I made it home late tonight, but in my mailbox was the thing that all those that fly wait for, my elite credentials for 2012. I’m a 1 million miler AAdvantage Gold elite, and while I think the value of elite status at the lower tier is declining overall, I can’t deny that I still appreciate my Gold status with American. Early boarding, First Class check in (or Business Class when there are separate biz and FC counters) waived baggage fees, and an not so unrespectable upgrade rate either, all things considered. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, but hey…my elite card for 2012 got here in time.