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AAdvantage holiday gift (every member gets a gift, promo Dec 2, 2020)

Old Dec 2, 2020, 1:33 am
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Every member gets a free gift

American is getting in the holiday spirit.

From tomorrow (Dec. 2) through Dec. 16, every AAdvantange member will receive a gift. The freebies include award miles, a complimentary Main Cabin Extra seat, an Admirals Club one-day pass and more. The gifts are personalized to your account they are based on a number of factors, including your elite tier and how frequently youve traveled this year.

Note that everyone gets a gift, even non-elites, though the gifts do get better as you climb the (elite status) ladder. For instance, one of the top presents a domestic upgrade certificate is reserved for select elite members.

To receive your gift, simply login to your account on AA.com or through the mobile app, starting on Dec. 2. Click on the Promotions tab to reveal your offer.

The best part? Even those who arent yet AAdvantange members can take part in this holiday promo. Simply join the program by Dec. 16 to receive a free gift.

Promotions to fly American in 2021

In addition to your freebie, youll also unlock a promotional offer to encourage you to take to the skies in early 2021.

These personalized offers vary by account. These are book and fly promos youll receive bonus miles or possibly another gift depending on how many segments you book and fly for early 2021,..
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AAdvantage holiday gift (every member gets a gift, promo Dec 2, 2020)

Old Dec 2, 2020, 1:22 am
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AAdvantage holiday gift (every member gets a gift, promo Dec 2, 2020)

Been seeing the blogs talk about a holiday gift for all AAdvantage members, to be found in your 'promotions' tab in your account starting today, dec2. I thought that was pretty cool. I made it a point to check and see what mine was as soon as I can.

I got bonus miles added to my account. for free. yippee, right?

I got 250 bonus miles as a special holiday gift.

Two hundred and fifty miles.

Ive been executive platinum for about 5 or 6 years. I'll requalify even this year, and I have a million miles in my account.

And all I mean to american is apparently 250 miles.

Before today if it wasnt served by american (or a partner) I didnt fly there. I think in 2021 I'll start exploring my options.
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Old Dec 2, 2020, 1:35 am
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Wow! 250 miles? Seriously? I could have seen maybe an Admirals Club day pass, or maybe even a few more 500 mile upgrade certs that would allow EXP to upgrade an award companion, but no, 250 miles. Honestly, thats pretty insulting in its stinginess. My impression of AA has declined as a result of that.
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Old Dec 2, 2020, 1:38 am
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I don't have any status with AA and got 100 miles. Was hoping for a club day pass but oh well.

Kind of surprised, thought they'd be handing out thousands of miles, but I see I had too high of expectations. Oh well free miles are free miles.

Edited to add, if I take two flights I also will earn double miles.
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Old Dec 2, 2020, 1:38 am
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Other gifts have included four 500 mile “domestic” upgrades; 1,000 MM miles with 10,000 more if a member took a qualifying flight (not redeemable, just MM miles); a one day Club Pass; an Avis car upgrade; a variable amount of redeemable miles, etc. These seem to vary depending on status and flight activity this year. Many if not all will also be offered a promotion of some kind, apparently.
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Old Dec 2, 2020, 1:51 am
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Originally Posted by JDiver
Other gifts have included four 500 mile “domestic” upgrades; 1,000 MM miles with 10,000 more if a member took a qualifying flight (not redeemable, just MM miles); a one day Club Pass; an Avis car upgrade; a variable amount of redeemable miles, etc. These seem to vary depending on status and flight activity this year. Many if not all will also be offered a promotion of some kind, apparently.
Wow, I guess I should feel lucky to have received both an undetermined number of 500-mile sticker upgrades (to be determined when they post within 24 hours) and a single-class Avis upgrade. And the opportunity to earn 2000 miles and 4 more stickers if I buy 4 flights in W/J/F in Jan/Feb 2021.

I will at least use the stickers at some point. Though it won't surprise me if it's something silly like two stickers. Either way, the rest is a joke.

