I have not flown a single flight on American Airlines this year. Nevertheless, I received an offer this week to buy up to Gold status for 2019.
You might recall that I earned nearly enough AA miles last year to qualify for Platinum status, but did not even earn Gold status because I did not meet minimum spend requirements. Rather than mileage run for a status I did not plan to use, I let it go and left the status on the table.
I know AA views selling status status as another source of ancillary revenue, but was curious how much they wanted for this.
I’d say the only valuable benefits to Gold Status are increased mileage earnings, the occasional (very occasional) upgrade, complimentary standby, and preferred seating in economy class (on a space-available basis). All you need is an AA credit card for a free checked bag (already have that) and Gold status does not include lounge access.
I clicked through on my email and was taken to a landing page where I had to input my AAdvantage credentials:
Upon entering them, the offer displayed: $995.
Seriously? $995? Thanks but no thanks.
If I was serious about flying American Airlines, I would do a status challenge from United and use that $995 to essentially mileage run during the trial period. That seems far better dropping $995 for a status level that is frankly not worth anything close to $995 for an occasional AA flyer.
Would you pay American Airlines for status?