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Free American Airlines Elite Status — Here’s How to See If You’re Targeted

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Free American Airlines Elite Status — Here’s How to See If You’re Targeted

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INSIDER SECRET: Recently Hyatt and American Airlines partnered to offer reciprocal benefits including points earning and elite status opportunities. If you have Hyatt Explorist status or higher you might be targeted to fast track your way to American Airlines status.

American Airlines is targeting new accounts with a promotion it ran a couple of times earlier this year. If you’re eligible you’ll get a free Gold, Platinum or Platinum Pro elite status trial. You need to register by September 25, 2019, at which point your American Airlines status will be valid until December 31, 2019.

With the elite status trial, you’ll also have an opportunity to extend the status through January 31, 2021.

Free American Airlines Status Promotion

You can check to see if you’re targeted by clicking here and logging into your account. If you’re eligible, the offer will be listed under the “Promotions” tab on your AAdvantage account page.

Check out our American Airlines status guide to learn more about the perks of each level.

The details of each targeted promotion vary, but some accounts have an opportunity to extend their status through January 31, 2021. If you’re eligible you only need to meet these requirements to extend your status:

  • Gold – 7,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) and 850 Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQD)
  • Platinum – 12,500 EQM and 1,500 EQD
  • Platinum Pro – 20,000 EQM and 2,400 EQD

Most of these thresholds are only one-fourth of what you’d normally need to earn the equivalent status, but you also only have roughly one-fourth the amount of time to meet them.

The Points Guy reports that some accounts targeted for Gold or Platinum status are also being given a limited number of 500-mile upgrades and Platinum Pro status comes with unlimited 500-mile upgrades.

If you weren’t targeted for this offer you can still get a free checked bag and priority boarding with American Airlines cards like these:

The information for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

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Hi – I logged into AA and clearly saw that I was NOT targeted. My husband logged and screen shows “Elite Qualification.” He clicked on “How to qualify” and it just shows the requirement to extend the status, no registration that you mentioned. We contacted AA and waiting, but were wondering if you had any tips. Thanks!

I don’t know of any way to increase the chances of being targeted. I think it just depends on what the company decides who they want to go after. So with all the data they have, they might target people who haven’t used the card in awhile. Or they might target people who have certain spending patterns, or have made purchases in a particular geographic area or as part of a certain demographic.

Lots of variables, and it’s probably just what the company decides might bring in more business.