How Can I Earn American Airlines Miles?

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Aside from flying with American Airlines, there are many ways to earn AAdvantage miles. American has one of the broadest portfolios of co-branded credit cards, as well as multiple partners across the travel industry including airlines, hotels, car rentals, dining, and online shopping.

Earning AA Miles With Credit Cards

The simplest way to earn AA miles is by using AA co-branded credit cards for your spending. These cards include cards issued by Citi:

And four cards issued by Barclays:

Transfer Partners

American Airlines is not a transfer partner with any of the major flexible credit card rewards programs (Chase/Citi/Amex) however it is a transfer partner of Marriott Bonvoy, so any points earned on Marriott co-brand cards can be transferred to AAdvantage at a ratio of 3:1. Marriott cards include:

Remember if you transfer 60,000 Marriott points, there is a 5,000-mile bonus, and you will receive 25,000 miles.

Earn With Partner Airlines

As a member of the Oneworld Alliance, you can earn AAdvantage miles when you fly with any of its Oneworld partners simply by entering your AAdvantage number when you book:

  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Finnair
  • Iberia Airlines
  • Japan Airlines/JAL
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Royal Jordanian
  • S7 Airlines
  • Sri Lankan Airlines

Also, American Airlines has partnerships with non-alliance airlines, and flying with them will also earn you AA miles:

  • Air Tahiti Nui
  • Alaska Airlines (and subsidiary Horizon Air)
  • Cape Air
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • Fiji Airways
  • GOL Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Interjet
  • Seaborne Airlines

Earn AA Miles With Hotel Partners

American Airlines has a range of hotel partnerships, where your stays can earn you AA miles. Earning rates vary depending on the hotel. Keep in mind that earning airline miles for a hotel stay may negate any hotel rewards you'd earn.

  • Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
  • Intercontinental Hotel Group
  • Marriott International
  • PointsHound
  • Rocketmiles
  • Wyndham Hotels

Earning With Car Rental Partners

You can earn miles whenever you rent a car from one of 8 car rental/transportation companies partnering with AAdvantage:

  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Payless
  • Alamo
  • National
  • Dollar
  • Hertz
  • Thrifty

Earn Miles For Dining

Like most major airlines, AA has its own dining program which is part of the rewards network, so you can earn miles whenever you dine out at select locations.

Earn Miles For Holidays

By booking through American Airlines, you can earn miles whenever you book a vacation or a cruise.

Earn Mile For Shopping

You can earn miles by shopping online with American Airlines’ shopping portal. The store links to over 950 retailers including some of the biggest names like Neiman Marcus, Samsung, and Macy’s. In addition, you can earn miles when ordering shopping for flowers at 1-800 flowers online. You can also earn with ThanksAgain when shopping at airports!

Earn With Survey & Promotional Sites

Earning miles without making any purchases is easy too. Thanks to sites like e-Rewards, you don't need to spend a thing to earn miles!

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Leave a comment on our blog and you could be eligible for an easy 5 AAdvantage miles.

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  • Thanks for the helpful list! Is it likely that these ways to earn will change in the next several months?

    • Hey Greg, the general ways to earn don’t change very often. However, specific partners do change from time to time, and this post is currently a little out of date on some of the partners listed. We’ll be updating the post soon.

  • Great information! I hope my AA miles can be renewed.

  • Another airline which you should be able to fly and collect AA points is with Royal Air Maroc. I also appreciate Awardwallet’s generosity in providing 5 AA miles to contributors.

  • Jennifer Comstock says:

    How am I JUST learning about this great tool? So handy to track miles in one place.

  • Carlos Dresbach says:

    Another happy reader of AwardWallet who received 5 miles and managed to extend the validty of them. Prevoius year I had to donate 1.000 miles in order to extend the validty, since when buying milles, the dollar rate in comparison to Brazilian reais is aways discouraging. Moreover, Awardwallet helps me to keep my milles on track and to be updated about any news that comes up about AA and Advantage program. It is a great tool for those who want to have great information about milleage programs and travelling in general. Thanks Awardwallet for this super well designed tool!

  • Carlos Herbert Dresbach says:

    What a useful article! Very enlightening with step by step. Unfortunately, where I live in Brazil, the options for earning AA miles are not as abundant and the rewards are not as generous as seen in the USA. There is only one bank that issues the Advantage fidelity credit card and therefore, the annuity charged by that bank “costs and eye and a leg” and the reward granted is mere 1 mile per dollar spent (which is a nightmare, considering that a dollar in Brazil is worthing now a days, 5.11 brazilian reais). In addition, in the USA, when renting a car, the reward reaches up to 500 miles, while in Brazil, it does not exceed 50 miles, despite the category of car you rent and the period you choose. If you choose to buy miles on the American Airlines website, again, the currency rate between the dollar and the brazilian real becomes an unattractive proposal.

