Earn AAdvantage Miles From Everyday Mastercard Purchases Through SimplyMiles

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In October 2019, American Airlines introduced its new SimplyMiles program. Similar to Amex Offers or Chase Offers, SimplyMiles is designed to let AAdvantage members earn miles on purchases made with any Mastercard.

SimplyMiles offers some nice options to collect (and stack) AA miles on a range of purchases. With travel not back to what it used to be, I'm taking a closer look at all of my earning opportunities. Here is a closer look at SimplyMiles.

What is SimplyMiles?

SimplyMiles offers users opportunities to earn American Airlines miles through in-store and online purchases. Like offers from American Express and Chase for select cardholders, SimplyMiles offers a rotating selection of partnerships with stores, restaurants, and service providers. SimplyMiles members simply select an offer to “add to card”. Then you'll earn miles once a qualifying transaction is completed.

The SimplyMiles program works with any valid Mastercard. As far as we can tell, that's any Mastercard. No American Airlines co-branding required! That means, for example, that you can add a card like the Chase Freedom Flex℠ since it's a Mastercard.

Getting Started with SimplyMiles

To participate in SimplyMiles, users need to be U.S. residents 18 years or older with an AAdvantage account and a Mastercard. And that's it as far as restrictions go.

If you aren't already enrolled in the American Airlines AAdvantage program, you can do so quickly and easily online. If you are wondering whether earning American Airlines miles is worth your time, remember that you can use those miles on 23 different airlines to visit over 1,100 destinations in 180 countries and territories.

Along with an AAdvantage account, users must register at least one valid Mastercard(s). For those who carry a wallet full of cards, note that you can register up to a maximum of three Mastercards. Any qualifying purchases made with any registered card will earn the miles. If you carry more than three Mastercards, you'll need to choose which cards to link to the SimplyMiles program. When a specific bonus or stacking opportunity arises, you can always temporarily swap out one card for another.

For those of us who aren't carrying three or more Mastercards in our wallet, there is no need to go out and apply for a new card. SimplyMiles says that they will be adding more card options soon but for now, any Mastercard should do.

Once you have your AAdvantage number and Mastercard, visit the SimplyMiles website to register for a (free) new account.

How to enroll in SimplyMiles

Earning Miles With SimplyMiles

Once your account is set up, it's straightforward to start earning AAdvantage miles through SimplyMiles. Just sign in to your account and go to the home page to see your available offers:

example SimplyMiles offers currently available

These offers are updated fairly frequently so it's worth checking the website regularly. There are generally around 100 offers available at any one time. Scroll through the list and you can select “Add to Card” for any interesting offer. Or just add them all!

Once an offer is added, it will show up as “activated” in a small green square at the bottom right corner of the offer box. Pay close attention to the additional information that is displayed once you have activated an offer. Specifically, you can see information about where the offer is valid. Below, all of the offers are valid for “Shop In-Store” only. This means that online purchases will NOT trigger the offer.

Some SimplyMiles offers are only available in store

When I first used SimplyMiles back in the spring, my biggest complaint was that—given the uncertainty of in-store shopping due to COVID-19—too many offers were for in-store purchases only. It looks like this is balancing out and I'm seeing many more online or “online or in-store” offers being offered.

Once you've registered for the offer, you can make a purchase at any time. Unlike a shopping portal, you do not need to go through the SimplyMiles site to make the purchase.

Earning MORE Miles

AAdvantage eShopping

Speaking of shopping portals, many of the offers on SimplyMiles can also be found on American Airlines' eShopping portal. Once you add an offer, make sure to head over to the eShopping portal to see if you can stack offers to increase your earnings.

Right now you can earn 2 miles per dollar spent at The Popcorn Factory through SimplyMiles. You can also earn 3 miles per dollar spent if you shop through American's eShopping portal. That's a total of 5X miles on any eligible purchase!

AAdvantage Co-Branded Cards

Finally, if you do register one or more AAdvantage co-branded cards, then you can increase your earnings even more! Whether you have a AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® or a Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®, your SimplyMiles earnings will be in addition to the earnings and benefits that you routinely receive with your AAdvantage card.

For example, one of the current SimplyMiles offers is for 3X miles on a purchase of $1,000+ through American Airlines Vacations. If you book a vacation package with a Citi AAdvantage card, you are also eligible for a 10% discount on the non-flight parts of your American Airlines Vacation package.

So, by adding this SimplyMiles offer to your Citi/AAdvantage Mastercard, you can earn:

  • 3X miles through SimplyMiles
  • 2X miles by charging the purchase to most Citi/AAdvantage co-branded cards
  • 10% discount on the non-flight portions of the vacation (car, hotel, activities, etc)

Given all the specials running these days, it's worth checking for stacking opportunities like these on any SimplyMiles offers you are planning to take advantage of.

