American Airlines Buy AA Miles 50% Bonus (February 2013)

American Airlines has a new offer for buying some AAdvantage miles in February. You can buy up to 60K miles and get 50% bonus on purchased miles for up to 90K total miles.

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This offer is valid until February 28, 2013, and you can access it here.

New Targeted American Airlines Fast Track Platinum Offer – HVPPA

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American Airlines has been on the very generous mood with status matches, extensions, and double elite qualifying miles offers during its bankruptcy. LoyaltyLobby reader just forwarded me an email that he had received from American.

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American has made an offer for instant Platinum status until May 31, 2013, and extending it until February 28, 2014, for flying 12K miles or earning 12K elite qualifying points. And just for registering for the offer, American would deposit 20 500 mile upgrades that can be used to upgrade around 10K flown miles on American from economy to business.

Double Miles at Fairmont Hotels Until April 30 (Book By Jan 31)

Fairmont is offering double airline miles (American Airlines, Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, United & Air China) for stays until April 30, 2013, that are booked using “Everyone’s an Original Winter” offer by January 31, 2013. You can access this offer here.

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There are some blackout dates that are property specific. The base number of miles (500) is doubled. The doubling of miles doesn’t apply to the elite bonuses.

Targeted Offers From American Airlines for Double Elite Qualifying and Award Miles & Evips

American Airlines had number of offers for double elite qualifying and redeemable miles in 2012. The airline also had a direct status match offer for Executive Platinum status for United 1K’s and later an expedited requalification offer as well.

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Now, American has sent number of offers for targeted audience for double elite qualifying miles, double elite qualifying points, double redeemable miles, and for couple of complimentary eVips. The promotional period for earning double miles is between January 22 and February 22, 2013.

Free and Bonus Points for Signing Up American Airlines AAdvantage Eshopping Mall

Over the years, I have made lot of purchases using airline related shopping portals during promotional periods. Now, American Airlines (or Cartera) is offering 100 bonus miles just for signing up, 300 bonus miles for any purchase, and extra 600 bonus miles for a purchase of $100 or more. You can access this offer here.

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This offer is only available for those that haven’t signed up for AA’s online shopping portal previously. These free miles will extend the validity of your American Airlines miles if you haven’t had or not going to have any activity for a while.

American Airlines & Qatar Codesharing Commences on February 26

American Airlines & Qatar Airways have reached an agreement about codesharing each others flights. Qatar Airways is a Oneworld candidate and is expected to join the alliance in late 2013/early 2014. You can read AA’s press release about this agreement here.

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American Airlines will place its code on Qatar’s flights from the United States and major European gateways like London to Doha, and beyond.

Airline Cabin Lounges from The Past: American, Qantas & Continental

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There was an interesting post yesterday with some photos on Cruise Line History website regarding airline cabins back in the day of glorious air travel (that was unaffordable for most).

It makes you wonder, what went so wrong with the airlines, especially with the US ones, that made them buses of the sky of today?

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This actually looks really nice and could be a lounge somewhere in 2013. Bet that the FA is still working for AA?

Buy or Gift American Airlines AAdvantage Miles & Get Max 15K Bonus January 2013

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American Airlines has just started a new promotion for buying or gifting AAdvantage miles. You or the receiver can earn maximum of 15K bonus miles for buying/being gifted 40K miles. The price of a mile is 2.2 cents under this offer that is valid until January 31, 2013.

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You can only buy or gifted total of 60000 AAdvantage miles per calendar year. If you need to purchase more miles, I would suggest opening an account for an immediate family member. For ticketing purposes, it would be better if you share the same last name.

Free 500 American Airlines Miles for Two Facebook Likes & Short Survey

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American Airlines just posted on their Facebook page about “Mile for your thoughts” offer of 500 free American Airlines miles for completing a short survey after liking both American Airlines and AAdvantage Facebook pages. You can access this offer here.

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As is often the case with these Facebook apps, you need to give them permission to access some of your info.

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The questions are super easy. You just need to identify your top two airline programs, what status you have, and what counted the most for making the selection. Then you can also leave a note about your other favorite programs outside the airlines.

