OMG – I have been targeted again for the AAdvantage Fast Track Challenge

Posted on May 31, 2016 by in AAdvantage, Krisflyer

MightyTravels 2016-05-31 at 4.24.13 PM

Considering that I spend quite some time in this travel online world I receive precious few targeted offers. I have yet to be to targeted by a credit card mailer with a decent offer (I can’t figure out how to actually opt in successfully).

After ‘forcing myself’ into the fast track AAdvantage challenge last year I have now actually gotten the mailer from AAdvantage in the mail with the offer to:

– reach Gold after 7,000 miles
– Platinum after 12,500 miles
– Executive Platinum after 35,000

All the flying must be done until September 9 and must be on an ‘eligible airline’ – basically ‘core’ Oneworld members besides American itself.

– American Airlines/ American Eagle®
– British Airways
– Finnair
– Iberia
– Japan Airlines
– Qantas

Cathay Pacific is missing unfortunately from this list.

I do indeed have some travel on American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia planned over the summer – so this may actually work well. However as a Qantas Gold I can’t really see AAdvantage Gold shine much. And flying 35,000 miles on a paid ticket with a core OneWorld member seems quite a challenge for me at any time.

However fares to Asia have dropped to $450 RT on Air China and China Eastern lately for the main destinations like Bangkok, Manila and Ho Chi Minh. Now if Japan Airlines or American would match those (lately they have not) I could go ‘mileage running’ for 15,000 miles per Round Trip for ~$500. That would be quite tempting and given the value of the system-wide Upgrades and waived award change fees for Executive Platinum members certainly worth it.


About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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