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I am very familiar with airline elite status matches and challenges and the really fun game of dominos you can play in that regard. Heck, in 2016 I matched my expiring United Platinum status to Alaska MVP 75K status and then used that to get the free JetSmarter flights last summer. It was a glorious chain of events, that sadly has come to an end for now as the only airline status I have at the moment is low-level United Silver status.
Or more accurately, I should say that the only airlines status I had was low-level United status. This afternoon an email landed in my inbox bestowing me with five months of American Airlines Platinum Pro status, which normally requires 75,000 elite qualifying miles and $9,000 elite qualifying dollars spent in a calendar year.
This isn’t a match or a challenge, but rather this is an outright gift good through May 25, 2018. If I earn 20,000 elite qualifying miles and spend $3,000 elite qualifying dollars on American and eligible partners between now and May 25, 2018, I can extend the status through January 31, 2019.
This isn’t just me though as I am seeing lots of reports from others (such as here) who have received similar status gifts from American today, though not all at the Platinum Pro level. They seem to have given out status at the Gold through Platinum Pro level, so absolutely pay attention to your inbox.
My subject line was an eye-catching “Free Platinum Pro status for you”. For those curious, Platinum Pro status includes the following perks:
- Complimentary upgrades on flights within North America (confirmed as early as 72 hours before departure)
- Priority check-in, security and boarding
- 9 award miles/U.S. dollar (80% bonus)
- Complimentary access to Main Cabin Extra and Preferred seats
- 2 free checked bags
- oneworld® SapphireSM status on partner airlines
In terms of data points, I have flown American some in the last year with more flights booked in 2018, but most of the flights are on miles as opposed to spending real dollars. I do have one American Airlines credit card at the moment and have never before had American Airlines elite status. Perhaps more importantly, until January 1st, I had Alaska MVP 75K status that I would use to secure free Main Cabin Extra seats on American operated flights On 1/1 my Alaska status ended and that component of the Alaska and American partnership went away, too. There may very well be a tie-in to those who had Alaska Airlines status they used with American with this offer, especially given that there benefits side of the partnership just ended. That would also explain why I got a better version of this offer given that I had top tier Alaska status.
The promotion code for this offer is HV18T and here is the landing page, just in case you want to try your account’s luck. I don’t anticipate this is the sort of thing that will work if you weren’t specifically targeted, but it is free to try.
Did you receive free American Airlines elite status today, too? If so, have you had history with Alaska Airlines via your American account?
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