Buy American Airlines AAdvantage Miles With Up to a 45% Discount

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There's a new promotion to buy American Airlines miles almost every month, and this month is no different. The March award sale lets you buy AA miles with up to a 45% discount now through March 15, 2021. That drops the purchase rate as low as 2.07¢ per mile.

When Should You Buy AA Miles?

As with other loyalty programs, we don’t recommend jumping on every American Airlines buy-miles promotion that comes along. Award programs can devalue with little notice, so you are almost always better off holding cash.

With that said, there are a couple of cases where it does make sense to buy AAdvantage miles. For instance, if you only need a few more miles to complete a specific redemption, purchasing AA miles might be the fastest and most cost-effective route. Additionally, if you're going to consider paying cash for a premium ticket, you may want to consider buying miles instead, since the cost for the required mileage could be considerably cheaper than paying for the product outright.

Some travelers may decide to buy AA miles to extend the expiration date. However, there are plenty of other options to extend your AAdvantage account. For example, just by commenting on an AwardWallet post, you'll earn 5 AAdvantage miles and extend your expiration date.

AA Buy Miles Offer Details

  • Promo valid through 11:59 p.m CT March 15, 2021
  • Receive up to a 45% discount
  • Must buy or gift at least 15,000 miles to be eligible for any discount
  • You can buy up to a maximum of 150,000 miles
  • AA accounts must be older than 30 days to purchase miles
  • Purchased miles are non-refundable and non-reversible
  • Miles purchased, transferred, or received as a gift do not count towards elite-status qualification or AAdvantage Million Miler status

This promotion operates on a tiered system, with a different discount offered depending on how many points you plan to purchase.

buy AA miles bonus chart March 2021

Where to Find the Best Value

AA buy miles promotions aren't known for their transparent pricing, and that's apparent with the current promotion. In order to discern the price you'll pay, you're required to use a mileage calculator that integrates the discount.

For these sales, AA tends to rotate between offering either a discount or a bonus. The current promotion falls into the former category. In this case, the cheapest rate is found when you buy 150,000 miles for $3,104.07 (after discount)—equaling 2.07¢ per mile.

buy AA miles with a 45% discount

Pay Less When You Buy AAdvantage Miles

We've posted about some of the best sweet spots in the AAdvantage program and the recent surge in AA “Web Special” offerings. Let's pick a few of these redemptions and compare the typical cash price with the cost to purchase American Airlines miles under the terms of this promotion.

Los Angeles — Johannesburg in Qatar QSuite

AA buy Miles Offers Can Save Money on Qatar Business class
Purchasing AA miles can save you big over buying Qatar business-class tickets
  • Mileage Rate: 75,000 miles
  • Typical Cash Price: $5,920
  • Redemption Rate: 7.9 cents per mile
  • Cost to Buy 75,000 AA Miles: $2,116
  • Cost of Buying 75,000 AA Miles at 2.07¢ per mile: $1,553

Purchase American Airlines miles to fly to South Africa

New York — Sydney in Qantas Business Class [not currently operating]

  • Mileage Rate: 80,000 miles
  • Typical Cash Price: $6,228
  • Redemption Rate: 7.74 cents per mile
  • Cost to Buy 80,000 AA Miles: $2,258
  • Cost of Buying 80,000 AA Miles at 2.07¢ per mile: $1,656

Abu Dhabi — Singapore in Etihad First Class

  • Mileage Rate: 50,000 miles
  • Typical Cash Price: $4,089
  • Redemption Rate: 8.2 cents per mile
  • Cost to Buy 50,000 AA Miles: $1,411
  • Cost of Buying 50,000 AA Miles at 2.07¢ per mile: $1,035

Boston — Sao Paulo in AA First Class (an AA Web Special)

  • Mileage Rate: 60,500 miles*
  • Typical Cash Price: $2,167
  • Redemption Rate: 3.57 cents per mile
  • Cost to Buy 60,500 AA Miles: $1,721
  • Cost of Buying 60,500 AA Miles at 2.07¢ per mile: $1,252

*Like all Web Specials, this price isn't published on AA's award chart and is subject to availability.

Buy AA Miles with the Right Card to Maximize Your Rewards

When you buy American Airlines miles, your purchase will code as airfare because AA processes these transactions directly.  This is great news because it means you'll be eligible for the travel-category bonus on many credit cards. Some of the best cards to use would be:

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Bonus Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn a $50 statement credit towards grocery store purchases.
Our #1 recommended beginners rewards card featuring an 60,000 point signup bonus after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn a $50 statement credit towards grocery store purchases.
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases.
  • 2X points on dining at restaurants including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Earn 2x total points on up to $1,000 in grocery store purchases per month from November 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021. Includes eligible pick-up and delivery services.
  • 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide
  • 1X point per dollar spent on all other purchases

Other Ways to Earn AA Miles

If you're not in a hurry, another way to beef up your AAdvantage stash is through a sign-up bonus on a co-branded credit card. For example, the AAdvantage® Aviator® Business Mastercard® is currently offering the chance to earn up to 75,000 bonus AAdvantage miles: Earn 65,000 miles after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days. Earn 10,000 miles when a purchase is made on an employee card. Some of the other options include:

CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard®
CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard®
Annual Fee$99, waived for first 12 months
Welcome Offer Earn 65,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after spending $4,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of account opening.
The AA Business Card is a great card to hold for any business owner that travels at least a few times per year with American Airlines. Get a free checked bag on domestic itineraries, priority boarding and a 25% discount on in-flight purchases. Even better, this card gives you access to Reduced Mileage Awards, which can save you up to 30% on the miles required for domestic awards. With these perks, it's easy to justify the annual fee of $99, waived for first 12 months.
  • Free checked bags for you and up to 4 companions on domestic itineraries
  • Priority boarding to help you win the race for overhead bin space
  • A 25% discount on inflight food, beverage, and Wi-Fi purchases
  • Reduced Mileage Awards can save you 7,500 miles on roundtrip MileSAAver Awards
  • Earn 2X miles for every $1 spent on cable and satellite providers
  • Earn 2X miles for every $1 spent at gas stations
  • Earn 2X miles for every $1 spent on select telecommunications merchants
  • Earn 2X miles for every $1 spent on car rentals
  • Earn 2X miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases
  • Earn 1X mile for every $1 spent on all other purchases

Final Thoughts

This sale's 2.07¢ per mile rate is one of the poorer buy miles purchase rates that we've seen from an AAdvantage promotion. Considering that it's been a while since AA has not run a buy miles promotion, you should wait for a better option if you don't have an immediate need for miles.

Are you buying AA miles at 2.07¢ a piece?

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    Seems I just missed this offer, but it sounds like it wasn’t the best one anyway and so I’ll look out for the next one. How often do the new AA offers generally get published?

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    Emilio Perot says:

    Hello, great info. Just wondering if there is any way to know if Advantage program will be linked to any Argentinian Bank’s Credit Card. We have recently loose the program in Santander Bank.

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    I looked into buying the 2,000 miles for an upcoming redepemption and was surprised to see the cost come out to 3.5+ cpm. Definitely not worth it for me.

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    Heide Rendleman says:

    I appreciate the information and the insight that word wallet gives especially regarding buying miles. Great post!

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    Gilberto Souza de Morais says:

    It is not worth buying 262.500 miles for 2,15 cents each one of them.

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    Just redeemed 70k AA that I bought during the last promotion for a flight on Qatar. QSuites is a phenomenal value and my favorite business class product right now. 2.15 cents/mile is a bit high, though.

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    The promotion looked interesting. I really appreciated the “Final Thought” comment suggesting that I wait for a better promo.

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    I will not be taking advantage of this offer. With the lack of premium international travel due to COVID-19 it’s simply not worth it. When redeeming for domestic award travel you seem to get approximately one cent per mile.

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    JFK to SYD seems reasonable cost-wise on the mileage basis, except QF isn’t running that route presently — Additionally the two weeks mandatory quarantine in Australia at present, an additional $3k to the cost of travel dissuades one from considering travel to Australia.
    Hopefully, one day soon, I can fly again.

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    AA have ran a buy miles offer almost every other month it feels like

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    I typically love the AAdvantage program, but this deal is a poor value. I don’t know why any program bothers to run a special offer these days without the possibility of 100% bonus miles at some level of spend.

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    I think it is wise to wait when airlines need to raise cash while I cannot really travel.

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    Yeah, even right now this is a no go.

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    it is a new promotion from American Airlines, not de best rate, but I think it’s a good time to buy miles…

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    Soon Gi Lee says:

    Pay less with more miles. Good posting. Thanks.

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    Ryan Schmid says:

    Thanks for posting, I’m hopeful we can start using points again this year!

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    Hi Patrick, with the future of business travel up in the air (no pun intended), do you see airlines offering more or fewer promotions like this in the future? Thanks!

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      Patrick Stouffer says:

      Hi Luke,
      AA has made a habit of offering a promotion like this practically every month, so it’ll probably continue to do so (albeit at varying degrees of generosity).
      As for other airlines, I tend to expect even more promotions like this in the coming months. Selling miles is a quick and easy way for airlines to generate cash flow when sales are down (like they are now). These promotions create an incentive for frequent flyers to invest money in their future travel with the airline.

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    Linda Laura Camusso says:

    Me sorprende que American ofrezca una promoción tan poco conveniente. En especial por la situación terrible que estamos viviendo.

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    angelo fonseca says:

    I think it’s worth just to complete the balance to make a specific redemption. otherwise, I don’t think it’s worth much.

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    Ariel Spagnuolo says:

    I love AA bonuses, it´s a nice opportunity. I hope we can all still continuing traveling this 2021!

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    Es conveniente si solo faltan unas pocas millas para obtener premio o si las millas están por vencer.
    Muy buena informacion,
    Muy completa.
    Gracias.

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    Excelente! Necesitaba comprar millas para rebovar vencimiento. 😃 gracias

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    It really is every month. Early January again.

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    Some other airlines are offering 100% bonus so I guess we’ll wait for a better deal next time!

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    It does not look like that the situation will be normalized in 2021, so I think I will pass for the moment.

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    Gilberto Souza de Morais says:

    It’s a pity people must buy at least 10.000 miles to pay only 1,75 cents per mile.

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    Lillian Arruda says:

    Excelente dica para ganhar pontos bonus na American Airlines. Muito obrigada!

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    This would be great if I had any trips planned. Can’t wait for this ordeal to be over so we can start jetting around the world again.

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      Ditto, good opportunity to top up our accounts if we had a specific reward redemption in mind. Though not many, if any, of those these days.

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    Marcelo Saccaggio says:

    With the appearance of the new vaccines for COVID, it seems to me that it is time to take advantage of this promotion and buy the miles that I need to for the ticket.

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    Will the new Qatar award mileage requirements make it cheaper to redeem the LAX – JNB suite award with Q-miles?

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    I agree, buying miles is not usually a good idea. But there are exceptions. I referred a friend to Amex Platinum during a recent promotion in October, 2020, and for the next 3 months, I get 3X bonus points on everything I charge on my Amex Platinum, plus the regular points (in addition to the 30,000 referral points). So in this case, I will get 5X points for buying miles (codes as an airline), plus 3X bonus for a total of 8X points. For this reason, I will be maxing this AA offer out for 300,000 miles, which will cost me $5,250, but I will net 5,250 points X 8, which will bank me 42,000 Amex points, worth $420-$840 depending on how I use them. So, for me anyway, this is worth every penny because I will likely transfer those 42,000 AMEX points over to another airline for even more miles. The net result? 342,000 airline miles for $5,250, or 1.53 cents per mile vs. 1.75 cents per mile.

