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american-awrad-availability-logoThis post originally ran on 8/13, but I am re-running it because I just got an email that the deal has been extended essentially the same, through December 31st.  See this Sprint promo page for more information

Up to 25,000 American AAdvantage miles for switching to Sprint

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I got a flier in the mail the other day, offering 25,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles for switching cell phone service to Sprint.  You earn 20,000 AAdvantage miles now (only for new customers), and you’ll get 5000 miles over the next 12 months (417 miles / month).  This deal has been going on for a few months but expires September 1st.

Existing customers are able to take advantage of the 5,000 miles (417 miles / month), though that will give up any discount you have through the Sprint Discount program (i.e. through your employer, school or other)

Here is a copy of the flier I got in the mail


But I believe it’s open for anyone – direct offer link.  Again, although the picture above says it expires on September 1st, the updated promo page gives an end date of December 31st.

Sprint cell network

I am sure that there are many people that are very passionate about how Sprint “sucks”, usually with horror stories of poor customer service, network or both.  Personally I believe all of the cell phone companies are just as bad and out for themselves, so I’m not sure one is any better (or worse) than the others.  A lot of it is dependent on the network conditions in your particular location (or the places where you travel)

Sign up and cancel?

It seems that in a situation like mine, with an unlocked phone and no current contract, that I should be able to

  • Sign up, pay the $30 activation fee, and get the 20,000 AAdvantage miles
  • Wait for the miles to post, paying for 1-2 months of service
  • Cancel

So call it $100 all-in, though really it’s less than that since really my cost is any premium Sprint has over my current cell phone costs, which wouldn’t be a ton.  Even paying $100 for 20,000 AAdvantage miles seems like a pretty good deal.

The promotion runs through September 1st, so you’d need to sign up before then.

Has anyone taken advantage of the Sprint AAdvantage deal?  Let me know your experiences in the comments

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