Normally, qualification for Gold AAdvantage elite status requires flying 25,000 miles or 30 flight segments in a calendar year. Platinum status requires 50,000 miles or 60 segments. But under a buy-back program to begin Wednesday, members who fell short can regain their status for the 2013 program year for a fee.
Eligibility for the program requires that you were Gold or Platinum in 2012, flew at least two elite qualifying segments (or flights) last year and did not purchase a similar buy-back option for your 2012 status. The fee to buy back your status depends on how much you flew.
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If you were Gold in 2012 and flew fewer than 20,000 miles or 24 segments, the price is $559. If you flew more than 20,000 miles or 24 segments, the price is $409.
If you were Platinum in 2012 and flew fewer than 40,000 miles or 48 segments, the price is $769. If you flew more than 40,000 miles or 48 segments, the price is $619.
Members will have until May 15 to take advantage of the offer. Emails will be sent to qualifying members and a special webpage has been created for the renewal process.
Holding elite status on American carries its perks, including:
- Flight mileage bonuses
- 500-minimum mileage guarantee on most flights
- PriorityAAccess privileges at check-in counters, security screening areas and boarding gates
- Upgrade privileges, including earned upgrades and complimentary upgrades
- Waived checked baggage charges
- Waived AAdvantage Award processing charges
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For more information on the buy-back program and to check your eligibility, click here.