles.
Depends how you value your weekend?! Honestly, for $700, I can almost guarantee you can get 5,200 EQMs in one trip.
Not sure where you are based, but for instance – if you are in Chicago – for $693 you can leave Saturday morning 12/7, fly to Phoenix, turn right around and fly back to Chicago. First class would get you 2x EQMs, so almost 5,600. Leave Chicago at 7AM, back home for dinner.
As for the value proposition, cashing in the mileage is the worst alternative, followed by buying up and then finally the ~$700 mileage run. And of course, if you believe PLT status will bring you $700 of benefits (arguable IMO) then I would go for the mileage run.
It honestly doesn’t seem that PLT status is worth the $700 but i’m very new to this (just started flying for work) and I am so curious what Platinum will be like.
It all depends when/where you fly.
For what it’s worth, I’m also Platinum on American. My dollars this year would put me at Platinum Pro, but mileage I’m not there since I don’t fly internationally for work.
I’m upgraded about 2/3 of the time, so that’s a nice perk. Rough math on the mileage but I’ve probably earned an extra 15,000 redeemable miles or so this year due to the elite bonus. I’ve gone standby for an earlier flight three times this year with no charge. And, I can select extra legroom seats for free at booking, which is probably my favorite perk of mid-level status.
That’s true.I fly out of PHL mostly to the Caribbean. I’ve never been upgraded with gold and have had that for all of 2019. My usually first legs are from Philly to Charlotte or Miami. It seems that those routes are heavy with people with status, I’ve usually been in the 20s on the upgrade list with gold. The main cabin extra would be nice though as well.
Thanks for all your feedback I truly appreciate it! Chris