American Airlines Matching United Premier Status

by James Andrew Scott on April 27, 2012

in AAdvantage, American Airlines, MileagePlus, United Airlines

American AAdvantage is Matching United Premier Status for Free!

Update.   This offer has ended.  There was very high demand and AA is working through a large backlog of match requests.  One reader who tried to match toward the end of the offer informed me that his request for status match was denied.

Thanks for your interest in making American Airlines your first choice
for all your travel needs. We understand that there have been some
misunderstandings regarding ways to attain AAdvantage elite status
without meeting standard criteria. I am sorry to disappoint you, but the
offer you are expecting is not currently available.

A very vague explanation. It’s not clear why this reader’s request was denied (he was Premier Silver) or what the misunderstanding was.  Originally this was a targeted offer, but AA was  matching all requests including those not specifically targeted.  Based on the unexpected demand, it seems AA pulled back and starting denying those who were not specifically targeted.

American Airlines is currently matching United Airlines Premier status for free!  And it simply takes a phone call and proof of your United Premier status.

Step 1:  Call AA at 1-800-882-8880.  AA will send you an e-mail.  See sample below.

Step 2:  Reply to the email with a copy of your Premier card or screen shot of your account summary.  You can also FAX the documentation to  1-817-963-7882.  That’s it!

This is almost certainly a limited time offer.  If you’re interested, I would move on it quickly.   Last night, American Airlines’ AAdvantage program won the 2012 Airline Program of the Year at the Freddie Awards (something like the “Oscars” of loyalty programs).  Read our overview of the AAdvantage program here.

AAdvantage is flying high right now and given the growing pains United is facing with its merged MileagePlus/former-One Pass loyalty program, it appears AA is seeking to take full AAdvantage.  Yes, bad puns I realize.

Information courtesy of

Thanks for speaking with me about a special opportunity to obtain American Airlines AAdvantage® elite status without meeting the standard qualification requirements. In order to proceed, please provide us with documentation reflecting the Premier level that you hold with United Airlines.

Please send us the following documentation. Simply “Reply” to this message, and for prompt service, do not change the subject line:

• A copy of your dated elite membership card reflecting your name and Premier status level for the 2012 Membership Year (.pdf, .tif, .jpeg, .bmp formats, not to exceed 1MB)
• Alternatively, you could send a copy or screen shot of your most recent account summary, reflecting your name and Premier status level (.pdf, .tif, .jpeg, .bmp formats, not to exceed 1MB)
• Your AAdvantage number and phone number

Alternatively, you may FAX copies of your documentation to (817)963-7882. Be sure to include your AAdvantage number and phone number and the Subject Line: Requesting AAdvantage Elite Status. Please do not send both an email and a FAX.

Once your documentation is accepted, you will receive an email within10 days confirming your new AAdvantage elite status, which will be valid through February 28, 2013. Your credentials will follow in 3-5 weeks. Please note the following status equivalents:

• AAdvantage Gold® membership for Premier Silver
• AAdvantage Platinum® membership for Premier Gold or Premier Platinum
• AAdvantage Executive Platinum® membership for Premier 1K

We look forward to welcoming you aboard your next American Airlines flight and await your reply.


AAdvantage Customer Service


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