To gain AA status or not?

I’ve been debating whether or not to do some mileage runs as I linked to in my previous post about the AAdvantage DEQM promotion.  While it’s being considered one of the greatest opportunities to get into mileage running in a while (being able to gain enough AA miles for top tier status for under $2000), I’m not sure if there is much point to it for me.  While you can take a lot of what lucky calls “fun” trips with the AA system-wide upgrades to re-qualify in the future, I’m just not very certain I would fly AA much out of here.

I’ve generally flown UA/*A in the past, and now, being in the DC metro area, I have a United hub (IAD) and a US Airways “focus city” (DCA) at my disposal.  However, I suppose there would be some value to the mileage running experience and having AA status at my disposal if I ever need it.  So I’ll need to decide in the next couple days if I want to spend a weekend or two in January flying back and forth across the country purely for miles and status.

The cost is a bit of an issue for me, but given the low cost of generating miles under this promotion, I actually think the miles you’re able to earn will effectively pay for the travel expenses.