Purchase AA Miles and Receive up to a 35% Discount (September 2018)

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American Airlines has announced a promotion where you can purchase miles with a discount of up to 35%. The promotion runs through September 30, 2018. The level of discount you receive will vary between 10% to 35% and depends on the number of miles you purchase.

Key Terms

  • Promotion is valid on purchases through September 30, 2018, 11:59:59 PM CT
  • The promotion is tiered; the more miles you purchase, the larger the discount
  • You can buy a maximum of 150,000 miles per year
  • There is a $35 transaction fee on the purchase of miles
  • Only AA accounts older than 30 days are eligible to receive a discount

Your discount will depend on the number of miles you purchase and breaks down as follows:

  • Purchase 10,000 to 19,000 miles and receive a discount of 10%
  • Purchase 20,000 to 29,000 miles and receive a discount of 15%
  • Purchase 30,000 to 49,000 miles and receive a discount of 20%
  • Purchase 50,000 to 99,000 miles and receive a discount of 30%
  • Purchase 100,000 to 150,000 miles and receive a discount of 35%

Purchasing the maximum number of miles (150,000) will set you back $3,126.97, which works out at 2.08 cents per mile.

Maximizing The Promotion

Fortunately, American Airlines processes its points purchase directly, so if you decide to go ahead with a purchase, it will code as spending with an airline. This means you can earn a bonus category for your purchase, and you are best using a credit card optimized for travel purchases to buy AA miles.

Our Take

We have seen AA sell miles this year for less than 2 cents apiece, so you are better off waiting for American Airlines to introduce a better promotion. On the other hand, if you have a specific redemption in mind, and you can leverage the points you purchased for more than 2 cents apiece, then this promotion might be worth a closer look.

Source: One Mile At A Time

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