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Update: Registration has closed for this gift and promotion. If you registered by the deadline, you can earn double miles on premium cabin flights from January 1 to February 28, 2021.
American Airlines AAdvantage members can claim a free gift this holiday season plus a chance to win one of six amazing prizes — all of which include 500,000 bonus AAdvantage miles. You must register by December 16, 2020 to claim your free gift and have a chance to get one of the bigger prizes.
Free Gift for AAdvantage Members
American Airlines has announced a free gift for all its members. Most members should have already received an email from American Airlines. With the email, you can click the link to register before December 16 in order to receive your free gift.
What Gifts Are Members Receiving
Buried in the terms and conditions, AA notes that “your gift is based off your membership, travel with American Airlines and other account and transaction-related activity.” So, not surprisingly, we have seen a variety of reports.
Many non-elite members have reported only receiving 100 bonus miles, while Executive Platinum members generally receiving 250 miles. Other gifts include award miles, a complimentary Main Cabin Extra seat, or even an Admirals Club One-Day Pass.
American Airlines has not disclosed what all the possible gifts are, nor what the chances are for receiving them. We would love to hear what gift you received. Feel free to share in the comments below.
Bonus Miles on American Airlines Flights in 2021
By registering for this gift, American Airlines will also automatically enroll you in an offer to earn double miles in early 2021. Members will earn double miles on up to four flights between January 1 and February 28, 2021. However, this bonus is only for flights in premium cabins (premium economy, business, first class). You'll need to register for the promotion before booking a flight for the flight to be eligible for bonus miles.
When you register to collect your gift, you'll also be automatically entered into the sweepstakes to win one of six grand prizes:
- 5 winners will receive 500,000 bonus miles, and an all-inclusive four-night stay for them and one guest at Hyatt Ziva or Hyatt Zilara Resorts.
- 1 winner will receive 500,000 bonus miles, and a three-night stay for them and up to three guests to Universal Orlando Resort, including park passes and round-trip flights.
However, this part of the promotion isn't open to all AAdvantage members. Only U.S. residents 18 or older are eligible to enter the sweepstakes. The winners will be announced around December 18, 2020. Prizes must be claimed within 5 days of the announcement.
See the full rules and regulations of the sweepstakes, including who can apply, who you can take with you to Orlando (if you win), etc.
If you're not yet an AAdvantage member, you can sign up before December 16 to redeem your free gift and be entered into the sweepstakes. Also, note that the taxable value of the grand prizes is between $12,800 and $15,470. So, you'll be liable for taxes on this amount. It's unclear how much of that prize value is assigned to the 500,000 AAdvantage miles, but AAdvantage miles are currently on sale for a steep 2.33¢ per mile.
The general gift might not be that generous, but it's better than nothing and has no strings attached. If you're an AAdvantage member, keep an eye out for your email or just go directly to your account and activate your free gift and a chance to win the grand prizes. Good luck!
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