Purchase AA Miles With Up To 85,000 Bonus Miles

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American Airlines has announced a promotion where you can earn up to 85,000 bonus miles on miles purchases. The promotion is valid through August 31, 2018, and to earn the maximum bonus you need to purchase 150,000 miles.

Key Terms

  • This mileage purchase promotion is valid through August 31, 2018
  • Purchases are subject to a $35 transaction fee
  • Your AA account must be older than 30 days to purchase miles
  • Allow up to 8 hours for the purchased miles to post to your account
  • You can purchase a maximum of 150,000 miles per calendar year

The promotion is tiered, and the more miles you purchase, the greater your bonus. You will earn the following bonus miles for the following purchase brackets:

  • 15,000 – 29,000: Earn 3,500 bonus miles
  • 30,000 – 49,000: Earn 10,000 bonus miles
  • 50,000 – 74,000: Earn 22,500 bonus miles
  • 75,000 – 99,000: Earn 40,000 bonus miles
  • 100,000 – 149,000: Earn 55,000 bonus miles
  • 150,000: Earn 85,000 bonus miles

In addition to the bonus miles, you will receive a 10% discount on the cost of miles.

Purchasing the maximum number of miles will yield 235,000 miles (150,000 + 85,000 bonus) for a cost of $4,316.19 which works out at 1.836 cents per mile. This is good value but not great, and we have seen better deals before.

Maximizing The Promotion

American Airlines processes miles purchases themselves, which means the purchase will code as a purchase with an airline (e.g., Air Travel). The biggest earner would be The Platinum Card® from American Express, which will earn you 5X Membership Rewards for your purchases. Otherwise, you should look at which cards are best for use with airline purchases; we'd otherwise focus on something that earns 3x if you don't have the Amex Platinum.

Our Take

Speculative points purchases aren't our thing, but if you're in the market for AA miles or you're looking to leverage an AAdvantage Sweet Spot, this might be for you.

Source: One Mile At A Time

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