    Note: The AMEX referral promotion of getting 3x points added to every purchase on top of the regular points you normally receive appears to have ended.

    Thanks Award Wallet for bringing this to our attention.

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    angelo emilio de carvalho fonseca says:

    waiting for borders reopening

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    I think this a great deal for travelers looking for opportunities to fly business class! Not a great deal for economy class travelers.

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    carlos levin says:

    Siempre las ofertas de AAdvantege favorecen al que compra muchas millas. Si te faltan 10000 millas, el descuento es muy escaso.

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    Figueroa Gustavo says:

    Es una oferta conveniente! Gracias por la información.

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    Great gift for the coming winter!!!

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    I have been in the American Advantage program for many years. I hope that American maintains good prices on its flights to once again encourage travelers to continue in this wonderful adventure of traveling and learning about cultures, which enriches us all to achieve a better society. Many times you do not value what you have, until you realize that in other parts of the world they do not have what you have. This knowledge and feeling can make us better people.

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    Debora roitman says:

    Great gift for the coming holidays!!!

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    Kyung Ho Han says:

    I guess it is a perfect time to buy AA miles since they offer bonus miles.
    With overcome COVID19, I’d like to go oversee countries without contagious situation.
    I hope it will be better situation next year.
    Then I am thinking of buying some miles….

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    IGNACIO MEDINA says:

    AA miles are easy to earn but buying does not seem as an intelligent choice, they are expensive even taking into account the discount.

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    Es una oferta conveniente! La analizaré. En este contexto, todo suma. Gracias por la información.

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    I do find AA miles better than the other oneworld alternatives in terms of options and availability so I put a slight premium on their value for that reason. That said, important to remember when comparing miles against cash that redemption tickets don’t earn miles. That has to be factored in. Still there are some great bargains, and fantastic for “topping up” an account.

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    As it is said in the article 2.33 c per mile doesn’t represent a good offer.
    Better to wait for another one.

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    I’m going to use this great option to extend my miles from expiring.

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    Salvador tommasi says:

    I think buying miles should be used only when you are near to use it because they will expire, having a bank account with adwardwallet is morenefective because your miles are renewed every momth and you earn some miles anually

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    Thanks for the heads up. Unfortunately not going to bite this time – would be great if AA would offer the 50% bonus at lower point levels to help with topping off the account.

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    I think it is a good opportunity for my family that want to buy some miles to extend AA miles.
    Because of 18 months expiration term, I need to check it regularly.
    I hope COVID19 is not exist anywhere~
    Then my family can visit home without hesitation.
    I am heading to buy some AA miles~

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    Guillermo Ferrari says:

    Alguien consiguió precios mas bajos que 1.75 ¢ por milla?

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    Dualey Osorio says:

    I think this is a great option to prevent your miles from expiring.

    The movement in our accounts is little because COVID does not allow us to travel normally

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    Kripal Singh says:

    i never buy miles unless i am few miles short of bonus .

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    I like how youve showed us some options on how to use these miles although I am not yet comfortable using them right now during this pandemic. My personal favorite is to use them to fly Cathay Pacific business or first class.

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    A little off topic but wondering when the next Marriott Bonvoy to AAdvantage transfer bonus will come along?

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    Thankyou for sharing this info. Needing a few more miles for a planned trip so def worth considering.

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    If they offered EQMs it would make it more interesting. Finnair recently did the equivalent in their own FF program.

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    Great offer. I bought 70,000 AA miles for an upcoming QR J redemption. Far cheaper than paying cash and a great value given how much I enjoy QSuites.

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    Does anyone know if there is a summary of AA miles offers/promotions so that we can see trends? This current offer does not look very appealing.

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    Guillermo West says:

    Nice opportunity for people that want buy a lot of miles. The discount is really good especially if your miles are going to expire soon. The expiration term is a constant problem. We are all time expecting a reasonable ofert.

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    Pablo Quilis says:

    I was expecting better from AA for this Black Friday. In 2020 they were worth 1.6 ¢ per mile and at least I wanted that value to think about buying.
    Definitely, at 1.75 ¢ I will not buy.

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    Is a good offer, but you have to buy 65.000 or more milles to get 50% discount. It is OK to buy less milles to reach the total amount for a trip, I would have preferred more discount in lover milles band.

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    i dont want to buy miles right now but i hope they bring back this deal later on after vaccine

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    Appreciate the examples given of how to use those miles. Was not thinking about buying AA miles. Those examples got me wanting to buy.

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    Linda Laura Camusso says:

    This is a good promotion AAdvantage is offering. I would buy miles now.

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    carlos levin says:

    Comprar millas es siempre más caro que juntarlas con los consumos de las tarjetas de crédito, aún con los descuentos ofrecidos cada tanto por la línea aérea. Yo lo reservo para el momento de canjearlas por un viaje en caso de que me faltaran unas pocas para el total.

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    José Antonio Zapata Eguizabal says:

    Interesante promoción tanto desde el punto de vista económico como desde el punto de vista de alargar el vencimiento de las millas.

    Pero tampoco es una ganga. Quizás en estos tiempos las ofertas tendrían que ser más agresivas, para incentivar el turismo a lugares seguros.

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    Javier R Buzzalino says:

    That’s very important to save extra costs, and also to update the expiration date of the miles!

