Earn AAdvantage Miles From Everyday Mastercard Purchases Through SimplyMiles Earn AAdvantage Miles From Everyday Mastercard Purchases Through SimplyMiles

Earn AAdvantage Miles From Everyday Mastercard Purchases Through SimplyMiles

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SimplyMiles lets AAdvantage members earn miles on purchases made with any Mastercard. If you are working on getting American Airlines status, the base miles earned through Simply Miles also count as Loyalty Points. Here's a look at how it all works.

What is SimplyMiles?

SimplyMiles users earn American Airlines miles through in-store and online purchases. Like similar opt-in offers from American Express and Chase, SimplyMiles offers a rotating selection of partnerships with stores, restaurants, and service providers.

The SimplyMiles program works with any valid Mastercard — no American Airlines branding required! That means that you can add a card like the Chase Freedom Flex℠ as it's a Mastercard.

Getting Started with SimplyMiles

To use SimplyMiles, users must be U.S. residents 18 years or older with an AAdvantage account and at least one Mastercard. That's really it as far as restrictions go.

How to enroll in SimplyMiles

If you aren't 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, know that you can use those miles to travel on 23 different airlines to visit over 1,100 destinations in 180 countries and territories.

Along with an AAdvantage account, users need a Mastercard in their name. Once you have your AAdvantage number and Mastercard, visit the SimplyMiles website to register for a (free) account.

If you carry a wallet full of cards, you can register a maximum of three Mastercards, so choose the ones you use most to link to the SimplyMiles program. When a specific bonus or stacking opportunity arises, you can always swap out one card for another.

Earning Miles With SimplyMiles

Once your account is set up, just sign in and check out the home page to see available offers:

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These offers are updated frequently, so it's worth checking the website regularly. There are around 100 offers available at any one time. Scroll through the list and select “Add to Card” for any interesting offer.

When an offer is added, it will appear as “activated” in a small green square at the bottom right corner of the offer box. Once you register for an offer, make a purchase however you want. Unlike a shopping portal, you don't need to go through the SimplyMiles site to make the actual purchase.

Stack to Earn MORE AAdvantage Miles

AAdvantage eShopping

Lots of offers on SimplyMiles also have stackable offers on American Airlines' eShopping portal. Once you add an offer, check the eShopping portal to see if you can increase your earnings.

Right now you can earn 1 mile per dollar spent at GameStop through SimplyMiles. You can also earn 2 miles per dollar spent if you shop through American's eShopping portal. That's a total of 3X miles on any eligible purchase.

AAdvantage Co-Branded Cards

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

Using AAdvantage Miles

Miles earned through a SimplyMiles offer are tracked and automatically added to your AAdvantage account. You can redeem miles for flights, seat selection, upgrades, car rentals – the list goes on! You can also donate your miles.

Miles earned through SimplyMiles also count as Loyalty Points, helping you earn AAdvantage elite status. When miles are added to your account, Loyalty Points are counted toward your status progress.

Miles earned should post within 3-5 business days. My experiences vary. Some transactions post quickly, others take longer. Keep track of your purchases with this program to confirm your bonuses post.

Final Thoughts

SimplyMiles has a range of 100+ offers that update frequently. That means it's worth checking the site every couple of weeks or before you make a purchase.

The ability to register any three Mastercards is unique. SimplyMiles stands out from Amex Offers, Chase Offers, and other card offers which are usually tied to a single account.

Overall, SimplyMiles can help boost your American Airlines miles balance AND get you closer to Gold or even Executive Platinum status with American Airlines. Good luck!

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  • Miles do not post reliably. And customer support in non-existent.

  • Norman Wheeler says:

    Such a shame this is not available in the UK. Had an AA branded credit card for years that was excellent for earning miles. Would reapply if one became available. Other than flights themselves, Super Shuttle seems to be the only definite source of miles for me.

  • 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.