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AA has announced its latest mileage bonus with up to 115,000 bonus miles when you purchase 150,000 miles. The promo can yield some decent value especially if you factor in that purchasing the miles also qualifies for Airfare bonus category spending with many credit cards. Fortunately, this is not a flash sale, and you have until April 28, 2018, to work out how to best take advantage of the offer.
- Promo valid through April 28, 2018
- Receive up to 115,000 bonus miles when purchasing 150,000 miles
- You can only purchase and receive as a gift a combined total of 150,000 miles per year
- Only AA accounts that are older than 30 days can purchase miles
- Miles should post instantly, but allow up to 8 hours for the transaction to post
Maximizing The Promo
Unlike most airlines that use Points.com to process direct mileage purchases, AA processes their own purchases directly. This means that points purchases will code as airfare and are eligible for a travel bonus purchase on many credit cards. The top-earning cards to use across the three major point currencies are The Platinum Card® from American Express (5X), the Chase Sapphire Reserve® (3X), and the Citi Prestige® Card and the Citi Premier℠ Card which both earn 3X points.
When you consider that AA is selling 150,000 miles for $4,425 plus taxes and fees, there is clearly some scope for earning here. While the Amex Platinum will pick up over 20,000 Membership Rewards, the Sapphire Reserve and Citi cards will all pick up just over 13,000 Ultimate Rewards/ThankYou Points. It is tempting to go straight for the Amex Platinum to pick up the most points, however factor in your yearly travel strategy and overall plan and goals and use the card that best helps you achieve that—not one that just earns the most points.
Even though the AA program has lost a lot of shine since it went revenue based and the subsequent devaluations, and changes, the program still has some redeeming features and benefits, and even some redemption sweet spots. That is why even though this might not be the most exciting of promotions, it is worth having a look at, to see if it will fit into your overall strategy.
Source: One Mile At A Time
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