Are you an American Airlines Gold or Platinum Elite flyer who didn’t quite get enough miles in to hit your Gold or Platinum level again? Fret not, American will let you buy your Elite renewal through February 2013 (details here). Here’s how:
If you’re currently Gold and have flown 20k miles or 24 segments, you can buy Gold back for a year for $409. If you haven’t hit 20k miles or 24 segments, you can have Gold for $559.
If you’re currently Platinum and have flown 40k miles or 48 segments, you can buy back Platinum status for $619. If you haven’t flown those miles or segments, Platinum is yours for $769.
Whether that’s worth it to you will certainly depend on your future travel plans. For many people, paying that amount beats having to do an end-of-year mileage run (which, at this point, it’s probably too late to do anyway). Still, while the $409 seems at the high end of acceptable, I’m not sure Platinum status on AA is worth $769.
AA will launch a website on January 26th to make the renewal purchase, and you’ll have until April 30th to make the decision.