American Airlines STILL trying to sell Elite Status
Elite status is awesome, plain and simple. Having access to the priority check in line, fast security, free bags, and the occasional upgrade is awesome. The number one question that we’re asked at events and in our personal circles is “How do you get elite status? I would love have it, but I don’t fly nearly enough.” If that’s you, then American Airlines may have the answer.
Buy Gold / Platinum
No, no, no… this isn’t some late night infomercial about how Gold and Platinum are the newest investment strategies. American Airlines just sent me an email (and maybe you as well) about how I can buy my way into Gold or Platinum status on AA, and as you might expect, they come with a steep price tag… one that might outweigh the benefits of those tiers. Let’s take look at the offers.
High Level Comparison
Notice anything there? “Act Now and enjoy through January 2019…” so unlike actually EARNING your status, this one would only be good until January. If you were to fly enough to earn the miles, you would earn your status through January of 2020, so already this is a kick in the behind.
Want those Main Cabin Extra seats? Don’t choose Gold, as those will only allow you at check in.
One free checked bag is nice, but that’s really a savings of $25-$50 per flight. Nothing life changing but a nice perk nonetheless.
What’s the cost?
Here’s the real sticker shock:
Gold Status is $699 (for 9 months) and Platinum is $1299 (also for 9 months). That’s a pretty hefty price tag, but if you’re going to be flying a lot and have some flights that you can credit, then maybe that’s a win. Otherwise it seems like it’s a bit excessive.
One bright point on this deal is that the $699 or $1299 counts towards your qualifying dollars for status for the next year. Hooray.
How bad do you want it?
So, it’s gonna be between $700-$1300 to buy your way into elite status with no guarantee of upgrades and really only a couple of bag waivers and 2-4 inches of extra legroom. Are you buying? Does this seem remotely interesting to you?