American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program members who have earned elite status, but have not re-qualified for it, will be able to keep their status until January 31, 2023.
There are two ways to keep your AAdvantage Elite status through January 2023
You can either spend with an eligible AAdvantage card or fly as a passenger on eligible flights.
Fly on American Airlines or one of its Partner Airlines
If you earn $2,000.00 or more Elite Qualifying dollars on eligible airline tickets between Wednesday, September 1, 2021, and Friday, December 31, 20,21, your AAdvantage Gold status, Platinum, Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum, or Executive Platinum elite status will be retained.
If you earn $2,000.00 per week on eligible flights marketed and operated by American Airlines or its elite partner airlines, the AAdvantage Gold or Platinum, Platinum Pro or Executive Platinum status levels, your status will remain in effect until Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
This promotion does NOT affect members who are elite members or members who have met the qualifications for elite status in 2022. This promotion does not apply to bonus Elite Qualifying dollars that were granted in connection with any other promotions.
Requirements for elite status in AAdvantage Program
This promotion is available to flights marketed or operated by American Airlines, its oneworld partners and JetBlue Airways. This promotion applies to eligible published, purchased fares that were flown between Wednesday September 1, 2021, and Friday December 31, 2021. Not eligible are flights that were flown prior to Wednesday, September 1, 2021. This promotion will not be applied to flights that do not earn AAdvantage Elite qualifying dollars. This promotion is not available for basic economy fares, award tickets and certain partner airline flights.
Earn Elite Qualifying Dollars from Partner Airlines
Within 24 hours of the completion of this promotion, your membership account will be updated.
Spend $15,000.00 to get an eligible AAdvantage credit card
Your AAdvantage Gold or Platinum, Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum elite status will be retained through Tuesday, January 31, 2023 if you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases made with an eligible AAdvantage card between Thursday July 15, 2021, and Monday November 15, 2021.
If the primary cardholder spends at least $15,000.00 in United States Dollars on eligible purchases with Citi / AAdvantage or AAdvantage Aviator credit or AAdvantage cards issued abroad between Thursday, July 15, 2021 to Monday, November 15, 20,21, the AAdvantage Gold or Platinum, Platinum Pro or Executive Platinum elite status levels, the cardholder's AAdvantage Gold or Platinum status will be retained. Based on your credit limit and ability to keep it, this offer may not be possible.
Requirements for elite status in AAdvantage Program
You can combine purchases from all eligible AAdvantage credit card cards to reach $15,000.00 to maintain AAdvantage Gold Platinum, Platinum Pro, or Executive Platinum elite status in 2022. If members spend less than $15,000.00, the elite status retention offer is not applicable. All Citi / AAdvantage cards, all AAdvantage Aviator credit cards, and all AAdvantage card issued outside the U.S.A are eligible.
Your qualifying spend will be based on eligible purchases. These are purchases made between July 15, 2021, and December 15, 2021, which include purchases made by authorized users. Credits, returns, and adjustments made with your Citi/AAdvantage or AAdvantage, Aviator, Citi credit card and AAdvantage cards from outside the U.S.
Purchases of cards issued in the U.S. are exempt from balance transfers, cash advances and checks that access your card account. Items and services returned for credit, interest and fees, travelers checks and purchases of foreign currency, money order, wire transfers (and other cash-like transactions), lottery tickets and gaming chips (and related betting transactions).
The correct amount spent towards $15,000.00 will be determined by using the AAdvantage base miles or spend miles. Bonus miles are not included in this calculation. After that, the mileage earn rate for the card you used to make the purchase will be applied. If 100 miles have been posted to your account and the credit card has a 1:1 ratio of dollars spent to base mileage earned, you will be credited $100 towards the $15,000.00.
This promotion does NOT affect the elite status members with lifetime elite status or members who have met the qualifications requirements for elite status in 2022 the same or greater elite status as members holding on June 23, 2021, January 1, 2021.
Within six weeks of the completion of this promotion, your membership account will be updated.
To be eligible for this offer, you must have a credit card account that is open and in good standing. You may not be eligible if your credit card account is shut down for any reason.
If you retain Executive Platinum or Platinum Pro Elite status through this promotion you won't be eligible for the 2022 elite choice rewards unless and until you have met the 2021 elite qualification requirements for Executive Platinum Pro elite level status.
This promotion offers elite status for a limited time and cannot be transferred. To qualify for the offer, you must be a loyal American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flyer loyalty program member in good standing. American Airlines reserves the right not to cancel or modify this promotion.
Status retention is not possible for temporary elite status that has been granted by promotion.
American Airlines reserves all rights to modify the AAdvantage program's terms and conditions at anytime without notice. The program can also be ended with six months notice. You may not be able to use any awards or mileage credits you have earned due to such changes.
These aren't the best ways to keep elite status for the next year, but they are better than nothing.
All photos 2019 by Brian Cohen
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