My big travel dilemma at the moment is whether I should pay to keep my American Airlines AAdvantage Executive Platinum status or just buy a ticket and fly somewhere.
As you can see from the screenshot above, I’ve flown over 110,000 miles so I met the 100,000-mile qualification. But I haven’t met the dollar spend, which is new this year. Passengers need to spend a total of $12,000 in a calendar year to keep the status and I’m going to be $817 short. Right now, I’m $1,846 short but I have a few flights left before the end of the year.
Currently, American Airlines is offering for me to buy Executive Status for $2,025 (see screenshot above) but I know the price will go down after I complete the three flights I have booked before 2018. I’m just not sure how much it will go down. If it’s a few hundred dollars, I will do it but if it’s a lot more, I don’t think I will. That’s why I need your help.
If you are an American Airlines frequent flier, please log into your account on this page (https://elite.americanairlines.com/eliterenewal/login.cfm) and let me know in the comments section below what your offer is. I’m curious to see what all the offers are but I’m really interested in travelers who are in the same boat (or plane, as it were) as me.
Earlier in the month, when they sent me the offer, I was at $8,434 spent and 99,160 miles flown (see screenshot above) and they offered me a ridiculous amount to buy up.
As you can see from the screenshot above, they wanted $765 for Platinum Pro (their new 75,000) or $3,699 for Executive Platinum. Ha!
Of course, I want to keep my Executive Platinum status, which expires on January 31, 2018 but I’m not all that happy with American’s operation at LAX, which is my home airport. I’m sick of circling around LAX’s tarmac looking for a gate and then waiting an hour or more for my bag to come out. And on top of that, in my recent experience, most of their flight attendants don’t even greet you when you board and aren’t that friendly (unless you are super friendly to them and sometimes that doesn’t even matter.)
I’m thinking about switching back to Delta or United and would have already done so if either of them flew LA to Toronto nonstop. I know this is a good and not very important problem to have in the grand scheme of things, so I’m not that worried but would love your feedback!
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