Using Miles

Miles earned are tracked with your SimplyMiles account and automatically added to your AAdvantage account. Once in your AAdvantage account, you can redeem these miles for travel or other purchases—just like AAdvantage miles earned any other way.

In theory, miles earned should post within 3-5 business days. My experiences varied. Some transactions posted relatively quickly, others took almost a month. That said, all of the offers that I activated did eventually post. I would recommend keeping track of your purchases with this program so that you can be certain your bonuses are posting.

Miles earning through the SimplyMiles program do not count towards Million Mile Status. However, American Airlines is currently running a promotion where spending on Citi/AAdvantage and AAdvantage Aviator cards between May and December 2020 will count towards Million Miler status. Just another option to consider when you are registering your Mastercard(s) for SimplyMiles.

Final Thoughts

SimplyMiles has expanded its partnerships since it launched last year and has a nice range of offers available. With 100+ offers that update frequently, it's worth checking the site every few weeks or before you make a purchase.

The ability to participate with any Mastercard (up to three Mastercards and no co-branding required) is unique. SimplyMiles does stand out from Amex Offers, Chase Offers, and other card offers which are generally tied to a single account.

The biggest complaint I have so far is that miles posting and customer service response times can be SLOW. The only obvious way to reach someone is by submitting an inquiry through the SimplyMiles website. When I contacted customer service, I waited 10+ days for a response. I like earning miles, but not chasing them down.

Overall, SimplyMiles is a nice little program that can certainly help boost your American Airlines miles balance. While I wait for travel to open up a bit more, I'm focusing on earning all the miles I can here on the ground. SimplyMiles is a nice way to boost my AAdvantage account balance.

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  • Is this for American Airlines cards in the USA only

    • JT Genter says:

      To participate in SimplyMiles, users need to be U.S. residents 18 years or older with an AAdvantage account and a Mastercard. And that’s it as far as restrictions go.

  • Mark Jeffery says:

    Can this be used in the UK or is it just for the USA?

  • Roberto Iglesias says:

    It is a very good alternative to continue increasing the award miles

  • Gustavo Gatto says:

    Very interesting article. SimplyMiles is a great way to increase my AAdvantage account balance.
    Thanks for the info!

  • Daniela C says:

    excelente articulo, sin embargo solo es para residentes de usa, esperemos que esta oferta llegue pronto a Mexico, para así poder seguir juntando millas.

  • EWayfarer says:

    Thanks to this post, I had activated the offers for 2x miles.

    The good news: the miles for the 05/06 purchase show up under Simply Miles (but not yet on AA)
    The not-so-good-news: Even though I had activated the offer, I received only the original miles and not 2x.

    Side note: even without the 2x offer, the “Vitality Society” offer is pretty darn good. (2,000 miles on a purchase of $29.99 or more) that’s like purchasing 2000 miles for 1.49 cents. Now if I do get the double miles, that cost comes down to 0.75 cents!

  • Robin Plumb says:

    I had no idea this was available. Joining Simply Miles today and registering my MC. Thank you! Valuable tip!

  • Too bad its only for us residents

  • This certainly is a nice offer for those that meet the requirements. It is good to take a look at these various options for earning points/miles on the ground whilst flying less than normal. I wish there were some current promotions on the ground that earned miles that counted towards Million Miler status as that would make things much more interesting.

  • Excellent! Thank you for the Information! Very useful!!

  • Don Funny says:

    Coming across this offer just in time as it expires May 8. A little confusing about what type of MasterCard is needed as the offer bullet points state “Must enroll using an American Airlines Mastercard.” But the blog does make clear that any MasterCard linked would work! Off to try it out. Appreciation for the nuanced explanation of the offer alert.

  • I happened to saw this promotion and luckily got to sign up on the last day of the promotion period. Haven’t received the extra 400 miles yet, not sure when it will be posted. I shall wait and update here.
    On the website, after I entered the AAdvantage number and card number, it says below:
    Earn 2x the AAdvantage miles on any qualifying transaction when you Activate any SimplyMiles offer May 4th thru May 8th and use your American Airlines AAdvantage Mastercard to make the purchase by May 31, 2021.

  • Hope this works for both of the accounts I just made. The password ‘creation’ was confusing, wish it specified to use the existing AA.com password…

  • I think you can earn the 400 miles as a new member as long as you have a Mastercard.

  • Sam Rhoades says:

    Thank you for this post. I appreciate picking up an easy 400 miles

  • NICOLAS CRESPI says:

    Great article. Useful information!
    Hope this arrives to Argentina soon.

