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User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5238 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1591 times:

My wife didn't fly enough last year to main her AAdvantage Gold status for 2008. She could pay for Gold status, but that costs more than $400.

She also heard of a challenge, in which a person a certain number miles or flight segments in a short period of time.

First, how does the challenge work?

Second, how do you sign up for a challenge?

Third, can you sign up for a challenge after commencing travel? Since 1/8/08, she's had an ORD-PIT roundtrip and an ORD-MDT roundtrip. This Friday, she will finish an ORD-PHX roundtrip. I think that's around 5000 miles.

Any help would be appreciated. She's gotten used to first-class check-in, first-class security, boarding with Group 1, and sitting in the exit row.

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User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11640 posts, RR: 61
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1577 times:

All of your questions and more can be answered here.

Click on 'Elite Status' on the left, and then 'Challenges' under 'Qualification.'

It's a really great resource.

Cheers, Commavia


User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1574 times:
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Have you checked flyertalk.com's AAdvantage forum? They have a sticky there that explains it pretty well.
http://flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=702660

IIRC, Gold Advantages wasn't really worth a mileage run to keep my status for this year. She can call AAdvantage and find out though. IMHO, First check in, security and grp1 boarding are not worth it since I like to stand up and move around outside the plane as much as possible before I prepare to sit inside a dehydrated cramped tube for several hours, even if in exit row.

Good luck.



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User currently offlineKL808 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1567 times:



Quoting Ckfred (Thread starter):
First, how does the challenge work?

You'll need to fly a certain amount of miles or certain amount of qualifying points for a certain amount of time. Not sure how long of a time. Call AA.

Quoting Ckfred (Thread starter):
Second, how do you sign up for a challenge?

Call AA and ask for the Gold Challenge.

Quoting Ckfred (Thread starter):
Third, can you sign up for a challenge after commencing travel? Since 1/8/08, she's had an ORD-PIT roundtrip and an ORD-MDT roundtrip.

NO

Quoting Ckfred (Thread starter):
This Friday, she will finish an ORD-PHX roundtrip. I think that's around 5000 miles.

MAYBE. She might be able to get credit for the PHX-ORD portion only. No credit for segments already flown. Again call AA.

Good luck

Drew



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User currently offlineRipcordd From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1168 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1559 times:

It's called the GOLD/PLT Challenge it's like if you get for gold 5,000 points in 90 days or for plt 10,000 points in 90 days it's not listed anywhere you have to call and ask for it. They will give you details then. Remember that 5,000 miles is not 5000 points I really don't know how that works. I know that full fare first class is 1 point for 1 mile. I don't know if they still do this.

User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5238 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1559 times:



Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 2):
First check in, security and grp1 boarding are not worth it since I like to stand up and move around outside the plane as much as possible before I prepare to sit inside a dehydrated cramped tube for several hours, even if in exit row.

But, she has to deal with the check-in and security mess at ORD. It's not pleasant. And she usually takes a laptop on business trips, so being in Group 1 means that she actually gets to put the laptop bag in the bin over her head, rather than 4 rows away.


User currently offlineAAce24 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 849 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1555 times:

Be careful with the challenges though.

If you sign up for the Gold challenge and happen to fly enough to earn Platinum status, you will still only get Gold.

If you sign up for the Platinum challenge, and only fly enough to get Gold status, you will get credit for nothing.


User currently offlineJamman From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1539 times:



Quoting Ckfred (Thread starter):
She could pay for Gold status, but that costs more than $400.

I didn't think American let you pay for status.



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User currently offlineKL808 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1539 times:



Quoting Jamman (Reply 7):
I didn't think American let you pay for status.

They don't. They only offer it to those that lost their status. ie they where gold the year before.

Drew



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User currently offlineAAce24 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 849 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1539 times:

Quoting Jamman (Reply 7):
I didn't think American let you pay for status.

This is correct.

Miles that are purchased do not reflect on status.

Edited to add that KL808 is also correct.

[Edited 2008-01-30 13:23:58]

User currently offlineJamman From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1526 times:



Quoting KL808 (Reply 8):
They don't. They only offer it to those that lost their status. ie they where gold the year before.

Ahh right, thanks.



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User currently offlineRIPCORDD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1168 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1512 times:

They will back date it for they did for me and my trip was about 3 weeks before I signed up. I did the PLT one since I was going ORD-OGG-ORD in First class on a paid ticket. Was nice to have it for the year.

User currently offlineMotif1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 250 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1471 times:

GLD/PLT challenge can only start on the 1st of the month or on the 16th. If your wife signs up now the challenge would start on Feb 1 and she would get credit for the flight on Friday.

According to AA the flight miles between ORD and PHX are 1438. These are Qualifying miles.
Depending on the class of service she would get either 50%, 100% or 150% Elite Qualifying Points for that flight. The challenge is based only on Elite Qualifying Points (Q-Points).

Booking class:
G, Q, N, O, S - 50% = 719 Q-points
H, K, M, L, W, V - 100% = 1438 points.
B, Y, D, I, J, A, F, P - 150% = 2157 points.

Hope that helps.

Motif1



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