American Airlines Offering Elite Buy-Back Program
If you missed hitting Gold or Platinum elite frequent-flier status with American Airlines for 2013, you may get a second chance—for a fee.
American this week will reach out to certain frequent fliers who missed the threshold in 2012 to requalify for Gold or Platinum status in 2013, offering an opportunity to buy the coveted status back.
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
For more information on the buy-back program and to check your eligibility, click here.