I really do need to pay better attention to my airline marketing e-mails. Apparently, American Airlines is partnering with Hilton HHonors to target AAdvantage members for status. I received an e-mail back at the end of September offering me instant Hilton HHonors Diamond status, their top tier:
Usually this requires 30 stays, 60 nights or 120,000 base points, but I’m getting it for free until March, 2016. I’m not sure why I was targeted for it but I wasn’t the only, which is the only reason I ended up figuring out I had the offer.
See, first Jetsetter’s Homestead wrote about it. I totally missed it amongst a vacation and a trip to Ireland.
And then, View From the Wing wrote about missing the offer, exactly what I had done. It still took me another 2 weeks to get around to seeing if I had received an e-mail. Lo and behold, I had received two. The aforementioned one back in September and another one in late October.
I went ahead and finally clicked on the link. Without entering my Hhonors number, their system figured out who I was and my account immediately reflected my new Diamond status.
I’m still not entirely sure why I was targeted. I haven’t had Hilton status in probably a decade or more and I don’t know that American or Hilton would have any obvious way to know I’m a Hyatt and SPG top-tier elite.
It’s possible (and would be wicked smart) that they searched for EXP members who’s round trip flights are greater than X days on average.
If you’re an American Airlines elite member, you may want to check back through your e-mail, especially if you value Hilton status. I don’t, but that 25,000 mile offer they reference is very intriguing. It only requires 3 stays by the end of the year.
That leaves me with an interesting decision item, but more on that in a future post when I have a bit more time.