Ckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5641 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1805 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.
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.
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Ripcordd From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1283 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1773 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.
Ckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5641 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1773 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.
RIPCORDD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1283 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1726 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.
Motif1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 296 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1685 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).
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.
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