If you’ve been on a plane, you’ve inevitably heard the spiel thanking the airline and their partners “elite” frequent fliers. Most of us travel out of necessity only a few times a year on different airlines receiving no benefits whatsoever. For that reason, most of these announcements go by very unnoticed. American Airlines have run a fantastic ongoing promotion which allows you to become an “elite” flier without being a frequent flier and registration ends at the end of day, today. One day we just might be amongst those applauded elite reaping the benefits without the hard work….

Yes, sadly by all accounts American Airlines is doing away with their Platinum status challenge, at least in its current form. Platinum status is the second highest frequent flier elite status offered by American and entitles you to an incredible suite of benefits including unlimited free upgrades on flights under 500 miles, lounge access whenever traveling on partners whatever cabin you’re flying, priority luggage handling and check in, tons of fee waivers and really just an awesome travel experience. You’ll notice the difference. For benefits of this nature, this status generally requires 75,000 miles worth of flying in a year. That’s something even I rarely do with one airline. The good news is that through this Platinum Status Challenge, you can register and fly 10,000 elite qualifying points (similar to miles) within a three month span and attain the status for the rest of the year and all of 2016, even into the first two months of 2017. I mention points because the status is based off of American Airlines Elite Qualification Points also known as EQP. The points are very similar to miles in that most fares offer one point for one mile flown. A round trip flight from New York to San Francisco on most fares will earn 5,000 points, the same number as the flown miles. The same goes for flights of greater magnitude such as London to USA clocking in around 7-9,000 points and onward. To know if your fare will earn a full point, more than a full point or only a half point simply consult this chart which shows each fares earning potential by airline. I recently flew from New York to Paris round trip in business class for $1,106 dollars on Open Skies an American partner, not even American Airlines itself. You can qualify for this promotion flying any One World member airline provided the flight is a codeshare of American and in my instance, I received 1.5x EQP because business class is rewarded at a higher rate. Off of one flight I was able to qualify for this status. Amazing.

If you’d like to parlay a round trip or two in any cabin in the next three months into a year of benefits with every major One World airline like American, British Airways, Iberia, Qatar, Finnair, Airberlin, Cathay Pacific, Japan and more call +1-800-882-8880. today because the Platinum Challenge officially expires at the end of the day. Abroad? Fear not, this is a great use of skype! There’s still time. To request the status you will need to pay a co pay of $200-240. If you know you can accomplish this challenge with a flight or two or twenty on any combination of these top quality carriers the fee will be more than justified with all the free champagne in lounges, time saved in airports and upgrades on American. The ability to fly airlines like British Airways, Japan, Qantas and more to accomplish it make it a no brainer Furthermore, if I had to pick one frequent flier program offering the best value for it’s miles, American would be the one. Don’t miss out! If you have any further questions there’s a nice Flyertalk forum sharing individual experiences….

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