Yesterday I outlined a method by which California and Illinois residents can earn Executive Platinum status with American for under $2,000 in four days, which gets you benefits like unlimited domestic upgrades, eight international upgrades per year, international first class lounge access when traveling internationally, etc.
Unfortunately they pulled the $99 one-way fares between San Francisco/Los Angeles and Chicago that I had mentioned yesterday that were required to make this work, though they have just been reloaded them, so it’s once again possible to make Executive Platinum status for under $2,000 in just a few days.
One important thing to note regarding American’s double elite qualifying miles promotion between Dallas/Chicago and Los Angeles/San Francisco (which in this instance means you would get triple elite qualifying miles), is that travel must be nonstop between those cities to qualify for triple elite qualifying miles, and you can only book one roundtrip per ticket. The terms and conditions state the following:
Offer only applies to AAdvantage members with an address on file with AAdvantage Marketing Programs in California, Illinois or Texas. AAdvantage promotion is valid for round-trip travel on purchased, published fare tickets on American Airlines marketed and operated nonstop flights between Chicago (ORD) or Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO) from October 27, 2011 through March 31, 2012. A round trip is defined as two one-way trips booked in a single reservation under one ticket number. Reservations containing open jaws are eligible. A maximum of one round trip is permitted per reservation.
Let me make this exceedingly easy on you guys. Say you live in San Francisco. You could fly the following for $440 all-in:
American 1522 San Francisco to Chicago departing at 11:55PM and arriving at 5:50AM (+1 day)
American 1341 Chicago to San Francisco departing at 6:50AM and arriving at 9:25AM
American 556 San Francisco to Chicago departing at 10:35AM and arriving at 4:55PM
American 1561 Chicago to San Francisco departing at 7:15PM and arriving at 9:55PM
That would net you 22,152 elite qualifying miles. Do that for four days and you’re almost at Executive Platinum.
Look folks, I have no skin in the game here. I have travel booked for next year that will just about requalify me for Executive Platinum, and that was travel that was booked way before double elite qualifying miles were announced. Hell, I do have skin in the game — more Executive Platinum members means more competition for upgrades, which means more time in coach for me, which means fewer hot nuts and more time looking at the curtain from the wrong side (the horror). But I’m trying to help you guys out. This is the best opportunity I’ve seen to “get in the game” from scratch in at least a couple of years.
And don’t expect these fares to stick around. If you want to take advantage of this offer, do so now.