I am a frequent traveler with American Airlines and I have accrued 84,022 miles over the last 4 years. I have 67,607 award miles right now on my AA account and I have been maintaining Gold Elite status from past 3 years. I am planning to fly international this week and I am thinking about redeeming those 67K miles towards my purchase. By doing that, will it affect my elite status or what exactly happens? Could anyone shed some light on this?