This post is part of a long-form series documenting the process of completing a status match challenge. For the master post on my experience matching from United Airlines MileagePlus Premier 1k to American Airlines AAdvantage Executive Platinum, click here.
Is It Time To Say Goodbye?
At the beginning of August 2018, I found myself searching for a way to retain my prized United Airlines Premier 1k status. Not unlike Andrea Bocelli, it appeared that after 350,382 “lifetime miles” on UA (more than half of all the miles I’ve flown total), I was going to have to say goodbye to the “Friendly Skies”…
Time to say goodbyeto countries I neversaw and shared with you,now, yes, I shall experience them.(just not on United)
THANK YOU SWEET BABY JESUS! Times like this (when I thought all hope was lost) are why I’m #loyal to @united! 3rd flight this week brings an #upgrade to #Amsterdam. A flat bed makes all the difference. #flythefriendlyskies #heaven #happy #champersdarling #thankful #stretch #travelgram #hemisphere #moeonthego
Is It Stockholm Syndrome…Or Just Staying Sane?
Welcome to the dAArk Side
How to Request a Status Match on American Airlines
- Take a screen shot of all your flight activity from the program you are currently a member of. It was easier for me to screen shot off the desktop than the app (for United).
- Send an email to AAdvantage.Customer.Svc@aa.com requesting a status match challenge with said screen shot files attached. Also be sure to include a screen shot of your current membership card for the program you’re seeking them to match.
- Be prepared to make the move within 10 business days and have a grasp of what your travel is going to look like for a total of 90 days.
In this case, I started the inquiry process back in June, before I realized what all the terms were going to be. I try to make it a habit to take some time off from the road to enjoy summertime in Chicago so when I was first informed of the offer I was being given, I realized I needed to wait.
When you begin the status match challenge for American Airlines, based upon what status level you are trying to match, you will have 90 days to do so. You must accept the offer within 10 business days and budget 48 hours of adjustment for their systems to sync up and reflect the status desired.
You are TECHNICALLY considered that status level during your 90 days but you don’t receive the upgrades (in their case 4 one-way systemwide certificates) until you successfully complete the challenge. As an Executive Platinum, you do however get some pretty nice perks:
- Complimentary auto-requested upgrades (regional: Domestic/North America) for paid AND award travel…which is better than United which only offers upgrades on paid tickets
- A 100-hour upgrade window
- 120% elite mileage bonus
- Complimentary Main Cabin Extra and Preferred Seating
- 3 Free Checked Bags
This is in addition to all the perks of oneworld Emerald status.
Off To The Races
To receive Executive Platinum status for the rest of 2018 (starting as soon as I meet the challenge), AND score those four one-way upgrades and retain EP status through the full 2019 program year (ending January 31, 2020) I would have to meet the following criteria:
- Earn a minimum of $4,000 EQDs (elite qualifying dollars)
- Fly 35,000 EQMs (elite qualifying miles) OR 40 EQSs (elite qualifying segments)
on AA, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia or Japan Airlines.
Clearly trying to “win” my business, the agents I interacted with via email were incredibly helpful and responsive. They assured me that I could reach out to them at any time when I was ready to make the move, acknowledging that the offer was subject to change (it didn’t). Considering the fact that without a challenge I’d have to spend $12,000 EQDs and fly 100,000 EQMs, this is a great “deal”. Now begins the race to see if I can meet the requirement!
UPDATE: Challenge Status as of 9/4/18
$1,322 EQDs (Currently appealing to have a $450 day-of paid upgrade to Business Class be included in that spend)
Only $2,678 EQDs & 23,125 EQMs to go…
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