I did not say that
I said you qualified in one year for the following year Status ... this remains true for those working hard now to get to 1000 or 6000 AMs
The rules changed recently (see the email press release posted by @johnsmithy ) whereby you no longer have to wait to January 1st the following year to get status, status is now granted as soon as you earn it
I did not get into all that... cause well, this is December...
Overall the change is a good thing but it is not straightforward as you state
Status will be different for those who qualified / maintained thru 2017 into 2018 (grandfathered in)
For further info on al, the Intricacies of Gold & Onyx Status for the years 2017, 2018, 2019 and beyond see the stand alone topic on that in the SHOPPING DISCUSSION FORUM
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/airmiles ... g-2150278/