American Airlines Offering Status Purchase Options For 2017

It’s that time of year again, where airlines try to pick up some extra cash by offering elite members the opportunity to purchase status for the upcoming year.  This has taken different forms over the years.  Last year there were plenty of different tiers.  Someone could spend up to almost $2500 buying status.

I don’t have a full picture for this year, but I do have an offer from American Airlines to purchase status.  It looks like this:

American Airlines Offering Status Purchase

American Airlines Offering Status Purchase

I actually just finished my elite re-qualification for Executive Platinum last night, so I was within 5,000 miles of the 100,000 necessary.  Based on last year’s tiers, that would have cost me $1,199 last year.  This year’s price is $100 more.  I just noticed fellow blogger Jeanne from Le Chic Geek got an offer as well:

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  1. I’m requalified for gold but tempted to switch to Delta since they do free upgrades for lower level status and fly more out of my home airports instead of having to pay for them and the mileage earning is no longer much different. Wonder if I’ll regret this though or if there’s something I’m missing.

      1. The award miles you get now are so low that for me that’s barely a consideration anymore. I’m much more focused on upgrades and other perks which I can actually get more than once a year.

  2. I’m requalified for gold but tempted to switch to Delta since they do free upgrades for lower level status and fly more out of my home airports instead of having to pay for them and the mileage earning is no longer much different. Wonder if I’ll regret this though or if there’s something I’m missing.

      1. The award miles you get now are so low that for me that’s barely a consideration anymore. I’m much more focused on upgrades and other perks which I can actually get more than once a year.

  3. My offer was for the same price, $1,299, but was to extend my Platinum status. Compared to last year, besides the bump in price, they seem to have eliminated (or greatly reduced) the required EQM one has to have already. I say this because I just crawled over the line for Gold this past weekend, at 27480. I think by last year’s standards, I wouldn’t have even been offered the option. So while spending 26 cpm in your 5000 mile case would have been brutal, spending 5.8 cpm in mine may be worth it – if I plan to travel more next year, that is.

  4. My offer was for the same price, $1,299, but was to extend my Platinum status. Compared to last year, besides the bump in price, they seem to have eliminated (or greatly reduced) the required EQM one has to have already. I say this because I just crawled over the line for Gold this past weekend, at 27480. I think by last year’s standards, I wouldn’t have even been offered the option. So while spending 26 cpm in your 5000 mile case would have been brutal, spending 5.8 cpm in mine may be worth it – if I plan to travel more next year, that is.

  5. My wife and both daughters all received offers for Gold status (they do not currently have any status). My wife is at 22,583 with no more travel booked for the year and she was offer Gold status for $399. Both of my daughters are at 18,405 and both received offers for Gold at $599.

    Interestingly, I’m the only one in the household that didn’t received an offer. I’m currently Exec Plat with 86,601 under my belt. I have two more trips booked at this point but I will still end up about 2,000 short unless I do a final MR.

  6. My wife and both daughters all received offers for Gold status (they do not currently have any status). My wife is at 22,583 with no more travel booked for the year and she was offer Gold status for $399. Both of my daughters are at 18,405 and both received offers for Gold at $599.

    Interestingly, I’m the only one in the household that didn’t received an offer. I’m currently Exec Plat with 86,601 under my belt. I have two more trips booked at this point but I will still end up about 2,000 short unless I do a final MR.

  7. My offer email arrived yesterday. I’m currently Platinum, and I’ve already qualified for Gold by flying just shy of 26,000 EQMs this year. To bump that up to Platinum, American wants $1479. I doubt I’ll take them up on it, since I’d still need to pay for upgrades on the longer domestic segments I typically fly. However, if I was given the opportunity to buy up from Gold all the way to Executive Platinum, I’d be willing to pay at least $3500. I’m not holding my breath for that.

  8. My offer email arrived yesterday. I’m currently Platinum, and I’ve already qualified for Gold by flying just shy of 26,000 EQMs this year. To bump that up to Platinum, American wants $1479. I doubt I’ll take them up on it, since I’d still need to pay for upgrades on the longer domestic segments I typically fly. However, if I was given the opportunity to buy up from Gold all the way to Executive Platinum, I’d be willing to pay at least $3500. I’m not holding my breath for that.

  9. 4,079 short of re-qualifying for Plat, my offer was $699. I can get the 4k in one LAX-JFK(or BOS) quick weekend turnaround for about $300 – but only one weekend has that pricing and the timing is bad for me. Deciscions, decisions…

  10. 4,079 short of re-qualifying for Plat, my offer was $699. I can get the 4k in one LAX-JFK(or BOS) quick weekend turnaround for about $300 – but only one weekend has that pricing and the timing is bad for me. Deciscions, decisions…

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