Programs: AA EXP, SPG Plat, HHonors Gold, Hyatt Plat, Club Carlson Gold
Buy AA Miles Promo, up to 30,000 bonus miles, 1.83 cpm
Just saw this on AA.com, seems to be a pretty solid deal to buy AA miles.
Between now and December 31, 2012, treat yourself to the gift of travel. As an expression of our gratitude for your business, we are extending an offer of earning up to 30,000 bonus miles. Thatís a 50% mileage bonus when you purchase miles for that vacation of a lifetime. And in the spirit of the giving, we have raised the annual limit of purchasing miles per account from 40,000 to 60,000. What better way to enjoy your holiday?
Ran the numbers and you can buy 60,000 miles for $1,650 and get another 30,000 bonus for a total of 90,000 for $1,650...works out to 1.83 cpm (not counting any miles you'd earn on whatever CC you purchase them with). Seems to me to be the cheapest offer, at least that I've ever seen, to buy miles from AA outright. I'm usually not a big fan of just buying miles for the sake of buying them but at this price, I think it may well be worth it for some people.
Programs: AA EXP 2MM, Lifetime Platinum, HH Gold, SPG Gold, Travelers Aid JFK Volunteer
Pretty good deal. $1650 for a longhaul U seat (90k+10k from your account). Or a nice dent of miles toward a longhaul Z seat.
Of course, the one major disadvantage is that if you BOUGHT a longhaul J ticket for $1650 cash (which is not unheard of in this day and age), you would earn EQMs/RDMs/COSBonus/segments for those flights. Buy buying the miles, all you earn are 2,063 RDMs from the purchase, assuming you use the Starwood AMEX (1.25 miles per dollar).
Anybody bit the promo for 60+30? That's almost enough for 4 North American awards, $400+ a piece - not too shabby for rainy days... or even 2xNRT.
I tend to use miles for F/J awards, and with AA's recent discounting this becomes much less of a good deal. For example, LAX-BOS in F is about $550 each way; buying and using miles would be $450 each way with no accrual of EQM/RDM. I think it actually makes more sense to buy the tickets outright!