AAdvantage Elite Fast Track Results
Last week I wrote about a supposedly targeted promotion offering a fast track to elite status for AAdvantage members. While the terms said the promotion was only for targeted LinkedIn members, the registration page was open to the public. I registered for the promotion and so did many others.
The promotional page only lasted a few hours and eventually went away. Since then a lot of people have emailed me to ask if American is honoring the promotion. Some people were able to call into the airline and confirm the promotion was added to their account, however the airline hadn’t sent out any confirmations. That is until now.
My Fast Track Acceptance
I just received the following email from American:
Thanks for registering for our fast track to American Airlines AAdvantage elite status promotion.
Here’s a reminder of how it works: Fly on American, US Airways and other select airlines* and earn the required elite-qualifying points between September 14 and December 23, 2015, and you’ll receive status through February 28, 2017.
Required elite-qualifying miles or points
Once you qualify, you’ll enjoy the wide range of elite benefits that come with status.
It’s that easy.
We look forward to welcoming you onboard soon.
Success! I am enrolled in the fast track. You can see the chart below, but basically to earn elite status I need to earn 5K EQPs for Gold, 9K for Platinum or 25K for Executive Platinum. While I am really happy, it isn’t good news for everyone.
A few people have told me that American says they are not eligible. Since the terms did say it was for targeted accounts only, there really isn’t a fight here, but I wonder what disqualified certain people. A good friend of mine who is an AAdvantage Gold received the following email today:
AAdvantage Gold Number:
Thanks for your interest in our fast track to American Airlines AAdvantage elite status promotion.
Unfortunately, you are not eligible to participate in this promotion. The most common reasons for ineligibility are:
The AAdvantage account number you provided at registration is not valid
You already hold AAdvantage Gold, Platinum or Executive Platinum status
You are already registered for a different fast track promotion
See offer terms and conditions »
In his case it was a long shot since he was Gold, but I do know of a couple non-elites who were denied as well. For those who earned their status the hard way, I know promotions like this are a bitter pill. My AAdvantage Gold friend who was denied said something that I know a lot of you are probably feeling, “I should stop flying American so I can qualify for these things.”
I did an elite fast track back in 2013 and decided only to go for Platinum. While it is definitely more of a low hanging fruit, Platinum status isn’t nearly as good as Executive Platinum status. While it will take some looking, I’m confident I can find some cheap fares to get me the 25K I need for Executive Platinum. Unlike my first fast track, this one is based on EQPs though, so it will be harder to meet.
It is sort of crazy to me that a couple of months ago I was looking at my soon to expire Alaska MVP Gold status and thinking of strategic ways to extend it. Now I have been matched to SkyTeam Gold thanks to Alitalia, matched to Star Alliance Silver thanks to Copa and soon will have some sort of OneWorld elite status thanks to American’s fast track. Wow!
If you registered for the AAdvantage fast track then I suggest checking your email, because you should either have good news or bad news. My friend and I both received our emails within the past hour, so it seems like they are going out in bulk. Did you get in on this fast track deal? What are your plans? Let me know in the comments!