Saturday, March 16, 2013

Money Hack #15 - American Airlines Points & Miles

Ok, so I used to be a Management Consultant and travelled via plane twice a week for over 5 years.  This lends me a bit of knowledge and credibility on how to milk things like free tickets and first class upgrades from airlines.

So ... here is something American Airlines will NEVER advertise, but is a completely legitimate program that will land you in first class on almost 80% of your flights.

Ever heard of Silver, Gold, and Platinum Status?  Discouraged because it takes a million miles and trips to get there?  Well, I have a really cool semi-secret way to get there.

American has something called the "Gold-Challenge" and "Platinum-Challenge".  Basically if you fly 5,000 or 10,000 miles in a three month period and pay a $100 or $150 fee, you will be fast-tracked to platinum status.

This is all about timing.  If you have a big trip coming up anyway that will likely qualify you - just give them a call and take the "challenge".  Pay the fee and enjoy First Class for the next 18 months without having to fly like crazy for it.

Let me know if this works for anyone?  They may have updated prices since I did it a few years back.  I do know that you have to call and ask specifically for the program - they do NOT advertise it.

Good luck!

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