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AAdvantage Status Challenge

AA Gold Status

Last week prior to my trip to Rio, I decided to sign up for the American Airlines AAdvantage Elite Status Challenge to attain AA Gold status through February 2017. AA Gold is the lowest tier of elite status on American Airlines and comes with moderately decent benefits.  Platinum and Executive Platinum are the other 2 elite tier levels and offer many more valuable benefits. An AA Challenge is based on flying sufficiently to earn 5,000 (AAdvantage Gold) or 10,000 (AAdvantage Platinum) Elite Qualifying Points (EQP) in a three month period. Elite Qualifying Points, which are different than Elite Qualifying Miles (actual miles flown), are compiled on the basis of miles earned and fare class. Without the shortcut to elite status via the AA challenge, I would have had to fly 25K miles for Gold, 50K miles for Platinum and 100K miles for Executive Platinum, unattainable amounts for me.

AA challenge

So why did I sign up for the challenge? Well, to be quite frank, I just really wanted to. I’ve never had airline status of any kind and since the lowest tier requires a minimum of 25K miles flown to earn Gold with AA and like I said, flying 25k miles with AA a year is a stretch for me so why not? With the challenge, I only have to travel 10K miles in 90 days and I earn AA Gold status until February 2017! Since my travel to Brazil was coming up, I figured now is as good time as any to sign up for the challenge because I’d earn 4,162 Elite Qualifying Points (EQP’s) out of 5000 and be almost at the 5,000 needed to attain Gold status. I earn 4,162 EQP’s because MIA-GIG Roundtrip comes out to 8,326 miles but since I booked deep discounted coach ticket, I only earn 0.5 of the miles flown towards the challenge. Therefore, I get half the amount of miles flown 4,162 EQP’s. Get it?

So now I just needed a short flight of about 2,000 miles (half of 2000, would net me 1,000 EQP’s) to reach 5k in 90 days. Thankfully, The Flight Deal published some fantastic AA fares from Fort Lauderdale/Miami to Dallas for $100 roundtrip and I could even fly to/from same day to make it home in time for dinner. I’d have lunch, a glass of vino or two and a massage for FREE at The Centurion Lounge DFW (thanks to my Amex Platinum card) and be home for dinner with G&O and get to put them to sleep.

Now, that’s pure GOLD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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