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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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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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