AA (Aadvantage) Status Challenge - fast track to gold or platinum status
American Airlines is offering a Status Challenge for 2016. It's only valid for people who do not currently have status with the Aadvantage program, and it works like this.
Sign up by calling 888-697-5636. Once you register for the program, you'll have 90 days to meet the requirements for status. Meet it, and you'll have that status for the rest of the year.
7,500 EQMs (elite qualifying miles) + $120 = gold status (first level - usually requires 25,000 miles in a calendar year)
12,500 EQMs + $200 = platinum status (second level - usually 50,000 miles in a year)
A list of benefits per status level can be found here: https://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantag...e&f
Basically: if you have ONE round trip international flight coming up in the next three months, you'll be able to qualify for at least gold, if not platinum, status. Well worth it if you fly even a couple times a year, if you ask me.