My wife, PPRO, received the same offer as I did, except that her Jan/Feb offer was 4 more stickers and 1000 miles if she buys 2 flights in W/J/F. Seems like her offer was better than mine!

(My holiday mlife bonus at the MGM casino, meanwhile, was a chance to spin the wheel for a guaranteed minimum $500 gift card to Best Buy et al... and I ended up winning $1500. Plus a $200 Honeybaked Ham gift card. Come on, AA )
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Old Dec 2, 2020, 1:52 am
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Originally Posted by SFO_FT
Wow! 250 miles? Seriously? I could have seen maybe an Admirals Club day pass, or maybe even a few more 500 mile upgrade certs that would allow EXP to upgrade an award companion, but no, 250 miles. Honestly, that’s pretty insulting in its stinginess. My impression of AA has declined as a result of that.
Yup. Thats what I was thinking. I'm normally the sort to not look a gift horse in the mouth, and frown on it when other do, but if I spend 20 grand with the airline a year (or more) and their holiday 'gift' is literally $3 worth of their services, it's a bit of a kick in the teeth. I'd just assume not have had the bonus. The gifts are supposed to be tailored to the member. I have an annual pass for the admirals club, and I always buy in first or business for me and my companion (have about 30 stickers in my 'wallet', untouched for years now), so maybe the computer didnt think the alternates you suggested would make sense, but 250 miles?!?!
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Old Dec 2, 2020, 2:11 am
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Originally Posted by platbrownguy
if I buy 4 flights in W/J/F in Jan/Feb 2021.
So... a single roundtrip (with connection) in discount first?
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Old Dec 2, 2020, 2:14 am
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250 for me. EXP but very light flying this year ( < gold) so no complaints.
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Old Dec 2, 2020, 2:23 am
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So... a single roundtrip (with connection) in discount first?
it says flights, not segments, so wouldnt that be 4 record locator numbers?
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Old Dec 2, 2020, 3:19 am
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I got double award miles before 2/28 AFTER 4 flights. So pretty useless since I dont have a lot of trips planned right now.
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Old Dec 2, 2020, 3:31 am
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w00t, 100 miles!!! Haven't flown with AA in years, last flights were in 2018 (iah-clt and back).
This will most definitely NOT lure me back in .
But at least I get to keep all of my 4000 miles.
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Old Dec 2, 2020, 3:45 am
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Originally Posted by stant
And all I mean to american is apparently 250 miles.
Dont forget the sweepstakes entry.
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Old Dec 2, 2020, 4:28 am
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Free AC one-day pass with opportunity to earn 2 more AC passes and 500 miles if I book 6 flights by 2/28
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Old Dec 2, 2020, 5:03 am
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I am going to fly in the next week or so and become Gold. Anyone have a clue if my gift would change if I don't try to access that page until after? I have no clue what it is, I assume not much from reading the above... but I don't want to look if I can make it better by becoming gold first.
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Old Dec 2, 2020, 5:12 am
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As an exec plat, I have the same offer as yours. It doesnt really seem worth pursuing.... I wish it were easier to earn these 500 mile sticker upgrades though!


Originally Posted by platbrownguy
Wow, I guess I should feel lucky to have received both an undetermined number of 500-mile sticker upgrades (to be determined when they post within 24 hours) and a single-class Avis upgrade. And the opportunity to earn 2000 miles and 4 more stickers if I buy 4 flights in W/J/F in Jan/Feb 2021.

I will at least use the stickers at some point. Though it won't surprise me if it's something silly like two stickers. Either way, the rest is a joke.

My wife, PPRO, received the same offer as I did, except that her Jan/Feb offer was 4 more stickers and 1000 miles if she buys 2 flights in W/J/F. Seems like her offer was better than mine!

(My holiday mlife bonus at the MGM casino, meanwhile, was a chance to spin the wheel for a guaranteed minimum $500 gift card to Best Buy et al... and I ended up winning $1500. Plus a $200 Honeybaked Ham gift card. Come on, AA )
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