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 portfolio 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:

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:

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

Earn AA Miles With Hotel Partners

American Airlines has a broad range of hotel partnerships around the globe, 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. A notable exception is Hilton's Double Dip.

Earning With Car Rental Partners

You can earn miles whenever you rent a car from one of 13 car rental/transportation companies partnering with AAdvantage:

  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Payless
  • Alamo
  • National
  • Dollar
  • Hertz
  • Thrifty
  • Carmel
  • Europcar
  • Sixt
  • GroundLink
  • SuperShuttle

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!

Earn With AwardWallet

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

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

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

  • 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?


    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?

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

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

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

  • 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 a lot for continuing to offer the AA miles!

  • thanks again for this and all the great work!

  • Thanks, this gave ideas.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

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