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:
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:
Fly an extra 8,600 miles or pay $899 to extend my Platinum into next year?
That’s consistent with last year’s price. It’s unclear to me at this point how many different prices there are for status purchase.
ETA: I reached out to AA and they said that since offers this year are personalized they won’t be able to offer a chart like last year. Comments on this blog post yielded the following data points:
- Offer of $1299 for Platinum. Joe has 27,000 EQMs now. Seems to make some sense, same price as mine for lesser status, further away from the goal.
- $799 for Gold received by someone with no status.
- $399 for Gold, currently has no status. Accrued 22K EQMs this year.
- $599 for Gold, currently has no status. Accrued 18K EQMs this year.
- $1499 for EXP, currently has 98,500 EQMs. This is essentially the same place I was, whereas my offer was for $1299. Very interesting.
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