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Is American Airlines Concierge Key Worth It?

For many, the first time they ever heard about American Airlines’ Concierge Key program was in 2009 with the release of “Up In The Air.” In the movie, Ryan Bingham shows his Concierge Key card to Alex Goran as seen below. Up until that point many didn’t even know such a program existed. It wasn’t…
Travel Tip: How To Tell If You Bought An American Airlines Special Fare

I’ve written a few times now about American Airlines Special Fares. Essentially, Special Fares are fare codes in which you accrue AAdvantage Elite Qualifying activity based on mileage flown rather than price paid. I particularly love Special Fares because they allow you to earn a decent amount of EQD on deeply discounted long haul fares. Buying…
How Long Do Cathay Pacific Flights Take To Credit To AAdvantage?

Cathay Pacific Airways is a Hong Kong based airline and which is also a founding member of the OneWorld Alliance. Since American Airlines is also a member of the OneWorld Alliance you can actually earn AAdvantage miles while flying on Cathay Pacific anywhere in the world. Even more appealing, you can also accrue AAdvantage Elite…
American Airlines AAdvantage Elite Membership Cards Explained

I’ll never forget the first time I received my first AAdvantage elite status membership card. At that point I didn’t even know that American sent out membership cards. This was several years ago and chasing elite status wasn’t even on my mind. I earned Gold status because I somehow happened to fly 25,000 miles on…
Elite Status: American Airlines AAdvantage Executive Platinum Benefits

For the past few years I’ve begun each year with a simple goal. That goal is to earn the highest level of elite status currently offered by the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flyer program. This year I finally achieved that goal. While I did quite a bit of flying naturally, it was my insane year-end…
How To Earn American Airlines AAdvantage EQD Quickly

As we approach the end of the year a lot of people are starting to scramble to earn AAdvantage elite status. Many are trying to take a few last-minute trips in order to reach the next highest level. A few of us have probably flown many more miles than we expected, but are finding that…
My Final American AAdvantage Buy Up Offer To Executive Platinum

A few weeks ago American Airlines started sending AAdvantage members buy up offers. These offers allowed AAdvantage members to buy up from their current elite status level to a higher level for 2018. Additionally, when a member takes AAdvantage of the offer they’ll receive status within 24 hours of payment. When I received my first…
My New Insulting AAdvantage Platinum Pro Buy Up Offer

Update: I assumed and hoped this would be the case, but a few hours after posting this article my buy up offer once again changed. This time American offered that I pay just $495 to buy up to AAdvantage Platinum Pro Status. This updated offer is more in line with approximately how far away I…
American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum Pro Status Benefits

American has made many changes to the 2017 AAdvantage loyalty program. Changes include the reduction of Executive Platinum benefits, transitioning to a revenue based loyalty program, and the addition of AAdvantage Platinum Pro status. Today I’ll introduce American’s new elite status, explain how to qualify, and dive into the benefits offered. Overall, I find the…
Elite Status: American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum Status

American Airlines currently has 4 levels of elite status. Those levels from bottom to top are AAdvantage Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Executive Platinum. Each status represents an increase in benefits that compound as you attain each higher level. Today I’ll focus on AAdvantage Platinum status which is the third highest level, but don’t let that…