In addition to generous mileage earning for the charter flight, American Airlines has two separate offers for participants: bonus miles for flying on American between now and the charter flight itself, and an ultra-relaxed status challenge offer for folks who are elite members of another loyalty program.
Here are the terms and conditions for the American Airlines bonus offers (.pdf) made to MegaDO participants.
First, bonus miles for flying roundtrips through January 13.
Earn up to 55,000 AAdvantage® bonus miles for round trip travel flown on American Airlines, American Eagle or AmericanConnection® between October 9, 2011, and January 13, 2012.
Each roundtrip earns a successively bigger bonus. One roundtrip is 1000 miles, two roundtrips is 2000 more, three roundtrips is 3000 more… up to 10,000 bonus miles for the 10th roundtrip (and 55,000 total bonus miles earned).
Open jaw trips are eligible, one-ways (including two one-ways that would constitute a roundtrip but booked as separate reservations) are not.
That’s great and all, and I love bonus miles. But that’s not the offer that’s most generous, and has my own mouth watering.
Normally, American Airlines offers fast track to Gold and Platinum status, fees range from $120 – $200 to participate, and challenges are based on elite qualifying points meaning you either had to buy high fare tickets or fly twice as many miles as otherwise required.
MegaDO participants who have elite status in a competing airline have much lower than usual qualification rules for a challenge.
- There’s no fee.
- It’s based on miles flown, not points.
- Gold is just 5000 miles, Platinum 10,000, and Executive Platinum 20,000
- This can even be used to re-qualify for status (an existing American Executive Platinum who is also a United 1K could use this to maintain their Executive Platinum status)
Travel between October 9 and January 13 will count, even flights taken before you register for the challenge. Of course, you are only eligible to challenge the status level that you have in a competing program (e.g. a United 1K can challenge to American Executive Platinum, a Delta Silver can challenge to American Gold).
This offer alone is enough to make me really glad I’m going on the trip. A single trip to Asia plus a cross-country trip could make Executive Platinum. Or four cross-country roundtrips and a Florida trip. I may finally make the jump over to American AAdvantage, and though I’ve previously written that I plan to cross the 3 million lifetime miles threshold on the charter flight I’m tempted to drop some hotel points into my AAdvantage account right now, get 3 million miles and the accompanying 4 international upgrade certificates in order to make my quest for Executive Platinum that much more comfortable.