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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year…For AAdvantage Members?

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year…For AAdvantage Members?
Joe Cortez

It’s the season of giving, and American Airlines is giving something to all their AAdvantage members this year. On December 2, 2020, every registered member of AAdvantage will get a gift ranging from bonus miles or single-use lounge passes, up to 500,000 miles and a hotel stay.

The holiday season is usually marked with words of kindness and gifts exchanged among friends and family. This year, American Airlines is also getting into the giving spirit, by giving all of their loyalty program members a gift. Starting on December 2, 2020, all registered AAdvantage members will receive something from the airline, as part of their latest promotion: “Our Greatest Gift is You.”

Gifts Range From Admirals Club Passes to 500,000 AAdvantage Miles and Hotel Stays

The promotion isn’t targeted, meaning everyone who is a member of AAdvantage will get a gift. Members can register for the promotion by logging into their account between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, 2020, and clicking “Register” in the promotions center on the AAdvantage website or in the American smartphone app.

Once complete, everyone will get a virtual gift to “unwrap” in their account. The minor prizes range from award miles, complimentary Main Cabin Extra upgrades or an Admirals Club day pass, along with an “exclusive offer” on airfare in 2021. In addition, six lucky flyers will win a big gift from their holiday sweepstakes.

All six grand prize winners will receive 500,000 AAdvantage miles, while five will be given an all-inclusive, four-night stay for themselves and a guest at the Hyatt Ziva or Hyatt Zilara resort of their choice. The sixth winner will be given a three-night stay for themselves and three guests to Universal Orlando Resort, which includes park passes.

“Our members truly are our greatest gift,” Rick Elieson, president of the American AAdvantage program, said in a press release. “This holiday season, we’re giving every AAdvantage member a gift — it’s our way of showing thanks and appreciation for being why we fly — this year and every year.”

If you’re not a member of AAdvantage, it’s not too late to get in on the merriment. Anyone who joins AAdvantage by Dec. 16 and registers for the promotion will be given a gift and be entered into the sweepstakes.

AAdvantage Continues to Give in 2021 With Reduced Loyalty Status Requirements

The gift from AAdvantage is one example of how the loyalty program is adapting to the current world conditions and reduced demand for travel. The airline was the first to announce reduced elite status requirements for the 2021 benefit year in October 2020, granting benefits for fewer miles flown and dollars spent.

View Comments (26)


  1. AsiaTravel2019

    December 1, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    very nice! Free stuff

  2. RedElmo

    December 2, 2020 at 4:16 am

    Cheapskate AA. Only got 250 miles. And I’m a Gold member too.

  3. StellaM73

    December 2, 2020 at 4:38 am

    I can’t find anything about this on the website.

  4. rbwpi

    December 2, 2020 at 5:14 am

    I can’t contain my excitement, 100 miles!!!

  5. raquelle

    December 2, 2020 at 7:14 am

    Usual AA incompetence – system is down and doesn’t allow registration

  6. AAdamE

    December 2, 2020 at 7:20 am

    I got 250 AAdvantage miles. Wow.

  7. Counsellor

    December 2, 2020 at 7:49 am

    one-day Admiral’s Club pass!

  8. Explore SE Asia

    December 2, 2020 at 7:50 am

    Wow! 100 miles!!

  9. dfwtexasusa

    December 2, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Admirals club snacks are extremely limited and now they charge for margaritas even if it’s the house brand. I’m not renewing my club membership.

  10. Amil

    December 2, 2020 at 8:54 am

    sweet admirals clubs!

  11. shadesofgrey1x

    December 2, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Lifetime Plat been flying them since 1996 Got 2 500 mile upgrades and an avis upgrade. Well free is free but, its a cheap gift.

  12. holmedown

    December 2, 2020 at 10:09 am

    £300 AAvacations voucher

  13. uxb

    December 2, 2020 at 10:28 am

    A whole 250 miles. I wonder how I will ever spend this. 😹

  14. StrongEagle

    December 2, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    I think AA is going to regret this. Looks like tons of people, me included, are signing up to the advantage plan, just to get some freebies.

  15. AsiaTravel2019

    December 2, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    why even do this if the gifts are cheap and of little to no value? somebody in the marketing department needs to be fired

    It would be better to offer travel deals.

  16. willieron

    December 2, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Got the email, tried to log in and the website is down. I am waiting to find out with bated breath.

  17. garyvail

    December 2, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Got 2 500mi upgrades. Lifetime Gold Millionmiler. I’ll take it…

  18. StellaM73

    December 3, 2020 at 4:36 am

    Once the website and app came back, I got 100 miles.

  19. leighjohnwi

    December 3, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Got the 2 500 Mile upgrades and avis discount, with a promise of 4 more stickers if I travel January 2021-February 2021. Interesting, but not overwhelming.

  20. glasman19

    December 5, 2020 at 6:22 am

    Lame! Might sound good but must be for their top members, certainly not to drive new business.

  21. Tailgater

    December 5, 2020 at 6:59 am

    Geez, don’t mean to sound ungrateful but gift barely merits effort to unwrap it (or register).

  22. sushanna1

    December 5, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    $300 off AA vacation package but must spend $2500 to use. Would have preferred a club pass or miles.

  23. Cat Man Do

    December 5, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    100 miles. Not worth the time it took to register.

  24. philemer

    December 5, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    100 AA frickin’ miles each. Why bother?

  25. mrow

    December 8, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    I got 1,000 million miler miles which is appreciated as I am very close to the 2,000,000 mark. Personally I am quite happy with that as a free gift.

  26. PowerMove

    December 28, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    100 AA miles. What’s that worth, a dollar? More insulting than anything else.

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