Someone Is Selling ConciergeKey Challenges On eBay

ConciergeKey is the ‘secret’ status level that American Airlines gives to its top customers and top corporate travel influencers. It became legendary when George Clooney was portrayed as a Concierge Key member on a quest to earn 10 million miles in Up In The Air. The benefits of this status include top priority for upgrades; airport escorts and even occasional vehicle transfers on the tarmac during tight connections; access to Flagship business class lounges; and a next flight guarantee to ensure they get to their destination.

Customers receive this status either because they spend a lot of money with the airline – historically, about $60,000 on tickets (but not at a low cost per flight) or as a big corporate customer. Corporate contracts may come with a certain number of ConciergeKey memberships. Earning several million AAdvantage miles can now lead to ConciergeKey status, too.

American has run ‘challenges’ for Concierge Key membership. A targeted fast track has included four spend levels for American Airlines flights that had to be met during a 90 day period. Different members received different amounts, $10,000; $12,000; $14,000 EQDs; $16,000. (Those are annual run rates between $40,000 and $64,000.)

Shockingly someone is selling ConciergeKey status on eBay! They’re asking $2000 and say that there are 10 available.

This is actually for a ConciergeKey challenge offering 3 months of status, and keeping the status through the end of the current member year (March 31, 2023) for $15,000 spend with the airline in those 3 months.

If I wasn’t already a ConciergeKey member I don’t think I would spend $2000 for 3 months of ConciergeKey status, as special as it is. I certainly wouldn’t buy this on eBay. American Airlines Corporate Security regularly visits eBay, craigslist et al and is liable to ‘purchase’ this in order to identify the seller. And if they do that they might (1) take away the status they’d granted, and (2) possibly even lock the account of the person who bought that status. So it seems like a bad idea.

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