With the start of a new calendar year, your progress toward status with individual airlines has also reset. Your earnings toward 2020 airline status minimums—in dollars, miles flown, segments flown, etc.—began on January 1.
To that point, you should be on the lookout for start-of-year offers from the airlines (and read about my ridiculous end-of-2019 offer from AA here). If you receive an email from your airline (ahem, American) that says you can achieve 2020 airline status through spend alone (as in hit spending minimums and not miles/segments flown minimums), but you have to register in advance, you should do it. I received such an email from AA and I registered. Even if you don’t think you’ll spend enough to hit the spending minimum, you just never know. A client might buy you an expensive ticket, etc., and that one pricey ticket could earn you elite status, which normally would require flying a bunch of miles, as well.
“American’s targeted offer,” says travel writer Ramsey Qubein, “is being sent to some members in a bid to encourage more business with the airline for the new year. While it is rarely worth paying cash outright for a status offer, these types of challenges provide benefits in exchange for cash you may have already been planning to spend on travel.”
In the case of the American Airlines promotion (see more on how it works here), you must sign up by the end of the day today (January 14). It literally takes just a couple of clicks (less than a minute). Not all AAdvantage members received it, but it can’t hurt to check your inbox for it.
Other 2020 airline status offers
Have you received a similar email from AA or another airline? If so, please share your experience in the comments!
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