American Airlines Elite Fast Track 2015
Update: American seems to have taken down the registration page. There is a cached version that may or may not work. Check the comments for more information.
Back in 2013, I received AAdvantage Platinum status for booking one single ticket to Paraguay. The reason I was able to make this happen is because I registered for an AAdvantage Fast Track promotion. It turned out that the specific promotion I registered for was targeted, however American honored the fast track for those who registered before they pulled the page.
So fast forward to 2014 and my Platinum status gained through that challenge was set to expire soon, so I decided to match it to Alaska and then eventually match my Alaska status to Alitalia. In other words that one flight has netted me at least 4 years of airline elite status.
A New Elite Fast Track Opportunity
It seems American Airlines has a public offer page for yet another elite fast track. Much like the one I participated in, anyone can register. (That doesn’t mean everyone is eligible.) Here are the terms:
This is an exclusive offer only for select AAdvantage members who receive this message from LinkedIn and who do not hold AAdvantage Gold, Platinum or Executive Platinum status as of September 14, 2015. AAdvantage elite status members are not eligible for this offer.
Before I go any further, this promotion may only be for people who were targeted on LinkedIn, but the page allows anyone to register. The way I see it, why not try for yourself if you have upcoming flights or are looking to join the ranks of American Airline elites? Keep in mind that it may not be honored, but it doesn’t hurt to try if you plan to actually participate.
Fast Track Details
The fast track promotion is fairly simple. To gain status, you must earn a certain number of EQPs or elite qualifying points. EQPs are earned based on the rate, with discount economy fares only earning 50% of the miles flown. More expensive fares can earn up to 150%, so it is important to pay attention to how many EQPs the fare will earn. Here is what is needed to reach each tier.:
As you can see, you can earn Gold status with as little as a simple transcon. A longer flight could easily earn Platinum status. Executive Platinum might be a little harder to obtain, but for some this will be a great deal since status earned through this promotion is good February 28, 2017. You can find a list of the benefits of each tier here.
Since I have some upcoming paid flights on American and since I can use my ThankYou points at a value of 1.6 cents each on the airline thanks to my Citi Prestige, I went ahead and registered. There is of course no guarantee that I will be accepted, however I know I will participate and thus it can’t hurt to try. You can register here.