This morning, American Airlines announced the new AAdvantage program. One of the key takeaways is that US Airways Chairman’s Preferred members will merge with American Airlines Executive Platinum in the second quarter of 2015.
Interestingly, US Airways has a trial preferred program, whereby if you earn a set amount of miles within an allotted time, they will grant you that status through the following program year.
- Buy Silver for $200 and fly 7,500 miles or 10 segments
- Buy Gold for $400 and fly 15,000 miles or 20 segments
- Buy Platinum for $600 and fly 22,500 miles or 30 segments
If you fly 30,000 miles or 40 segments, you’ll earn Chairman’s Preferred Status, no matter which trial status you enrolled in previously. So, you could pay $200 to be a Silver for 90 days, fly 30,000 miles during that timeframe, and US Airways will upgrade your account to Chairman’s Preferred. The flights can be either on American or US Airways, which brings up some interesting thoughts on mileage runs. Hmm…
Recently, American has published a number of very decent fares from Washington DC or Newark, NJ to either San Jose, CA or San Fransisco, CA. Roughly speaking, the fares around around $250 round-trip, with connections in Dallas. The fares come and go, and if they aren’t available today, they may be available tomorrow or in a few days.
It is 5,660 miles from Newark to San Fransisco, via Dallas, round-trip.
So, it would take 6 full round-trips to pass the 30,000 mile mark needed to earn Chairman’s Preferred. At a cost of $1488 for the 6 round-trips, plus the cost of the $200 Silver trial, you are coming in at around $1700 to earn Chairman’s Preferred through next year. Including the 2 systemwide upgrades you’ll receive now, the 8 you’ll receive next year, and the merger benefits in the second quarter, you are coming out ahead of many current Executive Platinum members.
Will you be trying to earn Executive Platinum status via this method or a similar mileage-run method this year?
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