American Airlines ‘Instant Status Pass’, New Elite Status Challenge
American Airline revealed this week a new elite status challenge program, which is called ”Instant Status Pass.” The carrier has not offered status challenges or matches since it revamped the AAdvantage program early this year and introduced Loyalty Points.
The new status challenge, Instant Status Pass, will be more personalized and based on how many Loyalty Points you earn.
These offers will automatically show up in the Promotions tab for some members, and you’ll have 30 days to register. Even if the offer is not showing up, it could pop up later on. But you can also call AAdvantage Customer Service at 800-882-8880 and request a challenge to see what is available for you.
Some members will receive fee-free offers, but other will be charged a co-pay, but fees won’t be waived for everyone. This is how American Airlines status challenges usually worked.
You will receive instant elite status good for 4 months. Then you need to earn enough Loyalty Points during that period to keep it for another 4 months. Then, if you earn enough Loyalty Points in those next 4 months, you get to keep your elite status for the following 4 months and the rest of the following member year.
The earning requirement will usually be a third of the annual Loyalty Points requirement. You can earn Loyalty Points through many activities, such as flying, shopping, and using your credit card.
It’s worth keeping in mind that the timing matter when doing these challenges. American Airlines AAdvantage members qualify for status based on the 12-month period starting on March 1 of each year. Then, status lasts through March 31 of the following year. So you’ll want to complete all phases in early April. That way you’ll enjoy your status for almost two years.