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You then just need to submit the short survey and the miles will be deposited in your account in 6 to 8 weeks.

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After you have completed the app, you can disallow the app to access your data and unlike both AA and AAdvantage, if you so prefer.

Conclusion

Very easy way of getting 500 free American Airlines miles and don’t take too much of your time.

This is also a good way to extend the validity of your miles by another 18 months if you don’t have too much AAdvantage activity.

American Airlines New Choice Options on AA.com

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Once airlines unbundled most of the perks that used to come up with the flying like free checked bags, they have started to introduce various packages and options to reintroduce them as add-ons. You can read more about these options on AA’s website here.

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Now, American Airlines have introduced three different packages for economy fliers with various add-ons.

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American’s round-trip travel options now include:

  • Choice: The lowest fare available in the Main Cabin that gives customers the flexibility to purchase additional products a la carte.

  • Choice Essential: No change fee, one checked bag (or third checked bag for AAdvantage elite and oneworld®  elite members) and Group 1 Boarding for an additional $68 round-trip.

  • Choice Plus: No change fee, one checked bag (or third checked bag for AAdvantage elite and oneworld elite customers), Group 1 Boarding, 50 percent AAdvantage mileage bonus, Same-Day Flight Change, Same-Day Standby, and a premium beverage, such as an alcoholic beverage onboard for an additional $88 round-trip.

  • Fully Flexible: Refundable fare, two checked bags, Main Cabin Extra/Preferred Seats, PriorityAAccess, Same-Day Flight Change, Same-Day Standby, and 500-Mile Upgrade eligibility (upgrades available after AAdvantage elite status members have been confirmed).

  • Business/First: The lowest Business Class or First Class fare, including Instant Upgrade fares, is visible on the Lowest Fare tab.  Customers booking Business and First Class fares will receive all the benefits they have come to appreciate, including priority baggage handling, up to three checked bags and PriorityAAccess.

The new booking interface has been done an infrequent flyers point of view. As I have written before, I much prefer booking my air tickets on non-airline sites for greater price visibility and ability to compare air carriers. Of course, airlines don’t like this. Airlines would prefer that you book on their website so that they can “merchandise” their product using the word that American Airlines spoke person used.

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 Here’s a price display for Ontario (ONT) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) for random date in January

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The price difference between Choice and Choice Essential is $34. If you are going to check a bag and would need to pay $25 for doing so, the price that you are paying for waiving the change fee is $9.

If you are planning to pay for the Choice Essential, it would make more sense to go for the Choice Plus on this route. The price difference between the Essential and Choice Plus is only $10. The extra award miles alone (about 1160 miles) are worth more than the difference in fare.

Conclusion

These choice Essential and Choice Plus can make sense to those that need to check in a bag and would need otherwise pay for it, and to those that need more flexibility. The change fee that is typically $150 in addition to the fare difference is waived. Note that you still need to pay the fare difference, however.

Then there must be quite a few business travelers that will buy the new Choice Plus just to get the extra award miles….

Up To 2000 Bonus American Airline AAdvantage Miles for Online Purchases

It is time of the year when there are offers from most of the airline and hotel related online shopping malls for bonus miles.

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Between November 18 and December 17, you will earn 500 bonus American Airlines miles for every $250 in purchases that you make through the Advantage eShopping mall. These are in addition to the regular miles that you would earn from the purchases. The bonus miles are capped at 2000 that is basically $1K in spending.

This offer is only open to AAdvantage members that are enrolled to the eShopping mall by November 18, 2012.

Conclusion

You are essentially getting 2 extra points per dollar spend. The way I usually work these mall promotions, is to put a dollar figure to the mile earned so that I can compare them to straight cashback malls. Sometimes these airline related malls are better and sometimes they are not.

