United has given us a bit more of the picture as it relates to elite status qualification requirements. They’ve made significant reductions for folks looking to qualify for a higher elite level and plan to make more changes for 2021. They also will be announcing a path to earn status easier through credit card spending.
American Airlines appears to be back in the business of selling elite status again this year. Elite members who haven’t reached their qualification goals for 2017 will likely have the opportunity to buy their status for next year under certain conditions.