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Typically, when award travelers redeem miles for flights, the reward is an almost-free flight. Award travelers don't earn any miles on the trip. However, American Airlines is shaking that up for flights this October with a unique promotion.
For award travel in October 2020, AAdvantage members can earn 250 bonus miles per flight on up to 8 flights. However, in order to earn these bonus miles, you'll have to register for this promotion.
- Only valid on award flights flown between October 1-31, 2020
- Members must register between September 16 and October 7, 2020
- Earn 250 miles per segment flown
- Maximum of 2,000 bonus miles for the promotion period
- Valid on all award types, including Web Special awards
Note that the member who travels on the flight will earn the bonus miles (if registered). That's regardless of which member's account the miles came from to make the booking. So, make sure to register your whole family for this promotion if you're planning a family trip.
How to Register
To earn bonus miles through this promotion, members will have to register before travel. To do so, log into your AAdvantage account and click on the promotions tab. There you should find the option to register for this promotion:
When you do, you'll see the full terms of the promotion. Click “Register” to enroll yourself in this promotion:
Airlines are trying whatever they can to get travelers back in the skies. We've seen airlines offer bonus miles, give incredible rebooking options, and—most recently—eliminate change fees. However, this promotion is unique among these promotions as it's incentivizing non-revenue travel.
With airlines struggling to fill flights during the ongoing pandemic, it's not surprising to see dynamically-priced awards drop to just 5,000 miles each way. But, it's interesting to see American Airlines go even further by offering bonus miles on award flights.
Even if you might potentially fly in October, make sure to register for this promotion. There's no harm in doing so, and the registration window closes well before the end of the month. While 250 bonus miles per flight isn't game-changing, it's a nice little bonus.
Will this incentivize you to book award travel on AA in October?
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