American Airlines has put out another mileage promotion for AAdvantage Miles the seems pretty decent. It’s good for one week remaining and got to me by email while not linked on the website yet (access the landing page here).
This is one of the more attractive Buy/Gift Miles Promotions I have seen recently for AA miles due to the combination of Miles Bonus & Purchase Discount. The bonus is staggered and begins with 5,000 miles at 16,000 purchased AAdvantage miles after which it increases in steps of 5,000 for every additional 15,000 purchased.
This Bonus ‘maxes out’ at 76,000 Miles where the price per mile comes up as 1.84 cents each.
That is very good for AAdvantage miles considering American has still some sweet spots for award redemptions, especially from North America to Asia. Here is an example based on one way travel:
Chicago to Tokyo using Japan Airlines First Class: 62,500 Miles (Business Class: 50,000)
Los Angeles to Bali via Hong Kong using Cathay Pacific First Class: 67,500 Miles (Business Class: 55,000)
Keep in mind that the initially displayed prices are subject to GST/Local Tax and a 30$ processing fee.
- Transactions are nonrefundable and nonreversible.
- The miles successfully purchased will post to the designated account immediately.
- Prices are in U.S. dollars and do not include applicable taxes or $30 per transaction processing charge.
- AAdvantage miles purchased do not count toward elite-status qualification or AAdvantage Million MilerSM status.
As always, AAdvantage accounts less than 30 days old are not permitted to Buy or Gift Miles.
If you have some travel plans looming this is certainly a very good offer that can make sense to buy if the miles are used wisely. I’m in need of a First Class Roundtrip soon so I will buy some miles myself to top up my account.
Keep in mind that you can now redeem AAdvantage Miles online for a variety of airlines, however most oneWorld carrier redemptions such as for Cathay Pacific or Japan Airlines require you to call in which incurs a callcenter booking charge. Also be aware of the very high fuel surcharge (YQ) for all remdeptions on British Airways (up to 300$ per longhaul segment).