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American Airlines’ Biggest Bonus Offer Ever

American Airlines’ Biggest Bonus Offer Ever
Meg Butler

As a global pandemic continues to keep planes grounded, it has been interesting to watch how each airline tries to find its footing.

Yesterday, American Airlines made its overture in the form of its biggest AAdvantage miles bonus ever.

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Here’s the offer that’s been circulating via e-mail:

Did you know you can book award travel 331 days out? Now is the time to buy miles with our biggest offer yet.

Receive up to 100% bonus miles when you buy or gift miles. Offer ends April 12th. Also, transfer miles and receive up to 50% off.

  • When you buy 2,000 – 9,000 miles You get 50% bonus miles

  • When you buy 10,000 – 49,000 miles You get 70% bonus miles

  • When you buy 50,000 – 149,000 miles You get 85% bonus miles

  • When you buy 150,000 – 150,000 100% bonus miles.

A Great Offer, But…

Before you decide to open your wallet, there are a few points you should consider:

  • should the worst happen, and American Airlines goes bankrupt, you may not be able to use these miles.
  • a massive devaluation (or devaluation of partner awards) is better than bankruptcy but it will significantly impact the value of these AAdvantage miles.
  • American Airlines hasn’t announced what they’re planning to do with the AAdvantage loyalty program (you can check for any updates here)
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13 Comments

  1. RustyC

    April 1, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Does AA still use a chart? From what I’ve seen from DL before this pandemic hit, flexible award pricing has been tantamount to a big stealth devaluation. It’s like changing your money into Cambodian riel or Lao kip…don’t do it unless you’ve got an immediate use for it.

  2. diver858

    April 1, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Aadvantage program will outlast the current Zombie Apocalypse, no reason to buy miles unless there is an immediate need, award flights are available. Be sure to use a credit card with travel protection to pay taxes and fees for award redemption.

  3. Centurion

    April 1, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    DO NOT TOUCH THIS OFFER!

  4. PaulMSN

    April 2, 2020 at 4:28 am

    It’s not that good of a deal even at current redemption rates, in my opinion.

  5. mhrb

    April 2, 2020 at 5:26 am

    Why would anyone be stupid enough to avail of this offer?

  6. jrpallante

    April 2, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Do people really buy miles when these bonus offers come along? To get the maximum AA bonus, you would need to buy 150,000 miles, which would cost you almost $5K, and the net price per mile is 1.6 cents. At lower volumes, say 20,000 miles, the net price is 2.0 cents. This is far more than the miles are worth. I am actively trying to burn through my miles with all airlines. On domestic flights, most AA award flights are priced around 1.1 cents per mile. If you look long and hard, you might find a 1.5 cent redemption, but that is usually based on a cash price that is out of whack with the market. Unless you need 1-2K miles for an immediate redemption, it is never wise to buy miles.

  7. bigislanddave

    April 2, 2020 at 10:01 am

    AA has destroyed the value of their awards program

  8. MikeFromTokyo

    April 2, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    I only buy miles if I have an immediate use for them, i.e. a ticket already on hold and need to top up miles to purchase.

    I would NEVER advise spending thousands on a speculative mileage purchase.

    A cash strapped airline could cut its liabilities at any time by devaluing miles, and there is no protection against that if one has miles just sitting around in an account.

  9. not2017

    April 2, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    There will better offers. This isn’t the best that American has offered either.

  10. mvoight

    April 7, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    I did a comparison.
    I can get over 120,000 miles if I buy 65K miles
    I have compared the fees and mileage award for a pair of tickets that are for flights I want.
    The 120K + fees (including the BA surchatges for connecting to BA for Euro flights) I pay for the 2 tickets are almost $1500 less than if pay for the 2 tickets outright.
    So, yes, you can save money. Unless you get a cheap web special for domestic travel, you are probably better off not buying miles to use for domestic economy.

  11. jcm12

    April 9, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Independent of whether this is a good idea, the headline is just WRONG! American has offered better deals than this on buying miles. Whoever is collecting these tidbits needs to do at least a minimum amount of checking.

  12. duxfan

    April 18, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    The last time AA went through the bankruptcy process, did anyone lose their miles? What about Delta? United?

  13. bucketlist

    April 20, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    AA’s current offer is much less:

    Buy miles
    Purchase the miles you need and get your next award sooner

    Earn up to 65% bonus miles!

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