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    Interesting post — I had always used a mental heuristic of $0.01/mile as a breakeven point for cost vs. value, and it seemed like exchange rates (i.e., what kinds of flights you can get for a given number of miles (e.g. 25K for domestic RT)) had been getting slightly worse over time. I don’t think I would ever pay 2.28c/mile, but these sample web specials look pretty awesome! I wonder how much I could count on something like those being available when I need to buy a specific flight, though…. Anyway, very useful, thanks.

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    JOSEFINA CASTELLI ROVEDA says:

    With the current pandemic situation everyone is checking miles expiration dates and browsing travel destinations for the future when all this is over. This is a perfect opportunity for an airline to increase loyalty. But after reading this post, I feel really disappointed with American Airlines because I would have expected the airline to have their best promotion ever on “buy miles”. After all, the airline is currently selling less tickets due to the pandemic situation and one would expect them to need money, therefore an interesting “buy miles” promotion would certainly create good sales.

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    Margarita Navas says:

    This blog contains very usefull information specially now when our travel activities are seriously affected by the pandemia. I was planning to travel by october and use my millages but Its not possible. I think that the expiration dates should be suspended until we have a normality situation worldwide

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    Diego Barajas says:

    Irrespective of the offer I find very enlightening the fact that it may be cheaper to buy though miles instead of direct cash. I’ve always looked at the rewards programs as get one ticket for free once I’ve got the miles, but this is a very interesting new way (at least for me) to use the programs even if you don’t actually have the miles.

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    Better to leave a comment here and “buy” them for $0 🙂

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    No creo que sea una oferta tentadora el precio con el descuento de las millas se pueden conseguir mejores precios.

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    Never pay more than 1.5 cents per mile! Especially with possible devaluations.

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    Es una oferta nada excepcional, de cualquier manera AA debería hacer como otras aerolíneas (United), eliminar el vencimiento de millas.

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    Pablo Quilis says:

    2.28¢ per mile???? Absolutely NO way

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      Haha that was my reaction too! The promotions so far this year have been reliably under 2¢ per mile. So, I have no idea what they were thinking with this promotion.

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    Perhaps I’m confusing it with a different program, but weren’t there large scale changes in the AA miles program recently? Is there an FAQ somewhere that I can review?

    Thanks in advance!

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    I tried a different way of extending my expiration date, but it didn’t work. I used AAdvantage shopping to go buy some Kind bars, but I don’t see that I ever got miles, even after months. It didn’t feel worth the trouble to track down the problem with customer service, so I can’t say for sure what went wrong. I just thought I’d mention it.

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      You need to make sure you are on the AA shopping portal and logged in to them, then click through to vendor. I have the browser extensions for AA, Alaska, Southwest, Rakuten and mypoints dot com. Whenever I click to make a purchase I get the popups from the ones that offer points for that transaction and decide which one I want to earn points from. I have earned literally tens of thousands of miles through shopping portals over the years and they DO WORK as long as you do it right but I’ve found mostly over time that if it doesn’t work, an email with a copy of your purchase receipt will get them credited.

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    Looking at the expiry date it may be that there’s a new promo on Black Friday November 27th – or around then.

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    Great deal, i will buy, thanks for sharing.

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    Ouch, 2.28¢ per mile is still steeper than I’d hope for from an AA sale!

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    IGNACIO MEDINA says:

    Although this being a good deal (considering that LATAM left OW and so there is no other way to buy cheap miles), AA should remove the expiration date form their miles. Legacy carriers are going that way, AA should not be the exception.

    It goes without saying that buying miles in AA is not the most effective way to get miles.

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    Not the best promotion out there !

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    I just logged into Award Wallet for the first time in a while (you know, 2020 and not traveling much…) and realized my AA miles are set to expire in 30 days! Uggh, need to get them extended, so this may be a viable option…

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    This seems like a terrible promotion by AA. Guess they need the cash.

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    AAs flavour of the month is hardly enticing.

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    I wonder what kind of low target AA has set for it latest promotion.

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    I agree that the only time to buy miles is if you need to top up to get an award immediately. Aside from that it is unwise to do so.

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    Buena oferta, coincido con un comentario anterior respecto a que el programa Aadvantage debe eliminar el vencimiento de las millas

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    Mariano Zumaeta says:

    Muy buena oferta, de igual manera el programa Aadvantage debe mejorar mucho, empezando por el vencimiento, ya muchas Aerolíneas sacaron esto.

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    Doesn’t look like they are doing the promo anymore? No extra miles applied when I try to buy 150k miles :/

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    Walter Rogan says:

    I just got a note from Award Wallet about expiring AA miles. I had not heard from them in a long time, and so I logged in an re-visited the website. There is a lot more going on than I expected, given that this is the worst travel dip since 9/11, and lots of regular travelers, including me, are not planning to go anywhere soon.

    When I joined Award Wallet, the airlines didn’t do a good job at all of keeping members of their frequent flyer clubs aware of their mileage status, and checking each manually was a pain. Award Wallet provided a real service, both to travelers but also to the airlines. I have never understood why the airlines objected to Award Wallet, and why the airlines didn’t participate in a way that would provide the best to their customers. No one’s interest was served when an airline objected to Award Wallet’s activities.

    Keep up the good work, Award Wallet

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    Mauriciomagadan says:

    This sounds a good deal especially now that many people have miles expiring and can´t travel to renovate the expiration date. Good for AA.

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    I’m a physician and I love to travel. While I take the pandemic quite seriously, I am convinced that there are many daily activities that put us all at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 than air travel. I’m ready to enjoy traveling again and this is a good opportunity to top off my AA miles for an upcoming trip. Let’s all take advantage of the great airfare specials!

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    Awesome! This is worldwide?