  • I love this option to extend my miles!

  • Jennifer Cheng says:

    My miles were about to expire and I was not ready to book yet waiting on baby’s passport etc. I really appreciate this offer and hope It works

  • Andrew Lisonbee says:

    My miles were about to expire and I was not ready to book yet waiting on baby’s passport etc. I really appreciate this offer and hope It works

  • Taiga Emmer says:

    Thanks for offering to extend AA miles this way!

  • I recently learned about AwardWallet and joined. Definitely bookmarking this list for future reference. I love travelling with my family, but I had no idea I was leaving so much free stuff on the table until I found out about AwardWallet and the blog posts with guidance and instructions on how to maximize points/rewards miles. Thank you for doing all the legwork so that the readers can reap the rewards. Your efforts are VERY much appreciated!

  • Excellent article….convinced me to become an AwardWallet member to better manage my various mileage accounts for my family. I recently lost some AA miles unnecessarily that I could have saved with AwardWallet. Wish I would have joined earlier.

  • Just learned about AwardWallet today. Looking forward to keeping my AA miles from expiring while I plan my next trip.

  • Scott Powell says:

    Well written & clearly laid out article, thanks!

  • Excellent information I can continue adding my miles to my addvantage account.

    I just joined the AwardWallet family, to continue adding miles. 🙂

  • when will my 5 miles from adward wallet be deposited? because they expire in 9 days my miles. thank you very much

  • i like the list format. thank you for posting!

  • ENZO GASTON CACERES says:

    We wiil espect changes in the future with LATAM and the exit of the One World alliance.

  • Wonderful blog. Wish other country’s had more ways to earn miles like in the US.

  • I had NO idea this sort of thing existed. What a useful way to keep all your air miles in check and in mind!
    I don’t really understand why having an American address is necessary to use the e-shopping. You would figure spending is spending….
    Either way, I am truly grateful to AwardWallet for being able to help keep my AAdvantage miles still active.

  • Amanda Capaldi says:

    Wow your articles are so much easier than any of the ones I’ve read, simply put you really show me how to maximize all the ways to travel with bonus mile redemptions. I have went thru numerous credit cards and its all thanks to you. I do have one question for you tho, if i have 40,000 united miles i don’t use , is there any way I could transfer to Virgin, Delta or American airlines? I travel to Europe a lot and don’t fly united as they don’t have a good connection to scotland from Las vegas so it was pointless accessing those miles.

    Thanks again for all your amazing hard work!

  • Another happy reader here that received the 5 AA Miles for posting on your blog and preventing my AAdvantage miles from expiring! I live in Mexico and therefore many of the suggestions above don’t apply to me. As a last resort, I was going to book a cheapie hotel on Points Hound and have a mini “stay-cation”. Was considering either a hotel night here in the Zocalo of Mexico City or booking a one night getaway to the “silver town”, Taxco, which is only a few hours away. Was going to make the best of the situation but posting a comment on your blog was even easier and I can now do those mini trips when it suits me, not because I have to. Thanks again!

  • Thanks, this gave ideas.

  • thanks again for this and all the great work!

  • Thanks a lot for continuing to offer the AA miles!

  • Valentina Pelliccia says:

    I just joined the AwardWallet family, wasn’t aware of its existence until I found it online when looking for ways to extend my AA-miles life 🙂 It is a fantastic tool to keep track of my miles, thank you for providing it!

  • Thanks so much for this generous opportunity to extend my miles! Much appreciated!

  • Thanks so much for this opportunity to extend my miles! Much appreciated!

  • Does leaving this comment on your blog quality for 5 AA miles 🙂 I just learned about AwardWallet today -better late than never!

  • CANDACE CALDERON says:

    I attempted to earn additional point by signing up for the two survey sites; one site wasn’t accepting new members and the other one required an invitation email sent by AA. The nearest dining options for the dining club are over 10 miles away. Any other ideas for preventing miles/points from expiring?

  • the awardwallet comment method seems to be hit or miss. I tried to get AA miles for 3 different accounts.. all times I was logged in and posted separate meaningful comments on three different days. only one account was credited. any ideas why?

  • This is literally one of the most helpful lists ever!

  • I love articles like this with step by step and easy to read lists of things to do to extend miles. Keep them coming!