It’s one of the few “shortcuts” to top tier elite status, so understandably many people were interested in taking advantage of the status trial.
According to the US Airways website, the Trial Preferred program has been discontinued, effective immediately:
If you’ve recently completed or enrolled in a challenge nothing changes for you. Once you’ve met the requirements you will be granted elite status through February 2016. If you have other questions about the challenge, I’ve compiled an FAQ with questions on the trial program and how it impacts your future status on American.
This isn’t at all surprising, and I honestly expected this to end much earlier in the month.
Hopefully everyone who was considering this shortcut has already enrolled!
(Tip of the hat to Ben)