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    Given all the crazy sales airlines are doing to generate revenue at the moment, I think it’s best to hold off on this one until something better comes along.

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    Manuel Silva says:

    .Good offer. This promotion is really interesting. I hope to travel in christmas.

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    Pablo Quilis says:

    1.82¢ per mile is not a good price. I think I will wait a bit more

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    As tempting as this offer is to me, I am going to pass. Until this pandemic passes, I am holding off on adding a ton of miles to my accounts.

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    I wonder if AA will continue having these deals since they leveraged the Advantage program? I am getting rid of my Barclay AA card since I’m not flying right now. I think that AA and Citi might have to make some changes to make me want to get a Citi AA card anytime soon.

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    Normally I never buy airlines miles, but I think this is a really good opportunity. Thanks!

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    Gabriel Mendez-Frances says:

    Never thought buying miles with AA would be worth it, but those web special deals are incredible. Definitely have to hunt for those though. Thanks!

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    Would buying miles be another way to extend your expiration period if you’re in risk of reaching that point?

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    Thank you for this very informative post. I have some miles banked but maybe not quite enough for a trip I would like to take so this could help with gaining some more miles at some point. I am not sure when AA will start flying back to New Zealand, I can not see it until the border restrictions are relaxed. There is not many ways in NZ to earn AA miles unfortunately, I assume that as long as you have some activity on your account the 18 months can keep rolling?

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    It seems like we have looked into buying miles different times and it never seems like it is worth it for our situations. however, I guess I’ve learned from this article that there are times that it might and I should keep checking.

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    Lastima que aca nos suman el 30% por ser de Peronia

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    This is definitely one of the best deals on the market at this moment!! Thank you for the hint!

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    Morfeo Matrixx says:

    Thanks for this unbiased blog post, describing both pros and cons. Also the comments are very useful, specially with this COVID worldwide situation that impacts international travel so drastically…

    In my case I have a lot of miles expiring soon with no travel plans at least till year-end, so reading here about other means of postponing the expiration date other than buying miles is incredibly spot-on !

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    In a situation where buying AA miles is cheaper than the cash price of the ticket, then obviously it makes sense to buy them, -especially when using one of the high rewards credit cards. However, just buying a ticket (instead of miles) for a cheap price is also a better deal now, since AA (and most other airlines) allow you to change tickets for free (during the pandemic).

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    I agree that many of these offers are then impossible to redeem due to blackout dates or similar restrictions. If it was tough pre-covid, I can imagine that it will get worse as travel routes diminish and frequencies are reduced to bare minimums, at least for a couple of years. The only possible upside could be that there will be less business travel, so seats up in front could be more available than before. What do you think?

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    Good offer. I might take advantage of it since my miles are expiring soon.

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    Good offer, but since I still have no trips planned I think it is better not to buy.

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    As stated above, miles go on sale a lot and this one is not the best value around. It is like giving money to AA for a future flight. You dont have a fix value for what that flight will cost and if AA goes out of business, your miles are probably worthless.

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    With the flexibility they´re offering to change plans I think it is better to buy tickets than miles as prices are low and in the event you cannot travel you can change it.

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    This is a much better promotion than the Hyatt promotion. I can live with this one. The issue is how hard will it be to redeem to good seats like business class and when will travel restrictions be lifted.

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    I would never buy AA miles. Before Covid-19 I tried for two years without luck to find two business saver award seats from ORD/SYD.

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    I hope travel restriction is lifted soon! I think this is a great chance to buy miles and I have a spending requirement for my new card.

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    Monica samezuk says:

    At this time and due to Covid 19 is more convenient to buy a ticket 🎫 that miles . They are offering flexibility and it’s great.

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    I’m so glad that I heard from AwardWallet as soon after I loaded my American Airlines data I learnt about this excellent promotion which will allow me to fly business this November. Fantastic! I will spend the rest of the afternoon loading all my other programs hoping to find more amazing deals. Thank you!

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    My AAdvantage Miles are about to expire, I think this promotion si a very interesting way of getting more Miles and renew the expiration date. Do You suggest something else?

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    Not a bad deal but don’t think I’ll buy at this time with no redemptions in mind.

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    Lot of offers lately.
    I think that considering the current situation it’s almost sure these kind of promotions will be repeated or even improved.

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    I like the Advantage program, but is imposible to use the miles erned by my children when they traveling with me. They never be able to buy a ticket until they grow up. I think, if I pay the tickets its miles should be added my account. Isn’t it true?

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      Hi Mariano, miles earned from flying accrue to the account of the passenger. However, if your kids have enough miles for a single flight (even a one-way award), you can use the miles to book travel for yourself (from their account). That way, you don’t have to wait till they grow up to use the points they’re accumulating from the flights you bought.

      I believe American will let you add a paid ticket to an award by phone. For example, if you want to fly somewhere with your kid, put an award for yourself on hold on AA.com. Then call up AA to and see if you can add you kid as a paid ticket on the same reservation. Hope that helps.

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        Thanks Erik. I appreciate yout comment but I think the Advantage program has a logical mistake in this case. Children can not buy a ticket or travel alone. They always travel with the authorization of their parents until they are 18 depending on the country. Who pays tickets often are parents. So miles should be added to who buy the tickets or the AA program should allow transfer this miles for free to parents. I think is more fair and finnaly it reduces calls and administrative procedures for both AA and passengers

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          I understand your point and agree. That’s not how it works, but you can use your kid’s miles for yourself. So I don’t see any reason it matters that the miles are in their account. Just log in to their account and book a ticket for an adult.

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    Hay alguna forma de sumas millas en AA desde Argentina actualmente?

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    Santander bank (Argentinean branch) is no longer associated to AAdvantage, then we users with years of earning miles are abandoned. No news about if another bank will take the program. I found this site with good ideas regarding how to earn some miles in order to avoid expiration.

