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AA Platinum Challenge $150?  
User currently offlineWillyj From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 468 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6514 times:

I just called about doing a Platinum Challenge, and the agent let me know that they now charge $150 for the Gold and Platinum Challenges - when did this start?

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User currently offlineRedcenterflyer From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6496 times:

mid year I believe. I signed up in april and there was no charge. I found out about the charge when the GF signed up for her trip back home to US from Australia. There is some information on flyertalk.com under the american airlines forum in the discussion about challenges.

User currently offlineUtapao From Thailand, joined Jul 2005, 645 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6460 times:



Quoting Willyj (Thread starter):
when did this start?

Effective for enrollments made on or after October 15th. $80/Gold, $150/Platinum.



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User currently offlineRafabozzolla From Brazil, joined Apr 2000, 1184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6235 times:

Pardon my ignorance....

What is a Platinum Challenge?


User currently offlineCOERJ145 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6216 times:



Quoting Rafabozzolla (Reply 3):

What is a Platinum Challenge?

It is a "fast track" to AAdvantage Platinum elite status. You fly 10K elite qualifying points(not miles) in 90 days and you get platinum. They have a similar challenge for AAdvantage gold(the level below it).


User currently offlineDivemaster08 From Cayman Islands, joined Jul 2008, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6126 times:

Wow talk about being cheap!
I sometimes wonder where AA will go next on these extra charges!
Luckly tho i signed up for mine at the end of September and wasnt charged!



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User currently offlineUtapao From Thailand, joined Jul 2005, 645 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6109 times:



Quoting Divemaster08 (Reply 5):
Wow talk about being cheap!

I don't get where it is being cheap. They are allowing you to short-track, reach a premium plateau, whether you fly an additional mile or not, and enjoy the status of that plateau for up to a year.

What would it cost an individual in terms of waiting until they fly the required 50K, vs having the status earlier in the year for upgrades, etc.???

If any individual does not wish to invest the $150, they can fly the required mileage and become Platinum at no cost other than the tickets they had to purchase.



Sawasdee khrab!
User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32183 posts, RR: 72
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6074 times:



Quoting Divemaster08 (Reply 5):
Wow talk about being cheap!
I sometimes wonder where AA will go next on these extra charges!
Luckly tho i signed up for mine at the end of September and wasnt charged!

Are you kidding yourself?

AA charges $150 to give somebody as many as 32 months of status (32 months since, if you do a PLAT challenge and achieve status June 2008, it will give you status through February 2010 in PLAT. If you do not re-qualify, you become Gold through February 2011).

How is that cheap? Name me one airline where $150 dollars and a cheap Y ticket from Los Angeles to Europe gets you up to 32 months of status - which includes 100% mileage bonus and a very easy and affordable domestic upgrade policy.

This charge is a good thing by making status on AA a little more exclusive, yet still making it easily attainable to somebody who is serious enough to want it.

I'm very glad that AA is doing this. It's an additional charge that actually makes sense.



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User currently offlineTonytifao From Brazil, joined Mar 2005, 1011 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5855 times:



Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 7):
Are you kidding yourself?

AA charges $150 to give somebody as many as 32 months of status (32 months since, if you do a PLAT challenge and achieve status June 2008, it will give you status through February 2010 in PLAT. If you do not re-qualify, you become Gold through February 2011).

How is that cheap? Name me one airline where $150 dollars and a cheap Y ticket from Los Angeles to Europe gets you up to 32 months of status - which includes 100% mileage bonus and a very easy and affordable domestic upgrade policy.

This charge is a good thing by making status on AA a little more exclusive, yet still making it easily attainable to somebody who is serious enough to want it.

I'm very glad that AA is doing this. It's an additional charge that actually makes sense.

Agree completely! This is a legitimate charge!


User currently offlineFCO110 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5814 times:

How many people are there in the respective tiers? I would assume gold has the most but the upper? To what extent does the challenge dilute the overall pool of members?

User currently offlineTOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3277 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5422 times:



Quoting FCO110 (Reply 9):
How many people are there in the respective tiers? I would assume gold has the most but the upper? To what extent does the challenge dilute the overall pool of members?

Thats on a need to know basis, and you don't need to know. Seriously the number of elites at each airline is a closely guarded secret. That's because of the amount of revenue each elite brings to the airline. Which is why charging for the challenge is a dumb idea. The elites make money for the airlines.


User currently offlineFLY2LIM From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1183 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5312 times:



Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 7):
AA charges $150 to give somebody as many as 32 months of status (32 months since, if you do a PLAT challenge and achieve status June 2008, it will give you status through February 2010 in PLAT. If you do not re-qualify, you become Gold through February 2011).

If you think about it, I think $150 is very cheap indeed, but for the passenger who is upgrading. If you account the time saved from using the express check in lanes, etc. and, in some cases, receiving perks not accessible to the common traveler, the price you pay is minimal. Besides, the bonus mileage accrued would cost more if purchased separately, if you can even still do that.
What a deal!

FLY2LIM



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User currently offlineAussieindc From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5240 times:

sorry to hijack your thread, but with the AA Challenge, would an 'I' class ticket from JFK-LHR come in under or over the 10K Elite Qualifying points for Platinum given that you accrue 3452 miles and 5178 points each way?

Appreciate your thoughts.

Cheers,
Aussieindc


User currently offlineFCO110 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5126 times:



Quoting TOLtommy (Reply 10):
Thats on a need to know basis, and you don't need to know. Seriously the number of elites at each airline is a closely guarded secret. That's because of the amount of revenue each elite brings to the airline. Which is why charging for the challenge is a dumb idea. The elites make money for the airlines.

That is my point - as I fall in one of the tiers with over 2 Million miles - how many others can get in with nominal effort by paying $150.00. I assume the aggregate of my miles is still looked at in terms of if I receive and upgrade or stand by clearance vs. someone who paid $150.00.


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32183 posts, RR: 72
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5019 times:



Quoting TOLtommy (Reply 10):

That's because of the amount of revenue each elite brings to the airline. Which is why charging for the challenge is a dumb idea. The elites make money for the airlines.

That's why charging is a very good idea.

Big spenders won't be thrown off by a $150 charge to sign-up. It's pocket change.

Who will be thrown off? The many, many people who call up for a challenge because they happen to be flying on a discount Y ticket between LA and Europe, which earns enough points to become PLAT by making a simple phone call.



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