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Preventing Miles Expiration for Canada / Canadian AAdvantage Members

Old Aug 9, 11, 12:26 pm
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Preventing Miles Expiration for Canada / Canadian AAdvantage Members

Hi, I'm a Canadian and I have a whole bunch of Aadvantage points that are subject to expire this November. I won't have occasion to fly on American or any of its partners before then.

In the past, I was able to prevent the miles from expiring by shopping through retail partners. But it looks like American has changed its retail program and it's now only open to Americans. The other co-offers, like donations and credit cards, all seem to be open to US residents only as well.

Any advice for the easiest/cheapest way to preserve my miles, that's open to us Canadians?

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Old Aug 9, 11, 12:30 pm
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i guess magazine subscriptions are not allowed also?

can you call aa and ask for a list of ways y'all can use mi's?
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Old Aug 9, 11, 12:51 pm
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Doesn't seem so, no.
And AA just points me to their page listing their partners. So far, all the offers that I've gone through have only been open to US residents.
I tried signing up for eShopping and for eDining, but both required valid US addresses.
Anyone have any ideas? Or am I just plain SOL?
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Old Aug 9, 11, 1:08 pm
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as a last resort, book a 1 way reward for 12.5k & cancel or pay the reinstatement fee....how about an ac membership?...
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Old Aug 9, 11, 1:17 pm
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Does one have to be a U.S. resident to donate miles?
A donation of 1,000 miles (I think that's the minimum) should keep your account active.
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Old Aug 9, 11, 1:21 pm
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I bought some flowers on aadvantage shopping in May and my address is in Canada.
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Old Aug 9, 11, 1:30 pm
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Worst case, you can buy miles. Just buy the minimum amount
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Old Aug 9, 11, 1:32 pm
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Salfcl, did you get the flowers delivered to a US or a Canadian address? I haven't been able to figure out how to register for aadvantage shopping without a US address/zip code - how did you manage?

Redhead, even the minimum amount of miles to purchase has a $30 transaction fee and costs another $40 or so plus taxes. I'm trying to avoid spending that kind of money. But I'll keep it in mind as a last resort.
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Old Aug 9, 11, 1:42 pm
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Originally Posted by segacs View Post
I tried signing up for eShopping and for eDining, but both required valid US addresses.
I don't know of a workaround for eShopping, but AAdvantage Dining (aa.rewardsnetwork.com) only wants your address for the purpose of sending you junk mail with restaurants "near" you. It doesn't use your address for any other purpose. So there's no problem signing up with a fake address in the US, and in fact that's how all Canadians who've signed up for it have done so. See post 4 in this thread:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/idine...usability.html

Unlike eShopping, the credit card number(s) you give to AAdvantage Dining aren't used by them for billing (in fact, you only give the number itself, not the expiration, not the name on the card), only for tracking dines you pay for at participating restaurants with any of those cards. That's why it doesn't matter much whether the address you register with is real or fake.

Furthermore, AAdvantage Dining miles post much quicker and much more reliably than AAdvantage eShopping miles. Typically, you'll see AAdvantage Dining miles post in two steps: Within a few days after the dine to the AAdvantage Dining website, and then within a week and a half after that to aa.com.
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Old Aug 9, 11, 1:57 pm
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Good to know! There seem to be quite a few restaurants in my neighbourhood that I actually eat at once in a while, so signing up for the dining program might be the easiest solution. Thanks for that, sdsearch!

ETA: I was wrong; there's actually very few restaurants in my city, and most of them are fairly out of the way for me. Not sure I'll get to any within the next 30 days or so, but I can give it a try. Meanwhile, still keeping my eyes open for other options.

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Old Aug 9, 11, 2:42 pm
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I 've been participating in AARewardsNetwork dining for years and I live in Canada. I remember explicitly calling rewards network and they fixed my address even though the AAdining site doesn't support a non-US address.
Unfortunately, I have noticed the shrinking list of restaurants lately from more than 5 pages at one point to less than a page. But the options are still there.
I have recently signed up for AAeshopping and it is working well.
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Old Aug 9, 11, 2:53 pm
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How about points.com for small transfers from other Hotel/Air mileage programs?
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Old Aug 9, 11, 3:03 pm
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Originally Posted by segacs View Post
Hi, I'm a Canadian and I have a whole bunch of Aadvantage points that are subject to expire this November. I won't have occasion to fly on American or any of its partners before then.

In the past, I was able to prevent the miles from expiring by shopping through retail partners. But it looks like American has changed its retail program and it's now only open to Americans. The other co-offers, like donations and credit cards, all seem to be open to US residents only as well.

Any advice for the easiest/cheapest way to preserve my miles, that's open to us Canadians?
TD AADVANTAGE VISA card in CANADA.

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Old Aug 9, 11, 3:18 pm
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Worst case, you can buy miles. Just buy the minimum amount
1000 miles $27.50. Problem solved ^
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Old Aug 9, 11, 3:38 pm
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Originally Posted by MrHalliday View Post
1000 miles $27.50. Problem solved ^
Except... a bit more expensive than that.

* Prices are in U.S. dollars and do not include applicable taxes or $30 per transaction processing fee.
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