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    Muy interesante propuesta, mas en la situación actual que aun no están claras las cosas, y uno tiene millas por vencer, es una buena oportunidad para renovar por 18 meses el vencimiento de las millas acumuladas, tiempo suficiente para que uno pueda tener mas en claro el panorama para hacer un viaje y gastar las millas.

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    This promotion is really interesting. I will definitely take it into account and start planning my next trip. Thanks a Lot!!

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    A good opportunity to buy miles to take advantage of good exchanges

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    Its really interesting to see the miles cost v’s the financial comparison, for some this would be a great way to get that coveted “first class” seat at a great rate!

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    Juan Ignacio says:

    It seems to be a good deal and even better if you make the purchase with a co-branded AAdvantage credit card… but I’m afraid that the miles will be devalued

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    Speculatively purchasing miles now in anticipation of getting outsized value in the future is likely not a good plan. Airlines will be much smaller and frequencies fewer for those “sweet spot” redemptions. International travel will be the last to recover with a 3 to 4 year horizon. I can see many premium fare deals going forward that will earn miles and status making miles purchase less desireable and efficient.

    Putting a CPM value on redeemed miles only applies to those that would actually pay out of pocket for the fare which is virtually no one. That is misleading, the true value is much less. I would never pay $59xx to fly one way LAX-DOH-JNB in QSuites. I wouldn’t even pay $2000. I would, however, pay $850 each way on ARN-DOH-CPT and credit to AS when they join OW later this year.

    A QF F redemption in the “sweet spot” example is a pipe dream. QF only has F service on the A380. The entire A380 fleet is on vacation in the Majove desert untill at least 2023. Most of the 787 Fleet will be joining them soon.

    The EY F Apartment was a let down, QF F is at best meh! QR QSuites are definitely nice and worth the redemption if you already have all or most of the miles you need.

    I rarely purchase business & never buy First. Those I enjoy regularly by flying Premium and earning RDM. The status is a byproduct. If I were to have $5900 now to lend AA for a non-promise of future value, I would earn AA Executive Platinum and all the extras that come with it and still have a $3K in my pocket.

    Of course, it will be attractive to some. Everyone has different goals.

    James

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      Hey James, thanks for sharing. It’s a challenge to keep up content aligned with which products are in service; your point about some aircraft and cabin configs. being off the table is well taken. I hope you’re right about cheap premium fares and terribly wrong about the timeline for international travel.

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        Hello Eric,

        My apologies, I meant to say International Business travel will be the last to recover. With a loss of “last minute” expensive business travel, I can see airlines monetizing more of their premium cabin space in line with a leisure group that will upgrade with dollars if the differential is favourable. If RM can dynamically find sweet spots to maximize cabin revenue on a new “normal” passenger demographic sans business travelers, it should be a win-win for both parties, at least initially.

        One thing the pandemic has shown is that virtual business meetings can be effective and that travel budgets can be severely curtailed or even eliminated.

        Even the IATA has pushed back their forecast for a pre pandemic recovery to 2024 from 2023.

        James

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    Indeep a great opportunity to buy cheaper miles to complete my next travel

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    This information was a life saver. It allowed me to buy miles at an affordable rate to get me to my next reward ticket!

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    I purchased AA miles and used them to fly first class from Australia to Europe via a private First Class suite. The miles cost me around 3,500AUD compared to 16,000AUD had I purchased the tickets retail. That equates to pretty good value to me!

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    Carlos Demian Jeiman says:

    The same happens to me! I am waiting to know that another bank will continue with the program!🙏

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    I’ll wait till the end of July if I find a good use of miles before buying the miles.
    It’s a good offer in my opinion, of course it’s necessary to find how to use the miles!

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    Is buying miles really worth it. I looked and to purchase 2000 miles even with sale is $80 dollars. Seems very expensive

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    Indeep a great opportunity to buy cheaper miles to complete my next travel

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    Berra Berra says:

    Wow I didn’t know it could actually get this cheap by buying miles instead of the normal ticket. The LA – Johannesburg route for 1,5K seems like a very good price! Will definitely check on the promo and see if I can get a good deal. Thanks for the info!

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    Farid Kassam says:

    A better idea to prevent your miles from expiration. bank up your miles and use them later.

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    Purchasing these discounted points make a lot of sense if you’re going to be short on an upcoming trip. However, I still believe using an AAdvantage credit card to earn these miles still makes more sense in the long run. Earning points through flight is going to be much more challenging in the near term with possible restrictions due to covid-19.

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    He comprado millas con anterioridad y creo que ésta es una buena promocion. Esperemos poder volver a viajar muy pronto !

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    The rate is not bad, but I would not buy 150,000 miles to get that rate.

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    Normally I never buy airlines miles, but I think this is a really good opportunity

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    A discount is always nice, but right now I think its best to only buy if you have a specific redemption in mind.

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    fabian dizanzo says:

    Excelente oportunidad de acumular millas y utilizarlas cuando podamos volar, es una forma de planificar nuestros viajes

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    Claudio Javier says:

    In Argentina we hope it will be another bank since it was a good way to collect miles, not many cards have this option.
    We will keep waiting and we will gather when offers like this discount come out

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    Carlos Demian Jeiman says:

    Un Argentina, Unfortunatelly they announced this week hat they will not continue with the program

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    Mariano Delgado says:

    Muy buena oferta y buen programa de millas, lastima que Santader dejo su alianza con AA en Argentina.

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    Luis A Galindo says:

    Vale la pena comprar millas ahora solo para acumular?

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    The standard awards for domestic travel sometimes make this a decent deal. 50k miles = one coast to coast RT first class ticket, so it can be a good deal.