I wrote an article about getting cashback for your travel purchases and it does apply for most of other online purchases as well. You can use sites like CashBackHolic and Evreward to check the cashback percentages among multiple online malls.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

This bonus offer is open to AAdvantage® members that are enrolled in the AAdvantage eShoppingSM mall as of November 18, 2012. To earn the bonus, you must shop with a participating online merchant through the AAdvantage eShoppingSM mall website or the AAdvantage eShoppingSM assistant between November 18, 2012 and December 17, 2012. You may earn 500 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles for every $250.00 spent at a participating online merchant through the AAdvantage eShoppingSM mall website or assistant, up to a maximum of 2,000 AAdvantage® bonus miles. Returns, shipping and taxes are not eligible for this bonus offer. Please allow 8-10 weeks from end of the bonus offer period for any AAdvantage® bonus miles to post to your AAdvantage® account.

American Airlines Buy & Gift AA Miles 50% Holiday Bonus

American Airlines has a new Buy & Share AAdvantage Miles Holiday Offer up. AA has upped the yearly limit of buying miles to 60K and you can get up to 50% bonus on purchased miles. This offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

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Please note that the AAdvantage account can only receive a combined (bought or gifted) maximum of 40K miles per year that has now temporarily been raised to 60K. You can always open an account for each family member, however, to get around this limitation.

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If you buy the maximum number of miles (60K) and receive the bonus (30K), you will receive 90K miles for $1808.75. The price of a mile under this offer is 2 cents.

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American Airlines has a competitive award chart and as long as you totally avoid British Airways and to some extend Iberia flights, there are no fuel surcharges. On all other airlines, AA only charges actual charges/fees for award tickets

Conclusion

This is the best offer for 2012 to purchase American Airlines AAdvantage miles. I am not a huge fan of AA’s very restrictive routing and stopover rules, but the miles are very worthwhile for certain award redemptions.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Transactions are nonrefundable and nonreversible. Please allow 72 hours for purchased AAdvantage® miles to post to the designated AAdvantage account. Please allow 5 days for the bonus miles to post. AAdvantage members must purchase between 5,000 and 9,000 AAdvantage miles in a single transaction from the buyAAmiles® program to be eligible to earn 1,500 bonus miles. Members must purchase between 10,000 and 14,000 AAdvantage miles in a single transaction to be eligible to earn 3,000 bonus miles. Members must purchase between 15,000 and 19,000 AAdvantage miles in a single transaction to be eligible to earn 4,500 bonus miles. Members must purchase between 20,000 and 29,000 AAdvantage miles in a single transaction to be eligible to earn 10,000 bonus miles. Members must purchase between 30,000 and 39,000 AAdvantage miles in a single transaction to be eligible to earn 15,000 bonus miles. Members must purchase between 40,000 and 49,000 AAdvantage miles in a single transaction to be eligible to earn 20,000 bonus miles. Members must purchase between 50,000 and 59,000 AAdvantage miles in a single transaction to be eligible to earn 25,000 bonus miles. Members must purchase 60,000 AAdvantage miles in a single transaction to be eligible to earn 30,000 bonus miles. Bonus offer begins 12:00 am CST November 16, 2012 and ends 11:59 pm CST December 31, 2012. If purchasing miles, the AAdvantage bonus miles will be posted to the purchasers’ AAdvantage account. If giving miles, the AAdvantage bonus miles will be posted to the receivers’ AAdvantage account. buyAAmiles transactions are limited to a combined maximum of 40,000 miles per account, per calendar year, however during the promotional period of November 16th to December 31st 2012 the combined limit for purchasing miles has been raised to 60,000 miles per account, per calendar year. Bonus miles earned do not count toward the annual limit. AAdvantage miles purchased or earned through this promotion do not count toward elite-status qualification or Million Miler(SM) status.

Virgin America Status Match Campaign to Poach American and United Frequent Fliers

Both American and United have had a rather difficult year. American has had trouble with the pilots union and United has had trouble with their flight schedule as well. Lot’s of American and United frequent fliers have been less than pleased.

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Now, Virgin America has a status match campaign that is targeted to United And American frequent fliers. Virgin America matches to their Elevate Silver and Gold levels depending what status you have with United or American. You can access this offer here.

Email us at statusmatch@virginamerica.com with your Elevate number and oneof the following:

  • A copy or screenshot of your most recent mileage summary showing your name and current elite level.
  • Or, a copy of your membership card that identifies your name and current elite level in the United Air Lines or American Airlines frequent flyer program.

