American Airlines is once again allowing people who did not reach their previous Elite level (Platinum or Gold) to buy up to that level for the next year. Here’s how it works (further detail here):
If you are currently an AAdvantage Platinum or AAdvantage Gold member, and you have flown at least two elite qualifying segments during 2012, and did not participate in this offer last year, then you are eligible to renew your status.
You can take (a)advantage of the offer until May 15, 2013, to keep Elite status through February 28, 2014.
If you are currently Platinum but did not reach that threshold this year, you will fall into one of these two groups:
If you’ve flown 40,000 miles or 48 segments then you can buy up to Platinum for $619. If you’ve flown less than that, you can buy up to Platinum for $769.
If you are currently Gold but did not reach that threshold this year, here are your options:
If you’ve flown 20,000 miles or 24 segments you can purchase Gold status for $409. If you’ve flown less than that, it will cost you $559.
Sure, you could’ve squeezed in a mileage run at the end of 2012 to keep that status. But if you didn’t, you can decide whether this is worth it for you (the Platinum deal seems to me like it’s worth it, the Gold less so).