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    I purchased AA miles with a specific trip in mind and managed to score first class tickets for what amounted to 20% of retail price!

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    luciana vanesa says:

    Very good since you do not need to buy more miles to get what you need, although the discount is not the same for all ranges of number of miles.
    I hope I can buy mine.

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    It is hard to get the mileages not.expiring and buy mileages just because are close to expire is too expensive. This is. A good way to refresh. And allow continue using AA airline.

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    Esta es una gran noticia para los viajeros y miembros de AAdvantage. Me parece muy bien todas las ofertas que hay disponibles para los miembros. Voy a tenerlo presente para programar un viaje cuando esto se termine. También voy a evaluar la posibilidad de tener una tarjeta de crédito Visa o Master con beneficio de millas en compras. Muchas gracias.

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    It is never a good idea to buy miles unless you have a travel coming up in the near future. Now is definitely not the time to hoard up on miles.

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    muy buena nota! voy aprovechar el descuento para llegar a un pasaje. gracias!

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    EDUARDO BOLLATI says:

    Useful tool if few miles are needed. I used an AAdvantage associated credit card (for Citibank, first, then from Santander Rio in Argentina who purchased local Citi branch). Unfortunately they discontinued the program this year. It would be good that AAdvantage associated with other Argentinean bank to change to that bank credit cards. I´ve been earning AAdventages miles through credit card purchases for almost 20 years, I would like to continue doing so even if I need to change to other bank credit cards.

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    As mentioned in the blog, I think this only makes sense if you are targeting a trip where you know you will be short on miles to buy. I would not buy unless I has the trip in sight. Too much risk of them devaluing over time otherwise.

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    Dropping $2,636.97 to accumulate the best deal seems a bit much, rather sign up for a few credit cards that gives me the miles for free although I guess if you have an expensive flight or flights to book could be worth it…

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      JT Genter says:

      Oh absolutely the credit card option is better! However, I’ve bought AA miles in the past when my credit card options were tapped out and I was using it for an exceptional flight (Eithad Apartments from Abu Dhabi to JFK for 115k AA miles!)

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    Florencia says:

    The ability to earn miles just by commenting on an AwardWallet post is one of the best options to earn. Thank you thank you thank you.

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    AA is promoting and being the pioneers in the USA that returns to operations and businesses return to work as soon as possible.
    I think it is a very good promotion, and I plan to buy some miles.
    Regarding the price per miles, I think it is not the best price based on the number of miles, but it is still very good.

    Very good for the shared information!

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    the really nice thing is that just buying even 2k of american airlines miles, will renew the expiration date on your miles. and give you another 18 months with which to use your miles. that’s the real utility.

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      JT Genter says:

      Agreed, but you don’t need to buy AA miles to accomplish that. If you have your AAdvantage account tied to AwardWallet, you just earned 5 AA miles for commenting!

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    AA offer very good to get miles at a lower price. Thank for the info!

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    During part of 2019, I’ve seen great miles offers in some special flights with the Web Economy category. That made having miles accumulated really worth it. Some companies are selling cheaps flights right now after COVID, but the promotion in this article can be very useful if you’re only missing a few thousand miles to complete your trip or if you want to stock miles for the near future. Thanks for the info!

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    carlos9424 says:

    En Argentina el Banco Santander dejara de sumar puntos AA con las tarjetas de credito

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    I dont think this is the time to buy AA miles when there are rumours that the airline might have to declare bankruptcy.

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      JT Genter says:

      It may, but it seems that AA is going to be able to skate by this downturn by getting forgivable government loans and additional private loans. The AA mileage program has been appraised at $20-32 billion, so it’s too valuable for them to ruin in a bankruptcy.

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    This definitely makes award miles more affordable! Thing is not sure when we’ll be able to start travelling again (at least from Argentina). Hope is sooner rather than later being that we have a flight booked for the end of the year. Thanks!

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    Is buying miles really convenient at this moment?

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    Good idea, today we should check every month the status of the miles.
    One day we have a lot of miles, and on the next day our miles expired.

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    In Argentina Santander Bank absorved Citi bank and with that the posibility to earn AA miles. Unfortunatelly they announced this week hat they will not continue with the program.

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    I have always wondered if it it is really worth it to buy miles. They are not cheap and then one has to book trips so much in advance that I really doubt if it is much better to buy a cheap flight instead.

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    40orFight says:

    Bit pricey for AA

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    Jona Seifert says:

    Good tips. We travel internationally a lot and try to maximize our miles.

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    All the premium cabin possibilities have me hoping that things get back to normal soon! I’d want the full first class experience for so many miles, not just the low-contact version in the air now.

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    Whats “Purchased miles are non-refundable and non-reversible” means? If a need in the future to transfer that purchased miles, can i do it?

    Thanks!

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      JT Genter says:

      Yes, you will be able to transfer the miles to other members, but there’s a fee levied on such transfers. You might want to consider booking a flight for another person rather than transferring points to them.

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    Are there any good credit card sign up offers at the moment?

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    Thanks for the information, if I access the promotion, will this help me not to expire my miles? I’m interested in buying to complete the miles I need for a ticket

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    Gabriela says:

    This is great news for us travellers! I’m glad AAdvantage program is having some deals to offer. I shall consider it to get to travel with my family hopefully soon. See you all in the skies!

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    Miles are certainly going far, however will they be worth anything when people feel comfortable being able to travel again? I certainly think there may be more of a premium now for business on international flights given the greater ability to effectively social distance from other passengers. Interesting times….

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    Air Canada had a recent promotion that gave 60-100% more miles per mile purchased. I think it ended up being 1 cents per mile. I would only get this AA deal if I have an upcoming trip coming which I want to redeem miles for. You can always wait for a better offer.