  • Is this for American Airlines cards in the USA only or can it be an AA mastercard from other countries? Thank you for any info!

    • JT Genter says:

      SimplyMiles requires that users need to be U.S. residents 18 years or older with an AAdvantage account and a Mastercard. So, if you’re a US resident with an overseas Mastercard, it should work.

  • John Robinson says:

    Great offer and program… I was excited to sign up (especially for the 400 bonus miles)… but unfortunately, it is only for AA Mastercard holders (not other Mastercards) so I cant take AAvantage (!) of it…

  • Just signed up, dont see any decent offers available but it does say I received 400 points so can’t complain

  • This is an easy way to get bonus points! Thanks for sharing!

  • Bogdan Dimitrescu says:

    Thank you for this post! My miles are about to expire in 1 month so hopefully by signing into SimplyMiles I will be able to reset the timer. I have just signed up today and waiting to see how long it will take for the bonus miles to post.

  • Hello, thanks for such a complete report. I would like to know if there is any option for residents of Argentina.

  • angelo fonseca says:

    very nice. 400 aadvantage miles for a simple job. thanks

  • This sounds great! I need to look into getting an AA credit card.

  • This sounds like a great program. I’m going to look into getting the AA MasterCard.

  • I don’t see anything on the registration page for Simply Miles indicating there’s a 400 mile bonus. Your link takes me to a generic sign-ups page

  • Maryjane says:

    I have been using SimplyMiles for a while and they do have a few decry stackable offers. Thanks for the heads up about the double miles on offers activated during the promotion. I’ll head to the site now to see if there are any that would be useful.

  • Gilberto says:

    Unfortunately, I am neither an US resident , nor a bearer of any AA MasterCard.

    • I wonder how many US residents these days hold an AA Mastercard, since Barclays is such a minor player in the US market.

  • You’ll want to drop a couple words out of the 2nd bullet point describing the bonus offer. And, it’s an important drop. It does not need to be an AA Mastercard; it can be any MC. You’ve got it right elsewhere, but that’s a prominent place and might have some folks who are skimming erroneously turn away. Regardless, thanks for the heads up!

    • Thanks for the clarification. I have MasterCards, but no AA MasterCards.

    • Here are the terms on the AA website:

      Terms and Conditions for SimplyMiles offer
      Enrollment Offer for new members:

      Offer valid May 4, 2021 through May 8, 2021, (the “Promotion Period”).
      Enroll in the SimplyMiles Program during the Promotion Period with an American Airlines AAdvantage Mastercard and earn a one-time, 400 AAdvantage mile, sign-on bonus.
      Offer not valid for use with any other credit cards except an American Airlines AAdvantage Mastercard.

  • Rotemburo says:

    Sadly, appears to be useless for holders of non-AA MasterCards. Just tried, but got this error message: “Sorry! It appears the card you entered is not eligible for this program. Please try again with a different Mastercard.” Bait and hook?

  • This is awesome. Always keep us updated w easy ways to earn!

  • Easy sign-up, and keep in mind that the login password to SimplyMiles is the same as your AAdvantage account.

  • I just got a Citi AAdvantage card, and am definitely going to take AAdvantage (no pun intended) of this right away. I always assumed that AA points weren’t worth much because they don’t have any bank transfer partners, but their points are as easy to earn as my Chase cards. Excellent article, as usual!

  • Esta promoción es para tarjetas Mastercard de cualquier banco?

  • Thanks for the heads up…hopefully AwardWallet will provide tracking in this program.

    • At first I was going to say I doubt it, since the miles earned here are simply AA miles that are then automatically added to your AAdvantage account. So, tracking your main account would really suffice. But, with the posting delay, maybe it makes some sense.

  • The article is very interesting, it would be great if it later arrived in Argentina

  • IGNACIO MEDINA says:

    Living abroad of US turns a limitation while trying to use both programs: anyway in less developed countires, AA is trying to reach agreements with major banks so they can start issuing their card at premium levels; Santander in Uruguay did so a few years ago and AA is trying to reach and agreement with other major banks in other countries.

  • I’ll have to use Cashback Monitor to compare these offers to those at other portals.

  • Interesting for US customers, unfortunately not available in other countries.

    • As always 🙁 It’s over a year now we can not fly to the U.S. and earn miles. Would love to spend some money on AA.

  • I’ve used this program with success with both my Aadvantage Executive card as well as my Barclaycard arrival plus. I was lucky that the miles quickly posted each time because it doesn’t seem that dealing with their customer service is very easy

  • The value here is to look for offers that award miles per offer rather than miles per dollar spend. Once in a while there are some lucrative offers, particularly when they ran a 5x bonus promo last Christmas.