I'm a *A flyer, and want to achieve some status this year (although 1K is seeming more and more out of reach). High prices have caused me to purchase my first *gasp* ticket to Europe on AA. So I'm wondering if the challenge offers make sense (the gold one) for me at this time. I haven't dug into the details because I haven't considered AA since they went LRTC years ago .... What happens if I fail to complete the challenge? I'm not sure how much more traveling I'd have to do to complete the challenge (or whether a ticket already purchased, but not flown would count). So what do you think, is it worth it to request the challenge when only 5K on a cheap ticket is booked?