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    I never understood purchasing miles, since the whole point of the travel hacks game is to travel without having to spend extra money or break the bank. But this post has finally answered the question for me of WHY anyone would want to buy miles. It makes sense if the cost of purchasing the miles helps you reach a redeemable value and is less expensive than just covering the difference in cash. Thanks for clearing that up!

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    Florencia says:

    Having AA process point purchases directly is a great differential value. I’m a fan of aadvantage.

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    When will the extra 25% Marriott bonus to AAdvantage return with the 60000-point transfer on top of the regular 25%?

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    This isn’t a bad deal for the sweet spots, which is a good way of burning off some existing miles.

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    Im still not going to buy miles. However there is a double miles earning promotion for those of us who still need to fly for work. So I’ll earn a few extra that way.

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    Living in northern Europe, this promo doesn’t make much sense to me. It too early to predict the development of the Covid-19 situation in the coming months. That said, I also need a vacation…

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    Soy socia de AAdvantage hace años y me alegra saber que están trabajando para que todo vuelva a funcionar y así nosotros podremos seguir disfrutando de los beneficios!!

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    Ignacio Vargas says:

    This could be a good oportunity to boost your AAdvantage account for future travel

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    I need some more miles for my future travel. As I was debating if I should buy miles, I saw that AA has committed to donating one mile to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for every mile purchased. That’s a great incentive! Glad I can be of some help to others while I buy miles for myself.

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    Buying miles seems to defeat the purpose of this hobby, unless you need a topper for a specific travel plan.

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      KC_Queso says:

      There are actually many who prefer to use lucrative cash back cards instead of points earning cards so they can take advantage of great cash sales just like this for planned redemptions.

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      Or the odd chance you need activity to keep your points from expiring.

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      This hobby seems to be about buying points for premium intercontinental award redemptions nowadays.

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    I’m surprised by the Jacksonville-Tokyo web special. Japan is currently not allowing passengers from the US to land unless they have citizenship or permanent residency. There is no immediate plan to change this, so I’d be wary of such a redemption even if it can technically be changed or refunded.

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      JT Genter says:

      I’m hopeful that the borders will be open again by February 2021 which is when I booked this award! 🙂

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        You are atleast in the ball park… next spring might be a target… I’m leaning more towards the end of summer 2021.. but we can hope sooner

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    jianguo dong says:

    The price is not bad when people just are short of just a few thousands towards a ticket redemption.

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    Would be nice if they counted towards Million Miler status!

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    Steven William Van Meter says:

    Deals are coming in! That’s the only good thing with this Wuhan virus situation. I actually had to buy some points this last year, so a sale is good. I never seem to have enough points.

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    Can selling miles really help airlines overcome their ongoing financial crisis at all?

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    Harvey Kwan says:

    Are travel restrictions being lifted soon?

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      Harvey – very unlikely, and ultimately whether a route flies is dependent upon the airline and all connected destinations. As other post suggest, best to stay nimble and keep an eye on your specific travel locations.

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    I appreciate your doing the math and finding the best sweet spot. Tempting to use the Platinum card to get over $200 value in Membership Rewards to offset the cost even more. Question though, would using the AA Citi Mastercard, since the purchase goes through AA trigger the double AA miles on an AA purchase?

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      JT Genter says:

      It *should* and past AA purchases with AA credit cards have triggered the 2X earning rate. And thankfully AA says as much in the T&C

      If I purchase miles using my Citi® / AAdvantage® credit card, will I also earn miles for the transaction?
      Yes. If you are a U.S. resident and you use your eligible Citi® / AAdvantage® credit card to buy AAdvantage miles, you will earn miles 2 AAdvantagemiles per $1 spent. For example, if you buy 25,000 AAdvantage miles, you’ll earn on the cost of the miles ($737.50 x 2 miles = 1,475 miles), the applicable tax ($55.31 x 2 miles = 111 miles) and on any applicable processing charge ($30.00 x 2miles = 60 miles), for a total of 1,646 miles.

      If I purchase miles using my AAdvantage® Aviator™ MasterCard®, will I also earn miles for the transaction?
      Yes. If you use your AAdvantage® Aviator™ MasterCard® to buy miles, you will earn the same amount of miles as you do on eligible American Airlines purchases. For example, if you earn 2 miles on airline purchases and buy 25,000 AAdvantage miles, you’ll earn on the cost of the miles ($737.50 x 2 miles = 1,475 miles), the applicable tax ($55.31 x 2 miles = 111 miles) and on any applicable processing charge ($30.00 x 2 miles = 60 miles), for a total of 1,646 miles.

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    AA Is working hard to get their business going again and for us that seems to be a good thing. Thanks for this information!

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    I would imagine it’s a full trip, ie origin to destination. Is that a “segment” by definition where it can either be nonstop or with a layover? And a “flight” is every takeoff and landing?

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    If they counted towards Million Miler status it would be enough to tempt me to buy, but unfortunately they don’t. I suppose those with an AA credit card could ‘double dip’ by using the card to pay thereby earning some additional miles (which would count towards Million Miler).

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    Ariel Cabeza says:

    Well, This is one of the lowest prices I’ve ever seen!. I’m considering applying for some miles. Hopefully I’ll be able to use them next summer.

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      Make sure you have a plan to use them quickly. The risk of devaluation is higher than ever right now.

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        @J – Agreed. And added to that is the instability of travel due to the various border restrictions and mandatory quarantine requirements. A place that one can travel to today, may very well be restricted in some fashion tomorrow.

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    Maria Elisa says:

    Tenia tarjeta VISA del Citi asociada al programa AAdvantage, pero lamentablemente el Citi dejo su operatoria en Argentina.