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United 1K and Platinum members as well as American EXP’s are matched to Elevate Gold. United Gold and Silver members as well as American Platinum and Gold are matched to Elevate Silver. If you ask my personal opinion, the United Gold and AA Platinum should have both received Elevate Gold match instead of Silver.

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The initial match is valid until April 30, 2013, and Virgin has an offer extending the status until the end of 2013 by earning certain number of status points. You need to earn 12K status points ($2400 in base airfare spent) for extending the Gold status or 8000 status points ($1600 in base airfare spent).

Here are the benefits of the Silver and Gold Elevate statuses:

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The main benefit for me would be the upgrades to Main Cabin Select that includes complimentary food and booze. You could check one complimentary bag at Silver level and 3 at the Gold one.

If you do any travel in Australia, the complimentary Virgin Australia lounge access could come handy at Gold level. I flew Melbourne to Sydney on Virgin Australia and the service and product was just fine. The complimentary lounge access would have made it even better.

The problem that I have with the program is on the redemption side. The “value” of the miles is capped around 2 cents when used for Virgin America flights. There is no fixed award chart. The number of the Evelate points required is entire dependent of the airfare. You can read more about this here.

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You can also use points with Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic. You are required to pay for very high fuel surcharges on these two airlines. You can read about more these two partners here.

Conclusion

I will most likely do a status match that I would purely use for complimentary lounge access with Virgin Australia.

The Virgin America’s product is good, but the Elevate program is not a very good one with partner awards.

Here are the full terms and conditions of this offer:

*The following restrictions will apply to Elevate Status Benefits available during the Status Match period through April 30, 2012: a) Matched members will not receive 25% off personal discount codes. b) Matched members will receive one complimentary day pass to the Virgin America airport lounge at LAX. c) Matched members may not have access to all reciprocal benefits on Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia that require the member to present their membership card.

Click here for the full terms and conditions of the Elevate Status Match offer.

1. Please allow between 7 to 14 days from application to update your Elevate status, and please note that incomplete applications may not be considered.

2. Reduced status points requirement to retain matched status through 2013 is applicable for members who apply for, and are approved for, the Low Annual Fee Virgin America Visa Signature Card. Click Here to see the specific details of the Virgin America Visa Signature Card offer.

3. Based on the standard Elevate earn of 5 Elevate points per $1 spent on the base fare. Example of a round-trip flight from San Francisco (SFO) to New York (JFK) in Main Cabin Select and round-trip flight from San Francisco (SFO) to Las Vegas (LAS) in First Class: for departure on flight VX12 on November 9, 2012 and return on VX25 on November 11, 2012, base fare is $1859+taxes, with 9,295 status points earned; for departure on flight VX908 on November 23, 2012 and return on VX901 on November 26, 2012, base fare is $722+ taxes, with 3,610 status points earned.

4. Based on the standard Elevate earn of 5 Elevate points per $1 spent on the base fare. Example of a round-trip flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Seattle (SEA) in Main Cabin and a round-trip flight from San Francisco (SFO) to New York (JFK) in Main Cabin: for departure on flight VX797 on November 7, 2012 and return on flight VX780 on November 10, 2012, base fare is $480+taxes, with 2,400 status points earned; for departure on flight VX26 on November 24, 2012 and return on flight VX27 on November 27, 2012, base fare is $586+taxes, with 2,930 status points earned.

5. Based on the standard Elevate earn of 5 Elevate points per $1 spent on the base fare. Example of a round-trip flight from New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) in Main Cabin Select: for departure on flight VX30 on November 12, 2012 and return on flight VX11 on November 19, 2012, base fare is $1,859+taxes, with 9,295 status points earned.

6. Based on the standard Elevate earn of 5 Elevate points per $1 spent on the base fare. Example of a round-trip flight from San Francisco (SFO) to Boston (BOS) in Main Cabin: for departure on flight VX350 on November 12, 2012 and return on flight VX357 on November 17, 2012, base fare is $638+taxes, with 3,190 status points earned.

All example fares quoted correct as at November 7, 2012. Please refer to www.virginamerica.com for full, current fare rules.

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